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October 22, 1994
Re an antidote for middle-class anxiety: People pressure pusillanimous politicians to produce by putting simplistic propositions on ballots. MARGARET W. ROMANI Los Angeles
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
"House" meets "Homeland" and goes dancing with "Grey's Anatomy" on the new ABC "medical" drama, "Black Box," a show so deeply flawed and absurdly derivative you will wonder if you, like the main character, are experiencing a manic episode. Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a predictably brilliant and beautiful neurosurgeon who is also bipolar and prone to go off her meds. Like "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison and Dr. Gregory House, Black believes there is a direct relationship between her abilities and her disorder.
February 9, 1986
"The Golden Girls" has broken the stereotype that older women cannot be sexy. Unfortunately, that has become its only story line. Women, especially those in the middle-to-older years, are extremely concerned with the human condition, be it about social, political or cultural issues. By using aging sexpots as simplistic crackpots, the show perpetuates yet another stereotype. Martha Abell, Downey
October 21, 2012 | By Paula L. Woods
Kingston Noir Edited by Colin Channer Akashic Books: 285 pp; $15.95 trade paper original Starting in 2004 with "Brooklyn Noir," the more than 50 titles in the Akashic Books series of crime fiction have been distinguished by contributions from writers who live in or write about cities and areas rife with Hollywood-influenced dark sensibilities (Los Angeles, Manhattan, San Francisco) as well as unexpected places (the Twin Cities, Orange County, Delhi) but whose stories teem nonetheless with betrayal, rage and revenge.
November 9, 1987
Iacocca's simplistic formula for cutting the deficit is just one more way to place the burden of paying on those who can least afford it. It's very easy to see that the regressive taxes he suggests would do just that. JAMES P. WARD Bellflower
December 25, 1988
It's gratifying to read that rock lyrics have taken a turn toward social responsibility. Now, if they could only do something about the unimaginative melodies, simplistic harmonies, stereotyped rhythms and lack of tone color variety. . . . DAVID M. SHERR Santa Monica
July 6, 1988
It seems obvious from Noonan's article that Ronald Reagan's psychic is moonlighting! Her brand of "journalism" is the most impudent, incendiary brand of brainwashing to come along since Iran-scam. How dare she prognosticate with such simplistic condescension who will be our next President. And how dare the Los Angeles Times publish as a column what more clearly resembles a paid political announcement. MARIA FLORIO Malibu
April 24, 1990
What I cannot understand is your fascination with these simplistic street hoodlums. In the past few weeks you have had at least three features on this subject. Your idealization of this costly, destructive and malicious act serves only as an ego-booster for the publicity-hungry gangs. Seeing their accomplishments written up in a major newspaper serves only to propel them on to bigger and better acts of crime and mayhem. ANNE A. VILKIN Los Angeles
September 22, 1991
In the documentary that profiled Chief Justice Earl Warren ("Super Chief," KCET, Aug. 30), I heard quite a lot about the question he would ask himself when seeking guidance: "Is it fair?" Fairness is an abstract idea rather than an absolute factor, and it is simplistic and dangerous not to recognize this. Working out acceptable compromises in this imperfect world is an ongoing challenge for the best of us. William T. Marshall, Venice
May 26, 1991
We used to applaud "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox) because of its style of addressing teen problems without preaching or simplistic resolutions. Now, we are outraged at the blatant encouragement of teen sex on the May 2 episode, not to mention the lack of protection used. With the teen-age pregnancy rate in this country, it is inexcusable to exploit teen sex on such an influential television show. Keith & Linda Jagiello, Los Angeles
August 30, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The dull, hectoring financial melodrama "Supercapitalist" has all the spark of a high school assembly skit about not letting friends drive drunk. Inspired by genuinely worrisome issues in the high-stakes world of takeovers, the simplistic story - ginned up with weak thriller elements - has a brilliant, Asian-American hedge fund trader (Derek Ting, who co-wrote with director Simon Yin) being sent by his sharklike boss (Linus Roache) to Hong Kong to help close a big deal with a Chinese business.
August 2, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
In one of the numerous bits of B movie dialogue that pervade "Memphis," the 2010 Tony-winning musical now playing a two-week run at the Pantages Theatre, the show's female protagonist, Felicia Farrell, explains that "Rock 'n' roll is just black people's blues sped up. " But this awkward Broadway hit, set in segregated Memphis, Tenn., in the 1950s, could be called 1980s arena rock slowed down, with songs that rage against racism and plea for tolerance...
April 14, 2012 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Worried about trans fat or salt? That's a little old-school. If you want to stay current on dietary villains, you'll want to start thinking about sugar. Lots and lots of sugar - as in 77 grams, or nearly 20 teaspoons. That's how much added sugar the average American consumes every day, according to a 2011 scientific report, and that's not even factoring in the sugars naturally found in fruits, vegetables and milk. And yes, we're talking typical people on typical days, not just 10-year-olds gorging on cotton candy and funnel cake at the carnival.
The news in the architecture profession has been dominated for much of the summer by a few guardians of homeland and propriety -- one of whom happens to be first in line to the British throne. In London, a pitched debate continues over efforts by Prince Charles, long known as a champion of traditional architecture, to block firms he considers avant-garde from working in the vicinity of his favorite landmarks. Offended by a $5-billion plan by architect Richard Rogers for the Chelsea Barracks in southwestern London, Charles complained to the emir of Qatar, who was bankrolling the project, and succeeded in having it canceled.
February 25, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
KFI radio's evening drive-time kings have been casting about for culprits in the state budget mess. They started with, duh, illegal immigrants and those overfed state workers. Naturally, they've slapped around lazy legislators and the lying governor. I'm a little disappointed at John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, though.
November 22, 2008
Re "The wrong turf," Opinion, Nov. 16 I don't know which is more insulting, DeBord's ignorance or his arrogance in speaking about his "dream of gentrification" for Glassell Park. With the flippancy of a privileged frat boy, he has reduced an entire community of predominantly hardworking families with complex lives down to a simplistic tug of war between violent street criminals and upwardly mobile consumers. DeBord wants the urban experience -- as long as it's sanitized with a bit of diversity and plenty of shopping.
February 10, 2003
Commenting on your Feb. 2 editorial "Don't Mortgage the Future," Dennis Martin (letter, Feb. 6) suggested an "across the board" cut of 10% from each federal department. So the directors who over-budget and waste resources feel scant pain from the reduction; they only lose some fat. The directors who operate frugally, having no fat to lose, must donate blood. There is your cause for bloated bureaucracy -- simplistic solutions to complex problems. Too often imposed, I fear, by unthinking citizens via their pet politicians.
March 15, 2003
TAKE a deep breath and relax, Howard Rosenberg ("No Point, Except for Ratings," March 11). We appreciate your role of guardian against the corruption of direct, honest TV news reporting by the networks. However, Bill vs. Bob on "60 Minutes" should not be dismissed so quickly. Of course they are boring, compared with the spitting spin-doctors who spout vitriol and simplistic analysis 24 hours a day. Of course we can't expect much enlightenment in two minutes; however, we can hope that a few more viewers will get a sense of how opposing views can be exchanged in a mutually respectful tone.
August 19, 2007
Re "Wars within wars," Opinion, Aug. 12 Regarding Washington's simplistic views of the Iraqi citizenry, is it also perhaps ironic that American citizens and their presidents share a similarly simplistic view of our own soldiers?
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