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.
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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.
January 23, 2005
Re "Why I Gave Lots of Deodorant for Hanukkah," Opinion, Jan 16: Joel Stein writes, "Now I'm secretly hoping my show doesn't make it on the air" (that makes two of us!), "or that my parents develop severe forms of Alzheimer's before autumn." It's a sad day when a columnist in an esteemed newspaper utilizes someone else's tragedy in a tasteless attempt at humor. Ask any family who has lived the nightmare. There is no shortage of relevant topics of substance upon which to hold discourse, so why print this foolishness?
February 3, 2008
BEFORE "Blindness" (the film) and before Jose Saramago's book, there was John Wyndham and his "Day of the Triffids." Originally published in 1951, it is well known to readers of science fiction, and anticipates Saramago's idea by decades. Having only read Reed Johnson's article and the plot synopsis of the novel, I can't really compare, but it sure sounds similar. The London Times said of ["...Triffids"] in 1951: " . . . a brain-chilling tale of tomorrow. . . . all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare."