January 14, 2005
I read with sadness the sentiment of an American Marine captain at being delighted that people in Indonesia are much nicer to him than they are in Iraq (Jan. 11). I may well be behind the times. Is it no longer axiomatic that handing out food and candy to devastated children engenders a different response than laying waste to a country in the name of democracy? Paul Mantee Malibu
December 2, 2001
My husband and I lost our home to a fire while we were on vacation nearly three years ago ("After Your House Burns Down," by Jane Marla Robbins, Nov. 4). We lost everything, including our two dear cats. We went through the pain as Robbins described in her article. I was shocked when my friends would say, "You are so lucky, you get to buy everything new." I pretty much liked what I had and didn't like power shopping for silverware, kettles or clothes. We no longer collect things. We have the bare necessities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2001
Re "Rep. Barbara Lee: Rowing Against the Tide," Opinion, Sept. 23: Much has been made of Rep. Barbara Lee's (D-Oakland) opposition to the authorization of the use of military force in response to the appalling Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. The California Democrat was outvoted in the U.S. House of Representatives 420 to 1. One can't help but draw a parallel to Jeannette Rankin, the Republican from Montana who was the sole member of the House to vote against America's entry into World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
August 2, 1998
What Donna Goldstein and other parents driven by the promise of stardom (July 26) for their offspring need to know is that The Times' photo of young Alyssa far better represents who and what she is at this stage of the game than the glamour chick in the 8x10 glossy she holds. And that the best acting class for a 14-year-old involves learning to read hard and play well. PAUL MANTEE Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1997
Thank you for your piece on Catherine Morris and Jeff Dietrich ("A Practical Gospel," Aug. 23). It's refreshing finally to read what the other Christians are up to these days: feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. Radical, indeed. PAUL MANTEE
November 20, 1994 |
BRUNO OF HOLLYWOOD by Paul Mantee (Ballantine: $18; 234 pp.) Give him time; he'll settle into it. For now, Paul Mantee--veteran actor of heavies; novice novelist of lights--writes with a natural exuberance, an unmistakable flair for the comic characterization, the bon mot. Just needs to rein it in a little, is all. Following "In Search of the Perfect Ravioli," a memoir with tomato sauce, Mantee unleashes "Bruno of Hollywood," the tale of a postwar actor in search of a gig.