March 19, 1995
Your Feb. 19 Travel Insider column was right on target ("Fare Warning: Infrequent Fliers May Be Hit With Fees"). The information should greatly assist your readers in better understanding what has recently occurred with the airlines' move to cap commissions. It is always refreshing to read an article when the writer obviously has knowledge of the topic. DONALD E. RUSH Owner, Peters Travel Service Simi Valley This is how a travel agency works: The client calls an agent for round-trip tickets to Chicago on Airline "D."
September 26, 2004
Regarding "2 Cruise Lines Try to Simplify Rates by Halting Rebate Ads" [Travel Insider, Sept. 12]: The solution to this widespread problem is simple: Reduce agents' commissions, which run from 10% to 16%, to 7%. Then there wouldn't be enough profit for agents to split the commission with customers. My experience has been that most travel agents are just order-takers, knowing little about the product they are selling. They don't earn the huge commissions most cruise lines pay. Gordon Froede Cheviot Hills
July 19, 1992
As chief executive of one of the nation's largest securities arbitration firms, and the only one managed by former securities industry executives, I am constantly appalled at the slipshod manner in which brokerages serve their clients, "Investors at Risk--the Dark Side of the Brokerage Business" (July 1). Such brokerages have the attitude, and I write from firsthand experience, that they can hire a big producing broker, fully aware that he is a problem broker with a past record of complaints and arbitration awards against him. Motivated by the problem broker's commissions, instead of the customer's welfare, they are all too willing to look the other way in order to show bigger bottom-line profits, despite customer complaints.
July 16, 1992
The City Council decided last week to merge the Parks and Recreation and Human Services commissions. The 3-2 vote Thursday will create the Recreation and Human Services Commission. Its seven members will be appointed July 23. Consolidation of the two five-member commissions was proposed by Councilman Jim Kelly last month to save money. Commissioners are paid $75 monthly. Council members Raul Pardo and Vera Valdiviez dissented.
October 15, 1995
Sept. 11's "Nice Work if You Can Get It" was a very enlightening article. The state of California is facing a serious financial dilemma. Because of this, health facilities in Los Angeles County are closing, school programs throughout the state are being reduced and law enforcement hiring is being curtailed. Yet there are jobs within the state government paying an annual salary from $87,305 to $103,178 for one to two hours of work a month. If the California legislators are serious about cutting the fat, let's start where it won't hurt--the board and commissions of the state of California.
March 8, 1998
If your reader from Pacific Palisades really believes that most real estate agents routinely sell $600,000 homes and make $36,000 commissions, I'm surprised she isn't in the business. Of course, she would not have paid vacations, paid sick leave, paid retirement benefits, paid health and life insurance, etc., etc. She would not have weekends off and she would have to put in at least a 12-hour day to be successful. She would have clients calling from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to ask about today's showing or check on their offer or escrow.