April 18, 2009
Is smart grid the wisest move? Beware of government’s relentless encroachment on our freedom of choice and quality of life (“New grid sought,” April 11). The $30-million smart grid will allow power sources to selectively curtail services to our homes. We take for granted that electricity will be here on hot summer days. The sales pitch wants to make us believe that residents and businesses may be able to control our energy use. This would be elective on our part.
June 19, 2004
James Petrillo Reaffirming the transcendent possibilities of theater, the Colony Theatre Company's opening production of the 2004-05 season will take you on an amazing journey without ever leaving your chair. And chairs, by the way, are used to spectacular effect in Mark Brown's wonderfully realized adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." While film versions of the classic tale feature a hot-air balloon, this incarnation sticks closer to Verne's original story of boats, trains and human ingenuity.
November 15, 2003
Jeff Tully With his right knee heavily taped and leaning on crutches, injured Burbank High running back Tanner Bennett could only watch as the seconds ticked off the scoreboard Friday night at the 55th annual football rivalry game against Burroughs. As the final seconds faded to black, Bennett -- a sophomore -- lifted one crutch, smiled and gave a loud cheer in acknowledgment of the Bulldogs' 24-17 cross-town win at Memorial Field. The win was Burbank's first against its rival since 1992, when the Bulldogs prevailed, 21-17.
September 11, 2004
Imagine it's 1492 and you are watching live as it transpires the voyage of Christopher Columbus. Cameras placed on board broadcast live every aspect of his voyage as it unfolds. Imagine seeing and hearing the sights and sounds of ships sailed by Verrazano or Magellan. Imagine receiving clear images broadcast directly from Jamestown or Plymouth. Suppose Lewis and Clark could have carried cameras with them allowing students to speak with them, and you could take this amazing journey across new frontiers with them, from beginning to end, in real time as it was actually happening.
December 13, 2003
Jeff Tully Jesse Seibel stands out among his classmates at John Muir Middle School. Despite being different, the energetic young man has been able to capitalize on his skills, and he strives to be just like the rest of his fellow students. However, there are only a select few 12-year-olds who can break a board with their hands, execute a pin-point accurate roundhouse kick or perform the intricate moves needed to perfect the ancient martial art of taekwondo.