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December 27, 2005
Re "L.A. Targets Patient Dumping," Dec. 22 As a professional hospital administrator, I cannot say that I don't find it troubling that some hospitals are being accused of "dumping" their indigent patients on skid row after they are discharged. However, it is completely unfair and unreasonable for hospitals that already are responsible for providing care to 48 million people with no health insurance and millions more with grossly inadequate coverage to now be held criminally liable for not placing every homeless and poor person who comes through their doors in a suitable environment at discharge It is an absolute disgrace that the richest nation on the planet and the governments we elect can waste hundreds of billions of dollars on wars and pork-barrel nonsense, yet cannot find the resources to provide all of its citizens with comprehensive health coverage and the neediest among us with the essentials to get back on their feet.
August 19, 2009
Re "Alaska's mine waste dump approved," Aug. 16 How in the world can a thinking person approve dumping "millions of tons of waste" into a beautiful lake, believing that would be better than putting it into a landfill? You don't need a degree in environmental studies to think this is a terrible crime to the environment. What does it take -- people to get cancer 20 years later from their drinking water, or birds and fish dying? If we can't figure out a better way to deposit the waste, we should not be building the plants in the first place.
July 10, 1994
I think I have this straight in my mind: John Garamendi allows 20th Century Insurance Co. to dump in excess of 200,000 homeowners policyholders in the street ("Insurance Pool Told to Cover Quakes, Fires," June 23). These policies have guaranteed replacement coverage for home and contents, special form, liability and can accommodate a variety of riders. This dumping creates the possibility of a shortage of homeowners coverage--a possibility Garamendi should have been aware of when he approved the dumping.
June 11, 2003
"Drawing a Health-Care Line" (editorial, June 7) informs us that L.A. County has begun refusing treatment to uninsured people from outside the county because the cost of doing so, on top of the cost of providing for the county's own, has "left the county's health-care system teetering on the edge of collapse." The editorial acknowledges the need for "recogniz[ing] borders," points out the problem of "patient-dumping" and recommends sending a "message to Sacramento and Washington that this crisis demands a state and federal solution."
June 20, 2008
Re "A plague of illegal dumping," June 16 I live in Los Feliz, generally not considered one of the city's impoverished areas. Yet, on almost any day of the week, my corner boasts empty couches, old computers, beer bottles and assorted garbage. If you're lucky, it will be picked up about three weeks after a phone call. It's a citywide problem. Michele DeVita Goodwin Los Feliz -- I have been a truck operator with the city for 18 years. Among my assignments have been alley crew and spot cleaning.
October 4, 2005
Re "Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness," Sept. 28 The United States has a problem with homelessness worse than most other civilized and "uncivilized" countries. Should we dare look at patterns of unwanted pregnancies, poor childrearing, drug use, gangs or a breakdown in social and family patterns of ethical behavior? As far as mental illness and homelessness, it seems that it would be hard for one to exist without the other. Rather than a predictor or a result, the experience of becoming homeless would provide the makings of a self-fulfilling cycle of mental, emotional and physical breakdown.
April 8, 1988
In response to your editorial "AIDS: Package Response" (March 26), the Lobby for Individual Freedom and Equality wishes to point out that the package of AIDS legislation supported by the California Medical Assn. is incomplete in more than one element and misdirected in another. To preface, however, it should be clear that we are grateful for the efforts of the CMA on a number of fronts, especially in the arena of discrimination, and work closely with the CMA governmental affairs staff in Sacramento.
January 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An inmate who escaped from a hospital, briefly taking a worker hostage and stealing two getaway cars, was cornered hours later in a cemetery by police and killed in a shootout. Kelvin Poke, 45, overpowered guards at Laurel Regional Hospital and fired several shots before fleeing, authorities said. Once outside, he shot out the window of a car and drove away, dumping the driver, police said. He was discovered seven hours later about 30 miles away. Officers had tailed a white Ford Explorer with flat tires into a cemetery shortly after 3 p.m. Poke got out of the vehicle and opened fire on police, who then shot back.
October 21, 2001
Re "Wider Bid for Clean Beaches," editorial, Aug. 9: There is no need to spend "millions" to keep the ocean clean. Take a ride to any convalescent hospital (and I am sure many commercial establishments) and watch the polluted water, from washing kitchen and laundry containers, run down the driveways to the curbs. I know Los Angeles has gone after restaurants about dumping grease in the sink drains. The workers have to be educated and trained to do the job right. Forget the Water Quality Board meetings and get out in the field and inspect.
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