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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1991
If Sununu thinks he's so damned necessary to the efficient running of the White House, why doesn't he stay there? I think he has an overblown sense of his own importance as well as being too cheap to pay for his own air flights. SHIRLEY PORTER Sunland
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FOOD
November 10, 1999
Thank you for the wonderful article "Beyond Baguettes" (Oct. 13). As I read the descriptions of the various breads and background of making bread in the French tradition, a wave of nostalgia swept over me. In 1995, my husband and I and another couple rented an apartment within a few doors of Poila^ne's. While we waited for the apartment manager to let us in, we sat on luggage on the sidewalk glorying in just being in Paris. I mentioned to our friend, Thelma, that the famous bakery was [down the street]
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1994
Somehow, behind the closed doors of the Burbank Board of Education, there seems to have been a deplorable travesty of justice. The demotion of Principal Keiko Hentell of Burbank High School to classroom English teacher smacks of narrow-minded, unimaginative people who are consumed with fear about innovative school programs when they involve multiethnic groups. How long will it take for the Burbank School District to realize the mistake made and the loss of a good educator, if it ever can?
NEWS
August 18, 1996
Re "The Elizabeth Quotient" (Aug. 7): $200,000 a year doesn't sound like a "mission field" job to me. And no one has even questioned the propriety of such a decision by Elizabeth ("don't call me Liddy") Dole. One can just hear the screaming complaints if Hillary Clinton had such a position. And she's "smart, independent and focused" too, for which she has caught nothing but criticism. SHIRLEY PORTER Sunland Since Elizabeth Dole has decided to be far from mute on the running of a nation, I hope she faces the enmity and microscopic vivisection Mrs. Clinton has had to endure.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1990
Thank you, Sidney Lumet, for your masterful response (Dec. 10) to Kenneth Turan's self-serving, holier-than-thou, know-it-all attack on Paul Newman and his performance in "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (Dec. 2). I seethed with anger at Turan's comments. However, not having seen the film, I did not feel qualified to comment on Newman's performance. I should have known better. There has never been a time when Newman has not given the best of his talent, which is enormous. There are many of us who sincerely hope he will go on having the courage to stretch that talent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1992
It would seem there is no accounting for what power and greed will do to a politician. The case in point is Boris Yeltsin, who, in his eagerness to take over the Kremlin and consolidate his power, has locked up files and taken stock of the trappings of his new role as president of the Russian Federation ("Yeltsin Men Quickly Take Charge of Kremlin Spoils," Dec. 20). In his somewhat cavalier treatment of Gorbachev, the man who really made it possible for Yeltsin to make his move, Yeltsin would do well to remember he too could one day fall from his heady perch as leader of the newly formed Russian Federation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1989
Now that we have once again heard from the "high guru of fashion," Richard Blackwell, I must take exception to one of his remarks (Newsmakers, Part I, Jan. 12). As a retired librarian whose career does not date back to 1940, but whose age most certainly does, I must contend his odious comparison in reference to a "1940 unemployed librarian." Anyone unemployed in 1940 would have been hard-pressed to dress according to Blackwell's so-called standards. Blackwell shows a lack of sensitivity in singling out for stereotyping a profession that has contributed much to the education, literacy and culture of many people and it should be viewed with dignity and respect.
NEWS
August 18, 1996
Re "The Elizabeth Quotient" (Aug. 7): $200,000 a year doesn't sound like a "mission field" job to me. And no one has even questioned the propriety of such a decision by Elizabeth ("don't call me Liddy") Dole. One can just hear the screaming complaints if Hillary Clinton had such a position. And she's "smart, independent and focused" too, for which she has caught nothing but criticism. SHIRLEY PORTER Sunland Since Elizabeth Dole has decided to be far from mute on the running of a nation, I hope she faces the enmity and microscopic vivisection Mrs. Clinton has had to endure.
NEWS
April 30, 1995
The major benefit to constituents of members of Congress who sleep in their offices rather than setting up housekeeping in Washington, is that their representatives don't "go native" ("Their House Away from Home," April 18). I've worked for two members of Congress from California. One bought a house in Georgetown and had to be dragged kicking and screaming to visit his district. The other left his family in the district and went home almost every weekend. I'd rather be represented by someone who sleeps in his office than by a full-time resident of the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland suburbs any time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1993
Let's see if I have this right ("Controversy Takes Root," July 2). Seventy-two people, of various ages, have been productively utilizing a mere 5.5 acres of DWP land for the purpose of growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. They have been doing this for some 17 years. This provides them with healthful food, keeps them physically active in sunshine and fresh air and off welfare. Sounds like one of those "thousand points of light" we used to hear about. Now the Department of Water & Power has had some second thoughts because it wants to raise the water rates and wants the growers to pull the weeds on the land.
NEWS
April 30, 1995
The major benefit to constituents of members of Congress who sleep in their offices rather than setting up housekeeping in Washington, is that their representatives don't "go native" ("Their House Away from Home," April 18). I've worked for two members of Congress from California. One bought a house in Georgetown and had to be dragged kicking and screaming to visit his district. The other left his family in the district and went home almost every weekend. I'd rather be represented by someone who sleeps in his office than by a full-time resident of the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland suburbs any time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1994
Somehow, behind the closed doors of the Burbank Board of Education, there seems to have been a deplorable travesty of justice. The demotion of Principal Keiko Hentell of Burbank High School to classroom English teacher smacks of narrow-minded, unimaginative people who are consumed with fear about innovative school programs when they involve multiethnic groups. How long will it take for the Burbank School District to realize the mistake made and the loss of a good educator, if it ever can?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1993
Let's see if I have this right ("Controversy Takes Root," July 2). Seventy-two people, of various ages, have been productively utilizing a mere 5.5 acres of DWP land for the purpose of growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. They have been doing this for some 17 years. This provides them with healthful food, keeps them physically active in sunshine and fresh air and off welfare. Sounds like one of those "thousand points of light" we used to hear about. Now the Department of Water & Power has had some second thoughts because it wants to raise the water rates and wants the growers to pull the weeds on the land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1992
It would seem there is no accounting for what power and greed will do to a politician. The case in point is Boris Yeltsin, who, in his eagerness to take over the Kremlin and consolidate his power, has locked up files and taken stock of the trappings of his new role as president of the Russian Federation ("Yeltsin Men Quickly Take Charge of Kremlin Spoils," Dec. 20). In his somewhat cavalier treatment of Gorbachev, the man who really made it possible for Yeltsin to make his move, Yeltsin would do well to remember he too could one day fall from his heady perch as leader of the newly formed Russian Federation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1991
If Sununu thinks he's so damned necessary to the efficient running of the White House, why doesn't he stay there? I think he has an overblown sense of his own importance as well as being too cheap to pay for his own air flights. SHIRLEY PORTER Sunland
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
I gathered up The Times for Saturday and Sunday (I get behind in my reading at times) and settled down on the patio for sunshine and reading. Imagine my chagrin upon working my way through "Inventing the 'Paper' of the Future" (by David Shaw, Column One, June 2) to realize that my days of enjoying the printed news are numbered as we face the future with "knowbot" (knowledge robot). Now, the daily newspapers are going into the multimedia world of dishing up the news via a television-fax machine-videocassette recorder-high-speed printer, ad nauseam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
I gathered up The Times for Saturday and Sunday (I get behind in my reading at times) and settled down on the patio for sunshine and reading. Imagine my chagrin upon working my way through "Inventing the 'Paper' of the Future" (by David Shaw, Column One, June 2) to realize that my days of enjoying the printed news are numbered as we face the future with "knowbot" (knowledge robot). Now, the daily newspapers are going into the multimedia world of dishing up the news via a television-fax machine-videocassette recorder-high-speed printer, ad nauseam.
FOOD
November 10, 1999
Thank you for the wonderful article "Beyond Baguettes" (Oct. 13). As I read the descriptions of the various breads and background of making bread in the French tradition, a wave of nostalgia swept over me. In 1995, my husband and I and another couple rented an apartment within a few doors of Poila^ne's. While we waited for the apartment manager to let us in, we sat on luggage on the sidewalk glorying in just being in Paris. I mentioned to our friend, Thelma, that the famous bakery was [down the street]
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1990
Thank you, Sidney Lumet, for your masterful response (Dec. 10) to Kenneth Turan's self-serving, holier-than-thou, know-it-all attack on Paul Newman and his performance in "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (Dec. 2). I seethed with anger at Turan's comments. However, not having seen the film, I did not feel qualified to comment on Newman's performance. I should have known better. There has never been a time when Newman has not given the best of his talent, which is enormous. There are many of us who sincerely hope he will go on having the courage to stretch that talent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1989
Now that we have once again heard from the "high guru of fashion," Richard Blackwell, I must take exception to one of his remarks (Newsmakers, Part I, Jan. 12). As a retired librarian whose career does not date back to 1940, but whose age most certainly does, I must contend his odious comparison in reference to a "1940 unemployed librarian." Anyone unemployed in 1940 would have been hard-pressed to dress according to Blackwell's so-called standards. Blackwell shows a lack of sensitivity in singling out for stereotyping a profession that has contributed much to the education, literacy and culture of many people and it should be viewed with dignity and respect.
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