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OPINION
June 29, 2007
Re "Israel to free prisoners in show of support for Abbas," June 26 The offhand reference in this article to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert having "resisted entering into substantive talks aimed at settling the Middle East conflict" was shocking. Palestinian leaders continue to condone (in the case of Fatah) or promote (Hamas) continued attacks on Israel, showing no willingness to accept Israel's secure existence. Against that background, to say that Israel is the party resisting substantive peace talks is completely false.
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WORLD
October 16, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA - Iran and six world powers Wednesday hailed the latest round of negotiations on Tehran's disputed nuclear program as “substantive and forward looking” and set an accelerated schedule of meetings to find whether they can strike the deal both sides want. The discussions, begun at a moment of renewed hope for progress, were described as difficult and tense at times. Yet the Iranians and their negotiating partners were able to reach a rare agreement on a joint statement praising each side and signaling their commitment to a diplomatic solution to the standoff.
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OPINION
December 8, 1991
In his article on Nov. 27, Ronald Brownstein states that "none of the six announced Democratic candidates have made a significant impression on the public." I will be interested to hear what The Times plans for increasing its substantive reporting of what the candidates are saying, as opposed to articles about dirty jokes and polling results. If newspapers and TV networks would do more substantive reporting, and less reporting on who is ahead in the polls, and less looking for gaffes from the candidates, the American voter would have a better chance to have informed opinions.
WORLD
September 26, 2013 | By Paul Richter
UNITED NATIONS - The top diplomats of the United States and Iran held their first substantive meeting since the 1979 Iranian revolution, hoping that within six months they can come to terms on Iran's disputed nuclear ambitions and find a new foundation for their relationship after decades of antagonism. Secretary of State John F. Kerry sat down Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and diplomats from five other world powers on the sidelines of the United Nations' annual gathering to probe whether a new Iranian government and Washington “can continue to chart a way forward,” a senior administration official said before the meeting began.
REAL ESTATE
March 19, 1989
I would like to convey my excitement at reading the newly revised real estate section. The new section offers more substantive information and is coveyed in a format and style that is easy to digest. In particular, the Q & A and Calendar sections are welcome additions. WAYNE AVRASHOW Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1992
In response to "Clinton Tells of Marijuana Use in '60s," March 30: Frankly, I am tired of everything but substantive issues between the candidates making front-page news. The article stated that the disclosure "overshadowed one of the most substantive exchanges of the political season between the two rivals. . . ." The reason that this is the case, I feel, is that the media choose to sensationalize. I was pleased that the issues were finally brought up in the article, but not until the last few paragraphs, and then not in any great depth.
OPINION
July 27, 2004
Re "Advocacy Groups Urge High Court to Ban Death Penalty for Juveniles," July 20: I applaud the efforts of those who advocate for the abolishment of a juvenile death penalty. They oppose capital punishment in general, so to support it for murderous teens would be bizarre. But those who generally favor the death penalty have an equal responsibility to their convictions to remain consistent. To justify different punishments would require demonstrating substantive differences between a juvenile's and an adult's level of understanding, yet psychologists teach us that by the age of 5 or 6, children understand that death is a permanent and irreversible state.
OPINION
October 11, 2004
Re: "Is He a Dope?" editorial, Oct. 7: You said what has needed to be said all along! Sue Alexander Canoga Park The headline and tone of the editorial bespeak a sense of superiority that both interferes with the substantive point The Times seeks to make about the failures of President Bush and, worse still, invites a further coarsening of the important political debate the country should be having. There is no reason for one of the leading newspapers in the world to engage in name-calling when there is so much of substance to criticize and so substantive a way to do it. The Times has no evidence regarding the level of intelligence of President Bush, his capacity for abstract thought or how he makes decisions.
OPINION
April 10, 2008
Re "Petraeus, Democrats square off," April 9 Put yourself in Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' shoes. His boss sent him into the Iraq mess when things were desperate, and he now finds himself with two bad choices: He can stay the course and hope for the best, knowing full well that our military, not the Iraqi tribes, is the glue holding that place together, or he can admit that his orders are to hold out until a new administration can be blamed for whatever...
NEWS
September 25, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The eight parties in the province's peace talks agreed to start substantive negotiations next week, after the main pro-British party was rebuffed in its attempt to exclude allies of the Irish Republican Army. In London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair hailed the agreement and urged the sides to get down to work.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - When filmmaker and Egyptian democracy activist Amr Salama watched Hosni Mubarak's regime collapse in 2011, he couldn't have been more heartened. Salama had been making films for years and had found himself hamstrung by the government's censorship board. This was finally the opportunity he'd been waiting for. So shortly after the regime fell, Salama resubmitted a script that had been rejected under Mubarak - one whose story centered on tension between Cairo's majority Muslim population and its Coptic Christian minority.
HEALTH
January 31, 2011 | By Valerie Ulene, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As last year drew to a close, I found myself struggling with whether I'd draft resolutions for 2011. For years I've made commitments to exercise regularly, spend less and learn a second language, only to abandon them within the first few weeks of January. In spite of my poor track record, resolutions are difficult for me to resist. I guess I find something inherently hopeful about them, and failing to make them seems a bit like giving up. They are, in my mind, a road map to a more fulfilling and happier life.
NEWS
November 4, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Michael Muskal
Two days after voters soundly chastised his party, President Obama on Thursday invited Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to the White House in the hopes, he said, of getting all sides to work together on the nation's problems. In televised remarks with his Cabinet looking on, Obama told reporters that the meeting was needed after voters sent a message on Tuesday. Republicans won control of the House of Representatives and broadened their influence by adding six seats in the Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Only days have passed since Republicans and Democrats picked their candidates in high-profile contests for the state's governorship and one of its U.S. Senate seats. If California voters thought they'd be treated to a gracious interlude before the general election starts in earnest, they can forget it. Voters barely had time to absorb the historic nomination of two women to the top of the statewide Republican ticket before the insults began to fly. A day after the primary, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, was caught on an open microphone making a remark worthy of an insecure seventh-grader about her Democratic opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer: "God, what is that hair?
BUSINESS
December 24, 2009 | By Martin Zimmerman and Ken Bensinger
Ford Motor Co. may pull off a feat its crosstown rival hasn't been able to manage: the successful sale of a Swedish car company. Ford is close to selling its Volvo brand to Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., the Dearborn, Mich.-based car maker said Wednesday. The companies have worked out "all substantive commercial terms" related to Volvo, Ford said, and the deal could be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2010. The automakers still need to work out financing and government approvals, however.
NEWS
December 23, 2009 | By Glenn Whipp
"Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal remembers running around the Jordanian desert with director Kathryn Bigelow, watching her scale hills in 115-degree heat to set up shots for their modestly budgeted film. By the end of the day, when everyone else was exhausted, Bigelow would look like she was just beginning her morning, raring and ready to go shoot the next scene. "She's got those Viking genes," Boal says. "I'm serious. They live forever, those people. It's the Viking genes and a whole lot of salmon."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2006 | Steve Lopez, Reach the columnist at steve.lopez@latimes.com and read previous columns at www.latimes.com/lopez.
With so many big stories in the news, all of them critical to the welfare of Los Angeles County, I dropped in on a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to see which tough and thorny issue they would tackle first. The housing crisis? The horrific consequences of releasing inmates early from grossly overcrowded county jails, as documented in Sunday's Times?
NEWS
July 4, 1985 | JAMES GERSTENZANG and WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writers
President Reagan views his meeting in November with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev as an opportunity for "serious, substantive discussion," Secretary of State George P. Shultz said Wednesday, although a specific agenda for the Nov. 19-20 conference remains to be set. White House spokesman Larry Speakes, formally announcing the meeting simultaneously with the Kremlin, said Reagan sees the session in Geneva as "an opportunity to chart a course for the future."
OPINION
May 14, 2009
Whoever is chosen by President Obama to succeed Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter -- and regardless of whether empathy, academic credentials or political experience are considered the most important qualifications for the job -- he or she must endure confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We use the term "endure" deliberately.
OPINION
April 10, 2008
Re "Petraeus, Democrats square off," April 9 Put yourself in Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' shoes. His boss sent him into the Iraq mess when things were desperate, and he now finds himself with two bad choices: He can stay the course and hope for the best, knowing full well that our military, not the Iraqi tribes, is the glue holding that place together, or he can admit that his orders are to hold out until a new administration can be blamed for whatever...
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