June 15, 2008
for the refreshing Op-Ed article by Peter Dumon. That a business owner would endorse a living-wage ordinance is astounding. Rather than resist attempts by workers to gain fair compensation for their services, Dumon considers the living wage an investment that will pay dividends by maintaining morale, with resulting higher productivity and increased customer satisfaction. Kudos to this farsighted hotel owner, who obviously believes in treating employees with dignity and respect. We need thousands more Peter Dumons.
January 24, 2008
Re: "Kicking Up Sand," [Jan. 10]: Excellent article! It seems the only time Imperial Sand Dunes gets any attention is when someone has an unfortunate accident or when tree-huggers go out to protest in hopes of closing more, if not all of it, down. I am part of a group called GlamisDunes.com, an online community of enthusiasts who work hard to keep the dunes open. Carlos Mota Temple City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 |
Regardless of how he eventually performs in his new job, newly elected Temple City Councilman Fernando Vizcarra has already earned one distinction that few other city council members can claim: He won because of a coin toss. Friday's strange tie-breaker came about because of a quirk in the state elections code that allows ties to be decided by chance -- although runoff elections are an option.
August 20, 2006
While relishing the finger-popping jazz cadence of James Ellroy's beautiful prose, I found myself whispering "Yes, yes, yes" in recognition of every hurt, disappointment and seduction that Los Angeles offers ("The Great Right Place," July 30). It's not necessary to descend to the depths (or climb to the pinnacle) to appreciate the lure of our great city. L.A. is bipolar. It is mean and dirty one minute and sweet and beautiful the next. Los Angeles is the bad boyfriend or psycho girlfriend whom you just can't bring yourself to leave, because in the back of your mind you hope against hope that things are gonna get better.
July 16, 2005
When I read the follow-up article about Joseph Deutch's "Russian roulette performance art" controversy ["The 'Shot' Heard 'Round UCLA," by Mike Boehm, July 9], my thoughts were identical to those I experienced upon reading about it the first time. Not shock at students using guns as props for final exams; not revulsion over professors who themselves used violence and mayhem in their own performances; not outrage at the hypocritical resigning of officials due to this mess; but rather this simple, logical question: My tax dollars for higher education are being used to teach this?
May 28, 2005
Only Paul DePodesta could look at the sinking ship that is the Dodgers and find reason for optimism. He would have made a great captain of the Titanic. Leonard Levine Tarzana Is Dodger General Manager Paul DePodesta suffering from a computer hangover? That's the only excuse possible for his quote earlier in the week ("We have to beat the teams outside our division in October, not necessarily every time we play them in May."). The Dodgers, who should be mathematically eliminated way before then, have only two games scheduled in October (against the Padres)
April 17, 2005
I think I see the real reason why Mark Helprin dislikes "the posturing and crowing of post-election Republicans" ("Dressing Down the Primitives," by John Anderson, March 13). Perhaps he recalls a different party doing the same thing a couple of generations ago: announcing the death of the opposition party, knowing they had all the answers, etc. I'm certain he also recognizes that the resounding victory was not all that pronounced, and that some of the slim margins involved were driven by fear rather than conviction: fear of homosexuality, fear of stem-cell research, fear of terrorists.
March 10, 2005
According to "Justice Unit Puts Its Focus on Faith" (March 7), almost in a clandestine fashion the religious rights division of the Justice Department quietly has been promoting special treatment for religious groups that accept government funds. One case cited in which the Justice Department has sided with a religious group involves the Salvation Army's requirement that its employees embrace Jesus Christ to keep their jobs. These special "religious civil rights" are scary stuff. They are a direct affront to our constitutional separation of church and state.