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February 2, 1997
In reference to "Changing Channels" Jan. 27, we were appalled to read that Supervisor John Flynn accuses local residents who oppose building an aquarium at Channel Islands Harbor of "Shoot(ing) from the hip" and asserts, "You've got a lot of selfishness down there." Flynn has a long history of ignoring the wishes of taxpayers and residents who are constituents of his district and who live around the harbor. Is it selfish to want input into and information from the committee planning major development in one's neighborhood?
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film of the same name, "Bad Teacher" is something of a novelty on CBS, a single-camera comedy in a sea of old-fashioned multicamera, feel-the-hilarity sitcoms like "The Big Bang Theory," "Two Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly. " ("The Crazy Ones," whose time slot "Bad Teacher" will occupy, cracked that mold this season but did not break it.) Nevertheless, and for all the studied outrageousness of its model, it tells a now-familiar, deceptively sweet tale of the unruly force that brings its own kind of order and relief.
August 18, 1991
I simply cannot believe the selfish, short-sighted attitude of the Jarvis organization and the taxpayers who angrily refused to pay $30 to $50 a year to improve school and recreational facilities in their communities. What a sad commentary on today's society if people will not pool their resources to improve their communities! We need to face reality. As long as Proposition 13 is still in force, we are either going to have to be satisfied with rundown public facilities, thus inviting crime and graffiti, or find inventive ways to come up with the funds to maintain facilities as they should be maintained.
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season, taking away a strong-willed and sometimes critical voice of the Lakers. But Pau Gasol has played more than six years with Bryant, long enough to pick up some of his behavior. Several days after criticizing some of his teammates' selfish play and Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball approach, Gasol was no longer angry. It's not as if his words directly led to a victory Friday against the Sacramento Kings. But he felt the need to crack the whip regardless.
December 22, 1988
A loud "amen" to your editorial. My husband and I will be taxed, but in the long run we know we will benefit. It is obvious that the ones screaming the loudest against this are the selfish affluent ones. Not only are they selfish, but they are extremely short-sighted. DOROTHY SCHULTZ San Gabriel
July 28, 2002
"Both sides are wrong. Somebody's got to think about baseball rather than their selfish needs." Duke Snider, on baseball's labor woes.
April 27, 2006
Michael Douglas is to be commended for taking a few years off to spend time with his young children ["Just Your Ordinary Working Dad," by Susan King, April 20]. What I found puzzling, however, is how he referred to himself as "selfish" for doing so. Aren't the selfish ones the many in his business who, despite having more money than they will ever need, spend massive amounts of time away from their children? That someone who does the right thing should think the opposite is a sad commentary on values in Hollywood.
September 26, 2000
Catherine Hutzel's reply to Carla Hall's article about childless women is, in my case, right on the mark. (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 10) I am 45 years old and a full-time student at Chapman University, double majoring in psychology and U.S. history, as well as working two part-time jobs. One of the reasons I chose not to have children is because I realized that I am somewhat selfish and that a child may "cramp my style." Thank God I recognized this aspect about myself early in life.
May 11, 2004
As an off-highway vehicle user, I once again found the Sierra Club contradicting itself ("Sand Blasters," May 4). Recreational usage in areas the club finds sensitive (such as sand dunes) is OK as long as the activities fit the club's selfish parameters. It only reaffirms its "all about me" philosophy. Martin Hogue Bishop
September 26, 1988
The election-year flurry of promises, recriminations and moralizing is at best a source of amusement. At its worst it is destructive in its ability to distract people from truly pressing problems and divert us into silly arguments about headline-grabbing topics. The omnibus drug legislation (approved by the House of Representatives on Sept. 22 ), and specifically the amendment sponsored by Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.), is a vivid example of hypocrisy in motion. A $10,000 fine to be levied against casual drug users is the price that they must pay for their "selfish indulgences," as Edwards put it (Part I, Sept.
February 27, 2014 | By Todd Martens
There's a lot of damage in the shadows when Angel Olsen says six simple words. Those words -- "I am the only one now" -- are sung at the conclusion of the first song on her new album, and they're repeated seven times. Her voice goes higher, then lower, alternately crestfallen and then revelatory. Scarred? A little. Heartbroken? That's harder to gauge. If a love song is inherently egocentric -- I feel something or other because you did something  -- then Olsen's new album "Burn Your Fire for No Witness" is about grappling with romance in an era besotted with narcissistic status updates.
December 26, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
On the heels of her remarkable documentary "The Arbor," writer-director Clio Barnard returns to the Bradford area in northern England for a contemporary fable inspired by an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. In this version, "The Selfish Giant" is Kitten (Sean Gilder), the proprietor of a scrap yard, but the story centers on a character named Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend, Swifty (Shaun Thomas), two misfit teenagers who skip school to scavenge metal for Kitten. Arbor's on meds for what's probably ADHD, his prescription routinely nicked by his older brother to sell on the street.
November 14, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
In an effort to placate angry (and shortsighted) Americans, President Obama announced Thursday that they could keep their substandard health insurance plans for another year so long as insurers were still willing to offer them. Never mind that these cheaper, bare-bones packages don't meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum benefits, undercutting a fundamental part of the healthcare law. Yes, the Obamacare rollout has been less than ideal. But, as The Times' editorial board argued Thursday, the decision to backtrack is a bad idea . Obama basically stuck a pacifier in a crying baby's mouth instead of heeding his 2012 campaign slogan: “Forward.”  Here's what the board had to say: “The goal was not just to eliminate plans with dangerously thin coverage, as President Obama has emphasized in recent weeks, but also to spread risks and costs more broadly across the population.
October 17, 2013 | By Heller McAlpin
"Breakfast with Lucian," Geordie Greig's juicy, eye-popping book about Lucian Freud, the notoriously priapic painter best known for raw portraits that stripped his sitters bare in every sense, doesn't pretend to be objective or comprehensive. Greig offers a fond but by no means whitewashed account of how Freud's spectacularly messy life relates to his extraordinary body of work as "the greatest realist figurative painter of the twentieth century. " A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the budding artist escaped from Nazi Germany to England with his family when he was 10, in 1933.
August 2, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Everyone likes a brain-teaser, so let's try one: You and your friend get busted for illegally downloading "Grown Ups 2" on your PC. The authorities lock you up, equally offended by your disregard for the law as by your taste for Kevin James sequels. But they're willing to cut a deal with you, on the condition that you throw your friend under the bus as follows: If you rat out your friend and testify against him, you walk free and your friend goes to prison for a year, assuming he stays silent.
July 31, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Cris Carter will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Former Minnesota Vikings teammate Qadry Ismail says his fellow wide receiver definitely deserves the honor. But that didn't stop Ismail from raining on Carter's parade more than a little bit while speaking on SiriusXM radio this week. While Carter might have been one of the greatest talents to ever play the position, Ismail said, his personality actually hurt his team in some cases. Calling Carter "a bona fide diva," Ismail compared him unfavorably to another former teammate and Hall of Famer, Shannon Sharpe, a tight end who played two years with Ismail for the Baltimore Ravens.
January 7, 1990
The commentary "We Could Give the Gift of Life This Christmas" (Op-Ed Page, Dec. 24) outraged and dismayed me. To allow 40,000 children to needlessly die daily is literally beyond belief! But even if we do not respond to this unnecessary condition on humane grounds, it well behooves us to look at it from a selfish stance. High child death rates mean high birth rates; the poverty which promotes these death rates forces millions to over-exploit their surroundings just to survive; poverty provokes instability and violence; poverty perpetuates itself.
November 15, 1990
We were in the unprecedented position to take a courageous stance in the world, but we did not. We were too lazy to get out and vote. We were too ignorant and lazy to read the ballot for ourselves. We were too weak, greedy and selfish to consider giving up some of our luxuries. We were too weak, greedy and selfish to stop, change and pay for the crimes we committed against our environment. Instead, we chose to pass these responsibilities on to our children when the price they will pay will be even higher and harder.
July 3, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose missed the entire 2012-13 NBA season while rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, a decision that brought him a lot of criticism. The Bulls anticipated that Rose would return after the All-Star game break, and he was medically cleared to play on March 9. However, Rose said he didn't feel comfortable stepping onto the court in a game situation. "It was hard," Rose told Bulls TV. "One of the hardest things I've had to go through in my life.
May 12, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
It was a murder that prosecutors say was committed in a fit of rage and jealousy and then covered up for more than two decades. But on Friday, as she was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend's wife, former Los Angeles Police Det. Stephanie Lazarus masked any emotion, other than a glance and wave in the direction of her mother as she was led away in handcuffs. The sentencing brought to a close a case that garnered national attention for its sensational story line of a lovelorn cop killing a woman she viewed as a romantic rival and then harboring the dark secret for 23 years.
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