Readers agree with Mary McNamara on all fronts

Required name recognition

I eagerly turned to Dawn Burkes’ interview with the creators of P-Valley. [“The clothes of ‘P-Valley’ add to the drama,” July 29], as I am a fan of the show and its wonderful costumes. But I was dismayed to see that the names of the costume designers – Alita McGhee Bailey and Tiffany Hasbourne – weren’t even mentioned. Being a costume designer myself, I know how much blood, sweat and tears go into creating a show.

The Costume Designers Guild has fought for industry recognition and wage equity. Our members are 81% female and are paid significantly less than our male colleagues in the Art Directors Guild. Please respect our work and do not edit our names from your item.

Alexis Scott, member of Costume Designers Guild 892

los Angeles

Joni still inspires

I loved reading Mary McNamara’s article on Joni Mitchell’s performance at the Newport Folk Festival [“Look at life Joni Mitchell’s way,” July 27]. It is beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes. Both Sides Now captures how we can feel both hope and despair at the same time, and hope is so needed now.

Scott Wimer

santa monica


Thank you Mary McNamara for the beautiful tribute to Joni Mitchell. She is still a wonderful and courageous woman at 78 years old. And she still looks at life in her own way.

Cynthia Lokitz

Westlake Village

A swab on Pappy’s?

I am an active member of the Pioneertown community and a local historian, and I object to the tone of Randall Roberts’ article [“A battle rocking the high desert,” July 24] and its lack of disclosure. Our community is no longer divided over Pappy & Harriet’s ownership, any more than ever.

As with any restaurant that changes hands, some people will be unhappy whether or not something changes. This is the case here. After the COVID-19 lockdown, every restaurant has increased prices and made menu changes.

Everyone quoted in the article either has a personal quarrel with the owners or would benefit from Pappy & Harriet’s failure. The person who is upset because their eponymous menu item has been removed is biased. One person complains about heightened security at a time when mass shootings are an almost daily occurrence, and makes it sound like their security protocols are aggressive.

The author also mentions what one of the restaurant’s owners is wearing. (It’s Pioneertown, we’re all in cowboy hats and boots.)

All of this makes the article look like a smear campaign by those in litigation over the Pappy & Harriet property.

Kurt Sauter

pioneer town

Self-service without a smile

I laughed ’til I cried when I read Mary McNamara’s article on self-checkout at grocery stores [“I’m not paying to serve myself,” July 22]. What irritates me the most is that in some places you can put your shopping bag in the bagging area before you start scanning, but in other places the machine will yell at you if you try to put it down before you start scanning start. This slows down the process and makes people impatient while they wait, while they have to pay and then pack their groceries. Why aren’t all machines the same? Technology sometimes falls short when these machines aren’t the same.

Sharon Pogi



Many thanks to Mary McNamara for her focus on the inconvenient self-service requirements that have found their way into our way of life. I have to admit that I’m a fan of ATMs. This is mainly because bank opening hours are so short that no one working during the day can get there while they are open.

However, as a somewhat disabled senior, I need help filling up my car. I don’t get it because most stations only have one staff member and only need to help when they have two. Watch me walk around my car from the driver’s seat to the gas cap on the other side of my car.

As for the self-service stations in grocery stores, I gave them a pass a long time ago. I’m old enough to remember doctor’s home visits. Recently my doctor didn’t understand why I chose to visit online instead of going to the clinic.

Maybe I should reread my Agatha Christie books like McNamara does.

Connie Elliot

studio city


A big thank you to Mary McNamara’s column. She told us how it really is, and she still used graceful humor to tell her story.

I’m with her – this has become abusive behavior that is being delivered to us by major banks, airlines, grocers, medical offices, insurance companies and of course government agencies.

I loved her ability to laugh, but I’m not quite there with some of them.

David Lampert


A negative review

On Justin Chang’s review of the film “Nope” [“Yup, he’s done it again,” July 21]: We just saw “Nope” and if someone asked if I would recommend it, I would say “Nope”.

Hal Rothberg


Two dozen songwriters

Referring to Nardine Saad’s online story, “Diane Warren asked why Beyoncé has 24 writers on a song. She figured it out very quickly” [Aug. 2]: Diane Warren asked a perfectly acceptable question. Respondents preferred to make this a problem rather than address the question.

John Zavesky

River bank

is this progress?

Between the photo of Beyoncé in the calendar section and the photo of J Lo on a full-page ad, we really have valuable clues as to how far we women have come to be the source of respect and admiration for our business acumen.

Linda Bradshaw Zimmerman

los Angeles

TV programs are overlooked by some

It is inconceivable to me that the main newspaper in “the entertainment capital of the world” no longer offers daily television programs.

Judy Brooks

Sherman Oaks Readers agree with Mary McNamara on all fronts

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