February 23, 2014
Re "Save the small town cinema," Opinion, Feb. 19 Jordan Stancil's article on his family's theater in Grayling, Mich., brought back memories of the Palace Theater in Clearwater, Neb., population 400, in the 1940s. My parents were farmers who made the drive to town Wednesday and Saturday nights to buy groceries and socialize. My sister and I made a beeline to the theater, where we saw two first-run movies every week. Margaret O'Brien, Esther Williams and even Lassie became part of our childhood experience.
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It makes sense that a little-known snowboarder from Utah set the tone for the U.S. team at the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics. "I don't know what to call it," Sage Kotsenburg said. "I have no idea what's actually going on. " His surprising gold medal in the new slopestyle event started a chain reaction. With the Americans getting very little from their biggest names - including Shaun White, Shani Davis and the men's hockey team - a group of lesser-known athletes lifted the team.
February 23, 2014 |
" But most of all I shall remember the monarchs, that unhurried westward drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some invisible force. " - Rachel Carson, in a letter to Dorothy Freeman, Sept. 10, 1963 . After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 |
For extraordinary acts of courage during the D-day invasion of World War II, Walter Ehlers received the nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor. And it changed his life. "I didn't have a life before the medal," Ehlers said in a 2004 Washington Post interview. A self-described "farmer boy" who not only took out enemy gun nests single handedly during the D-day operation, but also drew fire to himself so other soldiers could withdraw, Ehlers was invited to every presidential inauguration from Eisenhower on. He spoke all over the world to student, military and other groups.
February 21, 2014
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Jay Famiglietti," Opinion, Feb. 19 Our water problem is real, certainly. What's less so is the claim that people can make any significant difference in water usage by limiting showers and not making ice cubes, as Jay Famiglietti says. Cities use less than 20% of California's developed water supply. By far the biggest user is the agricultural sector. One of the biggest water-guzzling crops, alfalfa hay, is grown to feed beef and dairy cattle. If we cut our beef and dairy consumption, we would make a big impact on water usage.
February 19, 2014 |
My great-grandfather founded the Rialto Theater in tiny Grayling, Mich., in 1915. His handbills advertised an opening-day screening of "The Twenty-Million-Dollar Mystery" on "two good single reels. " I run the same theater today, almost 99 years later. But two good single reels aren't what they used to be. Our theater is threatened now because Hollywood movie studios are phasing out 35mm film and beginning to distribute new movies only in digital format. In December, Paramount Pictures announced that "Anchorman 2" would be its final movie printed on film, and other studios are expected to quickly follow suit.