November 14, 1998
It was with great interest that I read Bill Christine's Nov. 6 article regarding horse racing and the need for "new blood" at the tracks. Until recently, my husband and I had always been vague fans, interested in the Triple Crown, but unaware of anything else. Until 1997, we did not know of the Breeders' Cup's existence. Today we are avid fans, eager to get our hands and minds on anything to do with racing. What changed us from casual to rabid fans? It started with Cigar, when we saw him lose at Del Mar in 1996.
October 8, 1989
James Flanigan made an excellent analysis of cash flow and profit structure of the illegal cocaine business. He should have left it at that, rather than wandering into those vague generalities regarding results if legalization were to take place. Let's face it: William Bennett and President Bush (perhaps less flamboyantly) are Rambos in business suits. Earmarking billions of dollars for materiel and "advisers" for Colombia and more cops and jails at home gets their adrenaline going; using those billions for inner-city education, economic improvement and treatment for addicts would be so boring.
April 3, 1999
So now we hear that Vlade Divac is "struggling to make sense of the horror" [March 27] saying "innocent people are going to die on both sides" but yet he "doesn't like to get into the politics of the battle." My question is, where was Vlade when the Serbs were perpetrating the horror of ethnic cleansing? Sure, he would offer up vague condemnations of both sides, but did we ever hear Vlade step up and speak out specifically against what Milosevic and Karadzic and Mladic were doing? As a high-profile Serb, his swift and uncompromising condemnation of the genocide being practiced by his countrymen would have resonated throughout his country, bolstering the forces of reason that do exist within Serbia.
July 4, 2010
An ÃÂÃÂactivist' Supreme Court rules on guns Re ÃÂÃÂGun rights and states' rights,ÃÂÃÂ Editorial, June 29 The lawyers were the only winners here! No longer can we debate the original intent of the 2nd Amendment by the drafters of the Constitution over the language which limited that right to militias. This decision came from an ÃÂÃÂactivistÃÂÃÂ court, claiming to be conservative, which did not hesitate to overthrow precedent.
August 16, 1987
Boo to the critics of Judge Joseph A. Wapner! Each would apparently deny this fine judge the pleasure and challenges of continuing the practice of law in the "real world" because he is now a television celebrity. One critic reveals his contempt for individuals who watch 'People's Court' by informing us that the judge's dual persona ". . . leads to confusion and disorientation among viewers." Hah! What snobbish hogwash. Would these same critics wish to deprive the likes of Arthur Miller from teaching law to his students at Harvard because he, too, appears regularly on television educating the general public on the function of law in a republican form of government?
August 1, 2010 |
On July 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, directed by the Supreme Court to address the 1st Amendment issues in Federal Communications Commission vs. Fox Television Stations, et al. — a case that has to do with the sort of "fleeting expletives" that occasionally escape the mouths of overexcited participants in televised live events — found the FCC's indecency guidelines to be "unconstitutionally vague " Now,...
February 16, 1986 |
Last Sept. 6, after 21 days adrift in the Indian Ocean with two Indonesian boatmen, Judy Schwartz and Rickey Berkowitz, both of Palos Verdes, washed ashore in a remote fishing village in southern Sumatra. Although weak and malnourished, the two 27-year-old women recovered so quickly that, before returning home, they held a press conference at the American Embassy in Jakarta. "We thought it was kind of fun," Schwartz would say later. "We had no idea what it would lead to." It led to a "madhouse."
January 3, 1993 |
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.