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February 20, 2005
Thanks! With the continued dumbing-down of the Sunday Opinion section, I can now skim through it in five minutes, rather than taking 30 to 60 minutes of my valuable time. Lots of cartoons, colored pictures and cute vanity pieces by Michael Lewis and Joel Stein mean so much less that actually needs to be read and digested. What have you done with the real Michael Kinsley -- you know, the intelligent, articulate journalist? Please bring him back and stop turning the Opinion into another piece of fluff.
January 30, 1989 | JOHN EISENBERG, Baltimore Sun
Fact: Until the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl victory, never before had teams from one state simultaneously held the pro football, baseball and basketball championships. (You can look it up.) Opinion: Had cornerback Lewis Billups not dropped an easy interception in the end zone in the third quarter, the Cincinnati Bengals would have won the Super Bowl. Fact: Eight of the top 12 scorers in this week's National Basketball Assn. rankings left college before their senior years.
Home-based writers and artists whose work does not impact traffic or other activities in their neighborhoods do not have to register for a business permit under the city's controversial Home Occupation Ordinance, Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn said Friday.
January 15, 2011 | By Mark Heisler
Sterling is askedfor opinion, unloads More tough love from Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling : If you can't tell from the results, Sterling is a demanding boss who can target bigger game than Baron Davis . ? Like Commissioner David Stern , the boss of bosses. Three sources describe an exchange in an owners meeting in Las Vegas a year or so ago: Sterling: You don't want to hear what I have to say. Stern. Yes, we do. Sterling. No you don't.
April 15, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Here we have it, NBA playoff time and Charles Barkley has opinions. So many opinions. For example, LeBron James is the best player in the world, Barkley says. And in the Western Conference, the Lakers are "clearly" the team to beat. "We'd all be shocked if the Lakers don't get to the Finals," Barkley said, speaking for his TNT broadcast mates. Well most of them anyway. One of those mates, Kevin Harlan, said he would not be surprised if the Lakers aren't in the West finals.
January 26, 2005
For 20 years, I've lived in San Diego. I read the small, local paper on a daily basis and subscribe to The Times on Sunday. I look forward to the Opinion section so I can get a greater regional, state, national and worldly view than I get from the local paper. Over the last few months, the Sunday Opinion section seems to have begun slowly disappearing. First, there was the roundup of cartoons. I thought it was great -- once, or once a month, but each week! Then came Michael Lewis -- he was amusing the first time and maybe even the second.
March 10, 2001
Re: "Times Sports Department Wins Triple Crown," March 1: I was sure The Times would finish the season leading in these categories. You had a lock on Sophomoric Ridicule and ran wire to wire in Opinion Sharing, but the key was your commitment to the Minimal Game Coverage category. And it looks like you're the favorite to win next year's new category: XFL Cheerleader Coverage. Keep up the great sportswriting, guys. JAN BILSON Santa Clarita
April 26, 2003
Once again my suspicion that for most people, the 1st Amendment exists only for those whose opinions they agree with, was confirmed in last week's barrage of letters in Viewpoint. Dale Petroskey's decision to cancel an entire event celebrating the making of "Bull Durham" because he didn't agree with the views of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon on the war, becomes an exercise in "free speech," and Robbins' and Sarandon's antiwar stance is described as a "tirade." It might surprise some folks that the founding fathers believed that the right of everyone to state their opinion, even if they disagree with the government, should be respected.
September 11, 1999
Your hypocrisy knows no bounds! Mr. Penner should turn his venomous insights toward his own paper. He basically says there is no journalistic value to ESPN [Sept. 7]. It is just a bunch of entertainment and other worthless rubbish. This, I guess, is opposed to all the valuable sports journalism your current writers provide. I don't recall the last time I read an article by a Times sportswriter that reported just the game or event being covered. Everything is accompanied by a worthless opinion, anecdote, or solution.
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