April 30, 1995
I never cease to be amazed at the naivete of the American traveler abroad. Jo Giese's idea of staying at a B&B in Europe is that she automatically is invited to become a member of the family who owns the B&B and to share in their intimate family life ("Bed & Breakdown," April 9). In reality, in Europe a B&B is a way for families to supplement their income by renting out rooms in their home for a fee. Breakfast is included since most restaurants in Europe do not open until lunchtime. So, the B&B idea is you get a bed to sleep in and breakfast so that you can continue your travel.
April 5, 1998
The March 29 article on Prop. BB school repair bonds suggests to me three basic problems: 1) too much bureaucratic pollution, 2) not enough locomotion and 3) too much slow motion. While nothing is going on, the students and the teachers are assuming the guilt of the administration. What a sad situation. MAL GOODMAN, Huntington Park
April 30, 1989
My wife and I just returned from a week's stay at the House of Blue Ginger, a B&B at 47-504A Lulani St., Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 on Oahu. We confirm Jerry Hulse's tip in an earlier column. It is a marvelous alternative to staying in Waikiki. HELEN AND GERALD LERMAN Culver City
January 22, 1995
Regarding Charles Solomon's "Paperbacks" review of "Mississippi History" (Oct. 30), please be advised that "Yarbrough's fictional Delta town of Indianola" is, indeed, not fictional but an existing town. Further, it is where famed blues singer B.B. King is from! LAWRENCE COHN, BEVERLY HILLS
November 8, 1998
Regarding the letter from M.C. Gomme ("B&B Wake-Up Call," Aug. 2): The reader warns U.S. and Canadian B&B owners that their prices are too high compared to Irish B&Bs. Did she consider that property values in Ireland are much lower than those in the U.S. and Canada? Even those innkeepers charging $180 are not ripping off their guests but merely making a decent living. Having just stayed at an English B&B that might be considered economy ($85 for three of us), trust me: The little things that the American public demands, such as washcloths, snack service during the day, tissues in the room, parking, suitcase racks, private bath and a shower on the same floor as the room, were not available.
May 18, 1986
I want to object to the designation as B&B of hotels like the Old Monterey Inn or the Casa Laguna Inn. Both were mentioned in Letters, May 4. No amount of flowers and no size of popovers make a hotel a B&B, especially at the three-digit rates quoted by your readers. A B&B is, by definition, a private home renting a couple of rooms and serving breakfast, the rate being considerably lower than the price of a hotel or motel room. It is entirely misleading to represent luxury inns with luxury prices as B&Bs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000
No amount of words or tears or regrets can breathe life back into the tiny body of Nancy Gomez, the Ojai Valley 1-year-old who died last week after being struck in the head by a shot from a BB gun. Not the sorrow of her 8-year-old brother, who accidentally shot her while fooling around with the gun in the family's front yard. Not the grief of their mother, who was at home when her son and a 12-year-old cousin stepped outside to play. She didn't realize that the boy had taken the BB gun with him.
October 5, 2008
You will love this place. It is in the upscale neighborhood of gracious homes in Constantia Hills adjacent to the wine country in Cape Town. The White House bed-and-breakfast is a gorgeous private home -- with great rates. White House B&B, 10 Westridge Circle, Constantia; 011-27-21-713-0942, e-mail email@example.com. Doubles from $75. Joyce Francisco Torrance
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000
Re "Father Alerts Other Parents After Girl Killed by BB Gun," July 6. Although I didn't see it in print, I am assuming that the father of that little girl who was accidentally killed by her brother's playing with a BB gun is absolutely devastated. All I read was that he blames the BB gun, and that he's urging parents to remove all weapons from their homes. There was no mention of how the mother, who was apparently supervising her children at the time of the accident, is feeling. My heart goes out to the parents in this unfortunate tragedy.