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December 15, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he may call for restrictions on advertising for Lap-Band weight-loss surgery and could even propose a billboard campaign warning consumers about the risks of the procedure. Ridley-Thomas said Wednesday that he wanted to work with county public health officials to determine steps the county could take to "ensure serious health problems are not trivialized. " His comments came one day after the Food and Drug Administration accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company and affiliated surgery centers of misleading ads about the safety of the weight-loss surgery.
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OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “Dedicated until the end,” April 23 The Times reported on a moving ceremony to appropriately honor fallen LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo. It did not report on the decision to shut down roads and gridlock rush-hour traffic downtown and elsewhere to hold a freeway motorcade. Is this the legacy that the officer would have wanted? Was it the best way to honor his life and work? As I sat trapped in traffic, I heard a siren. Could the ambulance reach its target in time?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1993
I am writing in reference to the article about the Century Council's Parish Pledge program (Sept. 11). I appreciate the praise for the council's joining anti-drunken driving effort with the Division for Hispanic Affairs of the California Catholic Conference. But there were a few unintentional inaccuracies. First, the headline--"Anti-Alcohol Pact Promoted by Parishes." This program is not anti-alcohol, it is anti-alcohol abuse . Second, the article does not mention that the Century Council is entirely funded by some, but not all, members of the licensed beverage industry.
TRAVEL
April 27, 2014
The inside viewof Hanalei Just a quick note to say Christopher Reynolds did a great job representing Hanalei ["Rooted in Kauai," April 20]. As a born and raised Kauaian (who grew up on Weke Road), I must say I was surprised to open the paper at my current home in California and see my hometown taking over a full spread. Reynolds did a great job representing the island and calling out all the best restaurants and things to do - exactly the list I've sent to friends looking for Kauai recommendations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2010
I was grateful to see James Rainey acknowledge the tremendous potential of KPFK Radio ["Sparring Over What KPFK Should Be," March 27]. His article also focused on several challenges facing Southern California's original public broadcasting outlet, particularly the acrimony that all too often defines the station's democratic governance structure. It is important to note, however, that the chaos of KPFK's Local Station Board meetings does not appear on our airwaves. These days, KPFK's programming reflects the station's commitment to reestablishing itself as Southern California's premier progressive media outlet, firmly grounded in the highest journalistic standards.
OPINION
March 23, 2014
Re "Army general gets no jail in sex case," March 21 Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is a sexual predator who has been afforded access and cover by the authority of his position and rank within the military. The slap on the wrist he received sends a powerful message throughout the military that the good-old boys' club is alive and well. Sinclair's lenient punishment is an outrage that we can't afford to tolerate and a clear indication that justice can't be served within the military when it comes to sexual predation.
OPINION
December 6, 2012
Re "Doubts about drones," Opinion, Dec. 2 Contrary to some of the opinions expressed in Doyle McManus' column, drones have proved not only successful in eliminating the leadership of terrorist organizations but also in discouraging some would-be terrorists. The cease fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict was partly based on the fear by Hamas that it would be decimated by Israeli drone strikes. Ever since the 9/11 attacks, we have been at war with terrorism. Drones target our enemies with the least possible loss of civilian life, in contrast to most wars.
OPINION
October 19, 2013
Re “Affirmative action's latest test,” Editorial, Oct. 14 You say voter-approved bans on affirmative action, like the one in Michigan, do not violate the Constitution. The spirit of the Constitution demands liberty and justice for all. One dimension of justice defined by Aristotle is rectifying justice: justice that compensates for past injustices, or what we call affirmative action when applied to groups. The Judeo-Christian tradition, with its economic reversal ideals, also demands preferential consideration for those treated unfairly in the past.
OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “Finding healing in music,” Column, March 22 Music as a tool to help children cope with feelings of grief and pain has been shown to be an effective intervention; in fact, even lighthearted group drumming sessions can be of positive benefit. Incorporating sensory integrative activities, such as music, help break down barriers posed by the feelings of fear, frustration, desperation and helplessness that children face when dealing with the loss of a loved one. I underscore Arvis Jones' music therapy methodology as part of a psychosocial grief management recovery process for traumatized children.
OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “Waiter, I'm ready for the tabby,” April 24 The cat cafe is a wonderful idea. Let's hope part of the education about cat health includes an admonition to keep all pet cats inside the home forever. Not only will a pet cat avoid becoming lost, getting hit by a car, getting into fights or contracting a disease, but remember that outdoor cats - even well-fed pet cats - kill millions of birds and mammals every year. Crista Worthy Boise, Idaho More letters to the editor ...
OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “Low on lodging, L.A. tourism lags,” Business, April 23, and “L.A.'s room service: City should be more selective with downtown tax breaks, some say,” April 19 On the one hand, you've got the article about hotel construction firms saying they can't build without multiyear tax breaks. Then there's the story about L.A. lacking sufficient lodging and tourism lagging. One development officer says his firm is “very bullish on Los Angeles.” If these companies are so bullish on L.A. , they should not be asking for handouts every time they want to construct a hotel in an area that is in desperate need of them.
OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “School activist won't be ignored,” Column One, April 23 Kudos to Sally Smith. We need her in Long Beach, where the school district is determined to institutionalize income inequality by making most school activities accessible to wealthier kids only. When you implement a system in which those who pay the most get the most, then those who can't feel left out and are not as likely to succeed. My complaints to the school board and to the state superintendent went unanswered.
OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “The face of war,” April 24, and “Georgia gun bill signed,” April 24 Whew! I was so relieved to read that the young boy posing with the Kalashnikov rifle was from Syria. My first impression was that he hailed from the state of Georgia and was legally headed to a public place like a bar, church or government building. I reasoned he's much too young. But then I thought, well, we're shocked by the U.S. gun culture's seeming acceptance of guns in schools, so I surmised that it'll only be a matter of time before a caption under the picture of a boy like the one from Syria will read “The face of America.” Rick Conrad Oxnard As I stared at the photo on the front page of The Times of a young boy holding a rifle and an ice cream cone, I had only one thought: shame on us. If we're stupid enough to kill one another over religion, land or any other concocted reason, the least we could do is keep the children safe from harm.
OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “To not nix pix, state must use tax trix,” Editorial, April 21 You fail to explain why you are singling out the film and TV industry for special tax treatment when there are countless other businesses providing equally good jobs in need of incentives for staying in, or returning to, California. The state should determine what constitutes a “favored” business and set its tax policy accordingly. In fact, all nonpolluting businesses that pay a living wage and provide health and retirement benefits to their employees should pay lower taxes than those that don't.
OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Sidewalks of shame,” Mailbag, April 19 Looking at the photo in The Times of the 17-year-old bicyclist riding over a broken sidewalk in Los Angeles caused by enormous tree roots confirms one's belief in the mindlessness of government thinking. Who, in his or her right mind, would plant trees that grow huge, shallow roots next to sidewalks in the first place? There is no way to repair this situation without cutting down the tree (if that happens, I would hear the screaming all the way up here in Bakersfield)
OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Watch Putin's lips,” Opinion, April 20 I don't like Russian President Vladimir Putin. I don't like the way he is dismantling nascent Russian democracy, and I do not like the way he jailed Pussy Riot. But the man is eating our lunch, and our foreign policy poohbahs cannot figure out why they are hungry. When the Crimean caper comes to be analyzed, we will understand that Putin has served a valuable function. He has revealed our president as being clothed in a vaporous foreign policy based on holding hands and making the world a better place.
OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Stowaway baffles experts,” April 22 Since the 9/11 attacks, billions of dollars have been spent “improving” airport security to guard against vicious lions, tigers and bears, and yet in San Jose a teenage mouse was able to breach that defense, climb into a passenger jet's wheel well and fly to Hawaii. But where a mouse goes, a venomous snake or a poisonous scorpion can surely follow. Arthur Velis Santa Monica I feel so much safer now that there are dozens of toothpaste tubes in bins at airport checkpoints even though a kid was able to hide in a wheel well of an airplane and fly to Hawaii.
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