September 13, 2004
The only way to ease the health insurance burden fast ("Health Insurance Costs Jump 11.2%," Sept. 10) is to have a 100% deduction on health insurance and/or costs from state and local taxes at every income level. Once governments have millions less in income they may want to correct the worst system in the industrial world. Kurt Sipolski Palm Desert
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1998
The widowed mother with no access to child care is convicted of misdemeanor child abuse for leaving her 8-year-old daughter alone in order to hold her job (June 20). Another horrid example of what the 1995 Carnegie Corporation study found of U.S. early education and child care "that have so long been neglected, that they now constitute some of the worst services in Western society." What a contrast to the French system of child care and early education, which are tax-paid extensions of public school.
December 10, 1986 |
President Reagan opposes a suggestion by the congressionally chartered National Research Council that contraceptives be given to teen-agers, the White House said today. "The President does not approve of giving contraceptives to teenagers," spokesman Larry Speakes said. "He is strongly opposed to it." When asked whether Reagan regarded teen-age pregnancy as a serious national problem, Speakes said, "I don't know that he has seen any recent figures."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1990
It's bad enough that my work is being scapegoated. It's worse that it--and I--are being lied about. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's letter (July 18) does both. Rohrabacher has reduced my hour and one-half, critically acclaimed play to a distortion. "Blessed Are All the Little Fishes" is about faith, despair, ecology and, yes, water. Following a precedent in several well-known plays, the script does represent urination for a brief moment. This is part of an elaborate, thoughtful, humorous and ultimately human context.
June 15, 1993 |
Vice President Al Gore, carrying a message of U.S. commitment on environmental matters to the world body, told the United Nations' Commission on Sustainable Development that the White House will establish a council to advise the President on how to promote economic growth without ruining the environment. The new unit will be called the Council on Sustainable Development, Gore said.
September 1, 1992 |
It was a sign of the times as the leaders of the world's seven richest industrial nations breezed into town earlier this summer for their annual get-together. Facing a daunting array of problems--a global economic slowdown, a devastated former Communist empire, potentially deadly Soviet-built nuclear reactors, large-scale migration and a war in the remnants of Yugoslavia--the seven men spent most of their three days here conspicuously avoiding them.