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July 30, 2005
Tell me it isn't so, Joe. Twenty-five years with the McCourts? More like five more years of minor league baseball until they develop the land then sell the team and land for a run at the Red Sox. Stan Long Sun City Any housing built in Chavez Ravine should include a significant affordable component. Beyond the dire need for such housing in the city of Los Angeles, it would serve as a symbolic replacement for the Chavez Ravine housing stock destroyed by the city prior to their essential gift of the land to Walter O'Malley in the 1950s.
May 28, 2005
Bill Plaschke, in your column "College Baseball Clearly Short of Black Players," you bemoan that "the lack of diversity will again be impossible to hide." Answer: Who cares, there's nothing to hide. You've gone from writing about a subject you don't know much about, sports, (remember "UCLA owns this town"?) to a subject you know about even less, liberal social commentary that does not belong in the Sports section. Baseball is one of the last free areas in life where the best players play due to their skill.
April 29, 2005
In my humble opinion, Iraq is no better off now than it was under the rule of Saddam Hussein, and haven't we killed as many innocent civilians as he did? Mary Overbey Palos Verdes Estates
March 17, 2005
Re "French Hall of Shame," editorials, March 12: Sacre bleu. Was it a really slow day on the editorial page last Saturday, or did you have a guest editorial writer from the Swift Boat Veterans Against All Things French? I wonder how to say "much ado about nothing" in French? Did I miss something, or isn't railing against a silly xenophobic court decision, a minor ministerial housing scandal and French policy in Iraq pretty small potatoes compared with such issues at home as the administration's efforts in the courts to efface the separation of church and state, the influence peddling in the House majority leader's own house and the ongoing failures of U.S. policy in Iraq?
March 9, 2005 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
At least two of the five peacocks found dead in Palos Verdes Estates were poisoned, the city's Police Department announced Tuesday. A necropsy of the two birds concluded that they had eaten food laced with diazinon, according to separate releases put out by the police and by the community organization Friends of the Peacock. The exotic peafowl have long roamed the streets of the city but not without provoking controversy and even a lawsuit.
February 26, 2005
Given that President Bush managed to avoid service in Vietnam, it is ironic indeed that Michael Ramirez (editorial cartoon, Feb. 22) would choose to depict W as a front-line officer, caught in harm's way, abandoned and betrayed by treacherous, ungrateful allies. Desmond Arthurs Palos Verdes Estates
February 23, 2005
Nancy Soderberg's Feb. 20 Opinion piece -- "A Second-Term Shift?" -- is a fine analysis of the problems faced by the Bush administration's foreign policy team now that the second term is underway. Despite gains in the Middle East, antipathy continues in Europe and other places in the world toward the president and those who represent America's interests abroad, and with good reason. Thus, any suggestion that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could receive the Nobel Peace Prize for cleaning up a mess she helped to create is obscene.
February 18, 2005 | Amanda Covarrubias and Erica Williams, Times Staff Writers
It's mating season for the colorful peafowl of Palos Verdes Estates. But instead of advancing the species, some of the exotic birds are turning up dead. Five lifeless birds have been discovered in the city since Jan. 23, and no one has been able to figure out who or what is killing them. Laboratory tests have ruled out disease, and residents who have found the dead birds said they don't appear to have any physical injuries.
February 6, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Only a few dozen houses designed by architect Gerard R. Colcord are still standing. Colcord, who was in his prime in the late 1920s and early '30s, designed mostly Country English, Cape Cod and Monterey Colonial homes close to his base in Beverly Hills. How unusual it is, then, to discover Chateau del Mar, a French-style Colcord built in 1970 in Palos Verdes Estates. Also rare is its bluff-front site in lower Malaga Cove. The home is one of only six on the oceanfront there.
February 4, 2005
Re "The President Reloads," editorial, Feb. 3: You state that "2018 is just when the fund starts paying out more than it takes in. It is not a crisis." The fact that President Bush believes that now is the time to deal with a future financial train wreck is what is called leadership. What would you like to do? Put it off until it becomes an imminent crisis? This president continues to show his courage and convictions and his will to present solutions for the long-term financial health of America.
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