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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1998
I usually greet each new wrinkle you throw at me with enthusiasm. What do I know about publishing a newspaper, anyway? As with art, I know what I like, and so far I like The Times just fine. But I fear you're losing your heart if you can so cruelly dump a fine columnist like Scott Harris. Consider that I still miss Jack Smith, my tears have barely dried for Jim Murray, now you're taking Scott Harris from me as well. I hope Sandy Banks is watching her back; she's next in line. Please reconsider.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2001
Re "Amid Drought, a Range War Erupts in Utah Over Grazing Restrictions," Dec. 26: Livestock grazing on federal lands, particularly arid lands, has always been and always will be a lose-lose situation for the wildlife resources of this country and for the government, which subsidizes this absurd practice. Back when the West was young, many users and managers of the land were ignorant about grazing on lands that could not support this type of abuse. The majority of the well-informed in this country, backed by sound economic sense and hard science, now realize that these degraded, arid lands are more valuable to the American people if they can be given the chance to recover their historic biodiversity and water-storage capacity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1997
Re "To Make Taxes More Taxing, Press 1 . . . ," March 9. [Scott Harris] really expressed the frustrations encountered by many trying to use modern computerized automated systems that eliminate humans. The personal is gone. I am legally blind and have not given up surviving with my visual impairment. It isn't easy for handicapped individuals to survive in this automated, electronic world. The personal touch is lost. Thanks, Scott Harris, for a great service to all. MARTY TREGNAN North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1994
Too bad Scott Harris couldn't find a more positive topic than a story about two drunken adult delinquents ("A Random Act of Mooning," Jan. 6). Too bad the Los Angeles Times couldn't find a more positive article to fill that space--better to have left it blank. Who knows how many other morons will now want to cheer us with such a view? Since I live in Studio City and have to drive that area on Moorpark Street between Colfax Avenue and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, I'm worrying whether the other drivers will be looking around for the next mooning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1994
While I am always touched by Scott Harris' sympathy for professional burglars like Brian Simpson, I am curious to know whether The Times and Harris ever devote equal space, sympathy, and compassion to the people whose homes Brian Simpson has burglarized? Or does Harris' sympathy lie only with crooks, inmates and thugs he watches from his ivory tower? MICHAEL ALLEN North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1994
Scott Harris' sophomoric attempt at humor in his column "Eisner's Flanking Maneuver" (Oct. 4) missed its mark by the widest of margins. I am not writing to defend the person, style or business acumen of Disney's Michael Eisner. He, I am certain, is well equipped to handle that himself. Mr. Harris does try. However, he seems regularly to come away minus humor, cleverness, sensitivity, subtlety or a modicum of discipline. Instead, his cynical take on Eisner arrives with an obviously forced and peevish mixture of sarcasm, churlishness, mean-spiritedness and, yeah, pettiness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1995
We realize that Scott Harris is a columnist with wide latitude on what he decides to write, but his piece (Sept. 10) on Milken Community High School was simply inflammatory and offensive. As officers of the West Valley Jewish Community Center, which is part of the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus, we know firsthand the depth of the commitment of the entire Milken family to educational and cultural programs. It is certainly a measure of the Milkens' generosity that that commitment is not limited to the Jewish community, but helps support projects for people throughout Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1996
I just want to thank Scott Harris for his wonderful article ("Val Gals? Only to a Southern New Yorker," June 2). He could not be more correct. I am just now finishing my sophomore year at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills and I laughed out loud at the stereotypes the New York Times columnist threw out. In all my life, I have come across tons of Valley Girls and not one has said the phrase "Oooh, wow, bummer!" while cruisin' to Starbucks in their Mustang talking on the cell phone.
MAGAZINE
August 8, 1999
As a species, we are capable of a wide spectrum of behavior--from the most atrocious cruelties to our fellow man to absolute beauty that realizes our loftiest potential--the latter being epitomized in your recent article about Dr. Ronald Busuttil ("God's Right Hand," by Scott Harris, July 11). What a complete human being he is, and what an inspiration to all of us to fulfill and use the gifts we've been given. We are bombarded daily with stories of unspeakable horrors happening the world over, and it is a breath of fresh air to read about the difference one individual can make.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1998
No more Scott Harris? Really? No more at all? Geez, but I sure miss the guy . . . . Well, if not thrice a week, what about twice a week? Or maybe on Sunday? Please? I'm so used to seeing his face, especially on the Sunday Valley section. I confess I skipped his column sometimes when I was too busy, but I always checked the title at least. When he started I was new here in the Valley, too, so he helped me a lot to get to know this place. Now I feel a little lost here in the Valley without Scott Harris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1998 | SCOTT HARRIS
We have to stop meeting like this. I mean it. I'm not kidding. It's over. If you come looking for me here in my usual spot these coming Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays--and I sure hope you do--you won't find me. Took them awhile, but they're on to us. And so, after 5 1/2 years and some 700 columns, my thrice-weekly presence will be no more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1997
Re "To Make Taxes More Taxing, Press 1 . . . ," March 9. [Scott Harris] really expressed the frustrations encountered by many trying to use modern computerized automated systems that eliminate humans. The personal is gone. I am legally blind and have not given up surviving with my visual impairment. It isn't easy for handicapped individuals to survive in this automated, electronic world. The personal touch is lost. Thanks, Scott Harris, for a great service to all. MARTY TREGNAN North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1997
Re "Cupid, an Honorary Member of Mensa," Feb. 13. The article by Scott Harris lampooning Mensa has some accuracies but misses the point entirely. The media image of us as geeks busy diddling our counterparts of the opposite sex makes entertaining copy but denigrates an organization of immense value to its members . . . and drives off those unknowing "couple of million" who could benefit from membership. We often find that only within our own society can we relax and be ourselves; let off steam, so to speak.
MAGAZINE
August 8, 1999
As a species, we are capable of a wide spectrum of behavior--from the most atrocious cruelties to our fellow man to absolute beauty that realizes our loftiest potential--the latter being epitomized in your recent article about Dr. Ronald Busuttil ("God's Right Hand," by Scott Harris, July 11). What a complete human being he is, and what an inspiration to all of us to fulfill and use the gifts we've been given. We are bombarded daily with stories of unspeakable horrors happening the world over, and it is a breath of fresh air to read about the difference one individual can make.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1996
Scott Harris' flippant Jan. 18 column ("What Disaster Has Joined Together, Money Has Torn Asunder") about the Rockpointe Homeowners Assn. in Chatsworth missed the point. Damage from the 1994 earthquake was substantial at the Rockpointe townhomes, yet we are now near the end of the rebuilding process, while many Valley condo associations are still struggling with the complexities of recovery. Harris writes about the weak complaints of a few and digs no further. Rockpointe's board members--unpaid volunteers--did an exceptional job for their homeowner neighbors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1996
I wish to comment on Scott Harris' opinions regarding the Jewish Defense League's protest against the appearance of racist David Duke at Cal State Northridge. In his column of Sept. 26 ("Everybody Had an Opinion on Duke Debate"), Harris described me as a "longtime rabble-rouser" and criticized JDL's protest as "idiotic." Harris owes it to his readers to inform them about his own activist credentials. When has he ever taken a stand where he had to risk violent attacks against him or have a pompous liberal columnist call him names for doing what he believes in?
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