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August 23, 1997
"Payout Time for the Peacock Network" (Aug. 18) reports that costs of shows like "Seinfeld" and "ER" are escalating, so that "Seinfeld" now costs NBC more than $4 million per episode, and that advertisers are paying more than $1 million per commercial minute. But where does NBC get the money to pay these rates? Or better yet, where does the advertiser get these sums? The answer is shocking. Built into the unit cost of every tube of toothpaste, can of beans or tank of gas you buy are prorated costs not only for the manufacture of the product but also transportation to market, sales force and, yes, advertising.
March 16, 1986
The March 2 article, "Penn Defense Could Rank With County's Most Costly" by staff writer Glenn F. Bunting, comparing Sagon Penn's defense costs with the salary of a deputy district attorney presents a distorted picture of the financial cost to the taxpayer for this tragedy. Mr. Bunting failed to include the cost of the police investigation, reports of which are given to the D.A. for use in prosecution, and the expenses of the D.A.'s office in investigation, retained experts, other lawyers, and staff personnel contributing to the prosecution effort.
March 16, 2003
"The Cancuning of Cabo" (March 2) enumerated some of the problems I had on three visits to Mexico's Los Cabos in the past 10 years. Each time I swore not to go back but was lured by the surf and sun. I tabulated the costs and benefits of my last trip to Los Cabos and compared them with a week I spent in Hawaii during the same month. Hawaii won out on all fronts except one: travel time. I paid less for food, flight and car rental. I was never hustled in Hawaii. I never had merchants trying to cheat me on the exchange rate.
September 10, 2000
Re "Disease, Care Costs Beset Poor in Valley," Aug. 30. As documented in your article, thousands of California residents are currently without health insurance. Their plight illustrates dramatically the need to call for a stop to the self-motivated personal injury lawyers who are looking to profit by suing HMOs. Litigation is only going to create higher costs and put more Californians in the dire straits depicted in your article. If we're truly going to improve health care in California and across the nation, we should put the job back in the hands of our elected leaders and take it out of the courts--where only lawyers win. ANTHONY BELL Executive Director Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Los Angeles Studio City
November 3, 1985
In the Oct. 24 Orange County section, it was revealed that the City of Anaheim spent $307,000 and the Angels $150,000 in legal fees to settle a dispute involving $62,000 a year in security costs at the stadium. They settled out of court (thereby saving lots of additional legal costs) and split the costs over the two years involved. What has happened to common sense and reason, spending collectively $457,000 to decide who will pay $62,000 a year? The only winners here are the attorneys, who still left the door open for another suit to decide who pays in 1987.
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.
November 7, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
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.
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