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August 10, 2004
Letter writer Pete Balwan (Back Talk, Aug. 3) finds Outdoors too girlie-girl? Ha! I nearly spit up my Gatorade. My delicate lil' digits are singed by the flaming load o' testosterone that oozes outta the pages. Outdoors is meant for males 18 to 34 who don't have wives or girlfriends or who get to leave the lil' woman behind while they're risking paraplegia, impotency and head trauma. Gloria Glasser Agoura
December 23, 2003
A lot of hunters love the fact that a section of the paper devotes itself to all things outdoors, not just wealthy pleasure-seeking skiers. Reader David Wynn (Back Talk, Dec. 16) stated that hunters don't care about skiing, hiking, rafting, etc.; it's not true. I hunt, fish, hike wilderness-style and camp. I like the outdoors, period. Ben Boorman Compton
April 6, 2004
How much does The Times love the outdoors? So much that they feature an article about a guy who brings down tree sitters ("You're Evicted," March 30), so that companies can turn ancient trees into paper towels. I've just thumbed through my last Outdoors. Jayson Adams Santa Monica The eco-squatters article made me wonder about the commercial viability of trees that have grown over many centuries and are very much a living part of our country. How is it possible that citizens could allow the destruction of national treasures?
April 11, 1986
Once again outrage and hilarity, those two perennial front-runners in any political event, have finished in a dead heat with Pete Schabarum's proposal for a Ronald Reagan National Forest. The only thing I have heard this year sillier than this proposition is the "reason" Schabarum gives for it--Reagan's alleged "love of the outdoors." Let's face reality, Mr. Schabarum. The only time Ronald Reagan loves the outdoors is when it is, in John Muir's memorable expression, "dollarable."
August 20, 2005
Only Gary Bettman's NHL could take a sport that has played one game outdoors in decades and land it on the Outdoor Life Network. By losing its place on ESPN, the NHL apparently ranks behind bass fishing, poker and really bad Bobby Knight movies in anticipated ratings. MEL POWELL Sherman Oaks
February 10, 2004
I have been begging my wife for years to cancel the Los Angeles Times because it's a leftist rag. Since discovering Outdoors, I no longer encourage her to do so. I particularly enjoy the hiking articles and The Guide. Dennis Kuntz Covina
February 1, 2005
Your recent idea ["Outside Pursuits," Jan. 25] suggesting that kids collect stuff they find while exploring the outdoors is not a good idea. I teach my kids to leave what they find so their kids will have something to experience. As the saying goes: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Bill Vanderberg Inglewood
November 6, 2002
Re "A Comforting Spouse Could Turn Out to Be a Real Pain," Nov. 4: Someone please tell me how many thousands of dollars went into this ridiculous research project. Apparently, our neuroscientists needed conclusive evidence that the spouse who coddles, babies and mollifies his or her significant other might be worsening or prolonging the condition. I wonder how this analysis was made. I can just see the project specs now: During successive "Monday Night Football" games, spouse A developed a spontaneous, crippling leg cramp when asked to take out the garbage by spouse B. Those spouse Bs who acceded the point found no garbage was dispatched outdoors for approximately 3.5 hours, or four quarters of the game.
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