January 30, 2003
I must wholeheartedly disagree with Dina Rose's comments about "Single in the City" ("Wknd Feedback," Jan. 23). I think the writers are representing both sides of the spectrum, and that there are absolutely no disparaging remarks or sarcasm. What have you been reading? Keep up the good work, everybody! Eric Calhoun View Park
June 23, 2005
Thanks for the article on Teresa Strasser's love/hate relationship with boxing ("A Real Lightweight," June 9). That's a very interesting conundrum she is in. I was sad to read, however, her plans to avoid the film "Cinderella Man." I was never a fan of the sport but found myself absolutely riveted and inspired by the story of boxer James J. Braddock. Strasser states how much she admires fighters that exhibit the qualities of "tenacity, ferocity and gumption." Braddock had those qualities in spades along with dignity, grace and a deep love for his family.
December 26, 2002
My name is Elijah Dittersdorf and you used me in a large color picture for your article about Virgin Megastore and other music stores in L.A. ("Where do you buy?" Dec. 19). The caption read: "Elijah Dittersdorf, a Virgin employee who wears his love of music on his arm, arranges stock at the store." You failed to mention that the majority of employees at these stores are paid minimum wage, are given no benefits and have one of the highest turnover rates in retail. These "super-size" companies do not like to keep employees very long, as the help then might want a slight wage increase and maybe a shot at some health care.
October 16, 2003
Re "When a Beast Bites Back," by Paul Brownfield (Oct. 9), about the accident involving magician Roy Horn: I do not believe the comparison to Phil Bronstein's Komodo dragon encounter is accurate. Roy was not mistaken for prey. The phrases "evidently mistook Roy for prey" and "experience the unthinkable... : sympathy for the magician who tempts death" imply that Roy had it coming. But this is entirely untrue. Roy loves those cats as his own children, respects them, learns from them.
April 13, 2006
Maybe the best way to get in shape for Dr. Phil's new book on finding love [Tell, by Teresa Strasser and JD Roberto, April 6] is to follow Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge. Some abs are simply too sexy to resist. MONTE WHALEY Redondo Beach
December 28, 2006
Re "Living in Limbo, Keeping It Real," Dec. 21: Let's see, Ricky Walters is an alien convicted of shooting two people yet he merits a sympathetic article with the subtext of "leave the guy alone!" because our government has an indisputable reason to deport him? This kind of media indulgence resulted in the senseless murder of Richard Adan by a similarly favored criminal named Jack Henry Abbott, or don't you all remember? HASAN A. BENLER Poway