RADIO JOCKEYING AROUND
I love Paul Cullums Phil Hendrie article [Radio Provocateur, June 1117], which I find to be the best description of the guy and the show I thoroughly enjoy. I just wish you didnt print the expletives. I would have liked to send the article to a couple of friends, but it becomes impractical when theres language in there that many people dont like. Great writing otherwise.
Bruce Widing Wilsonville
As a straight man and straight journalist, Im thrilled that Phil Hendries finally getting some ink if not his own TV show. Very few people ever get to do big-time, non-pandering radio on their own terms. Hendries pulled it off night after night, for the better part of a decade. Ive stayed in my car on many occasions, missing countless eyebrow-rejuvenation appointments, because I couldnt drag myself away from Phils genius. No one will ever do it better, including Carrot Top.
Howard Leff Los Angeles
Your articles on Ronald Reagan [Deadline Hollywood, Bye Bye, Bonzo; Dissonance, Reagan Without Tears; On, The Gipper; Open City, Lying in State; Powerlines, Local Boy Makes Good, June 1117] reveal a dark shallowness and a cynicism that perfectly matches the petulant Southern California liberal lockstep mindset. L.A. Weekly certainly knows its core audience. The sadly predictable hit pieces are angry, depressing, faux-witty, campus-level tantrums that merely whine while they should enlighten. To aging hippies and young sophisticates I say: Socialism lost. Get over it.
B.H. Fitzpatrick Redondo Beach
During the past week of rewritten history and maudlin retrospectives, the liberal press has emerged to depict Ronald Reagans true (and rather frightening) legacy. John Powers criticisms of the plaintive national press, and the other writers depictions of Reagans entropic career, are on target. I read three papers a day, and in the last week none have demonstrated the same journalistic integrity and responsibility to its readership regarding Reagans life and death as L.A. Weekly.
Brigid McManama Los Angeles
I agree with Gloria Ohlands praise for the work of Doug Suisman, Deborah Murphy and others who are focused on the public-way, pedestrian orientation and the importance of good mixed-use projects, especially in transit-oriented districts [Brave New Cityscape, June 1117].
However, I think landmark buildings are equally as important, particularly those on Grand Avenue, which does have an impact on daily life in that it creates an important civic and cultural center. While one can of course critique the urban design qualities of some of these buildings, one has to commend Gehry and his office in particular for creating a piece of work [the Walt Disney Concert Hall] that has brought back architecture as an important topic of discussion for all of the citys residents.
In addition, I have to strongly disagree with Ohlands assessment of Morphosis Caltrans headquarters. This project creates a well-scaled public space oriented to the corner across from City Hall, and helps create a dialogue with the neighboring buildings, as well as provide pedestrian orientation on First and Main. The way the building meets the ground responds in a different and appropriate way to each street edge.
I believe we as architects and urban designers should promote both good infill and important landmarks for our cityscape.
Stephanie Reich Urban designer, City of Santa Monica
L.A. Weekly should consider renaming its news section Im looking for the news in David Corns piece about George Tenet, No Fall Guy [June 1117].
According to Corn, George Tenet has essentially [said], [Implied] though not [stated], strongly hinted and delivered extensive between-the-lines indictments regarding the Bush administrations culpability on the issue of WMDs. Did George Tenet actually say anything or was he Vulcan mind-melding with selective reporters? While I applaud Corns selfless willingness to read between the lines for us, he might consider sticking to the facts.
The Bush camp has tried to make Tenet the fall guy for Bushs WMD predicament. Really? Prove it. But dont call it news. And while youre renaming your propaganda section, dont forget that the Clinton administration claimed there was a direct link between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and that Saddam had WMDs. Also, David Corns leading man, John Kerry, clearly believed that Saddam was a serious enough threat to mandate war. But maybe Im being presumptuous about Corns allegiance to the Kerry campaign; it was implied, though not stated.
Christian Duguay Los Angeles
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Burning Blades [June 1117] is the poorest piece of journalism L.A. Weekly has published in a long time. Ben Quiñones was obviously too thrilled by the idea of riding with buzzards like pilot Mel Stevenson or trying all those high-tech toys to ask real questions. When he does ask about noise abatement and safety regulations, hes satisfied with the most inane pap: a study conducted by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the early 70s, claiming that 89 percent of the population polled was in favor of helicopter patrols. Never mind asking people living on hills bordering Sunset Boulevard, in Echo Park or Silver Lake, who are constantly buzzed and shaken by these sky cowboys. Quiñones pays them lip service with Ghetto Bird and some smart shit from Ice Cube.
Philippe Garnier Los Angeles