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June 30, 1994 | Jim Washburn, Jim Washburn is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to the Times Orange County Edition.
I went to bed last night wondering just what I'd be writing about in this column today. That might seem a bit last-minute, but I find a deadline is like a thick window I can't see through unless my head is slammed right up against it. Shortly before I woke up this morning, I had a nightmare. I was in a college class and about 15 years older than anyone else in it.
May 12, 1991
Re "Computers Push the Limits of Artificial Intelligence" (April 24): We are well into the industrial era. What we have to show for it is a huge percentage of our population that is "redundant" and sitting idle in large ghettos. Most of us are working harder and harder to make ends meet. The promise of industrialism has turned into a nightmare of social disruption and pollution. What on Earth is a smart robot going to do, if it is so smart, besides shut itself down as a favor to mankind.
October 6, 1985
The recent article about Beyond War was inspiring and hopeful. Clearly the organization offers a way out of our present-day nuclear nightmare. By starting with ourselves and changing the way we think, we can learn to resolve any conflict. The simple idea, that we are one, is not new, but it is imperative that we learn it once and for all. Perhaps the Beyond War package will succeed where others have failed. I think it's our only hope. CHERI WOLPERT Thousand Oaks
October 11, 1986
Thank God, the nightmare of Chavez Ravine is finally over. Deep and drastic therapy is needed so that 1987 doesn't turn out to be just a dreary replay of '86. Al Campanis must retire! Far too much faith in the wrong young players and in aging players looking to wind up their careers in Southern California. Brock? Sorry, kid, four full seasons is enough. Maybe there will be less pressure in Seattle. Reuss, Cabell, Madlock and Landreaux? A new world of radio and TV announcing is calling.
October 21, 2000
Greg Braxton's article on the anemic show-biz curb appeal of the "Big Brother" cast (yes, cast) as contrasted with the "Survivor" cast was on the mark (" 'Big Brother' Cast Is Meeting Big Yawns," Oct. 14). But, like other commentators, Braxton missed a major reason. Yes, "Big Brother" was boring. But the reason why is more complicated than a lack of chemistry or conflict between cast members. The bare fact was that, except for Cassandra, most members were intellectually vapid "me-heads" who had nothing to say about themselves or others that revealed enough brain wattage to light up a thimble.
February 6, 2000
Re "Le Parc Condos Legal Tangle Resolved," Jan. 27. This article recounts the litigious nightmare that Simi Valley Le Parc homeowners have had to endure while trying to protect their life investment--their homes. I have watched this story closely as well as the many other homeowners association nightmares unfolding across the nation. Reading and educating oneself on the governing documents prior to purchasing a home in an HOA does not guarantee you protection against your own nightmare.
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