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BUSINESS
July 2, 2006
Regarding "Six Flags May Sell Its Magic Mountain Park" (June 23): So Dan Snyder and Mark Shapiro expect us to believe that they will probably close perhaps the greatest assemblage of roller coasters in the world because of the park's "rowdy teenage atmosphere" that is driving away business? Please. These two arrogant, heartless excuses for businessmen obviously seized this amusement park with the sole intention of pawning it off to the real estate development company that would write the biggest check.
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BUSINESS
April 23, 1996
Concerning the article about Knott's Berry Farm's efforts to pass a law limiting its liability ("Knott's-Backed Bill Gets Panel's OK," April 18), this is just another example of what is wrong with our legislative system today. It is increasingly run by special-interest groups, and the rights of the common person and consumer are always secondary. Since big business currently has the Republican-dominated Legislature in their back pocket, this is only one example of the constant erosion of individual rights and of corporate responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1986
My first reactions upon reading about the fundamentalist Christian families who objected to their children reading various literary works and fairy tales in school were a mixture of amusement, understanding, and sadness. Amusement because the works mentioned are considered by most Americans as innocuous at worst and worthwhile and educational at best. As a rebellious teen-ager I recall telling my father that if everyone's actions and beliefs were limited to those of their parents we would still be living in caves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001
Re "Judge Voids Jury Verdict in Halloween-Prank Shooting" Feb. 24: Here are two definitions. A prank is something done to provoke laughter or amusement. A theft is an act of stealing. The first is playful and harmless; the second, a crime. These were not two little boys out having fun. They were both young men out intentionally hurting others for their own amusement. ROBERT SPENCER Westminster I have felt the fear of being at the mercy of teenagers who hunt in packs and think of themselves above the law. I have no tolerance for any kind of vandalism and would like to see the punishment for graffiti or petty theft handled as I understand it is in Indonesia or Singapore, with public flogging or public humiliation.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1985 | DANIEL AKST
The president of financially troubled Malibu Grand Prix Corp. has resigned from its board of directors, and the Woodland Hills-based amusement center company is "engaged in discussions" about his status as president and chief operating officer as well, the company said Thursday. Neither the president, Edward T. Peabody Jr., nor the chairman and chief executive, Ira L. Young, could be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997
In regard to your Oct. 22 article "Knotts Agree to Sell Park," I'd have to say it's quite nice to see that someone is going to make the effort to expand the park. Knott's Berry Farm is actually a small amusement park, especially when compared with its competition, such as Disneyland. The attractions that Knott's is composed of are exhilarating and fun, yet there just aren't enough of them. It's obvious to one who has been to other amusement parks that Knott's is nowhere near as busy.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2000
I was dismayed to read that the new Disney California Adventure theme park is seeking to be an "edgier" type of amusement park ["Disney Reaches for New Audience," Sept. 20]. I think that is a big mistake. We already have enough "edgy" places to go and "edgy" things to do in this world. If I want "edgy" real life, I can go to Venice Beach. If I want "edgy" artificial life, I can go see almost any movie or watch almost any TV show. If I want to hear "edgy" music or listen to "edgy" conversation, I just have to tune in to almost any radio station.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2005
SO the Transportation Security Administration is banning lighters from airliners [Travel Log, March 6], though it is still allowing matches and up to four matchbooks if you carefully allocate them on your person and carry-ons. The funny part -- which would be hilarious if these people weren't responsible for serious safety issues -- is that they mention shoe bomber Richard C. Reid. Ironically, Reid tried to light his device with ... yes, matches. I haven't had as much amusement since standing in a security line with an ex-Marine commercial pilot telling me security screeners now possess his mustache trimmer, while he not only has an ax in the cockpit, but he is also in control of the aircraft.
NEWS
June 19, 1987
I read with amusement "The Quest for Self-Esteem" by Beth Ann Krier (June 14). The article dealt with the newly formed California Task Force on Self-Esteem. Krier did her job well, and my comments are not directed toward her. The problem is that I'm not supposed to be amused by this article, for certainly it deals with extremely serious issues. But, why do I feel that nothing will come out of this task force? Why do I feel these "experts" will do nothing but improve their own self-esteem when they meet once a month and toss around their personal approaches at solving the problems?
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