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May 16, 2008
Re "Amid the tragedy lies opportunity," May 14 I was surprised at this Times story. Media blogger Jeremy Goldkorn's comment that "there is no shame associated with natural disasters" is inaccurate. The shame is not in the disaster but in shoddy construction. I do not remember anyone after Hurricane Katrina suggesting that showing aid workers in crisp uniforms dragging the dead was an excellent opportunity to improve the U.S.' image. Finding political gain in an event that killed thousands of people would be like celebrating 9/11 as a much-needed opportunity for the U.S. to move into a new era. Jackie Felman Lake Forest, Calif.
January 29, 1993
Atty. Gen.-designate Zoe Baird withdrew her nomination gracefully and honestly because of a violation in domestic employment law. The Congress made a fair judgment on her ethical conduct without personal bias of political obsession. The President promptly accepted the nominee's withdrawal with due respect and regret. All these, from the beginning to the end, reflect the corrections of a democratic process of a government. Could this be the beginning of a new era for the U.S.?
July 19, 1987
Concerning the naming of the Queen Mary, it is unfortunate that the column (May 17) and letter (July 5) are both the stuff of folklore rather than solid history. In Neil Potter's and Jack Frost's "The Mary: The Inevitable Ship" (London, George Harrop, 1961), the true story of the naming of the Queen Mary is set forth in detail. In brief, this is the account presented by these British writers: Sir Percy Bates (not Gates, as the previous writers have misspelled the name) was chairman of Cunard-White Star Ltd., formed May 17, 1934, by the merger of Cunard Steam-Ship Co. and the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co., which used the trade name of White Star Line.
November 21, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
An exploding underwater volcano is causing a new island to form in the Pacific Ocean about 620 miles south of Tokyo, and you can watch a bit of its dramatic rise in the video above. The video, showing thick plumes of steam and ash shooting out of the new volcanic island, was captured this week by the Japan Coast Guard. The new island -- really more of an islet -- is just 600 feet in diameter, according to an Associated Press report . And it is unclear whether it is here to stay.
May 30, 1993
I liked your May 11 article on The New Yorker, which I have read for 40 years or more as a subscriber. I was surprised to see mention that (copy editor) Eleanor Gould was still there, because one of the things I have noticed with the new regime was that this area seems to have gotten sloppy. The real zinger hit me in a "Talk" item which reported the woes of the Museum of the City of New York, with the comment that the collection "might have to be disbursed." I rubbed my eyes, thinking it might be a deliberate pun, but no. There it was, like a puppy's indiscretion right in the middle of the rug. I decided that one era of the New Yorker was indeed over.
September 1, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State's initial first half post-Joe Paterno went pretty well. The Nittany Lions took a 14-3 lead into the tunnel, twice. The Nittany Lions jumped the gun (literally) when they started running off the field thnking the half was over. The players had to return because Ohio had called a timeout with three seconds left. Penn State fans booed. Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton ran a stat-padding play on fourth down, and then the half was really over.
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