By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
Re: “Bush’s ‘Little Brown One’” [July 21–27]. So now you have to earn your ethnicity? And all this time I thought that your ethnic background was just something you inherited. But I guess I was all wrong. It’s a badge you must earn, and George P. Bush hasn’t earned it. He didn’t run for the cover of a multicultural, ethnocentric security blanket when he went to college. He hung out and had fun and played pool with . . . those other people. He didn’t sit around whining about his ethnic lot in life, and discussing club dues and elections, and planning Ethnic Food Day at the cafeteria. Loner! Traitor!
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
“Imagining Times Shills” [OffBeat, July 21–27] chastises L.A. Times book reviewer Jonathan â Kirsch for failing to prominently identify Los Angeles Times Books as the publisher of Imagining Los Angeles. And no wonder — I had to search all the way to the review’s first sentence to find that fact. According to your article, this makes me a “discriminating reader.” (Ordinary readers, who presumably can’t read a whole sentence, may also have seen “THE LOS ANGELES TIMES” on the cover photo accompanying the July 12 review.)
There may be a conflict of interest when reviewers criticize works that are marketed by their employers, but the practice is very commonplace. The L.A. Weekly does it when it sells advertisements for films it reviews.
VAN DE KAMP’S
Regarding the article “Turning Up the Heat” by Hope Urban [July 28–August 3]: The issue raised by Mr. John Brunold about the conditions in the currently closed Van de Kamp’s bakery goes to a much bigger issue of worker safety in the movie/video/show-business industry in general. I have heard many stories from friends in that industry of disregard for worker safety, to say nothing of media accounts of the more spectacular instances of accidents on shoots. The industry’s more unscrupulous and desperate elements take advantage of the eagerness of people to work in it and the pressure to “get the shot” at all costs. The general worker-safety issue needs to be addressed, and tearing down historic buildings will have no effect on making safety a bigger priority for some employers.
Mr. Brunold, I am truly sorry you suffered an illness, but tearing down historic buildings will only hurt our city. Enforcing the laws and codes is what is needed. I urge you and everyone else in our city to turn up the heat on the officials, employers, unions and owners responsible for such misdeeds and really help solve these problems. Some of us are working hard at it, and we sure could use some help.
Member, Coalition To Save Van de Kamp’s and the Northeast Los Angeles Community Plan Advisory Committee
Thanks for Miles Marshall Lewis’ good article and review of Pearl Jam’s new album [“Midnight Sun,” July 28–August 3]. Glad to see some in the media talking positively about this important band and the work they have done.
Potter Web Site
Re: your OffBeat item “Hogwarts’ Webmistress” [July 28–August 3]. Thanks so much for the kind write-up. [Harry Potter Web-site creator] Kate Cheney loved it. I thought it was extremely vivid and lively, and captured the whole interview. Kate was especially pleased with “willow-thin 13-year-old with braces on her teeth.”
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