Mexico’s Todos Santos should remain quiet town
Regarding "It Screams Quiet," by Christopher Reynolds, March 7: We have been in Mexico long enough to see Los Cabos ruined and are watching, from afar, the destruction of Todos Santos. I know it cannot be helped, but those who came to live there in past years are going to find their quiet town taken from them. You keep writing those stories about idyllic places, and in time they will disappear.
-- Ellis Glazier, La Paz, Mexico
For best deal, use agent
The person who did her own reservations on Hotwire made the mistake, not Hotwire ["Car Tracker," by Catharine Hamm, March 7]. There is an old cliché, "Buy cheap, get cheap."
Anyone who uses an online booking engine instead of a professional travel consultant deserves the outcome.
Travel reservations are a professional endeavor and should be done by professionals.
-- Jess Kalinowsky, West Hollywood
Touting car desk a bad idea
I am absolutely appalled at the item and photo depicting the Steering Wheel Desktop ["A Desk on the Go," by Judi Dash, March 7]. It's one thing for a company to produce and pay for advertising for a reprehensible product. It's another for the Los Angeles Times to promote such a bad idea for free. Maybe they also make one for airline cockpits and Metrolink engineer stations. We pass laws because people are stupid enough to text, read, brush their teeth, apply makeup all while driving. Why do you feel it's appropriate to encourage such an inane product? And your parenthetical comment ("No, of course not while you are driving") does not absolve your decision to run this article.
-- James Medina, Long Beach
Looking forward to Berkeley's treats
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Nancy Hoyt Belcher's article on Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto ["A Nibble Here, a Nosh There," Feb. 28]. She had me hooked the moment I laid eyes on the front cover of the Travel section. "Stuffed With Surprises" is just what this town offers. The beautiful scenery combined with the array of glorious tastes is enough to make my mouth water. I am especially excited about Lisa Rogovin's tasting tour around this historic enclave in Berkeley. My first stop will most definitely be the bakery Love at First Bite, to satisfy my sweet tooth.
-- Rita Korkounian, Northridge
Southwest singled out mom for weight
Regarding "A Look at the Big Picture," by Jane Engle, Feb. 28: As my mother and I approached the Southwest gate in Las Vegas on a Sunday morning, an airline representative came up to her and said, "You will need to pay for an additional seat because of your size."
I could not believe what she said. Not only did the employee discriminate against my mother for being overweight and disabled, she did it in front of other passengers. I explained to a supervisor that my mom had traveled the entire world and had never needed two seats. The supervisor called me a liar. After boarding, I took pictures to prove my mother fit in one seat.
How can they make a judgment before we entered the plane and sat down? Why on the departing flight was nothing said to my mom? I wrote to Southwest Airlines to share my experience, and after waiting for more than a month for a response, I received an e-mail explaining its policy and stating that it was sorry for offending my mother and me. But why even get to this point?
I hope Southwest will see its wrongdoing and make stricter guidelines so that "people of size" will not feel they have been singled out.
-- Sharon Lerman, Sherman Oaks