September 8, 2002
Re "Let's End the Embarrassment of Low Voting Rates," Commentary, Aug. 29: Letting someone cast a vote based on a last-minute decision to get involved is wrong. Many of these voters would be less informed. Some last-second sound bite encouraged them to vote! Voting and being involved is not some impulse buying decision. It is the responsibility of citizenship. Citizen participation is a cornerstone of our democracy. When this country was founded, only free white men of property had the right to vote.
June 23, 2002
Re "Cleanup Time for Ralphs," editorial, June 13: I agree that Ralphs should do what it agreed to do as far as switching some of its trucks from diesel fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. However, when the economic equation radically changes, business should be allowed flexibility. "Yard goats," the smaller trucks used inside distribution centers, do not pollute to the same extent that road units do, and converting them is really a joke. In regard to converting "older trucks with 100,000 miles": A truck is built to run 500,000 miles before touching the engine.
March 20, 1998 |
Flashback! Remember those '60s head shop posters depicting the "American Gothic" couple as marijuana farmers? The concept has been stretched to full-length dimensions in "Home Grown," a joint venture of sorts between the Echo Theater Company and its Showtime Networks sponsor at the Ventura Court Theatre. Set in present-day Ohio, Rick Cleveland's comedy centers on a farm family's novel solution to its financial woes--switching production to America's leading "cash crop."
September 11, 2000
Here are the winners of the 52nd nighttime Emmy Awards, as announced Sunday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They cover programs aired between June 1, 1999, and May 31, 2000. Programs Comedy series: "Will & Grace," NBC. Drama series: "The West Wing," NBC. Miniseries: "The Corner," HBO. Movie: "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie," ABC. Variety, music or comedy series: "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS.
September 11, 2005 |
WHEN audiences leave the Geffen Playhouse in mid-November, they'll be sizing up how John Goodman fared as Big Daddy in the Gil Cates production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." But there's another surefire topic of conversation: the theater's new look. Thanks to a $17-million renovation, the Westwood venue named for Hollywood mogul David Geffen promises better seats, sightlines and acoustics, larger restrooms -- and no more steps at the entrance to the auditorium.
September 7, 2003 |
Preparing to adapt John Grisham's "Runaway Jury" to the screen, director Gary Fleder took a cue from veteran screenwriter William Goldman. The first time he read the novel, he highlighted crucial passages. He then repeated the task, using a different color. The material that emerged two-tone would constitute the skeleton of his film. "By the end, I'd highlighted half of the book -- way too much," Fleder recalled.