March 4, 2007
The trial of music producer Phil Spector, right, will be televised, along with his hair, raising the obvious question: What hairstyles might Spector's jury consultants recommend? Political cartoonist Roman Genn offers three looks. The North Kohawk Likely to appeal to potential jurors with a fetish for Western movies, platform shoes and plutonium The Lost-the-Buzz cut Could win sympathy from washed-up, teen pop divas in and out of rehab in search of a new look The Trump-over Appealing to real estate megalomaniac wannabes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1996
Your editorial on the need to address growing bank ATM fees ("Talking Back to the ATMs," July 29) was on point. Congressional action is certainly called for. But readers should know that state legislation to require on-screen ATM fee disclosure has already been enacted. My bill, AB 3366, signed into law last month, requires banks to disclose ATM fees on screen, and allows customers to back out of transactions without charge. Californians should know that, regardless of federal action, beginning July 1 of next year, they will receive on-screen notification of ATM fees at bank ATMs.
February 6, 2005
Why all the upset about editorial cartoons on the front of the Opinion section? Roman Genn's clever piece of satire (Jan. 30) reminds us that words alone, no matter how honestly written, forceful or eloquent, have done little to affect American opinion on the crucial issues of our times, as evidenced by George W. Bush's reelection and the seemingly relentless march of his incredibly incompetent presidency. (The only thing missing in Genn's piece was Condoleezza Rice being slapped upside the head by Barbara Boxer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1996
Re "Ezell Unveils Initiative for State-Issued Identity Cards," Jan. 10: We Americans are a goofy, fun-loving bunch. We can't resist high-minded, symbolic quests, as long as they don't get anywhere. The entertaining, former border patrol generalissimo, Harold Ezell, Proposition 187 proponent, now wants a ballot measure to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue "tamper-proof" licenses and identity cards. This is supposed to effectively combat illegal immigration. There will be much gnashing of teeth over this, civil libertarians on both the right and left hate the idea, fearing a police state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1996
Re "the Bottom Dollar," Aug. 22: I am really tired of listening to the cries coming from the "small business" community concerning the newly enacted minimum wage law. I read in the papers about two such people. One owned four Burger King restaurants in the San Fernando Valley and the other owned two car washes. Both were worried that their businesses will be adversely affected and one commented that his bottom line will become very marginal. I would suggest that anyone concerned about these two gentlemen should look in the business opportunity section of this paper or any other to see that these types of businesses are selling anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000.
January 29, 1995
The O.J. Simpson trial (read media circus) has only just begun, and I am sick to death of it. What little interest might have remained was dispelled by the aggressiveness of the shark-like media in their feeding frenzy. Unable to believe that I am the only one suffering from this reaction, I have polled friends and groups, and no one is watching! Where are the people the media insist are eating all this up? Enough, already! Back off! Stop giving the stage to lawyers who are in it because of the high visibility, and to a man who, years ago, excelled in a children's game.