March 9, 2013
Re "Stuck in a healthcare quagmire," Opinion, March 5 Jonah Goldberg tells us that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is projected to add $6.2 trillion to our deficit over 75 years. For this "fact," he cites a January study by the Government Accountability Office. Goldberg either failed to understand or misled readers on the point that the GAO report was a hypothetical study on what would happen to the deficit if "the fall 2010 assumed cost-containment mechanisms specified in [Obamacare]
August 23, 2012
Re "Police find pot plants," Aug. 22 On the front page of Wednesday's LATExtra section, there was a photo of many heavily armed, helmeted police officers. Are they after a murderer? An armed robber? A child molester? Goodness no; they arrested about 100 marijuana plants. I feel so much safer now. Ann Bourman Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Making the call on an eruv Letters: Privacy in the modern world Letters: Teachers, unions and students
June 21, 2013
Re "Actor won 3 Emmys as star of 'The Sopranos,'" Obituary, June 20 One wonders how such a brutal character, Tony Soprano, was so appealing and liked by so many. It was James Gandolfini's kind eyes that betrayed him. Ken Johnson Pinon Hills, Calif. ALSO: Letters: Ethical research on chimps Letters: Abortion and the GOP agenda Letters: The problem with obesity advice
May 10, 2012
Re "Failure's no option in fight for Florida," May 7 That there are "places that don't matter in the general election" of a free, democratic society is a disgrace. The two-party system, regardless of which party happens to dominate, fosters the pandering to and representation of the few while rendering whole segments of the population voiceless. Angeline Olliff Mission Hills ALSO: Letters: Smoking tax Letters: Subway horrors Letters: Marriage and North Carolina
March 12, 2013
Re "Banks may be too big to prosecute, U.S. says," March 8 If banks are too big to prosecute, it is time to break them up. Too big to prosecute is too big to exist. Larry Severson Fountain Valley ALSO: Letters: Two sides on Hugo Chavez Letters: Mental health and marijuana Letters: 'Class warfare' on the L.A. ballot
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
September 14, 2012
Re "Cable industry needs to stop its noise over law on loud TV ads," Column, Sept. 11 Here's a thought for the cable industry: If commercials weren't blasting in our ears, we might actually enjoy viewing them. Let viewers determine volume and we might actually watch ads and trailers that oftentimes are very creative, amusing and interesting. The cable industry should understand that if it doesn't comply, viewers will continue to take advantage of those minutes to grab a bite or to do something else.
October 27, 2012
Re "Scrutiny not new for drug chain," Oct. 24 I for one am elated that CVS may be overbilling my health insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross. I was happy with Walgreens, which provided better service for my family's prescription needs. But Anthem forced me to go with CVS, the only other pharmacy near my home. Since my complaints to Anthem fell on deaf ears, I find some satisfaction knowing that Anthem might be taking it in the shorts because of CVS and its questionable practices.