Readers agree with Mary McNamara on all fronts

Wanted title 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 fantastic 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 combating 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 evokes

I liked studying Mary McNamara’s piece on Joni Mitchell’s look on the Newport People Competition [“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 will really feel hope and despair on the similar time, and hope is so wanted now.

Scott Wimer

Santa Monica


Thanks, Mary McNamara, for the attractive tribute to Joni Mitchell. She continues to be a beautiful and gutsy woman at 78. And nonetheless taking a look at life her personal method.

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 concern with the tone of Randall Roberts’ article [“A battle rocking the high desert,” July 24] and its lack of disclosure. Our group shouldn’t be divided over Pappy & Harriet’s possession, not more than we ever have been.

Like every restaurant that adjustments possession, some folks can be sad about it, whether or not something adjustments or not. That’s the case right here. Put up-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 particular person upset as a result of they’ve had their namesake menu merchandise eliminated is biased. One particular person is complaining about elevated safety in a time when mass shootings are virtually day by 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 carrying. (It’s Pioneertown, all of us put on cowboy hats and boots.)

All of this makes the article appear like 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 procuring bag within the bagging space earlier than you begin scanning however in different places the machine yells at you in the event you 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 should bag your groceries. Why aren’t all machines the identical? Know-how generally falls brief when these machines will not be created equal.

Sharon Poggi



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

Nevertheless, as a considerably handicapped senior I need assistance placing fuel in my automotive. 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 automotive from the motive force’s seat to the fuel cap on the opposite facet of my automotive.

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

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

Connie Elliot

Studio Metropolis


An enormous thanks to Mary McNamara’s column. She advised us the way it actually is, and she or he nonetheless used swish humor to inform her story.

I’m along with her — this has develop into abusive habits delivered to us by large banks, airways, grocers, physician’s workplaces, insurance coverage firms and, after all, authorities companies.

I liked her potential to giggle, however about a few of this, I’m not there but.

David Lampert


A damaging overview

Relating to Justin Chang’s overview 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

Relating to 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 superbly acceptable query. The responders most popular to show it into a problem slightly 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 useful indications how far we girls 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 supplies day by day tv listings.

Judy Brooks

Sherman Oaks