March 9, 2003
Patti Davis' "musing" was a hoot ("My Own Muse," Style, Feb. 16). Like e-mail spelling, real style is knowing all the rules and then breaking them on purpose. Over the years Davis has proven that if you don't take yourself too seriously, no one else will either. Being able to go her own way and laff at herself proves that she has style to squander. And that should be good enuff to satisfy any of her critics! Carol Nahin Palm Desert
January 13, 2002
Thank you to Patti Davis for her eloquent and touching reflections on the occasion of her 49th birthday ("A Birthday Wish," Dec. 9). It was a truly enriching experience to read something that resonated so deeply. Marcia Goodman Long Beach How nice to learn that self-involved baby boomers such as Patti Davis think they have finally grown up at 50. Their parents grew up at 20, fought a war, developed a country, and some of them evidently spoiled a generation that is able to walk along a beach, study their navels and grope through life.
June 7, 2001
I read with amusement Patti Davis' diatribe against "tell all" male politicians ("Ah, the Good Ol' Days of Repression," May 29). She decries the new openness on the part of male politicians regarding their medical conditions and private lives, using Rudy Giuliani and Bob Dole as examples of particularly egregious lapses in public taste. Giuliani's sin was talking about the effects of chemotherapy for his prostate cancer, and Dole's was admitting to erectile dysfunction. Men in public life are now merely acting the way women have for decades in this country.
April 30, 2001
Undoubtedly, many people identified homeless people they have seen time and again and the changes that occur. Patti Davis' article ("Looking Deep Into the Haunted Eyes of the Homeless," April 11) highlighted the situation very well. Over the past 12 years, we have seen a homeless man [in our area] go from being a fairly clean-cut person to one who has deteriorated so badly it makes us want to cry. St. Joseph Center in Venice sponsors a cafe called Bread & Roses, and there are cards that one can give to homeless people directing them to the cafe and other services that the center offers.
March 26, 2001
Regarding "Battle Takes Shape in the Toniest of War Grounds" (March 18): We are very concerned that The Times chose to print an article by Patti Davis, who had a serious conflict of interest. Ms. Davis' mother is apparently part of a small group of neighbors opposing our new home project. The article makes it appear as if the entire Bel-Air community is against this project. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bel-Air Assn., certainly the toughest homeowners' association, approved our project in January 2000.
March 4, 2001
Re "36 Steps for Those Without the Wisdom to Know the Difference," by Patti Davis, Commentary, Feb. 28: Dear Patti: You may continue to shoot yourself in the foot if you must, but please don't shoot others. The desire to atone for one's mistakes should never come at the expense of another. Instead, I would like to suggest to you that you address George, who seems to want to emulate both Ronald's personality and policies. I can assure you that while Ronald's personality was charming, his policies hurt my family much more than Bill and Hillary's imperfections.