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On the sale of the Dodgers; the flap over an R rating for the film "Bully"; and the death of Trayvon Martin

April 01, 2012
  • Dan and Cheree Griffith paid down nearly all the $680,000 owed in loans and credit cards by radically controlling their spending and selling their large house to move into a far smaller condo in Rancho Cucamonga.
Dan and Cheree Griffith paid down nearly all the $680,000 owed in loans and… (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles…)

Living too large

Re "Digging out of debt," Business, March 25

Your article should have been titled "Getting what you deserve."

I am infuriated by the families you profiled. They lived foolishly: staying at 5-star hotels, buying time-shares, driving Mercedes and Jaguars and collecting thousands of bottles of very expensive wine. They took little responsibility for their spending and were grossly materialistic.

What baffles me is why you chose to write about these families. What about the families who live within their means, pay off their credit cards every month, shop for needs, not whims, and buy houses they can afford? They struggle in this economy but are not inundated with debt, stay solvent and live full, healthy and happy lives.

The families in your story are not inspirational, just pathetic.

Annie LaRussa

Studio City

Dodgers: Lots of green, some blue

Re "A new brand of moneyball," March 29

I keep wondering where all of these successful and savvy billionaires were eight years ago when they could have bought the Dodgers for $430 million in borrowed money rather than for the billions that they were willing to pay now.

Todd Piccus


Mitt Romney, your running mate has been found — Frank McCourt must be the most successful "vulture capitalist" ever.

He and his ex-wife siphoned off millions of dollars, fired people left and right, ran the business into the ground and now look to cash out big time.

Romney couldn't have done any better.

Bob Duncan

Diamond Bar

Let's check the scoreboard:

We don't have enough money to provide healthcare to sick kids, but we've got enough money to

reward Frank McCourt perhaps a billion dollars for bankrupting the Dodgers.

What inning are we in?

Eric Alter

Woodland Hills

It is beyond my comprehension that anyone who has followed the saga of Frank McCourt and the Dodgers since he tossed them into bankruptcy after using them as his personal ATM would consider maintaining any kind of relationship with him.

What were Magic and his group thinking in aligning themselves with someone so despised in Southern California, and not demanding a complete separation?

I will never go back to Dodger Stadium as long as McCourt profits in any way from my attending a game.

The idea that McCourt walks away with so much money after the unconscionably arrogant way he treated the organization, the fans and the community is repugnant to me. Stop the celebrating and ask "why?"

Michael Monks

Van Nuys

Making sure 'Bully' is seen

Re " 'Bully' fight," Opinion, March 28

As a veteran teacher, I know the importance of this topic. The documentary should be seen by as many people as possible, of all ages.

Because "Bully" earned an R rating over the use

of a certain expletive,

repeated a few times, there is a simple solution: Bleep the word, block the mouth of the person(s) uttering it (so lip readers can't see it), and voila — problem solved.

Robin Winston

Culver City

As most informed commentators attest, the film "Bully" is a learning experience and worthwhile for young people to view.

There are two ways those 17 and under can see the film:

Have your parents take you. If it's truly the teaching tool everyone says it is, every parent should want their child to see it and to view it themselves to stimulate discussion back home.

Or, as so many kids already do, just buy a ticket for another movie that's not rated R and then go to the theater showing "Bully."

Ray Uhler

Rancho Santa Margarita

If "Bully's" filmmakers and distributors are so concerned about the safety of young people, yet they want their film to receive the widest possible distribution, they should have considered how necessary the repeated profanities in their film are to its message, rather than bullying the MPAA to make an exception to its guidelines.

Sean Ziebarth

Fountain Valley

A fallen Marine, finally identified

Re "1974 slaying victim was a Marine," March 20

According to The Times, the body of Oral Alfred Stuart Jr., known as "Buddy," has been identified 37 years after his disappearance.

The Marine Corps enlisted man was classified as a deserter when he was reported absent without authorization from Camp Pendleton.

Long Beach cold-case detectives recently identified him as the man who was murdered at a Long Beach carport in 1974.

It is fitting that the Marine Corps is replacing the "John Doe" marker with a headstone and a "full honor guard funeral" at the cemetery.

The Long Beach Police Department and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service deserve credit for their efforts in solving the case when all seemed lost.

Brian Stuckey


Trayvon Martin as a symbol

Re "Playing the race card," Opinion, March 27, and "Florida teen's parents take case to Capitol Hill, '' March 28

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