July 21, 1991
A letter from Tim Grace of Northridge regarding "The Truth About Ron Howard" proves once again that too many people try to read too much into some very simple statements. Just because Ron Howard states that John Burroughs High School didn't have any blacks when he was there doesn't mean he disapproves or may be racist. He's pointing out how times have changed in the neighborhood. The same principle goes for Howard's shock and awe that there was a biker living in his old house. Unfortunately, Grace's need to decode these quotes bruises an interesting article.
January 15, 2004 |
The site: www.your dictionary .com/about/ topten2003.html Top 10 lists are one of the media's favorite year-end pastimes. What makes this one interesting is that it takes the top-10-new-stories concept one step further, listing not the news but the terms it inspired. Topping the lists of new words, names and phrases are, not surprisingly, "embedded," "Saddam Hussein" and "shock and awe." The site: www.lssu.edu/ banished/archive/2004.
March 27, 2003
Are we witnessing a war or tuning in to the broadcast of a high school football game? An admiral talks to his pilots aboard a carrier in the Mediterranean: "We're going to hammer them -- hammer them"; TV announces the game plan of "decapitating" Saddam Hussein's presumed bunkered-down leadership; and a headline reports that "U.S. Pummels Baghdad as Troops Push Toward City" (March 22). We are hammering them? Decapitating them? Pummeling them? Sounds barbaric to me. Or is it just boyish play?
July 11, 2007
Re "Amid the din of drums and bugles, a disturbing silence," column, July 9 Who but Al Martinez can paint a word picture of the human condition and of the plight of our young soldiers today? They grew up in peaceful times, when war was something you saw in the movies. Some joined to see the world, others to earn a college education. And then men who never saw the savagery of slaughter assigned them to invade a country that never did harm to America.
April 27, 2003
Re "Last House in Bunker Hill Razed," April 23: If a young man was caught spraying graffiti on a house, prosecutors would file charges against him and he would face jail and/or a fine. On Bunker Hill, developer G.H. Palmer Associates didn't merely deface a dwelling, it demolished the last remaining Queen Anne-style house without obtaining the requisite city permits to clear the way for its development. This appears to be a deliberate act to enrich itself. Corporate arrogance and misconduct should be punished just as a wrongdoing individual would be punished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2009 |
Her inner alarm chimes before dawn, long before her dog Yoda emerges from his nightly nest amid the bed covers, before the proverbial rooster crows and the day begins for 19 million or so egg-laying chickens whose lives she worked to change. It's 5 a.m., and Jennifer Fearing is beginning another day as the rising star of California's animal protection movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2004 |
Stephen "Scott" Helvenston was Hollywood's image of a soldier -- blond, bronzed and broad shouldered. In fact, the 38-year-old former Navy SEAL trained health-conscious Californians how to pump iron like commandos and coached movie stars to play the role of combat-ready recruits.
August 3, 2009 |
Throughout the heroic struggle in Congress to provide a "public option" in health insurance, one question never seems to get answered: Why are we so intent on protecting the private option? The "public option," as followers of the debate know, is a government-sponsored health plan that would be available as an alternative to, and in competition with, the for-profit health insurance industry, otherwise known as the private option.
October 10, 2004 |
Richard Nixon is immortalized in wax, his image molded into a candle in that oh-so-'70s shade of avocado green. Abraham Lincoln is depicted in brass, on a fittingly weighty paper clip in keeping with the solemnity of his times. George W. Bush, often underestimated, pops up from a jack-in-the-box.