September 11, 2002
Regarding the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, hasn't anyone heard of "beating a dead horse"? The building is built. The money is spent and can't be taken back and spent somewhere else. Store lessons for the future and make whatever good we can of what we have. I just wish people would stop saying "built to last 500 years" (Sept. 3). This is still California, and that phrase feels like deliberately teasing a God who has a habit of shaking us up to remind us that humility is still a virtue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1996
Television networks fear that the precedent of withholding for a few hours information already known to their reporters may ultimately endanger the republic. Thus they justify their calling East Coast elections before polls close in the West. Aren't these the same networks that, along with the local stations they own, regularly raise viewers' curiosity around 8:45 p.m. with a teasing partial story? And then supply the answer at 11 p.m. or in the next day's morning news? NEIL REINHOLD Universal City
November 2, 2002
LEWIS Segal's cogent, insightful review notwithstanding, not everyone in attendance Saturday night appreciated or enjoyed Ballet Preljocaj's unenlightened assault on Stravinsky's primitivist "Rite of Spring" ("Preljocaj's Opposing Forces," Oct. 28). My female companions were appalled by the crude sexual violence inflicted on the female dancers, not to mention the explicit suggestion that the serial forcible couplings on display were the inevitable (even expected) consequence of their initial teasing overtures.
January 24, 2009
Re "Defense: No trial as adult for teen," Jan. 19 I was troubled by this article, which mentions that Lawrence King's killer, Brandon McInerney, was taunted because King "was reportedly brazen in his efforts to gain McInerney's romantic interest." Not mentioned was that Lawrence was the victim of years of teasing over his short lifetime and, as reported by The Times last year, was fighting back the only way he knew how. To posit this as anything but senseless murder is beyond comprehension.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2001
In response to "Too Much of a Good Thing," by Greg Critser, Opinion, July 22: For the past 15 years I have served as the medical director of the KidShape program, a family-based pediatric weight-management program that has treated thousands of children ages 6 to 14. KidShape is offered both in English and in Spanish and is available for children and families who are recipients of Medi-Cal, are in Healthy Families or are private payers. KidShape teaches children and their parents the basics of nutrition, including proper portions.
September 27, 1999
Who did self-appointed parent expert and PC advocate Margaret Sagarese ("Put Between Rock and a Cruel Place," Sept. 20) think would host a live cable rap music-oriented show, the Teletubbies? Why, as an alleged expert, would she permit her child to watch it in the first place? Sagarese forgot about one aspect of Chris Rock's comments during the MTV Video Music Awards: They were just jokes! Let's not forget, these aren't helpless innocents Rock was teasing; these are professionals who chose to live--and make a fortune--in the spotlight.