August 1, 2012
Re "Deficit debate driven by the wealthy," Column, July 29 Your readers are entitled to better than Michael Hiltzik's column on deficit reduction, which substitutes invective for rational discussion. The Simpson-Bowles plan may not be the best possible for deficit reduction, but to dismiss it out of hand is absurd. The plan was considered by a bipartisan committee of 18 members chosen by the president and Congress. It was approved by 11 of the 18 members of the commission.
October 7, 2012
A prominent perch on Catalina Location: 103 Maiden Lane, Avalon 90704 Size: Seven bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,170 square feet Published on: July 4, 2010 Listed then for: $3.9 million Listed now for: $3.295 million Reduced: 15.5% Plenty of room for company Location: 671 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272 Size: Six bedrooms, 71/2 bathrooms, 8,296 square feet Published on: Dec. 4, 2011 Listed then...
September 27, 2012
Get ready for some Honey Boo Boo holidays. The TLC network said Wednesday that it has ordered Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials focusing on its 7-year-old breakout star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. The series aired its 10th and final episode of its debut season on Wednesday. The show centers around Thompson, her mother, June Shannon, and their rural Georgia family and has been a breakout hit for the cable network. TLC has also ordered additional episodes of the series to air next spring.
August 17, 2012
Re "Hollywood hurts as TV production joins film exodus," Aug. 15 The case for the Republican assertion that raising taxes on job creators hurts the economy could not be made any clearer. Many Hollywood executives and big-name actors passionately support such liberal politicians as Gov. Jerry Brown and President Obama, who call for raising taxes on high-income earners. Yet it is the average Joes like the "grips, location managers and other crew members" mentioned in the article who suffer job losses when wealthy producers take their shows to more tax-friendly states.
June 7, 2012
There are reasons not to extract too many lessons from Gov. Scott Walker's convincing victory in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. For one thing, he faced a weak opponent in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and for another, he vastly outspent Barrett to win by 7 percentage points. Most important, voters seemed to understand that a recall wasn't the right remedy for Walker's actions. As California was forced to learn the hard way, the recall is a better device for removing a governor who has engaged in misconduct than for punishing one over policy disagreements.
August 8, 2012
'Hope Springs' MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes Playing: In general release
October 2, 2012
Re "L.A., restart your engines," Oct. 1 Living a block away from the 405 Freeway, I was looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend, when we wouldn't hear any of the normal 405 traffic or construction. And guess what? The freeway was indeed very quiet. But the helicopters that flew overhead every few minutes interrupted the peace I thought we'd get. Over a 35-minute time period Saturday morning, I counted 15 flyovers. Frank Ponder Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: What would Lincoln think of the GOP?
March 21, 2012
Flaming Lips fans will need to fire up their turntables if they want to hear the group's new album when it surfaces exclusively on vinyl next month in conjunction with Record Store Day. "The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends" is a double-LP set with experimental collaborations between the band and high-profile pals including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Kesha and others. It will be released only in a vinyl edition created for Record Store Day, the annual promotion of brick-and-mortar independent music retailers, an event that takes place April 21 this year.