January 19, 2003
How outrageous an idea that if you are stupid enough to get ripped off by a loan shark, you don't have to repay ("State Sues to Void 'Instant Loans' by Wells Fargo Unit," Jan. 10). I would fully agree that all interest should be deferred, maybe even the repayment going into the state coffers, but to forgive a loan fully is insulting to anyone smart enough to avoid that loan. Ben Boorman Compton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1990
We do not allow minors under 18 to vote, to sign binding legal contracts, to enlist in the Army without parental permission, or to marry without special permission because we know that they are not fully mature or responsible. But we are perfectly willing to gas them, electrocute them or lethally inject them if they commit a murder, as if they were fully responsible adults. KENNETH A. COATES Claremont
July 31, 1988
Dukakis can celebrate winning his party's nomination all he wants, but after his soft-on-crime record as the governor of Massachusetts is fully exposed, he'll find himself in a lot of hot water with the voters, and his veto of the death penalty won't be the only reason. JOHN NEELY Vallejo
December 20, 1998
Re "Open Valley Campaign's Books," editorial, Dec. 11: Asking the Valley VOTE committee to open its books is akin to asking congressmen to fully explain their income, or lobbyists, in general, to "come clean." Who are those that really seek to leave the city of Los Angeles, but more importantly, why? If this were strictly a money issue, VOTE ought to fully disclose its financial supporters. Paying the costs for the verification of signatures falls, as I view it, in their hands and out of their pockets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1989
According to The Times, "Federal officials say the health implications of malathion have not been fully researched" (Metro, Dec. 13). How come it is legal to repeatedly spray people with chemicals that have not been fully researched? Spraying is continuing under a "special permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency." What about a People Protection Agency? Is the EPA protecting the environment--or agribusiness? County Supervisor Ed Edelman, a Democrat, said "he does not believe he could obtain the votes to urge the government to delay spraying.
September 25, 2005
RE "At This Point He Gets to Act as Provocateur" [Sept. 18]: How nice it is to be able to look up to a movie star, George Clooney, with respect and admiration, one whose values I can relate to. How nice that those blockbuster sums of money (that are so difficult to fathom for people whose annual business budgets in the arts don't exceed $100,000) are put to use on projects that have an ethical backbone yet are still based on artistic considerations. And, George, my condolences for the death of your dog. I fully empathize.