March 27, 2014
Re “Welcome, Professor Bieber,” Opinion, March 25 Fortunately (or unfortunately) we live in a time and place of almost unlimited choices as to what we ingest in both mind and body. We have access to junk food and healthful food, Internet garbage and Internet gems, TV treasures and TV trash. “Reality” and “entertainment” shows fuel our fascination with stardom and almost anyone who is in the public eye. Our obsession with fame has no doubt contributed to the rise in narcissism (think Lance Armstrong and Lindsey Lohan)
October 28, 2012
Re "Parking scofflaws," Letters, Oct. 25 Yes, people who misuse disabled placards for free parking exist. However, just because a driver appears frisky or fit is not evidence of him being a scofflaw. I have a placard and am thankful for it. If my walk from the car to my destination is a block or so, my stenosis pain often kicks in; sometimes it is moderate, and other times awful enough to cause me to find a place to sit for a few moments. If I can't find a place to sit, I just tough it out. I have had surgery to correct the problem and look forward to giving up the placard.
April 25, 2014
Re “U.S. drones attack Yemen targets,” April 22 The article states in part that “these strikes marked an escalation in the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist network's most powerful franchise,” killing a mix of 55 militants and civilians. Isn't this the same president who won a Nobel Peace Prize? Erik Lawrence San Diego More letters to the editor ...
August 24, 2013
Re “Manning is shown leniency in 35-year sentence,” Aug. 22 What a farce! The poor guy [Army Pfc. Bradley Manning] gets 35 years for airing our dirty laundry - and on Wall Street the bank robbers are doing business as usual with impunity. So much for our values and morals. Gabriella Kolias Placentia More letters to the editor ...
January 19, 2014
Re “Teaming up on quake safety,” Jan. 15, and “Quake risks evolve since Northridge,” Jan. 16 Kudos to The Times for your in-depth coverage on our earthquake vulnerability. Ignoring the issue is unconscionable. Clearly your investigation lit a fire under our officials to take action. We are, as a city, once again beholden to you. Don't ever stop digging. Lisa A. Landres Venice More letters to the editor ...
November 15, 2012
Re “ Thomas Cassidy, longtime classical announcer ,” Obituary, Nov. 13 Thomas Cassidy was the absolute master of his craft. As someone once said, if you could see him (on the radio), he would probably be wearing a tux. He introduced the recording and then played it. He read the gas company's commercials and that was it. There'll never be another. Bill Simpson Palos Verdes More letters to the editor ...
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
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.
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.
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.