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March 29, 2006
THANK you to Russ Parsons for the wonderful, playful tone you bring to food writing. I consistently find myself laughing and promptly e-mailing your pieces to my foodie friends and my language-loving, polyglot father. And, of course, cooking recipes from them later in the week. Joy in food is such a good thing, and sharing it through your writing is pure pleasure. CAMERON BLAKE HOLTZ Charlotte, N.C.
September 17, 2006
Thanks to Chris Epting for a most accurate portrait of Arnold Hano, the avid baseball fan and master of words ("Back to the Bleachers," Aug. 27). I was lucky to have taken my first creative writing class from him in the '70s at UC Irvine. May he continue to share his insights on baseball and the world for many years to come. Janie Watts Pacific Palisades
July 19, 1986
Those of us who have spent a career as working reporters have long noted, with as little envy as we could manage, that Jim Murray wins one or more awards almost every year for "best sportswriting." How about making this the year for the award he most deserves, "best writing." How about nominating Jim's July 8 plea for public attendance at the retinitis pigmentosa dinner for the Pulitzer Prize? PAUL PIERCE Malibu
May 30, 1995
Re "Fertile Ground for Poetry," May 16: Many a time I've passed Through this place Of dust and rusted metal Contemptuous (If I deigned to glance) Never dreaming that In this hardscrabble town God's gift of poetry Could be found. GEORGE E. MILLER Los Osos While I am grateful for the attention drawn to the Fresno writing scene, the article seems to give the impression that after the retirement of Philip Levine, the creative writing program at Cal State Fresno is close to moribund.
June 27, 1996
In regard to your article on the Writing Program at UCLA (June 24), one major problem is that the UC system has not made competent writing a requirement for admission. High school seniors send in their applications in November, and in February they are admitted or rejected on the basis of their grade-point average, SAT and Achievement Test scores and their personal statement. Then, in May, the admittees are tested to see if they know how to write, by taking the Subject A exam. A large percentage fail the exam, and they are required to take one or more remedial courses after enrolling on their campus.
August 29, 1989 | ELAINE WOO and JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writers
Seniors in 12 out of 15 Orange County high school districts demonstrated above-average writing skills last year in a new state test to determine writing proficiency, state education officials announced Monday. Statewide, 79% of last year's 12th-grade class showed adequate to above-average writing skills, while 19% showed minimal ability, according to test results. In Orange County, all but three of the 15 high school districts scored above the state average.
July 18, 1992
I don't like what Janice Page wrote about Color Me Badd and Paula Abdul one bit. Paula's voice does not squeak at all. She is a great singer. Color Me Badd does not try to copy New Kids on the Block. And they sing and dance great. That's a fact. I happen to love both of them. I bet a lot of people agree with me. So stop writing stuff about them. You'll probably be getting a lot more nasty letters. I was at the concert, and it was great. JESSICA WILLIAMS Irvine
April 15, 1991 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
As one of the school district's four writing mentors, Jan Strahl works daily with students who have difficulty with spelling, struggle with punctuation, and sometimes write sentences that could be mistaken for paragraphs. But Strahl, who teaches fifth grade at Santiago Hills Elementary School in addition to her duties as writing mentor, is not discouraged. The successes of two students at Santiago Hills are proof that Strahl's efforts toward making students better writers are working.
June 12, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
As the youngest in a family of eight children, Mary Helen Ponce would often lock herself in the bathroom or climb trees in search of a quiet place to read. Lacking paper and pencils, she used sticks to scratch her first stories in the soft dirt around her family's Pacoima home. On Wednesday, Ponce, the author of "Hoyt Street," which describes her childhood experiences in 1950s Pacoima, and four other books, brought her enthusiasm for literacy to Vaughn Next Century Learning Center.
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