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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1999
My jaw dropped in horror and disbelief as I read Edwin Dorn's modest proposal to tie college financial aid to military service (Commentary, Feb. 24). At a time when most democracies have recognized free and universal education as an intrinsic social good, I am still forced to take out $120,000 in student loans as it is. Under Dorn's plan I would not even have that "opportunity" without first being coerced to submit my body to involuntary servitude. And in response to Dorn's assertion that today's college students do not learn about self-sacrifice and honor, I say that forgoing health insurance to help afford graduate school tuition has taught me a lot about self-sacrifice, and the good people who risked arrest to protest the senseless murder of Iraqis during the Gulf War taught me more about honor than any drill sergeant ever could.
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SPORTS
March 1, 2009 | MARK HEISLER
If there's a guy who finally deserved a break, it's not Stephon Marbury, who isn't the devil incarnate but is the hardest-core, most clueless mercenary of his era. Nevertheless, there he is, in Boston, home of the Keepers of the Flame, where character is, or was, considered synonymous with tradition. It's not surprising that, even if the Celtics got a two-time All-Star for nothing, and their Big Three signed off on it, they're leery of rolling a Trojan, er, Knick Horse, into the cast.
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TRAVEL
December 30, 2001
In his Dec. 9 letter (Letters, "Giving Is Better") suggesting that people forgo luxury hotels in favor of "helping a poor family or a child in need," Roger Newell is trying to induce the familiar altruistic guilt trip. If his ethics of self-sacrifice were practiced consistently, there would be no recreational travel because one can always find someone less fortunate who needs whatever money we spend on our own pleasure. But isn't a main purpose of earning money to enjoy your life? MICHAEL S. BERLINER West Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"Blessed Is the Match" is not only the title of a solemn, respectful documentary about Israeli Holocaust martyr Hannah Senesh, it is also the opening of the poem that helped make her famous. "Blessed is the match, consumed in kindling flame" is the first line of that brief poem, a tribute to self-sacrifice written by Senesh in 1944, just days before she was captured in Nazi-held Hungary.
SPORTS
May 1, 1999
It's not Jim Edmonds' self-sacrifice at the plate, in the field, or on the basepaths that I question. These have always been exemplary. It was his admitted reluctance to sacrifice some of the time spent jet-skiing during the off-season as opposed to submitting to an operation that would have readied him for the '99 season that has his fans and teammates wondering where his priorities were. CLIFFORD BURTON, Santa Monica The Angels have enough problems without reporters encouraging players to publicly criticize each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1986
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said of the air strike against Libya that "the President did what the American people would have wanted him to do." Well, count me out! I am horrified and abashed. The Soviets are not alone in dubbing us "state terrorists." How gross to use such enormous might against so minor a country! How uncivilized to ignore the United Nations and the opinions of all other countries! This action obviously will boomerang against whatever targets, civilian or military, here or abroad, where some Americans can be targeted.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1993
The meeting between Hollywood honchos and White House staff reveals more than the bruised feelings of Hollywood's leftist elite ("A Hollywood Ending to That Meeting," Film Clips, April 25). The meeting shows President Clinton's penchant for governing by political favor and his insistence on selling his socialistic ideals through elaborate showmanship. The same goon squad who flew to D.C. to train the White House in "selling" Clinton's plan for health care once mocked Ronald Reagan for his showmanship.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"Blessed Is the Match" is not only the title of a solemn, respectful documentary about Israeli Holocaust martyr Hannah Senesh, it is also the opening of the poem that helped make her famous. "Blessed is the match, consumed in kindling flame" is the first line of that brief poem, a tribute to self-sacrifice written by Senesh in 1944, just days before she was captured in Nazi-held Hungary.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2000 | PHILIP BRANDES
A single mother raising a developmentally disabled son pays a heavy price for her devotion in "David's Mother," Bob Randall's unsentimental look at the dark side of self-sacrifice. A powerful revival at the Colony Studio Theatre honors the unsettling truths and refusal to settle for emotional cliches, keeping the play fresh and topical. As the fiercely protective Sally, Francesca Casale turns in a multifaceted gem of a performance--smart, caustic and blunt in the finest tradition of New Yorkers.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nelson R. Mandela, the inspirational leader of the black rebellion against apartheid, has become during more than 27 years in prison a figure of almost mythic proportions among South Africa's black masses, millions of whom have never heard or seen him. The name Mandela is a rallying cry for black youths born years after he was sent to prison. "Mandela is with us!" say the graffiti painted on the walls of South Africa's black urban ghettos.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2001
In his Dec. 9 letter (Letters, "Giving Is Better") suggesting that people forgo luxury hotels in favor of "helping a poor family or a child in need," Roger Newell is trying to induce the familiar altruistic guilt trip. If his ethics of self-sacrifice were practiced consistently, there would be no recreational travel because one can always find someone less fortunate who needs whatever money we spend on our own pleasure. But isn't a main purpose of earning money to enjoy your life? MICHAEL S. BERLINER West Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2001 | NANCY KINSEY NEEDHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Light versus darkness. Sacrifice and self-denial. These classic themes have new meaning as houses of worship in Ventura County face rising electric bills while California struggles through the current energy crisis. With power costs up, preachers can no longer rely on a cold chapel and bright lights to help keep the congregation awake. Lights have been dimmed and temperatures allowed to rise.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2000 | PHILIP BRANDES
A single mother raising a developmentally disabled son pays a heavy price for her devotion in "David's Mother," Bob Randall's unsentimental look at the dark side of self-sacrifice. A powerful revival at the Colony Studio Theatre honors the unsettling truths and refusal to settle for emotional cliches, keeping the play fresh and topical. As the fiercely protective Sally, Francesca Casale turns in a multifaceted gem of a performance--smart, caustic and blunt in the finest tradition of New Yorkers.
SPORTS
May 1, 1999
It's not Jim Edmonds' self-sacrifice at the plate, in the field, or on the basepaths that I question. These have always been exemplary. It was his admitted reluctance to sacrifice some of the time spent jet-skiing during the off-season as opposed to submitting to an operation that would have readied him for the '99 season that has his fans and teammates wondering where his priorities were. CLIFFORD BURTON, Santa Monica The Angels have enough problems without reporters encouraging players to publicly criticize each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1999
My jaw dropped in horror and disbelief as I read Edwin Dorn's modest proposal to tie college financial aid to military service (Commentary, Feb. 24). At a time when most democracies have recognized free and universal education as an intrinsic social good, I am still forced to take out $120,000 in student loans as it is. Under Dorn's plan I would not even have that "opportunity" without first being coerced to submit my body to involuntary servitude. And in response to Dorn's assertion that today's college students do not learn about self-sacrifice and honor, I say that forgoing health insurance to help afford graduate school tuition has taught me a lot about self-sacrifice, and the good people who risked arrest to protest the senseless murder of Iraqis during the Gulf War taught me more about honor than any drill sergeant ever could.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1993
The meeting between Hollywood honchos and White House staff reveals more than the bruised feelings of Hollywood's leftist elite ("A Hollywood Ending to That Meeting," Film Clips, April 25). The meeting shows President Clinton's penchant for governing by political favor and his insistence on selling his socialistic ideals through elaborate showmanship. The same goon squad who flew to D.C. to train the White House in "selling" Clinton's plan for health care once mocked Ronald Reagan for his showmanship.
NEWS
February 28, 1993 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The hard-drinking Catholic priest, tumbler of whiskey in hand, is a familiar stereotype, captured time and again by Hollywood and bolstered by real-life examples. But for most people, the idea of a nun with a drinking problem is incongruous. Casting off those preconceptions with the same zeal with which some nuns doffed their habits in the late '60s are the sisters in an alcoholism treatment program housed in an old convent at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, near Pico and La Cienega boulevards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2001 | NANCY KINSEY NEEDHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Light versus darkness. Sacrifice and self-denial. These classic themes have new meaning as houses of worship in Ventura County face rising electric bills while California struggles through the current energy crisis. With power costs up, preachers can no longer rely on a cold chapel and bright lights to help keep the congregation awake. Lights have been dimmed and temperatures allowed to rise.
NEWS
February 28, 1993 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The hard-drinking Catholic priest, tumbler of whiskey in hand, is a familiar stereotype, captured time and again by Hollywood and bolstered by real-life examples. But for most people, the idea of a nun with a drinking problem is incongruous. Casting off those preconceptions with the same zeal with which some nuns doffed their habits in the late '60s are the sisters in an alcoholism treatment program housed in an old convent at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, near Pico and La Cienega boulevards.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nelson R. Mandela, the inspirational leader of the black rebellion against apartheid, has become during more than 27 years in prison a figure of almost mythic proportions among South Africa's black masses, millions of whom have never heard or seen him. The name Mandela is a rallying cry for black youths born years after he was sent to prison. "Mandela is with us!" say the graffiti painted on the walls of South Africa's black urban ghettos.
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