November 18, 1993
"Helping Offenders Beat Law of Averages" (Times, Nov. 4) was a refreshing article! It is great to read about positive alternatives to negative situations. Professor Haney and his interns deserve commendations and praise. ROGER SHAMUS Santa Monica
February 6, 1999
I was shocked to read the comments of Martina Hingis regarding her opponent in the Australian Open final, Amelie Mauresmo, which seemed to indicate that Ms. Mauresmo is a lesbian and that there is something negative about that. Remember, Martina, who your namesake is. JEFFREY KLEMME, Ventura
June 3, 1989
Randy Harvey's comment (May 24) about people in England literally dying to get into soccer games was neither amusing nor called for. It is time for the media to start reporting the positive side of soccer, instead of concentrating on the negative. TONY MELLING Thousand Oaks
November 5, 2002
"The Final Mission Is Completed" (Nov. 2), about the missing World War II P-51 Mustang pilot, was so well written it brought tears. Adalbert Wolf, the kind German who found the remains, made a cross but was thwarted from informing the pilot's heirs. This is such a pleasant respite from the negative news. Richard Proctor San Clemente
September 19, 2004
The Sept. 16 Column One story, "He Has His Walking Points," about Neil Hopper walking around the city, was interesting and provided a lesson in enjoying life and our society. Hopper has shown that it's possible to see positive virtues in seemingly negative places. Wallace Danielson San Diego
April 29, 2000
In Monday's article on the NCAA eligibility scandal, the man accused of paying money to players, Myron Piggie, was described as "a former janitor and a convicted crack dealer." I could understand if being a janitor is how he met the players, or was relevant to the case in some other way, but there was nothing else in the story about janitorial work. Am I the only one who found it strange that an essential, honest job and a despicable, illegal practice are mentioned together in the same sentence?
September 29, 1990
Although sports have undergone a drastic change from "fun" to "big business," I really think the average fan and sports page reader still looks at sports through the eyes of their childhood when all sports were "fun." I abhor the current sports columnists and "beat writers" who only emphasize the negatives and seldom feature the positive aspects of a player or a game. Now, in your departmentalized format, even the headline writers have become negative. Take your Saturday, Sept.
May 31, 2006
I write to comment with respect to [S. Irene] Virbila's review of Dan Tana's restaurant on May 17. I was disappointed that her review was so negative. I am a New York-born Italian and frequent Dan Tana's when I crave veal and peppers like my mom used to make. The veal and chicken dishes are excellent and I continue to frequent the restaurant because the sauce and quality of meat is always perfect. My regular host, Vladimir, is one of the best in the business. I encourage your readers to try Dan Tana's, notwithstanding the negative review by Virbila.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1987
On Sunday, Aug. 16, an article was run in your paper regarding the company I work for, The Assurance Society 1. The article was on the front page of the Orange County Section. To the left of the article was a picture of one of the cards we give as an option to testing negative for the AIDS virus. The card held my picture and name stating the date I tested negative. Nowhere in the article did it state that I am employed by the company, leaving the public to believe that, while we profess confidentiality, we took the liberty of putting a client's name and face in the L.A. Times.
September 10, 2000
Regarding the Wander Year series: I loved Mike McIntyre's articles at the beginning of his journey. His dry wit in describing the pitfalls that befall most travelers was refreshingly honest. I read some comments from readers that accused him of being too negative. Obviously someone told him to lighten up on his criticisms because every column for the last couple of months has been glowing with praise. Give me a break! I have traveled through dozens of countries, and nowhere is perfect.