May 12, 1996
In answer to Nina J. Easton's question, "What Could Hollywood and D.C. Possibly Have in Common?" (March 24): Well for one thing, a lack of creativity. For others, fiscal irresponsibility and moral ineptitude. And Easton's favorite: public detachment. As the saying goes, two wrongs don't make a right. Both sides need to get their acts together before the whole country goes to hell with them. L. M. Kates Encino Easton is a terrific writer. We enjoyed her piece on the common, shaky ground that Hollywood and Washington share.
January 29, 2004
Re "Kerry Takes New Hampshire; Dean Finishes Distant Second," Jan. 28: My fellow Democrats need to wake up. Republicans will be delighted to "bring it on" with Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry. More liberal than Howard Dean, with a 20-year record to attack, Kerry has supported a half-trillion dollars in tax increases, opposed the death penalty for terrorists [in the 1980s], supported federal Supplemental Security Income cash benefits to drug addicts ... and the beat goes on. President Bush's political advisor Karl Rove and the gang will make mincemeat of Kerry.
August 31, 1989
Mayor Max Salter welcomed four young cancer patients from the Soviet Union to Beverly Hills in a City Hall ceremony last week. The patients--Alina Ivanova and Nina Djenda, both 11, and Tanja Shmorgoner and Angelea Mihay, both 13--were accompanied by Drs. Lev Durnov and Liana Nikelova, a of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Medical Sciences Cancer Research Center in Moscow. Salter gave the visitors keys to the city and gift packages including teddy bears, wrist-watch walkie-talkies and perfume.
April 15, 2008
Re "Healthcare for prisons: $7 billion," April 12 Seven billion dollars is too much money to go to the prison system. We have made our children sacrifice their education to balance the state's books. Instead of sending hundreds of pink slips to California teachers, a large portion of this money should go to our schools. In my community, they are already talking of permanently closing some elementary schools because of a lack of funding. We are regressing, and the only way we can undo the damage is if our leaders reevaluate their priorities.
January 18, 1993 |
When President-elect Bill Clinton led a joyous procession across this city's Memorial Bridge on Sunday night, it was no accident that he was surrounded by hundreds of children, including a contingent from a California camp for youngsters with cancer. "Let us build an American home for the 21st Century where everyone has a place at the table and not a single child is left behind," Clinton said before leading the procession across the Potomac River.
June 28, 1997
Even the grainy L.A. Times photo of the Disney Hall model made me gasp ("A Project in Need of Greater Harmony," June 24); what a magnificent structure, soaring upward, elevating the viewer as great music elevates the listener. What is there to debate? Of course Frank Gehry must guide his masterpiece through its completion. Who else could? My husband and I are happy to wait for the designs to be properly executed and to one day see Gehry's Disney Hall built exactly as the eminent architect intended.