December 13, 2001
Your Dec. 11 front-page picture showing the haunting face of Shannon Spann cradling her baby while following her husband's coffin hit me in the gut. (He was CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann, who was killed in Afghanistan.) It speaks more eloquently of the tragedy of war than a thousand-word essay. Robert Hallock Palm Desert
February 23, 2013
Re “ Sneak peek fees pique studios ,” Business, Feb. 19 Thank you for reporting on this irritating new practice, whereby studios are being strong-armed by theaters into paying to have trailers screened. Studios and theater owners decry losing audience share, but when they subject their audiences to 20 minutes or more of trailers, what do they expect? I, for one, will express my displeasure by always choosing an independent theater. Laurie Trainor Los Angeles Recently I sat through more than 20 painful minutes of inane trailers.
August 29, 2002
Re "A Shot Across the Bow From the Darkness," Commentary, Aug. 26: Reading Jonathan Turley's article on the secret court, I wonder why every American citizen isn't outraged by the existence of that court. And why isn't every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives outraged by the existence of that court and its misuse by our current attorney general? And why isn't every media outlet expressing outrage at the false applications for secret searches submitted to that court by the Justice Department?
January 25, 1997
Curt Flood died Monday. His funeral should be attended by every professional baseball player. It is from his unyielding stand on principle they now enjoy unparalleled income and freedom. How many of us would be willing to surrender both fame and fortune at the height of stardom for an honorable principle? A principle for which you will be vilified by your enemies and little appreciated by your friends. Curt Flood chose to fight the injustice of baseball's reserve system knowing that even if by some miracle he won, his career would be over.
February 14, 2008 |
Barbara Kruger's "Untitled (Shafted)" in the elevator of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum is one of three commissioned artworks on the grounds. (The others are John Baldessari's scrims on the building's facade and Robert Irwin's Palm Garden. And there's a fourth if you count Chris Burden's "Urban Light," which began in 2001.) Given that the three-floor building is the equivalent of six stories, Kruger's installation proved to be one of the thorniest, since it fills the interior of the elevator shaft and cannot be viewed all at once.
January 7, 2001
Bertram Wolfe and Chauncy Starr ("State's Energy Problem Has Roots Nationwide," Commentary, Jan. 3) assume that demand for energy will continue to grow uncontrollably and that we should try to satisfy it at all costs, even if this means building more nuclear power plants. But the problem lies only partly with the limited supply of energy. As long as it was cheap, we were not careful with how we used it. Conservation should be our main focus in this energy crisis, for it is the only solution that is inexpensive, reduces our dependence on foreign governments and cartels and poses absolutely no environmental threats.