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Reader letters: Bravo to music critic who is aware of his historical past

Music critic’s praises sung

Regarding: “Israel Phil’s Worthy Heir to Mehta” [Nov. 11]: This is a love word to Mark Swed — to how he weaves his data of music by the sinews of his responses, of his humanity, and elevates and focuses the impression of the previous upon the current, like starlight.

Reading Swed’s critiques, I lookup right into a sky that’s all the time there, and I’m gripped by the truth of sources of sunshine from the previous, captive in that second and opened to feeling, connection, thriller and awe.

So it’s after I learn Swed’s assessment of the exploration of struggling in Mahler; of the presence of it in Ben-Haim’s work; of the brand new magician, conductor Lahav Shani and his Israel Philharmonic orchestral limbs, voices, breath, manifestation; of the music that’s drawn by the veins and hearts of residing beings, by our present and curse of consciousness, and the immediacy and incomprehensible depths of those created instants of intense contact.

Leah Sullivan
Pasadena

This reader is tuning in on election evening

I want to level out that within the L.A. Times version wherein Mary McNamara’s column ran [“Tune Out Election Night Analysis,” Nov. 10], there have been about 21 different articles on totally different facets of the elections. Is she suggesting we shouldn’t hassle studying any of those, together with hers, however merely wait until all the outcomes are finalized?

And ought to we additionally cease listening to the radio?

I’ll proceed to observe, learn and pay attention.

Lewis Rosenthal
Los Angeles

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Tuned in to TV writing

The column [“Why ‘Atlanta’ Was Absurdly Great,” Nov. 11] is why Robert Lloyd is my favourite critic, wherever.

Curtis Horton
Pasadena

Still ready on a real apology

I’m moved by the bravery Natasha Henstridge confirmed in calling out her abuser and couldn’t agree extra along with her phrases: “An apology goes a long way” [“Speaking Out Was Hard, but Silence Would Be Worse,” Nov. 13].

I personally haven’t seen a honest apology from any of the general public figures accused of sexual assault. A real apology is not any {qualifications}, no excuses, no shifting the blame elsewhere.

There may very well be actual therapeutic present in a few of these males taking duty for his or her actions that brought on hurt and struggling, nevertheless it appears there is probably not the need or potential wanted to take action.

I hope Henstridge’s phrases immediate somebody on the market to say, “I’m sorry.”

Jackie Finch
Los Angeles

A great use for Twitter

The final sentence of Wendy Lee’s [“Twitter Under Musk Worries Media,” Nov. 8] mentions one other vital institutional person of Twitter that has obtained little to no consideration in tales about adjustments at Twitter — that’s, authorities customers.

Nowhere have I seen point out of the vital position that Twitter has performed for over a decade in catastrophe response, emergency administration and associated fields.

I signed up for Twitter in 2010 at an emergency preparedness convention in Seattle sponsored by native authorities recipients of FEMA’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. Since then, the usage of Twitter for public company communications about wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, particular occasions and extra has solely grown.

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Frequent customers embrace responders corresponding to hearth, police and emergency administration departments, nongovernmental businesses just like the Red Cross, and businesses centered on longer-term catastrophe restoration efforts.

The lack of Twitter as a dependable, important public communication device for emergency preparedness, response and restoration could be a catastrophe.

Sally Richman
Los Angeles

A tempest on a TV present

Regarding: “The ‘Yellowstone’ Tornado” [Nov. 14]: When I watch the drama “Yellowstone,” I view its messages on many various ranges.

On one degree, it’s the wrestle of Native Americans to extend their energy in Montana with a view to hold their land pristine and produce again their tradition.

On a second degree, it’s the story of ranchers like Beth and her father who’re combating towards an out of doors world the place cash is polluting a lifestyle.

And lastly, it’s a wrestle to maintain the “rich elites” from polluting Montana with their trip houses and nostalgia for residing vicariously on a “white reservation.”

Mark Walker
Yorba Linda

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