July 5, 2009
Re "Palin's exit as governor stuns, puzzles," July 4 If Sarah Palin desires to run for president in 2012, it seems strange that she would think that the best way she can serve her current Alaskan constituency is by not serving them at all. Jonathan Horowitz Irvine -- It surprised me to read in your article that her remarks were "disjointed and cryptic," because I heard her speech, and they were sincere, profound and eloquent....
June 7, 2009
Re: David Lazarus' consumer column, "Finally, AT&T writes a contract in plain English," May 31: "The 8,000-word contract was a triumph of consumer-unfriendliness" -- and clearly was written by lawyers on steroids! Michael Lohnberg Agoura Hills
May 30, 2009
Re "Realtors abandon a listing ship," May 25 The thinning ranks in the Realtor membership is not because of Internet-based brokerage, but rather the slowing economy. With property values having fallen 50% or more in the last few years, the number of traditional sales has declined, requiring fewer agents to sell what is on the market. The information available to the consumer has increased over the years, but what remains is the need for a professional to help that consumer evaluate the data, negotiate the best price for the home and provide counsel throughout the transaction.
March 21, 2009
"Manny being Manny," Blames "age" for his hammy; While Scott Boras moved on, The McCourts' millions are gone, And Mr. "I'm Back" sits on his fanny. Dan Anzel Los Angeles :: Manny this, Manny that, Manny in a rare at-bat. Enough already! Don't Times sportswriters have more pertinent stories to pursue? Perhaps save your coverage of Manny for when he completely breaks down or implodes, either of which is likely to occur. Alan J. Perry Thousand Oaks :: An astonishing thing happened to me today.
February 11, 2009
Re "Lawmakers live well on donor cash," Feb. 9 Excellent article exposing the donation-supported activities of several of our state legislators. I wonder if state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) truly believes that "no tax dollars are attached to the expenses"? How much of his and his wife's junket money was charged to corporate expenses and therefore an offset against corporate taxes? And did he pay federal taxes on the non-business benefit derived from these extravagances? Furthermore, if these conferences only consume a half-day each day, did the legislators only take a half-day's pay each day?
February 7, 2009
Congratulations to Michael Phelps for winning yet another gold medal, not for Olympic swimming but for stupidity. Amid the sea of athletes caught with guns, performance-enhancing drugs, or being involved in other inappropriate behavior, Phelps was a breath of fresh air, excelling on his own merits after learning his own hard lesson concerning a DUI in 2004. He needs to remember that in the public eye of parties, there is always a camera . . . somewhere. Just ask Matt Leinart. Misty Skistad Burnsville, Minn.
December 19, 2008
Re "Madoff losses go deep in L.A.," Dec. 16 It is shameful that a man would cause such harm to fellow humans. It is amazing how people's greed prevented them from asking how one individual could beat the market time after time -- even during economic conditions not seen since the Depression. When I learned the Ten Commandments, it was stated very simply: "Thou shalt not steal." Now, in Hollywoodland, we're even editing God's law. Real estate financier Richard Ziman says of investment advisor Bernard L. Madoff, "There is no greater shanda (disgrace)
November 23, 2008
Re "Wrangling over psychiatry's bible," Opinion, Nov. 16 Christopher Lane's Op-Ed article alleges a lack of transparency in the development of the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. The DSM is recognized worldwide as the source of definitive criteria for mental illnesses. The process for the development of the fifth edition of the DSM began in 1999 and will conclude with publication in 2012. Hundreds of international experts, vetted for conflicts of interest, are involved in researching the scientific literature, discussing all options, assuring that attention is paid to gender, ethnicity, age and other factors and, eventually, testing hypotheses in the field.