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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
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ended this week with roughly 7.5 million people obtaining policies through the new state insurance exchanges, including more than 1.3 million at Covered California. That's an amazing and welcome result, considering how badly many of the exchanges stumbled when sign-ups began in October. Nevertheless, it's far too early to judge the success or failure of the healthcare law, given that key tests of the program's sustainability have yet to be passed.
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
March 9, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Almost as soon as Matthew Hoff turned 18 and aged out of the mental health programs he'd been enrolled in since childhood, he was out on the streets and in and out of jail. His parents tried to get him back into treatment for bipolar and other brain disorders he suffers, but the young man wasn't cooperative and he wasn't considered dangerous or gravely disabled. So they stood by helplessly as their son faded from their reach. Less than a year later, Hoff walked into a Buena Park bank with a robbery note and left with a handful of cash.
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.
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.
March 28, 1993
Let us give LAX its due in improvements over the past 18 months. My travels into the Pacific and Far East allow me the luxury of entering LAX through the Northwest Airlines terminal an average of six times a year. There I find: 1) There is no charge for carts; 2) Unless arriving prior to 8 a.m., my maximum wait for passport control has been from two to six minutes and 3) When fully staffed, as I have found them to be most of the time, LAX has been faster in processing arriving passengers than most Pacific/Far East airports I have experienced.
April 16, 1992
In response to "Baker Changing His Flying Habits," April 4: Unfortunately, we are drawing the wrong conclusions and adopting the wrong solutions in trying to solve the excessive cost of Secretary of State James Baker's private trips on military planes. Officials of such high profile, as President Bush, Baker and others, are laying their lives on the line every minute of the day in a world with no shortage in lunatics and fanatics who hate them for what they do, no matter what they do, while serving our country.
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jared Padalecki, who stars on the long-running CW series "Supernatural," has recorded a very down-to-earth house sale in the San Fernando Valley for $2.4 million. The 1924 Spanish-style home, featuring vaulted beam ceilings and stained glass, has been fully renovated. A rough-hewn wooden door serves as the house's portal, so to speak. The 3,818 square feet of space inside includes a massive arch-topped window, a glass-enclosed library/office, a family/game room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
February 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols reported to spring training along with Angels pitchers and catchers Thursday, and his mood seemed to mirror his health. The left-heel injury that hobbled him for four months last season before giving out in late July is fully healed. The surgically repaired right knee that flared up several times in 2013 is sound. Pujols is seven pounds lighter than he was last September, his 6-foot-3, 236-pound frame lean and chiseled from a winter of workouts. And while he will never be compared to Mike Trout on the basepaths, Pujols is feeling as frisky as the 22-year-old speedster.
February 3, 2014 | By August Brown
One of the most exciting sounds in pop right now is the melange of dance music, R&B and vocal pyrotechnics coming from young women in the U.K. Jessie Ware, AlunaGeorge and FKA Twigs all work in this captivating space, where bewitching vocals blend with avant-garde sonics and all stripes of danceable beatmaking. Katy B might be the one to take it to the U.S. pop charts. Her new album, "Little Red," is a forceful and fully realized mission statement of contemporary English pop. "Next Thing" throbs with the energy of '90s house, but given a modern digital urgency.
January 29, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Morrie Turner was just a cartoon-doodling kid in Oakland, he wrote a fan letter to the creator of the popular comic strip "Terry and the Pirates. " In return, Milton Caniff, who later created "Steve Canyon," sent young Turner a typed, six-page personal reply with pointers on story lines and drawing. "It changed my whole life," Turner told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. "The fact that he took the time to share all that with a kid, a stranger, didn't impress me all that much at the time.
January 27, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A former journalist who fabricated magazine articles lost a years-long bid to become a lawyer Monday in a court ruling that faulted his character and a failure to atone for his prior misconduct. In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court said Stephen R. Glass must be denied a law license not only because he deceived readers and editors as a journalist but because he failed to be completely candid in later years about his transgressions. Glass' deceit was "motivated by professional ambition, betrayed a vicious, mean spirit and a complete lack of compassion for others, along with arrogance and prejudice against various ethnic groups," the court said in an unsigned ruling.
January 24, 2014 | By Susan King
Cinema was just emerging from its infancy when Charlie Chaplin created his comic character the Tramp a century ago. With his bowler hat, baggy pants, endearing little mustache, exaggerated shuffling walk and cane, the Little Tramp was an instant star. "The cinema was not yet 20 years old when he made the first Tramp film," said documentarian/film preservationist Serge Bromberg, whose Paris-based Lobster Films teamed with Flicker Alley three years ago to restore and release the "Chaplin at Keystone" DVD set. "What is so amazing is that 100 years later, he remains the absolute icon for cinema.
April 17, 2006
Re "The Future Holds More Than Pills" [March 27]: One benefit to growing older is that, with more experience, we become less willing to speak in absolutes. The letters to the editor in the April 3 Times about electro-convulsive therapy are very disturbing because it is clear that those who have taken such rigid positions know less than they think about certain mental disorders, and what patients and their families have gone through when, at last, they decide to try ECT. But then my reaction to their letters is based on personal knowledge and insight gained from the anguish of a dear friend who finally, fearfully, but bravely, decided that it was worth the risk.
December 15, 1991
We are the Duarte Youth Athletic Club, a nonprofit, fully self-supporting youth sports organization that was founded in the early '50s by a group of World War II Duarte veterans. Our purpose is to provide the youth of our community with a positive avenue in which to channel their energies, in a sports program that is available to all of Duarte's children regardless of social-economic background. We repeat we are fully self-supported by league fund-raisers, United Way contributions and the donations of our sponsors, and have no political or financial ties with the Duarte city government.
January 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
  NASHVILLE -- This is Ryan Getzlaf's fourth season as the Ducks' captain, and his best in terms of fulfilling the title's demands. Thursday night embodied the extra push Getzlaf, 28, brings. Trailing by two goals after the first period, he responded with two goals and a brilliant assist in a six-minute 27-second span to open the second period, carrying the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau praised his center's assertiveness.
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Mike Magee was invited to train with the U.S. soccer national team, he was young and cocky and admits he didn't appreciate the honor. So it's probably no surprise that it took nine years before he was asked back. "When you're young you feel like it's just a normal thing and you take it for granted," said Magee, who is at StubHub Center in Carson for Coach Juergen Klinsmann's final extended camp before this summer's World Cup. "I won't make that mistake again. " It took a 21-goal season that ended with Magee hoisting Major League Soccer's most-valuable-player award to change the way the national team looked at the Chicago Fire forward.
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