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March 18, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It used to take Spencer Crump less time to travel from Long Beach to his job in Los Angeles than it has taken me to drive to The Times building in Costa Mesa. And I, it should be noted, live in Costa Mesa. And while Crump got to kick back and read, chat with folks or play checkers, I was stuck in my car, fuming at the Department of Public Obstructions kaffeeklatsch that was freezing traffic, and wishing I had a car phone so that I might beat myself insensate with it.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1992
I have no objections to Bush giving pardons to Weinberger and his co-defendants so long as he gives the same treatment to every poverty level person who is accused of stealing food for his children. SPENCER CRUMP Corona del Mar
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1992
I have no objections to Bush giving pardons to Weinberger and his co-defendants so long as he gives the same treatment to every poverty level person who is accused of stealing food for his children. SPENCER CRUMP Corona del Mar
NEWS
March 18, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It used to take Spencer Crump less time to travel from Long Beach to his job in Los Angeles than it has taken me to drive to The Times building in Costa Mesa. And I, it should be noted, live in Costa Mesa. And while Crump got to kick back and read, chat with folks or play checkers, I was stuck in my car, fuming at the Department of Public Obstructions kaffeeklatsch that was freezing traffic, and wishing I had a car phone so that I might beat myself insensate with it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988
The passing of Heinlein recalls my meeting with him in the late 1930s when I was an aspiring writer still in high school and he resided next door to my father in the Hollywood Hills. While recovering from tuberculosis, he read a great deal and one day met a writer whose work he critiqued. That writer bet Heinlein that he couldn't write science fiction and sell it. Bob Heinlein advised me that a good writer should have many facts on hand so that he or she could select the best, whether for fiction or nonfiction, so that the writing product would be realistic and entertaining.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1987
I am proud of the undergraduate and two graduate degrees that I earned at the University of Southern California. They not only helped me in a career but also helped my intellectual and spiritual growth. I am not proud, however, that USC is paying $250,000 annually for a head football coach. Such a salary degrades the status of the professors who truly provide the education that will stay with students for years after they have forgotten what games the university won or lost. These funds could be used better to upgrade teacher salaries and to provide more scholarships for students who are long on academic promise but short on money.
BOOKS
November 17, 1991
Permit another view regarding what should or should not hit the boob tube, in response to those who think they should tell us what should be on the television menu. I am speaking, among other things, of the numerous fundamentalist evangelists who attempt to win the souls of the little people who are seeking entertainment, along with the programs that treat war as a Boy or Girl Scout outing and inculcate in young people the idea that killing is a form of patriotism. That programming truly is obscene.
OPINION
September 17, 1989
As do so many, I recall events of 50 years ago this month. I was attending Wilson High in Long Beach, but was in Lubbock, Texas, on business with my family. One Sunday afternoon I went to the downtown Lindsay theater to see a new movie, "The Wizard of Oz." Whites sat at the front of the theater, blacks sat in a balcony. The picture was so universal in appeal that I thought we should all see it together; I moved into the segregated balcony, expecting a reprimand--but no one cared or noticed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1992
There have been both shortcomings and positive progress in developing the new rapid transit system. The fact that the cars will not be interchangeable on the various lines is definitely a disadvantage because it prohibits the use of cars on other routes during rush hours or peak repair times. On the other hand, the decision to order automated cars for the Green Line was a wise one. Among the factors that doomed the Pacific Electric's Big Red Cars were the fact that the system became labor intensive, thus demanding fare hikes that turned off riders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2000
Bush? Gore? Ross Perot, where are you now that we need you? SPENCER CRUMP Corona del Mar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1992
There have been both shortcomings and positive progress in developing the new rapid transit system. The fact that the cars will not be interchangeable on the various lines is definitely a disadvantage because it prohibits the use of cars on other routes during rush hours or peak repair times. On the other hand, the decision to order automated cars for the Green Line was a wise one. Among the factors that doomed the Pacific Electric's Big Red Cars were the fact that the system became labor intensive, thus demanding fare hikes that turned off riders.
BOOKS
November 17, 1991
Permit another view regarding what should or should not hit the boob tube, in response to those who think they should tell us what should be on the television menu. I am speaking, among other things, of the numerous fundamentalist evangelists who attempt to win the souls of the little people who are seeking entertainment, along with the programs that treat war as a Boy or Girl Scout outing and inculcate in young people the idea that killing is a form of patriotism. That programming truly is obscene.
OPINION
September 17, 1989
As do so many, I recall events of 50 years ago this month. I was attending Wilson High in Long Beach, but was in Lubbock, Texas, on business with my family. One Sunday afternoon I went to the downtown Lindsay theater to see a new movie, "The Wizard of Oz." Whites sat at the front of the theater, blacks sat in a balcony. The picture was so universal in appeal that I thought we should all see it together; I moved into the segregated balcony, expecting a reprimand--but no one cared or noticed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988
The passing of Heinlein recalls my meeting with him in the late 1930s when I was an aspiring writer still in high school and he resided next door to my father in the Hollywood Hills. While recovering from tuberculosis, he read a great deal and one day met a writer whose work he critiqued. That writer bet Heinlein that he couldn't write science fiction and sell it. Bob Heinlein advised me that a good writer should have many facts on hand so that he or she could select the best, whether for fiction or nonfiction, so that the writing product would be realistic and entertaining.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1987
I am proud of the undergraduate and two graduate degrees that I earned at the University of Southern California. They not only helped me in a career but also helped my intellectual and spiritual growth. I am not proud, however, that USC is paying $250,000 annually for a head football coach. Such a salary degrades the status of the professors who truly provide the education that will stay with students for years after they have forgotten what games the university won or lost. These funds could be used better to upgrade teacher salaries and to provide more scholarships for students who are long on academic promise but short on money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2001
The bill introduced by state Sen. John Burton ("Bill Proposes Power Line Purchase," Feb. 7) is nothing short of expropriation of the utilities' transmission assets to help pay for the energy the consumers of California have used and will continue to use in the future. The senator's statement, "If [utilities] expect to get money from the ratepayers, the ratepayers have to get something from them. I give you a dollar, you give me a hot dog" is good populist rhetoric, but it misses the point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1996
I applaud your editorial of Feb. 7, "A Hard Line Is the Right Line to Hold on Teacher Standards." I am completing my 21st year as a professor of teacher education at California State University, Fullerton. I can assure you that the CBEST requirement has had a marked effect on the basic skills proficiency of students entering our program. Before CBEST, for example, we gave new multiple subject (elementary education) students a basic mathematics proficiency test, assessed their performance and taught the people who were weak in this area needed mathematical knowledge and skills before we could begin to teach them the pedagogy they needed to be successful teachers.
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