July 12, 2012
Re "Congress preparing for a 'cashless society,'" July 9 The coming "cashless society" might be a step in the direction away from our constant preoccupation with the senseless accumulation of money. In the past we have been so concerned with how much dirty green paper we amass. Presently it is a bit different in that we are now concerned with numbers in a checkbook or a bank account. These numbers get big and we are happy; they get small and we are tense. They are just numbers, but we base much of our serenity on these abstractions.
May 5, 2012
Re "A truly loopy tax loophole," Column, May 3 It's deja vu all over again. A provision of Proposition 24 on the November 2010 ballot would have eliminated the option that multi-state businesses have to choose between two tax formulas. Proposition 24 was defeated. Sandra Wolber Granada Hills ALSO: Letters: Getting Bin Laden Postscript: An anti-Vatican bias? Letters: A truth filter for political ads
January 21, 2014
Re “Putin tells gays to leave children alone,” Jan. 18 Let's hope Russian President Vladimir Putin also tells the “straights” to leave the children alone. They're the bigger problem. Sylvia Lewis Gunning Thousand Oaks More letters to the editor ...
March 27, 2014
Re “Going once ...” March 26 Regarding the upcoming auction at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant and your line about the “the auction is generating interest”: That is the first thing being generated there since January of 2012. Rick Goward Mission Viejo More letters to the editor ...
June 27, 2012
Re "Neighbors oppose veterans center," June 26 What if soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan occupied San Diego, where a charter school and residents in one neighborhood are working to stop the construction of a home for veterans? Would those neighbors not welcome a contingent of the military? These veterans gave, we took, and now they're in deep mental trouble. This should not be an issue. Let the school move for the veterans home. Barbara Barnett Laguna Beach ALSO: Letters: Pursuing perfection in dance Letters: Security and the Olympic spirit Letters: Why can't the parties get along?
March 14, 2013
Re "OneWest is said to be exploring a sale," Business, March 9 The current value of OneWest Bank is nearly twice the $1.55 billion investors paid to buy it in 2009. Those great profits, of course, ignore the $13 billion bath the public took when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over IndyMac in 2009, the bank that became OneWest. Privatized profits, socialized losses. Tell me again about too much bank regulation. Kelley Willis Venice ALSO: Letters: Tell that to Thatcher Letters: The Wal-Mart moviemaker Letters: Doctors, drugs and addicts
July 3, 2012
Re " The challenge in Mexico ," Editorial, July 1 Every time I read about Mexican politics, I can't help but squirm. We sell the guns and we buy the drugs that are causing so much misery in that country. I wish we were a better neighbor, and I wish our actions more often matched our ideals. I wonder if people there ever consider building a border fence to keep the U.S. out? Joanne Zirretta Aliso Viejo ALSO: Letters: A new water war Letters: Do we need nuclear?
May 15, 2013
Re "Crucial CO2 gauge hits key level," May 11 Our failure as a nation to address the climate change crisis is heartbreaking. We must transition off fossil fuels, period. And we have at our disposal a simple mechanism to make that happen: a carbon tax. Tax carbon at the mine or port and invest the money in clean energy. It is ridiculous to insist that we can't afford it. We should be putting every resource available into the fight to maintain a habitable planet. Vicki Kirschenbaum Burbank ALSO: Letters: Sen. Warren speaks up Letters: Tax breaks for tea parties?
June 2, 2013
Re "Court lifts time limit on appeals," May 29 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's intemperate use of invective - "blooper reel," "feeble" and "bizarre" - against the majority opinion written by a fellow justice (in this case the revered Ruth Bader Ginsburg) continues to astound as he continues to diminish the dignity of our Supreme Court. Is Scalia auditioning for "Judge Judy"? June Maguire Mission Viejo ALSO: Letters: More on bioterrorism Letters: No more child deaths Letters: Forgetting about Alzheimer's
May 11, 2012
Re "Airstrike kills Cole bombing suspect," May 7 Not long ago we condemned the Soviet Union'sKGB for reaching beyond its borders to assassinate those whom it suspected of being its enemies. Now our CIA unashamedly executes those it suspects of crimes against America. This shameful drone activity not only kills suspected enemies but has also killed innocents. The Founding Fathers, who went to great lengths to protect against search and seizure, must now be restless in their tombs.