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Mailbag: Golden State is tarnished by its leadership

Michael Torres nailed it in his letter ("Mailbag: Californians should return to the Republican Party," Feb. 12). I don't understand how we got to where we are in California. The California bureaucrats, led by Gov. Jerry Brown (hiring former U.S. Atty. Gen Eric Holder, really?), continue to take...

Letters and Commentary

  • Commentary: HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer

    There aren't many cancers that are preventable. Cervical cancer is one of them. In fact, I look forward to the day this cancer will be a rare phenomenon in the United States. Cervical cancer is a condition that can affect any woman, a message we've heard recently from Erin Andrews, sportscaster for...

  • Commentary: It is getting pretty late to put away holiday spangle

    Well, here it is February, and I already have all the Christmas decorations put back into the garage. Now for someone who is not afraid of climbing ladders to put them on the storage shelf. How many of you still have Christmas presents that you bought "just in case"? I have a half-case of wine meant...

  • Mailbag: Monarch column set a 'lovely tone for the day'

    Re: David Hansen's column, "Monarchs in need of human help," Feb. 12: I am in care of my two grandchildren, ages 2 and 4, daily. One of our very special joys is watching the monarchs grow from scary looking caterpillars into beautiful butterflies. We keep several pots of milkweed for this purpose....

  • Mailbag: Rodman wormed his way out of a more serious penalty

    Mailbag: Rodman wormed his way out of a more serious penalty

    Re. "Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman pleads guilty to misdemeanors in connection with freeway crash," (Feb. 6): Is it just me, or is anyone else surprised that Dennis Rodman got off so lightly? The guy drove the wrong way on the freeway, caused an accident that could have killed someone, fled the scene,...

  • Mailbag: Californians should return to the Republican Party

    In his final remarks at the White House in 1974, President Nixon said, "Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain." With this past election, California bucked the national trend and became bluer, allowing Democrats to gain...

Columns

  • The Crowd: Year of the Rooster gala aids symphony's outreach programs

    The Crowd: Year of the Rooster gala aids symphony's outreach programs

    The 2017 Chinese New Year marked the Year of the Rooster starting Jan. 28, and in celebration, a gala dinner and concert were held in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall benefiting the Pacific Symphony. Some 180 VIP patrons contributing at least $1,200 per person were treated to one of...

  • A Word, Please: The word which is nonrestrictive

    A Word, Please: The word which is nonrestrictive

    "It must drive you nuts to see all the mistakes bad writers make." When people learn your job is to catch writing errors, many guess that you're so laser-focused on seeking out grammar, punctuation and spelling slip-ups that it's nearly impossible to focus on the meaning of anything you're reading....

  • It's impossible to repay my debt to this country

    It's impossible to repay my debt to this country

    It was 50 years ago this month that I was discharged from the U.S. Army after having served three years on active duty. Following an 18-month overseas hitch in Korea, I flew to Fort Lewis, Wash., where I turned in my uniforms, signed a stack of government paperwork and accepted my separation pay...

  • A Word, Please: Chiding the New Yorker's preening style

    A Word, Please: Chiding the New Yorker's preening style

    A recent headline tweeted by the New Yorker magazine caught my eye: "American immigration policy has fuelled an unlikely industry in El Salvador." I couldn't resist. I retweeted the headline with the comment: "Fuelled? What is this? The Yorker?" Even though I have a lot of respect for the New Yorker's...

  • The Crowd: Fans of Laure Hériard Dubreuil turn out for her new store

    The Crowd: Fans of Laure Hériard Dubreuil turn out for her new store

    The world of fashion design has evolved dramatically over the last decade. A demonstrably youthful influence has in many ways discarded long-held do's and don'ts in the trade. Tennis shoes are worn with sequined gowns. Leather biker jackets over Chanel blouses. Turquoise-dyed mink Eisenhower jackets...

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