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OPINION
September 28, 2013
Re "A link to change your life," Sept. 26 Meghan Daum echoed what Henry David Thoreau expressed more than 150 years ago: "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation. " The cornerstone of happiness is a life that celebrates wisdom, virtue, magnanimity, selflessness and the search for truth without ulterior motives. The only love that never grows old is love of honor. Bruce Fein Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: There's Cruz, and there's Obama Mailbag: L.A. Unified's high-tech train wreck Letters: Boston's Menino did it; so can Garcetti
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OPINION
November 8, 2013
Re "End of Blockbuster near," Business, Nov. 7 When I rented VHS movies from Blockbuster, the cartridges carried funny reminders telling customers to rewind their tapes. They included: "To play is human. To rewind is divine!," "Be a friend. Rewind when you reach the end," and "Just to remind, please rewind. Thanks. The end. " Blockbuster had been struggling in the DVD and video-game rental business thanks to the growth of Redbox and Internet-streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.
OPINION
July 1, 2012
Re "Cut aid to Egypt's generals," and "How Iran killed its future," Opinion, June 27 I was struck by the stark contradiction of these two pieces. Sarah Chayes implores the U.S. to cut aid to Egypt's military, thereby embracing the Muslim Brotherhood because it was democratically elected. Separately, Shahrzad Elghanayan discussed how Iran's newly installed fundamentalist government, immediately after the country's revolution, destroyed any future Iran had. Sure, we should support democracies.
OPINION
December 8, 2012
Re "Defending defense cuts," Opinion, Dec. 4 As Andrew Cockburn points out, the DefenseDepartment routinely channels huge amounts of taxpayer money to fund white-elephant projects such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship, neither of which would have been helpful in preventing the 9/11 attacks or in dealing with its perpetrators. The military-industrial complex continues to develop weapons designed to defend against a conventionally armed nation-state at a time when our most serious threat has come from a splintered network of cave-dwelling fanatics.
OPINION
November 29, 2012
Re "Anthem plans average rate hike of 18%," Business, Nov. 28 Anthem Blue Cross' spokesman may blame his company's rising costs on the economic downturn, which he says causes people to avoid buying insurance. But as a longtime Anthem policyholder, that's not the reason I've thought about dropping coverage. Plain and simple, it's Anthem's double-digit rate increases. Nothing else I purchase increases in cost this much. Not too long ago, I received a tiny refund check because Anthem failed to meet the minimum requirement that 80% of premiums go toward medical costs.
OPINION
April 9, 2013
Re "Flattery really got him nowhere," April 6 Because The Times and other serious journalistic outlets have maintained professional objectivity, it becomes ever more interesting to observe how quickly the predictable opportunists of the right-wing media have attacked the president for his "best looking" remark - a misguided fragment issued when introducing California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. Despite the fact we've suffered through the right's lambasting of a perceived "political correctness" as yet another deplorable affectation of the left, that same affectation seems now to be embraced by the right.
OPINION
November 21, 2012
Re "Pakistani man's execution decried," Nov. 17 The "extremists" in Pakistan recently conducted their first execution in four years and came under withering criticism from human rights groups. Yet Texas executes inmates on a regular basis, and California voters just endorsed the death penalty. It is unfortunate that our nation has plenty in common with the world's most backward and barbaric regimes when it comes to capital punishment. Most years, only three countries execute more people than the United States: China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
OPINION
June 5, 2012
Re "Assessor takes leave amid probe of his office," June 2 Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez's attorney represents his client's indefinite leave of absence as a noble decision. If Noguez were truly noble, he would not be drawing his $192,000 base salary while he passes his days doing nothing for the county. Taking a paid leave of absence, after allegedly depriving the cash-strapped county of millions of dollars in property tax revenues to boost his political aspirations, can hardly be considered noble.
OPINION
November 28, 2012
Re "From Watts to the world," Column, Nov. 25 Amid the commercials and advertisements over the Thanksgiving weekend, it was uplifting to read Steve Lopez's column about Rodney and Renee Brooks' family. The couple, valuing education and striving to raise their children with positive values and hope, chose to live in Watts in a modest home and provide all six of their children with an excellent upbringing. The children are all accomplished young men and women, earning degrees from prestigious colleges and universities and taking their places in the professional world.
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