February 11, 2007 |
Prospects for an initial agreement on ending North Korea's nuclear arms program were clouded today as talks entered a fourth day without an accord on how to compensate Pyongyang for moving to disarm. Envoys to the talks, from North and South Korea, the United States, Russia, Japan and host China, have agreed on most of a plan that would oblige Pyongyang to shut down nuclear activities in return for economic and security assurances.
September 13, 2005
In one paragraph Steve Lopez describes how he turned away from a dog swimming toward his boat for help (column, Sept. 11). If there was room for only one more and he had a choice between a kid and the dog, that would be one thing. But that wasn't the case. He just let the dog fend for itself and probably drown. Then in the very next paragraph he calls himself a dog lover. Like a lot of people who use that expression without really thinking about it, he's not a dog lover. In the appropriate situation, he might be a dog liker.
September 4, 2005
WHAT a beautifully written paragraph in Scott Martelle's Aug. 14 article ["In Sleepy Hatch, a Red-Hot Time," Western Travel]. If Martelle were in my English class, he'd get an A for his lyrical words in the 12th graph: "Where the freeway keeps an aloof distance east of the river, 185 follows the Rio Grande in an intimate tango, dancing cheek to cheek for a few miles before twirling apart, only to come back together for a kiss." What a picture! And what a neat article about Hatch.
April 10, 2005
Each Sunday I read The Times' comics (a.k.a. Opinion pages). Usually this is at breakfast. Most of the time this usually demands an infusion of antacid. On April 3, however, I was unusually surprised, sort of. The article by Karin Klein, "How I Gamed the SAT," was great until the last sentence. While I was reading it, I took her examples and was grading the article according to her scale. Until the end of the article, I had given her a 5, maybe a 6. However, she inserted a left-wing wacko commentary in the last paragraph.
May 24, 2004
Re "The Lobotomized Weasel School of Writing," Commentary, May 20: I vehemently disagree with Crispin Sartwell's characterization of the five-paragraph essay as "hoo-ha." While he explains that writing "ought to nurture and give shape to thought," he fails to understand that this essay format allows for the organization of thought, thus allowing for coherent shape. Writing an essay is much like giving a presentation to an audience. The presenter needs to clearly and simply introduce the subject or argument, then enumerate and develop subtopics that provide supporting information.
May 8, 2004 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday sought to rebut allegations that for months he withheld information about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by their American guards, saying the U.S. military had "told everyone in the world" about the inquiry in January. Rumsfeld was referring to a single-paragraph news release issued along with two others on Jan. 16 by U.S. Central Command.