Readers agree with Mary McNamara on all fronts

Wanted identify recognition

I eagerly turned to Daybreak Burkes’ interview with the creators of “P-Valley” [“The clothes of ‘P-Valley’ add to the drama,” July 29], as I’m a fan of the present and its great costumes. However I used to be dismayed to see the names of the costume designers — Alita McGhee Bailey and Tiffany Hasbourne — weren’t even talked about. As a dressing up designer myself, I understand how a lot blood, sweat and tears go into designing for a present.

The Costume Designers Guild has been preventing for recognition within the business in addition to pay fairness. Our members are 81% feminine and are paid considerably decrease than our male counterparts within the Artwork Administrators Guild. Please respect our work and don’t edit our names out of your article.

Alexis Scott, member of Costume Designers Guild 892

Los Angeles

Joni nonetheless conjures up

I beloved studying Mary McNamara’s piece on Joni Mitchell’s look on the Newport People Pageant [“Look at life Joni Mitchell’s way,” July 27]. It was fantastically written, and it introduced tears to my eyes. “Both Sides Now” captures how we are able to really feel hope and despair on the similar time, and hope is so wanted now.

Scott Wimer

Santa Monica


Thanks, Mary McNamara, for the gorgeous tribute to Joni Mitchell. She continues to be an exquisite and gutsy woman at 78. And nonetheless taking a look at life her personal means.

Cynthia Lokitz

Westlake Village

A smear on Pappy’s?

I’m an lively member of the Pioneertown group and an area historian, and I take situation with the tone of Randall Roberts’ article [“A battle rocking the high desert,” July 24] and its lack of disclosure. Our group just isn’t divided over Pappy & Harriet’s possession, not more than we ever have been.

Like every restaurant that adjustments possession, some folks might be sad about it, whether or not something adjustments or not. That’s the case right here. Submit-COVID-19 lockdowns, each restaurant raised costs and made menu adjustments.

Everybody quoted within the article both has a private gripe with the house owners or would revenue from Pappy & Harriet’s failure. The individual upset as a result of they’ve had their namesake menu merchandise eliminated is biased. One individual is complaining about elevated safety in a time when mass shootings are virtually each day occurrences and making it sound as if their safety protocols are being aggressive.

The author additionally remarks on what one of many restaurant’s house owners is sporting. (It’s Pioneertown, all of us put on cowboy hats and boots.)

All of this makes the article appear to be a smear marketing campaign by these within the lawsuit with Pappy & Harriet’s possession.

Curt Sautter


Self-service sans smile

I laughed till I cried studying Mary McNamara’s article about self-checkout lanes at grocery shops [“I’m not paying to serve myself,” July 22]. What irritates me probably the most is that at some places you’ll be able to put your buying bag within the bagging space earlier than you begin scanning however in different places the machine yells at you for those who attempt to put it down earlier than beginning to scan. This slows down the method and makes folks impatient whereas ready as you pay after which need to bag your groceries. Why aren’t all machines the identical? Know-how generally falls quick when these machines will not be created equal.

Sharon Poggi



Due to Mary McNamara for her deal with the inconvenient self-service necessities which have discovered their means into our lifestyle. I need to admit that I’m a fan of ATMs. That is primarily as a result of banking hours are so few that anybody working in the course of the day can’t get there whereas they’re open.

Nevertheless, as a considerably handicapped senior I need assistance placing gasoline in my automobile. I don’t get it as a result of most stations have just one worker and are solely required to assist if they’ve two. Watch me inch round my automobile from the motive force’s seat to the gasoline cap on the opposite facet of my automobile.

As for grocery retailer self-serve stations, I gave them a go way back. I’m sufficiently old to recollect home calls by docs. Lately my physician didn’t perceive why I opted for an internet go to somewhat than going to the clinic.

Possibly I ought to reread my Agatha Christie books as McNamara is doing.

Connie Elliot

Studio Metropolis


A giant thanks to Mary McNamara’s column. She informed us the way it actually is, and he or she nonetheless used sleek humor to inform her story.

I’m together with her — this has grow to be abusive conduct delivered to us by massive banks, airways, grocers, physician’s places of work, insurance coverage firms and, after all, authorities businesses.

I beloved her means to snigger, however about a few of this, I’m not there but.

David Lampert


A detrimental assessment

Concerning Justin Chang’s assessment of the film “Nope” [“Yup, he’s done it again,” July 21]: We simply noticed “Nope” and if somebody have been to ask if I’d advocate it, I’d say, “Nope.”

Hal Rothberg


Two dozen songwriters

Concerning Nardine Saad’s on-line story “Diane Warren questioned why Beyoncé has 24 writers on one song. She found out real fast” [Aug. 2]: Diane Warren requested a wonderfully acceptable query. The responders most popular to show it into a difficulty somewhat than take care of the query.

John Zavesky


That’s progress?

Between Beyoncé’s {photograph} within the Calendar part and J Lo’s {photograph} on a full-page advert, we actually have worthwhile indications how far we ladies have come to be the sources of respect and admiration for our enterprise acumen.

Linda Bradshaw Carpenter

Los Angeles

TV listings are missed by some

It’s inconceivable to me that the first newspaper in “the entertainment capital of the world” not gives each day tv listings.

Judy Brooks

Sherman Oaks