CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1991
It has always been my belief that "the punishment should fit the crime." Assemblyman Ferguson's bill to permit the castration of repeat rapists is pure justice ("O.C. Legislators Often Fatalistic as Bill-Writers," March 24). We are talking here about the lowest of the low, those who prey on vulnerable women and repeatedly violate them. Do they deserve the right to pursue a fulfilling and active sex life after they've left a lifetime of emotional, if not physical, scars on the women whom they have raped?
October 30, 1988
I so enjoyed Georgia I. Hesse's article "A Century of the Cote d'Azur" (Oct. 9). She has a way of writing that is very pleasurable to read. Exploring the outdoor views and charming villages by car is pure contentment and excitement. So many people make driving a chore, wanting only to arrive and roost at their destination, that they never get past a three-block circumference. However, Hesse relived the pleasure of some of the happiest days of my life. Just being there was a delight.
December 19, 1992
So Marcus Allen says it's a joke he is not playing. Is this the same Marcus Allen who has not had a 1,000-yard season since 1985? Is this the same No. 32 who has not played a full season in each of the last four years, because of injuries? Is this the same guy who plays on the same team as Eric Dickerson, probably the best pure runner the game has ever seen? What is a joke is Marcus Allen's salary of $1.1 million a year. STEPHEN PETERSEN Corona
December 6, 1987 |
Some junior and senior editors were sitting around an apostrophe-shaped table at a major publishing house, picking brains. The idea was to find the quintessential Hollywood book of the '70s, combining business and glamour and stardom. A coffee-table book, maybe, with photos from private lives. Or perhaps an oral history? Or simply a guide to power? Inevitably a bright young editor said the name "Sue Mengers." And the room stopped cold. "Sue Mengers!" shrieked one of the others.
July 30, 2005
For a paper that can attach five reporters when Phil Jackson is named the Laker coach again, or do an in-depth piece about why the Dodgers hired a public relations firm, or devote its second page to an occasional comic, it boggles the mind that The Times sent only one reporter to France to cover the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong's seventh win was a better sports victory than Tiger getting another major. Why? With Lance, you have pure physical exertion, pure desire and grueling conditions.
HOME & GARDEN
March 10, 2005
Samantha Bonar's criticisms of Robb Report Luxury Home ["For Nouveau Riche Only," March 3] are vituperative and sanctimonious. The reviewer judges the magazine's readers more harshly than the content, making an unfair ad hominem attack against them: "Stinking rich, but maybe not so classy." What about those of us who read it as pure fantasy literature, both amusing and well written, a window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous? Would Bonar deprive us of this vicarious pleasure?
December 26, 1999
Regarding "Say Cheese" (by Marshall Fine, Dec. 19): While "Itchy & Scratchy" may bear a passing resemblance to "Tom & Jerry," in my opinion the more obvious influence was "Herman & Catnip." If you go back and watch all those cartoons, you'll find that most of Jerry's attacks on Tom were either done in self-defense, or as a result of Tom not letting him get to a piece of cheese or kicking him out of the house. This is not the case with their contemporaries over at Paramount. Whenever Herman attacked Catnip, it was almost always an act of pure sadism with no motivation other than to revel in the hapless feline's pain.
December 4, 1992
Tim Rutten's Thanksgiving column ("Why It's High Time We Listen to Reason," Nov. 26) says a lot more about Rutten's world view than about what to me, and I suspect to most Americans, is a very pure holiday. A day to reflect on all that is wonderful in life; a day to spend with family and friends enjoying the blessings of being an American. For Rutten it seems to be a day of casting stones. He castigates the Plymouth Puritans for the Salem witch trials, an event that happened 71 years after the first American Thanksgiving when, I assume, the original Pilgrims were no longer among the living.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1986
The tragedy of Challenger ought to make it clear that in spite of our nearly 30 years of space exploration experience fatal errors still occur. Yet we are asked to invest in a system, the Strategic Defense Initiative, which is many times more complex than Challenger, and we are asked to believe that that system will function perfectly the first time it is put into operation. That's like asking us to believe that elephants can be trained to dance on a high wire, after we've just witnessed the Flying Wallendas crash to the dirt floor.