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May 5, 1985
As a health economist I am morally obligated to respond to "Plan for a Healthier America" (Letters, March 3). Although some of the points raised are valid, the writer's basic attitude is based on misconceptions and errors. Trudy Schwartz claims that the 900% increase in health-care costs in the last 20 years have been without a commensurate increase in the quality of care. Against this, I have two points: One, there has been a dramatic improvement in the quality of care (supported by the large drop in infant mortality and the large increase in average life expectancy)
March 31, 1995
Supervisor Frank Schillo says in his recent letter, "Let's have some positive involvement by citizens in government and some helpful discourse about county issues, not personal attacks." I am offering helpful discourse. Please justify Schillo's spending an exorbitant amount of taxpayers' money for a Thousand Oaks office, since he has been so adamant about cutting costs as a new supervisor. I hope 1,000 people meet him "out front" when he answers this question. MARIE M. REIDY Thousand Oaks
May 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The average cost of a wedding today is $30,000, and lavish engagement parties are increasingly popular, said Katherine Jellison, author of "It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005." Elaborate weddings are a recent phenomenon, Jellison said. It wasn't until after World War II that Americans had enough disposable income to marry in such a formal fashion. People are now struggling amid rising food and gas prices and a worrisome economy, but the $50-billion industry based on decadence continues to boom.
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.
July 22, 1990
In reference to "How to Cut Amusement Park Costs," (July 6), even an avid lover of Disneyland must speak out. S. J. Diamond used 17 paragraphs and 132 lines to show how to cut amusement park costs. I can do it with one line: "Stay away!" JOHNNIE F. KIRVIN Los Angeles
August 17, 1995 | From Bloomberg Business News
Business travel costs are expected to increase 5% next year, according to a study by consulting firm Runzheimer International. The Rochester-based management consulting firm and compiler of travel data said it expects lodging costs to rise the most, 7%. The slow pace of new construction and strong demand for existing rooms is allowing hoteliers to raise prices, Runzheimer said. The firm predicts that air fares will increase 5% and that the airlines will avoid costly fare wars.
October 27, 1991
With one in four manufacturers planning to leave California ("The Slumping Southland," Sept. 29), the last thing we need is more costs and restrictions imposed on those that remain--especially for no real social gain. Yet that's exactly what would happen under Mayor Bradley's proposed peak-hour ban of large trucks on city streets. Higher operating costs mean fewer businesses in Los Angeles, which means fewer jobs. Ironically, many of the ban's costs would come from trucking companies replacing large trucks with many more, less efficient small trucks--which also would increase, not decrease, congestion and air pollution.
December 17, 2003
Re "Jobless Fund Crisis to Hit Employers," Dec. 15: Yep, employers now face an enormous increase in unemployment benefit taxes to fund the ridiculous largess bestowed on benefit seekers by our out-of-control one-party Legislature. This deficit will escalate further as that same Legislature attempts in the future to heap the certain-to-come runaway costs of its family leave plan on employers when the employee-funded benefits are exhausted. These increased costs to employers are a direct cost of maintaining employees, and the inevitable response (in fact, the only logical response)
December 29, 2001
In "Health Care Costs Creep Out of Reach" (Dec. 23) there were some issues that were not addressed. The article seemed to focus on the employer/employee costs rather than the runaway costs of health care itself. As more and more technology is developed there are more and more tests recommended--of course, expensive. Insurance companies dictate hospital stays necessary for coverage; doctors have a double standard for patients with insurance or without. My partner, a retired freelance graphic designer, has changed to minimum coverage for major medical expenses only.
June 18, 2006
In reference to "Healthcare Costs Spur Calls for Limits on Profits," June 2: There is no doubt that we have healthcare crises. We spend twice as much per capita as any other country. We are 37th in quality of care. We have 40 million without insurance in the United States, including 6 million to 7 million in California. Limiting insurers' profits will not solve any of these problems. The best estimates I have seen indicate that the direct and indirect administrative costs of our "private" system are 20%, while Medicare is 5% or less.
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