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August 24, 1997
Re the TV rating game: S-stupid; L-lengthy; V-vague; D-dull. VERONA DURFEE Northridge
February 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw might not be the Dodgers' opening-day starter this season. The Dodgers are considering not starting Kershaw in their two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. Under that scenario, Kershaw would be spared a trip to the other side of the world and back, allowing him to better prepare for the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30. Manager Don Mattingly has become increasingly vague about the team's rotation plans since the first day of spring training, when he strongly intimated Kershaw and Zack Greinke would pitch the two games in Australia on March 22-23.
April 1, 2006
Barry Bonds' statement of "I forgive you" in a interview this week was somewhat vague. What exactly does he forgive us for? For finding more proof he is a cheat? For someone writing a book about it? For noticing his head has swelled to the size of a basketball? Very vague, indeed; but at least we are forgiven. DAN VANDERMEULEN Torrance
February 23, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: When I moved my family into our apartment five years ago, the carpets were in very poor shape. They had obviously been installed there several years earlier. During the time we have lived there, the carpets have begun to show signs of wear in every room. In some spots, there is almost no carpet left. I have written to my property manager several times to ask that the carpets be repaired or replaced, but all I get in response are vague promises to "get to it" at some time in the future.
April 11, 1999
Vague, vague, vague. That describes the reassurances we get from the backers of Prop. 1. Regarding a citizens oversight committee, a thoughtful voter will wonder by whom, how and how often will reviews take place? How can a citizen find out regularly whether performance and cost are on schedule? What will the lines of communication be? Can the project status be viewed on the Internet? Can we get a commitment from the press to publish an article, say, quarterly on progress? Something is needed beyond promises that there will be oversight committees.
April 28, 1990
Where does Mr. Stern draw the line when deciding where a team is putting forth its best lineup? How many minutes must each starter play? Will he also decide whether each player is giving his best effort? If Mr. Stern is going to hand out fines for coaching decisions, he should explicitly state the rules, and not leave it up to the coach to divine the league's vague expectations. JAMES FRAZIER Pacific Palisades
October 28, 2001
Re "Getting a Grip Is All We Can Do," by Norah Vincent, Commentary, Oct. 25: Surely you must be out of your minds in publishing this fear-inflaming piece. Does Vincent know something we don't but The Times does? "Al Qaeda has nothing to lose. We do. Game over." And, a ". . . nuclear threat more real and imminent. . . ." To put this commentary above the fold, presented without rebuttal, is to implicitly endorse its apocalyptic vision. Vincent and The Times want us all to get a grip by offering such unsupported musings and assessments?
September 14, 1992
I am surprised you let the proponents of Prop. 167 get away with talking in such vague simplicities as "tax the rich." Readers deserve to know that the tax increases in the initiative will hit everybody. The promoters also talk about a long list of government programs that would benefit from this tax tantrum. Again, they are not telling the whole truth. There are no guarantees in Prop. 167 that any of the money would be spent on anything the promoters say it would. It is a blank check for the politicians in Sacramento.
May 21, 1989 | From United Press International and
A snake lover who shares his one-bedroom apartment with 16 boa constrictors and pythons can keep his reptilian roommates despite a law prohibiting pets deemed "uncommon," a judge says. Macomb County Circuit Judge Raymond Cashen ruled that an ordinance banning such rare pets as snakes was vague and constitutionally unenforceable, and said Eric Larson's snakes are timid, harmless creatures. Larson, whose snakes range from 2 feet to 18 feet long, said he planned to celebrate quietly.
January 31, 1993
Thank you for your attempt to tally up Dolly Parton's earnings over the years for "I Will Always Love You" (Pop Eye, Jan. 17). Some months ago I pondered this question and, having no idea how much money a hit song is worth, arrived at the sum of "an awful lot." While this may seem vague, I know it's more than $1.89 million (your estimate). See, you forgot to pay Dolly for Linda Ronstadt's 1970-something version of "IWALY." $$$--ka-ching--$$$. PAULA PASCHAL Valencia
January 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON - These are rough days for Lakers fans. Very. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, however, sounded at ease during a phone interview with The Times, going over a variety of topics on a team that can't stay healthy, play defense or, seemingly, make the playoffs. First things first. Kupchak is satisfied with Coach Mike D'Antoni, blaming the Lakers' woes on injuries and saying D'Antoni is doing a "great job. " "We're happy with Mike," Kupchak said Wednesday. "You can look back six weeks ago and say it's exciting and we're playing great.
December 30, 2013 | Sandy Banks
If my New Year's resolution holds in 2014, this is the last time I'll wind up staring blankly at my computer screen as my column deadline bears down. I've been thinking about what to write all week, in between shopping, cooking, kicking back and outings with my daughters. So many things seemed to interest me during this holiday season. But now I can't seem to grab hold of a single idea. If I'd managed to adhere to last year's resolution - keep a notebook with me at all times, to record my thoughts and feelings about what I see, hear and read - I wouldn't be struggling right now to make sense of a tired mind's cacophony.
June 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - One is standing, cutting a tall silhouette the world would soon recognize. The other, an aging icon, rests in a dimly lighted chair with a cane at his side. On the surface, the photograph of Barack Obama meeting Nelson Mandela for the first and only time appears a passing-of-the-torch moment: the young leader paying homage, the older man imparting wisdom. But the image is not what it seems. As Obama embarks Wednesday on his first major tour of Africa as president, Mandela, now 94, lies in critical condition in a hospital.
May 16, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In spring 2010, agents in the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service, which handles applications for tax-exempt status, faced a surge of filings by new advocacy groups, with little guidance on how to treat them. Their decision to deal with the problem by singling out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny has now triggered a criminal inquiry, congressional investigations, the departure of two top IRS officials and the naming of a new acting commissioner Thursday.
May 2, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When a Russian intelligence service told the CIA that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become an Islamic radical looking to join underground groups, the agency put his name in the government's catch-all database for terrorism suspects. The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, known as TIDE, was the government's attempt after the Sept. 11 attacks to consolidate a hodgepodge of watch lists, and ensure that every law enforcement agency would be alerted when it came into contact with a possible terrorist.
January 13, 2013 | By Karen Stabiner
Hey, reader. If you bristle ever so slightly at the presumed familiarity of that salutation, you're almost surely over 40, and you likely grew up well north of the Mason-Dixon line. If you say "hey" back, the demographic possibilities are a lot broader. Everyone from anywhere who was born after 1980 seems to have adopted this onetime Southern regionalism, as have over-40s who work in a business that uses "trending" as a verb and requires them to stay forever young. I get "hey" emails and in-the-hallway greetings from students who've never been as far south as Philadelphia, who hail from India and Austria, from the Northeast and the Midwest and Canada.
March 23, 1993
The Rev. Robert L. Morley ("On Rock 'n' Roll and Gays in the Military," Sermon, Voices, March 15) has rightly pointed out that the issue of homosexuality has largely been a matter of the heart rather than a matter of the head in our society. But instead of trying to inject some reason into the debate, he advocates keeping the debate on its current emotional level, stating: "You lead with your heart." How can we hope to have a better society by asking our citizens to check their brains at the door before they decide the policies that will guide our nation?
September 11, 2004
Re "Judge Rules Mahony Must Provide Files," Sept. 9: If the two priests Cardinal Roger Mahony is protecting are not guilty of molesting children, why won't the cardinal give the district attorney's office the information it needs? Since when is any church, synagogue or mosque immune from the law? If our Constitution allows religious leaders to protect guilty people, then it is time that the laws are changed. If it is wrong for the average citizen to protect criminals, then why should religious leaders be immune?
December 20, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
For anyone who has avoided seeing a Cirque du Soleil show for fear that the world-music soundtrack, fantasy costumes and relentless gymnastic performances would lead to eye-gouging and running for the aisles, the new film "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" will likely confirm all those presuppositions. The movie has a vague storyline, as a young woman pursues a male circus performer and they both wind up in an alternate world, but it is mostly just a pretense to feature set-piece performances from seven separate Cirque shows.
November 22, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Seated on a muddy hill, Sulieman Masri glumly scanned the giant crater that was once a smuggling tunnel used to support his family. After the Israeli airstrikes of the last week, Thursday morning was the first safe time to venture out. He discovered his tunnel was among 140 Israel destroyed. Now it's now a massive sand pit coated with gray explosives residue. It would take two months to rebuild at the cost of $20,000. "But I've heard that they are going to open the borders, which could put the tunnels out of business," he said.
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