Regarding international news -- or the lack of it -- Rob Eshman mentions the producers, the network executives and the advertisers ("The Global Minute," Oct. 26). I think the chain goes one step further to the consumers. If viewers were interested in international news, we would get it. Advertisers, generally, are responsive to an audience.
The American level of interest or disinterest in international affairs may stem from any number of root causes. But I'm certain one of them is a sort of arrogance based on perceived superiority.
Americans need to become more conscious of, and interested in, the world scene. If that happened, we would have more international reporting, and we wouldn't have to ask after Sept. 11, why do they hate us?
Kevin Cronin,Playa del Rey
This accolade is a bit late, but nonetheless please register my appreciation for the singles column written by Lori Gottlieb ("Rabbi-Bad Boy Complex," Oct. 5). I've been a fan of her writing for a while, and was quite pleased to find her brand of wit and observation grace The Journal.
The primary reason for my devotion to your publication has been the enjoyment derived from Teresa Strasser's columns. With the addition of Gottlieb's musings, I now have even more reason to look forward to each issue. Thanks for adding her to the mix.
Seth Skolnik, Los Angeles
The Journal's listing of Orange County resources for Jewish youth omitted the county's largest network of Jewish educational and youth programs ("Resource Round-up," Nov. 2).
For the record, the Hebrew Academy operates the only school that runs from nursery through high school. Also Camp Gan Israel at the school is the county's largest Jewish summer camp.
Chabad operates Hebrew schools in Yorba Linda, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach; Hebrew high programs in Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo and Irvine; and preschools in Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach; with youth clubs at all of the locations.
For more information on any of these programs, call (714) 693-0770.
Rabbi David Eliezrie , North County Chabad
Mike Feurer is correct ("Secession Won't Work," Nov. 2). Supporters of Valley Vote criticize their present government officials in downtown Los Angeles. But, they forget that a new city means more government. Their new Valley city will have a mayor, council members, and more government offices with more government personnel.
Carole Wade, Century City
As a project editor for the nonprofit Jewish Publication Society, I helped produce the Conservative movement's Etz Hayim. In her local coverage of this best-selling book ("Local Victory," Oct. 26), Julie Gruenbaum Fax correctly mentioned that it was made possible by donations from a few families, including Bruce and Shelly Whizin. Similar win-win opportunities exist for dedicating other important Jewish books in honor or memory of loved ones. Many classic texts and fine works of contemporary scholarship can be published only when donors come forward.
David E. S. Stein, Redondo Beach
In the Orange County briefs ("Spielberg Foundation Gives Grant," Nov. 2), the novel "Schindler's List" was not co-authored by Fred Schepisi.
Mike Feuer was misidentified as the current Los Angeles city councilman for the 5th district ("Secession Won't Work," Nov. 2). The 5th district seat is currently held by Jack Weiss.