December 14, 2008
Frankly, this cheap gasoline thing has gotten somewhat annoying. ("$1 a gallon is next barrier for gasoline, some predict," Dec. 9.) It takes me forever now to pump my gas. At $4 a gallon, it took only a minute to pump 20 bucks. Now I have to stand there for hours. Then I have to walk back in and get change. Definitely an inconvenience. And now, with my tank full all the time, I have to think of places to go. I can't use my expensive gas excuse anymore to avoid unwanted social obligations.
August 26, 2006
RE "Seeking the Right Rx for FX," by Maria Elena Fernandez, Aug. 22: Killing off a little girl ("The Shield"). Glorifying spousal rape ("Rescue Me"). How surprising that the so-called cutting edge of television translates once again to violence against women and girls. As for Denis Leary's complaints about political correctness clouding the creative use of rape on TV: If he ever becomes the victim of unwanted penetration by a man who outweighs him by 100 pounds, I know he'll use the experience to enhance the creative risk-taking on his show.
August 21, 2000
Re "The Abortion Pill: Finally at Hand?" (Aug. 14), what a delightfully well-balanced pair of stories on the latest scheme for women to avoid the inconvenience of giving birth by easily aborting their unwanted offspring with pills. A mere two paragraphs at the end of one story were allotted to "opponents of abortion," while 73 paragraphs matter-of-factly endorsed the controversial new pills and complained that women are being denied this wonder drug to flush their unwanted embryos like so many bowel movements.
December 2, 2001 |
Mrs. Liu could have had three daughters by now. But the shame and legal costs would have been unbearable, so she gave her second daughter away at birth and aborted a third when an ultrasound scan showed that fetus, too, was female. In 1949, the Communist Party took power promising to end centuries of degradation for China's women. Yet hundreds of thousands of unwanted baby girls are abandoned, aborted and even killed each year. For poor, rural families, the choice is as stark as it is cruel.
April 30, 1989 |
The war was still raging that day 15 years ago when Vietnamese nuns heard the cries of a baby boy stuffed in a garbage can and took him inside their orphanage to raise. Today, Nguyen Thanh Binh, the son of a black American who went home and a Vietnamese mother who abandoned him, shares the plight of thousands of Amerasian youths languishing in the decay of Vietnam, desperately trying to get out and find their fathers. "My circumstances are miserable," says Lam Anh Hong, 18, whose mother gave her away to a relative.
January 26, 2009 |
Every once in a while, hard science has a cosmetic payoff. We use botulinum toxins to erase wrinkles, and lasers to remove unwanted hair. Now a company called Jane Beauty is promising to apply scientific principles for another purely cosmetic purpose: longer, thicker eyelashes.