August 19, 2003
Re "Buffett's Property-Tax Remarks Stir Debate," Aug. 16: Warren Buffett [now advising Arnold Schwarzenegger] is right, and all the others are a bunch of cowards. I too sit smugly, paying a third what my new neighbors pay in taxes. But even though I'm benefiting, I'm not scared to acknowledge that other states charge a lot more and benefit accordingly. Since Proposition 13 came along, our infrastructure has crumbled. I'm sure many would rather pay no taxes and deal with dirt roads and disbanding the University of California system, but that's not necessarily what's best for all in the long run. Luckily, Proposition 13 is considered holy by so many, I'm in no danger of losing my bargain.
November 13, 2005
IN Mimi Avins' article about retirement ["For Men, Aging's a Type-A War Zone," Oct. 30], she may have skipped over a very important factor. The people she cites as unwilling or unready to retire -- Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffett -- are power players. Why should they retire? They can collect salaries, take vacations for as long and as often as they like and enjoy most of the advantages of retirement while continuing to exert the power that defines them. They are not typical candidates for retirement.
January 11, 2007 |
TYCOONS trying to impress will pay millions for a Picasso or Pollock, so why not splurge on a living, breathing Jagger? Or hire rapper 50 Cent to drop by the mansion and perform "Get Rich or Die Tryin' "? Now that will get them talking down at the country club. That's the loud and lavish sensibility behind the hottest party accessory around -- the rentable rock star.
July 8, 2013 |
Warren Buffett, the billionaire investment guru known as the Oracle of Omaha, is donating about $2.6 billion in stocks to five charities as part of a plan to give away the bulk of his wealth before he dies. The chairman and chief executive of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway has watched his fortune soar this year as the company's stock jumped more than 25%. In March, Forbes magazine pegged his wealth at $53.5 billion. QUIZ: How much do you know about the federal budget cuts?
April 20, 2008 |
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
June 29, 1991
It seems to me and other loyal Parrotheads that if Jean Rosenbluth is looking for life's meaning and direction at a Jimmy Buffett concert ("Fans, Not Buffett, Lively at Bowl," Calendar, June 24), she really is a strange bird. JOE FIGUEROA Santa Monica