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January 30, 2008
Re "Is the right right on the Clintons?" Opinion, Jan. 26 I don't know who Jonathan Chait talked to during the 1990s, but most of the liberals I know always doubted Bill Clinton's integrity, no matter how relieved we were to have a (somewhat) kindred spirit in the White House. Our suspicion of Hillary Clinton, perhaps born of the travel office and other debacles during "her" White House years, coalesced over what seemed like a series of politically opportunistic votes in the Senate, particularly on the Iraq war. The inappropriate and offensive mud-slinging the Clintons and their surrogates have indulged in during this campaign seems in character.
October 7, 2007 | By Jane Anderson, Special to The Times
AS I write this, I'm well into the third week of rehearsals for my new play at the Geffen Playhouse, "The Quality of Life. " As the playwright, I would have ducked out by now to let the director and the actors work out the nuts and bolts of interpreting the play. Maybe I'd get the occasional phone call from the director wondering if they could possibly add or cut a line. But mostly I would rightfully be asked to disappear so everyone could mess around with the text in peace without having me hunched in the back of the rehearsal room wringing my hands.
July 28, 2007 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
The Independent Shakespeare Company continues its summer of free Shakespeare in Barnsdall Art Park with "Macbeth," which plays in rotating repertory with "Richard II" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Now in its fourth season, this crisply professional company offers solid renderings of the Bard atop the balmy promontory of Barnsdall, where playgoers picnic and lounge under the stars while watching the evening's entertainment.
March 11, 2007 | Daniel J. Vargas, Special to The Times
AS a kid in Whittier, Manny Jimenez was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood. "Growing up, I loved watching 'Batman' and 'Superman' -- the old ones with Adam West and George Reeves," he says. "I wanted to be in movies. But I never thought I could be a part of that. It just seemed like a whole other universe." Nothing in his hardened neighborhood reinforced his dream, so the self-described thrill-seeker fell into the criminal life his heroes battled on-screen.
January 25, 2007
Re "Kids aren't carpoolers," editorial, Jan. 23 Your editorial completely misses the mark. It insinuates that the congestion of carpool lanes during rush hour can be partly attributed to mothers with children and single drivers of hybrids. As a hybrid driver, I've observed that this is simply not the case. These types of drivers account for a small proportion of the vehicles utilizing this lane. The real problem are the single drivers who use the express lane illegally. Many outlying congested freeways, such as Highway 14, are rarely patrolled.
October 16, 2006
Re "Little-Known State Law Gives No-Parking Perk," Oct. 10 Free parking, whether in downtown lots, on the street or at work, amounts to a public subsidy for cars and is exactly the wrong direction for us to be going in a world of global warming. We need to make driving cars less convenient and public transportation, walking and bicycling more convenient. We should eliminate free parking altogether, charge about $200 a month per vehicle and eliminate the necessity to provide off-street parking for new housing, as that is also catering to cars.
October 8, 2006
Just days after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have provided healthcare for every Californian, we learn of fresh evidence that more of us than ever are going without insurance ("More U.S. Workers Go Uninsured," Sept. 27). The governor justified his veto in part on the belief that the proposal would create a burden for business. Yet the exact opposite is true: The bill called for a system under which the government pays for health services delivered privately by doctors and hospitals already in place, thus relieving the state's businesses of direct responsibility for providing coverage.
May 29, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
Ben S. Bernanke's honeymoon as the new Federal Reserve chairman is drawing to an end. Now comes the hard part. The Fed has reached a crunch point in its stewardship of the U.S. economy, and any misstep on Bernanke's part could have dramatic consequences. Inflation is picking up just as economic growth and job creation appear to be slowing. The housing boom is ending, and rising mortgage rates threaten to depress home prices and throttle consumer spending.
March 16, 2006
Re "Boulevard of dreams," editorial, March 11 Re your March 11 editorial ("Boulevard of dreams") about the Community Redevelopment Agency's use of eminent domain against the Bernard Luggage store. You are right that this power should not be used without great restraint and serious thought. Make no mistake, the seizure and transfer of Bernard Luggage can happen almost anywhere in Hollywood. That's because the Community Redevelopment Agency has designated most of Hollywood as "blighted."
January 13, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget "moves the state in the wrong direction" by adding billions to the deficit, the state's budget analyst said Thursday, and the bold public works plan he announced last week relies on money that may never materialize. "We're expanding spending at a time when we have a significant state budget problem," said nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill, to whom lawmakers of both parties look for advice on such matters.
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