February 18, 2006
Re "A Child's Death Reveals a System's Tragic Flaw," Feb. 13 A significant flaw in the system is the Los Angeles County Children's Court, where referees and commissioners of dubious qualifications render critical rulings affecting the lives of children, parents and foster caregivers. The judges, who are outnumbered, do not fare any better. It seems that the children's courts serve as training grounds for higher judicial positions -- an unfortunate reality considering the discretionary powers granted to them.
September 20, 2013 |
BMW is recalling 134,100 5-series sports sedans in the U.S. because of an electrical flaw that could cause the tail lights to fail. The recall affects 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 cars from the 2008 through 2010 model years. Over time, the connection with the bulb can corrode, causing increased electrical resistance and damage to the area. This can result in an intermittent or permanent loss of the light's function including brake, turn and reverse signals. The problem is showing up in about 15% of the cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990
Every time something goes wrong with the U.S. space program (currently the subject is the problems with the Hubble Space Telescope) inevitably some people write in, wailing that all that money should have been spent on Earth. I'd like to point out that the money was spent on Earth. No one has rocketed payloads of dollars bills into orbit and jettisoned them. The money spent on the space telescope, and all space program projects, went for salaries and purchases right here on Earth.
April 25, 2005
Your April 21 editorial, "Eroding the Death Penalty," is a call for all Californians to support its abolition rather than wait for its erosion. The case that the editorial mentions, a county prosecutor having convinced two separate juries that two separate people committed the same murder, points to the basic flaw in our system of justice: It is about winning, not about protecting the people. As long as we have the death penalty, innocents will be executed, and all taxpayers are instrumental in the coldhearted killing of a human being.
November 15, 1987 |
From all the stones being thrown at political candidates these days, you would have to conclude that Americans are an alarmingly sinless lot. It is easy, of course, to have a clear moral vista from the vantage of a high horse. Have candidates been caught plagiarizing, smoking marijuana, weeping in public, having extramarital affairs? Throw them out. They're unfit for public office. Well, sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren't.
March 12, 1987 |
In castigating President Reagan's hands-off approach to running the nation's affairs, the Tower Commission has dragged the ordinarily mundane subject of management style out of the corporate board room and catapulted it into the political arena. So flawed is the President's management style, the report by the presidential board concluded on Feb.