June 3, 2004
Thanks so much for running Garry Trudeau's "In Memoriam" (Sunday Comics, May 30). Such a genuine public expression of respect for the lives lost in the highly questionable Iraq war has been sorely missing from the powers in charge. God bless all our troops, and allow those still alive to return from this misguided endeavor soon and safely. Dawn Rosalind Bill Hessell Oak View, Calif. Why is Trudeau's output carried in the comics when the majority of it is simply his personal political point of view?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2004 |
One person was killed and two others injured when their truck veered off the southbound lanes of Highway 33 near Oak View and rolled several times, authorities said Saturday. Ronald Riley, 41, of Bakersfield was ejected from the vehicle in the accident, which occurred just north of Santa Ana Boulevard about 9:15 p.m. Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
December 30, 2003
Re "$1.2-Billion Downtown L.A. Project Draws Top Architects," Dec. 24: The new Walt Disney Concert Hall is Los Angeles' finest sculpture, and the surrounding gardens provide a contemplative viewpoint. Now the plans for an adjoining development could make Grand Avenue the focal point the city has always lacked. If the new area is done with the level of artistry that architect Frank Gehry displayed with Disney Hall, Los Angeles will be a more complete city, and very, very proud. Bill Mead Oak View, Calif.
September 14, 2003
"British Columbia's Gentle Cycle" [Aug. 24], your article about the Kettle Valley Railroad, brought back memories from 1957. I, as a newly married English immigrant to Canada, worked in the division engineer's office in the division headquarters in Penticton and traveled throughout the division. One of my duties took me to the many timber trestles spanning Myra Canyon and adjacent canyons during the summer of 1958. We were rebuilding the trestles, piece by piece, [so] that we did not interfere with the running of the trains -- a difficult and enjoyable job. In those days, before the environmental concerns, the heavy timbers that were replaced by the new timbers were just dropped into the canyons.
September 11, 2003
Re "The Golden State's Fool's Gold," Commentary, Sept. 8: Unlike most writers, Joan Didion's prose slips further and further into incoherence and cant the older she gets. Note the clear, unaffected sentences and ideas in her eighth-grade essay and compare them with the mushy musings she gives us "deep into adult life" (whatever that means). Didion seems to think that Californians are more riven with doubt about their state than residents of, say, New York, Florida or Oregon, which is patent nonsense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2003 |
An Oak View man accused of raping and drowning an Oxnard teenager two years ago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges that could bring a death sentence. Douglas Dworak, 37, is charged with forcible rape, murder and an allegation that he killed during the commission of a rape in the 2001 slaying of Crystal Hamilton, 18. The allegation allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty, although no decision has been reached on whether to do so.