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
Do some conservative critics of popular culture give Murdoch a free pass because of his Republican leanings? Absolutely. But Bill Bennett isn’t among them.
I was surprised to read in Harold Meyerson’s article “The Pretender” that “You have to go back to Coolidge to find a president with a résumé so short [as that of George W. Bush], a presence so uninspiring, an intelligence so difficult to locate.” As Mr. Meyerson could have learned from any desktop reference, Calvin Coolidge was a distinguished graduate of Amherst College who rose from humble origins in rural Vermont to become a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, mayor of Northampton, lieutenant governor and later governor of Massachusetts, and finally vice president, a position from which he acceded to the presidency upon the death of Warren Harding. He was elected in his own right in 1924 by a landslide and would certainly have been re-elected in 1928 if he had chosen to run. He was immensely popular in his time, but his reputation suffered when New Deal politicians and commentators saw in his conservatism and laissez-faire policies the seeds of the Great Depression.
Mr. Meyerson may have confused Coolidge with his predecessor, Harding, who was indeed intellectually undistinguished and had a spare political résumé — and who is almost universally regarded as the least of presidents.
—Alejandro Jenkins Cambridge, Massachusetts
GONE, BUT NOT FORGIVEN
I would like to clarify a point regarding Marc Haefele’s article “Seating Non-Incumbents” [City Limits, January 26–February 1] on my community’s effort to have the Los Angeles City Council appoint a replacement for Jackie Goldberg.
Jackie Goldberg is not “leaving” for Sacramento; she’s gone. She’s been gone since early December. Already, projects that were under way in my neighborhood and elsewhere in the 13th District have been delayed, denied and defeated due to our lack of representation. This will only get worse as the city-budget process proceeds this spring. The City Council needs to follow its legal obligation and to respect the people of the 13th Council District by appointing Goldberg’s successor as soon as possible.
—Joe Linton Koreatown
In Neal Weaver’s review of the play Vacation [February 2–8], Jill Remez and Karen Michael are credited for performing in each other’s roles. In Paul Malcolm’s coverage of this year’s Sundance Festival [same issue], Working Films co-founder Robert West is misidentified as “Daniel.” We apologize for the errors.
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