August 11, 1996
Re "Lawsuits Say Cruise Lines Go Overboard With Port Fees" (Travel Insider, July 28): Just as airlines do not tack on landing fees and hotels don't add fees for trash removal, cruise lines should not add port charges as a surcharge. It is simply a part of the cost of doing business. If they feel that incorporating those costs in their fares, rather than showing them separately in small print, will adversely affect their business, so be it! GORDON L. FROEDE Cheviot Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1992
Regarding Health Care in the U.S. and Canada, Frances Sheppard states in her letter (Aug.2) that "for less than it costs us, the Canadians, the Japanese and the Germans . . . cover everyone." Ms. Sheppard, however, is not telling us the whole truth. She doesn't mention that the figures coming out of Canada do not include the costs of long-term custodial care or capital costs as do ours, or the lack of modern technology in Canada. Add to that the enormous difference in drug use, HIV incidence, and personal violence between our country, as heterogenous as it is, and all the nations she mentions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1993
Your headline for the Oct. 10 article about Prop. 13 was absolutely misleading. The subhead read, "Four of five Ventura County homeowners call themselves victims of the 1978 property tax initiative." But, the article states, "Four of every five Ventura County homeowners could see themselves as victims of the initiative . . . " What your article did not show was the number of elderly who would lose their homes without Prop. 13. You did not show the dramatic loss of revenue for the county if Prop.
July 14, 2002
In the past, major wars involved substantial government regulation of business and intrusion into the lives of citizens. As James Flanigan points out ["Homeland Security--a Burden and a Boon, July 7], individual businesses may benefit and the economy may be stimulated. But the primary effects of war--including the new war on terrorism--are cost, inconvenience and sacrifice. Although past wars were primarily fought on foreign soil, the war on terrorism is largely going to take place at home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2001 |
Fifty miles west of Phoenix and driving in the midnight hour through the kind of desert rain that invites you to roll down the window and inhale the freshness, this thought occurred: Anaheim was far, far away. It wasn't the miles left to go on Interstate 10. They could be navigated. No, what made Orange County seem much farther was the ringing still in my ears from having been in Phoenix for Game 7 of the World Series.
November 18, 2012 |
The typical real estate sales contract includes not just a price and a closing date but also a number of clauses, any of which can trip up the buyer or seller and scuttle the deal. Although contract language may vary from one place to another — not just state to state but also county to county, and sometimes even from one company to another — here's a quick rundown of some clauses or "conditions" that are likely to cause the most trouble: • Financing. Perhaps the most common contract condition makes the transaction contingent on the buyer obtaining either a mortgage or a written commitment in the amount required to complete the purchase within a certain time frame.
August 26, 2001
James Flanigan's "Patients' Rights and Health-Care Costs Are Expanding Together" [Aug. 5] sent my blood pressure soaring! I want to know why medical costs are rising? My cynical self says it's due to the never-ending game the insurers, hospitals and physicians play with one another, as in: How much money will I be able to get? I had surgery last year that was billed at close to $20,000. My then-HMO paid less than $1,000, which the hospital accepted. Recent biopsies resulted in a $360 invoice.
April 9, 2007
The outstanding article "Take Charge of Drug Costs" [March 19] left out one important method. At least six medications are very inexpensive. For example, hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) can cost $13.33 for 100 25-milligram tablets, so why buy just 30 tablets at the time, one per day, on insurance if the co-payment is $10? Ask your independent pharmacist for other ways to save money on prescriptions and over-the-counter health products. BOB BROWN Cambria
July 17, 2000
Regarding "So Near and Yet So Far" (July 3): Having medical insurance pay for transportation costs, as suggested in the article, is totally consistent with the historical assumption by health-care institutions of the "hotel" costs of care--such as room service for food and laundry--and of a welfare state in which the greater numbers of aging and handicapped are supported by the shrinking numbers of younger and healthier working people. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is realized that if costs are to be maintained, the portion of the health-care dollar going to transportation most likely will come from a reduction in diagnostics and therapeutics, or costs will need to escalate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2010 |
An entertainment conglomerate and the estate of Michael Jackson have agreed to donate $1.3 million to the city of Los Angeles to help cover most of the costs of last year's memorial for the international recording artist at Staples Center, officials said Friday. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which hosted the Michael Jackson Memorial at its Staples Center and Nokia Theatre properties in downtown Los Angeles, announced the deal Friday in conjunction with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.