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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2000
Re "Community Colleges May Shelve Reading Skill Standard," May 1. It is demoralizing that Ventura County community colleges are considering a proposal to remove a requirement that students show reasonable reading proficiency. It is sad that a student can graduate from high school without competence in the basic cognitive ability to read, but it is absolutely pitiable to perpetuate this deficiency at the college level. It is further offensive to imply that students (minority or nonminority)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001 | From Times staff writers
Rand Corp. is seeking feedback in its effort to sort out how best to teach reading to the nation's schoolchildren. Earlier this month, the Santa Monica-based think tank posted a draft report that outlined how literacy researchers, educators and policymakers should work together to develop a long-term research plan. It is now inviting these groups to respond to the report, which can be found at http://www.rand.org/multi/achievementforall. The $1.
NEWS
December 5, 2002
9-11 By Noam Chomsky Seven Stories Press (2001) This book is an eye-opening analysis of historic and contemporary American political, economic and military domination in the name of humanitarian intervention. It also illuminates the struggle to recover from the abyss of ground zero. Debbie Allen, actor-choreographer
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July 30, 1990 | MARY JO KOCHAKIAN, THE HARTFORD COURANT
The summer weeks roll by, and still the kid hasn't read a book. Have you been reading? To the kid? It could be that you haven't been doing enough advertising, says Jim Trelease, author of "The New Read-Aloud Handbook" (Penguin, $9.95). The book and its earlier editions have sold 1.2 million copies. "Overwhelmingly, the research has shown that the single best way to reach and motivate the reluctant reader is to read to the child," Trelease says.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Reading for My Life Writings, 1958-2008 John Leonard Edited by Sue Leonard Viking: 382 pp., $35 I want to talk about criticism, about what it is and how it operates: an issue that was one of the abiding passions of John Leonard's career. And not just criticism as a form of service journalism (although, in part, that too) but criticism as an expression of social and cultural engagement, a function of political or literary life. It's no coincidence that on the day before he died - of lung cancer, at age 69 - Leonard spent hours waiting to vote for Barack Obama for president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996
A popular reading program for children at the San Fernando Library is combining guest performers with creative incentives to promote multiculturalism. "Read About Me," a twice-weekly program, has been popular among parents looking for educational--and free--ways to help their 6- to 12-year-olds have some fun and beat the heat. "It's really a fun time for the staff as well as for the kids," said library assistant Diane Gavin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1997
Thank you for publishing the article, "Blessings From Next Door," Aug. 15. How refreshing to find such an uplifting story of true community spirit. Some people say "nice news" doesn't sell. For me, reading about the goodness of everyday people is the best story that money can buy. Reading about the Mission Viejo neighbors who surprised a downhearted widow with paint, carpeting, furniture and more brought tears to my eyes and filled me with a renewed sense of hope. I believe that people are basically good.
REAL ESTATE
June 4, 1989
This letter is simply to let you and your staff know that I truly enjoy reading the Real Estate section. As a homeowner, I find the tips on house maintenance and repair to be quite useful, and I especially look forward to the Q & A section on buying and selling real estate. This section always has a wealth of information for anyone who wishes to purchase or sell his own home. My wife and I own only our house, and we appreciate that the majority of your section is devoted to average homeowners like us rather than to wealthy real estate developers (as are most real estate sections)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1987
The wit and commentary of Jere Witter's "Temptation of Comic Book," (March 22) is a real job, as is the more profound concept that learning to love reading can really be stimulated with comic books as a jump start. There is no doubt in my mind that motivating anyone to start reading is a truly wonderful accomplishment. Yet one must wonder what else the Legal Aid Society is motivating when an endless supply of items is provided to be "taken" (should this word be stolen) from their lobbies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
In brief remarks Wednesday to the annual meeting of the Assn. of American Publishers in New York, First Lady Laura Bush called books her "greatest love affair" and warned that a "nation that does not read for itself cannot think for itself." Bush, a former librarian whose advocacy of books and literacy have long made her popular in the publishing industry, cited such fictional characters as the Brothers Karamazov and "an intriguing man named Gatsby" and worried that many Americans had never heard of them.
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