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May 16, 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed your article about Paula Poundstone ("Open Arms" by Candace A. Wedlan, May 9). I have been a fan of hers for ages, and now even more so when I realize what a selfless and loving mother she is and has been to the children who have been in her care. She is a very special woman indeed. CATHERINE MOWBRAY LORENZ Via Internet
December 15, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Jeff Van Gundy was there at the beginning, when Tim Duncan walked off the Madison Square Garden court with mini-camcorder in hand, chronicling his first NBA title as if it might be his last. Four championships and nearly 15 years later, Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are still around, still relevant, still contenders as they arrive at Staples Center on Monday night to play the Clippers. The NBA's steadiest franchise has sustained its excellence through a few singular characteristics.
September 25, 1988
Congratulations to The Times for highlighting the inspiring story of Dorothy and Bob De Bolt (Sept. 14). Their dedication in adopting 13 children, many of them physically and mentally handicapped, after raising six of their own, is incredible. The De Bolts have led a successful life in the true sense of the word. Our increasingly narcissistic society desperately needs true, dramatic examples of selfless love of neighbor. And what a refreshing contrast your report was to the inevitable press details of child, drug and alcohol abuse, gang violence, etc. Cheers to the De Bolts and to The Times!
December 6, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century. Like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi, he was revered around the globe for his vision and courage, and for the enormous personal sacrifices he made to right the wrongs that plagued his country. His half-century battle against apartheid - the system under which millions of South African blacks were governed by the country's white minority - included 27 years behind bars. But he clung to his principles as well as his dignity, and emerged from Victor Verster Prison in 1990, it seemed, without rancor or bitterness.
May 25, 2004
Re "Dog Survives 4 Weeks in a Pit," May 20: I was very impressed with the actions of Darren and Scott Mertz, who determined to save a dog left for dead in a 30-foot hole and then return it to its family. With all the war and fighting and nasty politics going on throughout the world, the selfless act of rescuing a dog gives me hope that we aren't the horrible people that other countries, and many of our own citizens, seem to view us as. Good job, guys! Jason Chase Anaheim
November 18, 2006
Re "Dissenting officer is to be court-martialed," Nov. 12 Imagine what would happen if 1,000, even 500, even 100 soldiers took this stance. We need this type of bravery in the military today for an immediate end to this bloodshed. Who better to judge what is "morally wrong and a horrible breach of American law" than the selfless patriots being forced to perpetrate our empire's agenda. If the men and women in the military raise their voices, the people of this country will listen. TANYA MAGIDOW North Hollywood
October 14, 1999
Volunteering is the "social thread" that bonds our society. It isn't about the paycheck or the benefits, but the privilege to be able to serve others in a capacity where the only return is the selfless gratification we get from seeing the joy it brings. However, when the "social thread" begins to fray, its useful purpose ceases to exist. I have spent many hours volunteering over the years, and all too often I have heard the phrase "We are only volunteers." Make no excuse, volunteering can be a thankless job. But if we are volunteering because we expect a pat on the back or we want something done our way, then we are in it for all the wrong reasons.
April 17, 1992
That Arthur Ashe has AIDS is sad news indeed ("Tennis Great Ashe Reveals He Has AIDS," April 9). He seems a decent, sensitive man. And as deceitful as the invasion of his privacy was, it need not be for nothing. George Bush called him. President Bush does not call the patients I work with or the selfless health care providers I am privileged to assist who give their hearts and skills to those patients every day. Ashe is angry. He has a right to be. But when he calms, I hope he will find the strength to address the work that still lies ahead in this field and the legions of people who need medical and emotional support to deal with this insidious disease.
September 11, 1988
I have known and studied with John-Roger for 15 years. I know all of the people mentioned in your article and have over the years even shared living quarters with some of them. I was present when the allegations were leveled against John-Roger. Yet I have no knowledge of any of the accusations. I have spent a great deal of time at John-Roger's house and have participated with Insight since its inception. I have lived at PRANA and I have studied at Prana Theological Seminary and taken classes at Koh-e-nor University.
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
March 25, 2013 | By Jevon Phillips
Pinocchio is back in this "Selfless, Brave and True" episode of "Once Upon a Time. " August the writer has been suffering a crisis of conscience that he could never seem to get his wooden heart around. In addition, Mendel's cover is blown: Regina now knows who he is, and he doesn't even realize the danger he's in. We start in Phuket, 2011. Apparently August made his way there, though we're not exactly sure why. He realizes that something is causing him to become wooden again and goes to see a doctor.
February 24, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
On the same Concordia University campus where they met and fell in love, friends and family of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, remembered the young couple Sunday for their humility, selflessness and love of basketball. Helped to the podium by family, Lawrence's younger brother, Kris, whispered, "I can do this, I can do this" as he struggled against tears to pay tribute to the protective older brother who he said always did the right thing and comforted him as a child when he was scared of the dark.
February 10, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
For a long time, the story of the four chaplains was everywhere. In classrooms, posters showed the men of different faiths, arms linked in prayer, braced against the waves engulfing the deck of their torpedoed troop ship on Feb. 3, 1943. They had given their life preservers to frantic soldiers and urged troops paralyzed with fear to jump into the icy North Atlantic before they were sucked down by the sinking ship's whirlpool. A postage stamp in 1948 honored the two Protestant ministers, the Catholic priest and the rabbi.
August 4, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
Esteemed biologist E.O. Wilson famously observed that "a principle difference between human beings and ants is that whereas we send our young men to war, they send their old ladies. " And so do termites. When they become too old to help their colonies perform risky foraging tasks, elderly members of a termite species called Neocapritermes taracua provide one final service by sacrificing themselves to defend against predators, researchers reported last month in the journal Science.
December 25, 2010 | By Tom Brannon
I am a retired U.S. Marine, having been drafted at the end of the Vietnam War. At one time, I commanded a squadron of 1,200 Marines and sailors. And, like many of my fellow veterans, I believed that the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy worked well, enabling some fine Americans to serve this great nation. But although I embraced the policy then, I now know that it denied us the service of some highly talented men and women. It continues to cost us even after its repeal. Why the change in my viewpoint?
July 1, 2010 | By Cindy Sui
One is a chubby amateur singer with a bowl haircut, the other a vegetable seller with a big heart. Together, they may have done more to put Taiwan in an international spotlight than years of checkbook diplomacy by the previous government. The singer Lin Yu-chun became an instant celebrity after a clip of him singing in perfect pitch the Whitney Houston hit "I Will Always Love You" in a local talent show went viral on YouTube, with millions of views and counting. The vegetable vendor, Chen Shu-chu, appeared on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the year, for years of generous donations to charity despite her humble earnings.
June 27, 2006
THOUSANDS, OR MAYBE MILLIONS, of people will soon be saved from needless death by Warren Buffett. And most will never even hear the name of their benefactor. The surprise decision by the "Oracle of Omaha" to donate the bulk of his fortune over a number of years to a foundation established by the only person on Earth richer than himself was an astonishingly selfless act, but one in keeping with the investment firm chief's style and personality.
Matthew Nidetz said he had to do something. Four children at his church had recently lost their mother to cancer. So he decided to celebrate his 11th birthday last November by throwing a party, inviting dozens of guests and giving the presents he received to the grieving children as Christmas gifts. "It made me feel good," said Matthew, a sixth-grader from Camarillo. "I was thinking: I have so much. I just need to give back."
June 6, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Every generation needs its Socrates, and now ours is gone. John Wooden coached us through life, and we learned a few things about basketball along the way too. As he got older of body, he got younger of mind. He never yelled, but when he spoke, the room fell silent. He told us things that didn't slap us in the face, but crept slowly into our hearts and minds until, fully absorbed, we understood. In life, he was both an inspiration and a crutch. As rotten as things could get, as much as evil and cheating and laziness prevailed, there was always Wooden to look to for hope and guidance.
December 25, 2009 | By Sara Olkon
Suja Thomas, who wears holey socks, isn't giving her husband anything for Christmas. When Scott Bahr proposed to Thomas in spring 2008, he offered her a red plastic heart in place of an engagement ring. The couple's intense frugality is by design. Their idea is to save as much as possible in order to give more to those in need. This Christmas, the pair raised the stakes: Thomas and Bahr pledged to give up to $50,000 of their own money to five charities by matching donations from others.
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