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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
TRAVEL
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
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.
BUSINESS
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 | 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.
HEALTH
February 25, 2010 | By Bill Scanlon, Colorado Public News
GRAND JUNCTION - This Western Colorado city of just over 53,000 delivers some of the best healthcare in the nation, at the lowest cost. And nearly everyone has health coverage. Getting results like this across the nation could solve much of the nation's healthcare problems, resulting in a healthier population, and saving $700 billion a year. Grand Junction's success gained notoriety when an article this summer in the New Yorker magazine focused on the opposite extreme: McAllen, Texas, where healthcare is ranked the worst in the country and the costs are nearly the highest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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