April 10, 2010
Puppy beating trial Re "Puppy beating brings 90-day jail sentence," April 3 Jerry Austin, a friend of Glynn Johnson, the man sentenced recently for beating a puppy, was quoted as saying the trial had "dehumanized" Johnson and "humanized" a dog. "That is unfortunate," Austin said. That's a clever way to frame this, but it doesn't change the facts of the case. The trial isn't what brought discredit and shame to Johnson -- his own behavior is. The Times reports that Johnson bludgeoned a 6-month-old puppy at least 12 times in the head with a 12-pound rock.
March 3, 2010
The speaker's ethics Re "Pérez has ties to deep pockets," Feb. 28 California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez needs to be out. Now. There are way too many links to impropriety noted by The Times -- union "mentors" investigated for corruption, bills introduced for the benefit of corporate campaign contributors -- for him to make even an attempt at an impartial job performance. This state is too deep into the morass to have an obviously corrupt speaker leading the way into our dicey future.
January 26, 2010
THEATER Stomp Tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans have been added to the troupe's arsenal of instruments. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 7. Check website for dates. $25-$69. (323) 468-1770. www.broadwayla.org. BOOKS T.C. Boyle The author's prodigious output is matched by his freewheeling, exuberant writing style. He will discuss and sign his latest story collection, "Wild Child," and recent novel "The Women." 7 p.m.. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. Full; standby only.
November 22, 2009 |
Two takes on N. Korea article I couldn't help but be shocked that the Travel section would run a piece on tourism in North Korea ["A Rare Glimpse Offers Plenty of Curious Sights," Nov. 15]. The North Korean government is possibly the most oppressive of any industrialized country in the world. A huge number of its people live in poverty, there is not enough food available, and the lack of proper medical care has reached crisis levels. The Kim Jong Il regime puts a great effort into keeping this harsh reality at a distance from any foreign visitors, including the author of the article.
November 13, 2009
Re "Army in dark on Hasan's e-mails," Nov. 11, and "Suspected gunman's ties to mosque investigated," Nov. 9 It is indeed troubling that despite the post-9/11 efforts to create interagency task forces to improve intelligence-sharing, communication lapses continue -- including those that may have led to the tragic massacre at Ft. Hood, Texas. What possibly could be more important than doing everything possible to ensure the integrity of those who wear the uniforms of our armed services, and to whom we entrust our country's security?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2009 |
Ernest D. Sillers Founder of Episcopal schools The Rev. Canon Ernest D. Sillers, 99, who founded several Episcopal schools and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, died Oct. 15 at Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills, St. Margaret's officials said. No cause of death was given. Sillers founded schools at St. Mark's in Downey in 1960, St. Margaret's in San Juan Capistrano in 1979, St. John's in Santa Margarita in 1988 and St. Mary and All Angels in Aliso Viejo in 1994.
October 11, 2009 |
Weird-but-true fact about the only unbeaten football team in the Trinity League: It's the only team never to win a league game. San Juan Capistrano JSerra High is 0-14 since the league was formed three years ago, including five forfeits. The Lions were shut out twice last year and lost their five league games by a combined score of 184-23. JSerra is 5-0 entering its league opener Friday against Santa Margarita, but that record might trigger an uh-oh alert on campus -- the Lions were also 5-0 last year before going winless in league play.
September 15, 2009
Re "It only gets better," Sept. 12 In the face of so many national and world problems, how refreshing to have the delightful story of Meryl Streep and her successes, with a beautiful color picture, right on the front page. What a wise choice; it balances out necessary and heart-rending stories. Leslie Oliver Playa del Rey :: Even though I have seen Streep in numerous movies, I ask: You have a front-page article about the popularity of an actor? Tell me, where is the news?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2009 |
A fire that erupted overnight Thursday in steep canyons along Ortega Highway in southern Orange County has been fully contained and the highway reopened. The blaze erupted about midnight in the Cleveland National Forest about 12 miles east of San Juan Capistrano and charred about 25 acres, said Marty Driscoll, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The fire never threatened homes, he said. Aircraft and about 160 firefighters were used to fight the blaze. One firefighter was injured, falling and breaking her leg, Driscoll said.