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September 13, 2008
I have become impressed with both Andre Ethier's character as a teammate and his potential for learning the lessons of others. Asked about the reason for his recent success at the plate, Ethier could say what veteran leader Jeff Kent could not after his own hot streak: "Two words, Manny Ramirez." As a future Hall of Famer, Jeff is a quick study, but apparently not in terms of modesty or giving credit to teammates, even other future Hall of Famers. In defense of Kent, though, he did have to play all those years with Barry Bonds; not much to learn there.
July 10, 2008
Re "I tried, but failed, to bring ethics to City Hall," July 6 I commend Bill Boyarsky's attempt "to fight City Hall" when he joined the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. You would think that this appointment would enable him to address issues and make badly needed decisions regarding the political propaganda and scandals that affect the citizens of Los Angeles. But then, one forgets that our leaders -- from Mayor Antonio "Photo Op" Villaraigosa to the highest paid council people in the country -- have more clout than any part-time member of a commission.
June 22, 2008
Re "Spector is sued by L.A. hotel," June 19 What is the matter with the management of the Bonaventure Hotel? How could they allow Phil Spector and his defense team to run up a $110,000 bill over a period of six months? Why didn't the general manager of the hotel simply say to Spector, "You have one week to pay the outstanding bill or we will change the locks on your suite of rooms"? I am so tired of reading about the special treatment of our Hollywood celebs. The Bonaventure has some real explaining to do in the corporate office.
May 31, 2008
It has taken Kobe 12 years to figure out what Magic knew as a rookie, something that Red Auerbach and Bill Russell knew all along, but at least Kobe is finally getting there. It is a team game, consisting of five on five. Harry Bluebond Valley Village How did this happen? There are a number of reasons we find the Lakers on the precipice of another NBA championship. But it all begins with Kobe. When Kobe went on his tirade last May he served notice to Jerry Buss, Mitch Kupchak and his teammates that he's here to win championships.
April 20, 2008
As an old China hand and a writer, I enjoyed reading "The World of Mao" [April 13], an excellent piece of journalism, far beyond the usual run of travel articles on China. James Morgan Ayres Valley Village Even in a travel article, one should not be writing about Mao Tse-tung without emphasizing the disaster that was the Cultural Revolution. The generation that just reached school age at the start of the revolution lost 10 of the most precious years of their lives because of the unrelenting unrest caused by the youthful Red Guards, destroying revered symbols of traditional culture.
April 10, 2008
THANK you for the article on Doug and Mary Kottler's color-filled home ["They're Just Wild Inside," April 3]. My dad once knocked out a wall and, after finishing off the larger room, took black paint and blocked out large rectangles. He handed my sister and me (we were around 10 and 12) paintbrushes and lots of cans of colors, and he told us to fill in the rectangles. Then my parents went out for the evening! Over the years, we had people stop to see "the wall." We had no clue who they were or who sent them.
ADAM CAROLLA has seen life from both sides now. North of the Hollywood Hills -- in the vast melting pot and soft landing place for dreamers known as the San Fernando Valley -- the all-purpose funnyman spent his formative years. He graduated from North Hollywood High, salted fries at a McDonald's on Ventura Boulevard, cleaned carpets, worked construction and laid the groundwork for his career in radio and television.
December 1, 2007
Please inform the millions of frustrated fans who do not get the NFL Network to relax and be thankful. Having to listen to Bryant Gumbel for over three hours is absolute torture. Richard Whorton Valley Village
July 19, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Standing outside her home on Hesby Street, Breice Reiner points to a new house a block away as an example of the mansionization creeping into her Valley Village neighborhood of nearly 45 years. "This is a box," said Reiner, vice president of the homeowners association. "This is not an articulated home." Reiner and others argue that the oversized structures -- many built on small lots and stretching up to 5,000 square feet -- are ruining the character of their suburban community.
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