CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2001
Re "Life, Liberty Wasted in the Pursuit of Sappiness," Commentary, Sept. 3: I believe Eric L. Rozenman was right on with his belief that modern-day America twists Thomas Jefferson's words. I agree that we are not happy and will not be happy if we keep rushing all the time, even when eating and abusing our bodies. We all need to slow down and take a good look at what happiness is. Once we can determine what true happiness is, we can truly pursue it. Thank you for your insight on our society.
May 13, 2002
It seems as though many people have forgotten the importance of driving well. Recently I saw many potential accidents where the main cause was speeding. I wonder, where is everyone going? What could be so important to risk your life and someone else's? I do not think that people realize the danger they put themselves and others in by forgetting the laws of the road in hopes of arriving at their destination a few minutes earlier. If we could just slow down our lives and stop to smell the roses, maybe then we could see that we need to enjoy life, not speed past it. Katie Francois San Juan Capistrano
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996
Unfortunately, the problem of speeding cars on residential streets ["Going With a Slower Flow," June 4] seems to be getting worse. I miss the days of pleasantly walking around my neighborhood greeting my neighbors, and being able to leave the windows open to listen to the birds and let in the fresh air. Instead, I find myself avoiding walking down the street to avoid being hit, and turning on the air conditioner to hide the noise of loud cars. Changing the individual behavior of poor drivers through traffic tickets and driver's education doesn't seem to slow people down.
July 12, 1992
In his May 17 "Trust Me On This" column, John Schulian extolled Leonard Gardner's "Fat City" but lamented the fact that Gardner has published comparatively little since the appearance of that novel. "The word that filtered back from his editors . . .," Schulian wrote, "was that Gardner was slow. Painfully, agonizingly slow." Those words reminded me of a story I heard from Margaret Cummings, who for many years administered the James D. Phelan literary awards from the Phelan offices in San Francisco.
July 31, 2010 |
On the high seas, full speed ahead is being replaced by slow and steady. Eager to cut fuel costs, ocean shipping lines have ordered their sea captains to throttle back the engines for what is quaintly known in the industry as "slow steaming." In some cases, freighters are taking as many as 15 days to make a Pacific crossing that used to take 11 days. Sailors grumble that it's making long voyages even more tedious. Some ships are crawling at just 12 to 14 knots, or about 14 to 16 mph. Many cargo ships are capable of moving at nearly twice that speed.
April 14, 1991
In discussing the discovery of plagiarized passages in the writings of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne C. Roark's article "Merely Mortal?" (March 7) inaccurately implied that I "had been slow to discuss the matter publicly because of divided loyalties: allegiance to a subject he greatly admired and service to his discipline." As was made clear in an earlier article in The Times ("The Paper Chase," Dec. 11, 1990), the project's discovery involved many months of painstaking research to discover whether King's plagiarisms were isolated instances or part of a pattern in his writings.