April 26, 2013
Re "Slick questions lead to claim denial," Column, April 23 I am shocked to the bone that travel insurance provider Allianz would deny a claim. We all know how compassionate insurance companies are. They are here to help us with prompt service for legitimate claims. Of course, they are the ones that determine if a claim is indeed legitimate. Is it any wonder that consumers are wary of almost every service available? Chuck Rinaldi Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Remembering genocide Letters: The common core revolution Letters: A boost for breakfast in school
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
December 26, 2012
Re "Firm lobbies, wins state work," Dec. 23 Deloitte Consulting invested (the polite term) $2.2 million in the California political system over the last 10 years and has won contracts worth more than $540 million over that time. Hundreds of millions of those dollars were for projects that were either over budget or abandoned. Deloitte's chump-change investment earned a return of at least 24,545%. To those voters who think public financing of elections is too expensive, I say, think again.
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 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?
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?
November 10, 2013
Re "France is having a midweek crisis," Column One, Nov. 6 The controversy over French children having to attend class on Wednesdays brought to mind a quote by a friend - a teacher - who once said, "The mind can only absorb what punishment that the fanny can take. " Too many hours during a single sitting do not necessarily translate to productivity. Rich Flynn Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Justice poorly served Letters: Legalizing street vendors Letters: Prayer and the Supreme Court
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.
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)