December 29, 2007 |
I didn't have to figure out how to break the news of Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy to my kids. Disconcertingly attuned to all celebrity news at ages 10 and 12, the girls broke it to me at the dinner table -- along with an explanation of who, exactly, Jamie Lynn Spears is. It turns out, in case you are a fellow inhabitant of Planet Clueless, that: (1) this is a different person from Jamie Lee Curtis; (2) Britney Spears has a younger sister; (3) she is the "good one."
December 14, 2007
Re "What's so wonderful about it?" Opinion, Dec. 10 While Annie Korzen thinks "It's a Wonderful Life" unfairly mocks personal ambition to the potential detriment of the world as a whole, the real message of the film is that selflessly helping others creates a different kind of wealth from what Mr. Potter or Sam Wainwright have. If anything, it's a message that has more value than ever in an era that celebrates the exact opposite. Pete Tittl Bakersfield
May 5, 2007
Re "A drill can't fix LAUSD," Opinion, April 28 The rest of the world scores quick and easy political points by bashing our public school system. Virtually alone in the world of punditry, Sandra Tsing Loh identifies the successes of public schools. As a parent with children in public school, I love her work on this front, because school staff are properly more concerned with teaching than with rehabilitating their battered image. For readers who merely skim headlines, "A drill can't fix LAUSD" cynically echoes the conventional wisdom that our school system is broken beyond repair.
October 16, 2005 |
Set 30,000 years into the future, the video game Anarchy Online seems an unlikely place to see billboards advertising the newest CD by Motley Crue or the "Family Guy" on DVD. But such ads are increasingly showing up in the virtual realm of video games as corporations pursue potential customers into their escapist fantasies.
June 19, 2004
Re "High, and at Risk," Opinion, June 13: Very true, many lives have been ruined due to crystal methamphetamine: loss of jobs, homes, self-respect and, yes, unprotected sex leading to HIV infection. However, unprotected sex has become unbelievably common among sober men as well. A deeper issue is the failure in truly educating men about what reinfection and different strains of the virus entail. Has reinfection already occurred in this country with untreatable strains? What are the odds of it happening, and what is its history?
December 24, 2003 |
"Cheaper by the Dozen" apparently means to celebrate family life, but it's as synthetic as a plastic Christmas tree. Not for a second will an only child find anything to envy about the Bakers of Midland, Ill., where a household of 12 children means that sometimes a parent cannot always address an offspring by his correct name. It's hard to imagine that director Shawn Levy and his writers, in reworking the autobiographical novel by Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr.