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January 10, 2010 | By Michael S. Roth
The Marketplace of Ideas Reform and Resistance in the American University Louis Menand W.W. Norton: 176 pp., $24.95 American higher education, we are often told, is the envy of the world. Most of the great research universities are on American soil, and the combination of flexibility and focus offered by U.S. institutions draws talented people from around the world. Yet our elite colleges and universities are often plagued by self-doubt or by the lack of clear, shared objectives.
April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
February 10, 2001
Re "Pry Loose the Cold, Hard Fingers of the Market's 'Invisible Hand,' " Commentary, Feb. 5: The Rt. Rev. Frederick H. Borsch condemns the American system for producing less than perfect results, and he is correct: Things are not perfect, and there are shortages, injustices, etc. But having said that, he does not make one whit of a case that anything else would be superior in contributing to the general welfare. Look around the world, Reverend, and suggest a system that has provided as good value for so many people for over 200 years.
February 25, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
HONOLULU - When the federal government began parceling out billions of dollars for the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's home state was in an enviable position. Hawaii already had one of the highest insured rates in the nation as the result of a 40-year-old state law requiring employers to provide coverage. The state received more than $205 million in federal money to build a health insurance exchange to serve those still uninsured.
December 18, 1995
Goodness knows I am not one to beat a dead horse, but I'm driven to respond to the letter from Christopher Otto of Torrance (Counterpunch Letters, Dec. 11). I can certainly sympathize with his frustration over failing to attract industry personnel to his production of "Macbeth," despite good reviews and free food. I think I see the problem, however. I did the classics in college, and I enjoyed them--doing Moliere in Richard Wilbur's verse is something every actor should experience, and I certainly did my share of Shakespeare (including "Taming of the Shrew" at a shopping mall in Encino)
February 1, 1985 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
General Foods thinks it can make more money if it makes things easier for older Americans. So it is offering easier-to-unscrew jars for its Tang product, and it is using less glue in its Grape Nuts packaging to make the boxes easier to open. General Foods is not the only company with such ideas. Roman Meal Co., realizing that some diet-conscious and older consumers prefer smaller portions, is test-marketing a 10-slice "half loaf" in Minneapolis.
May 22, 1999
Several facts were misrepresented in May 15 letters to the editor from Kum Hong Lee and Bill Schechter. First, Century Inc. has not entered into any negotiations for the World Taekwando Federation logo or mark, for it has no value in the marketplace. As an American athlete at the Barcelona Games, I chose my uniform but was not allowed my choice of protective equipment. This was in violation of my rights as a competitor at the Olympic Games. There were no ethics violations with regard to the U.S. Taekwando Union.
January 25, 2009 | times wire reports
It may sound counterintuitive to launch an online marketplace as Web retail sales are slumping, but Internet domain name registrar Go Daddy Group Inc. is betting that it can translate its home page traffic into sales of teak slab tables and decorative clogs. The Scottsdale, Ariz., company's new Go Daddy Marketplace lets users list as many things as they want for a $5 monthly fee and a 10% commission on products that sell. So far, hundreds of sellers have listed tens of thousands of products, Go Daddy Executive Vice President Barb Rechterman said.
November 20, 1988
The true worth of avant-garde art is decided in the marketplace, not at the public trough ("The Artists Are Restless," by Don Snowden, Nov. 6). ROGER E. GOULET Los Angeles
March 23, 1999
In "This Lottery Only Has Winners, Supporters Say" (March 17), about the lottery for low-income students to obtain scholarships to private schools, you cite sponsor Teddy Forstmann's belief that a free marketplace for education will benefit children. "I'm in favor of anything that increases quality through competition," he said. In the marketplace, however, success too often comes to those who sell cheap goods cheaply. Those who stake their future on quality fail because they cannot compete with shoddy goods at low prices.
December 15, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
Major corporations raise capital by selling shares in themselves. So do companies with little or no substance behind them. Even start-ups sometimes "go public" before they really start up. So why can't America's homeowners? They can. In yet another new twist on the age-old concept of shared appreciation, they soon may be able to raise money for a down payment, or build up enough equity to jettison a higher-rate mortgage for a less expensive one, by "selling" shares in their homes.
November 16, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - He's vented, attacked, apologized and adjusted. Now, President Obama has one move left in his attempt to salvage the rollout of his healthcare law : hope the website works soon. The White House, knowing a functional website is needed to calm its panicky allies, has now entered the wait-and-see period of its triage after the turmoil that has followed the Oct. 1 rollout. With the latest fix to the law unveiled, a bruising House vote behind them and experts working feverishly on the broken website, administration officials believe they may have weathered the worst.
November 6, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly. The president's team acknowledged struggling with how to present its message to the public, but some senators left the meeting more concerned that there were no immediate fixes forthcoming more than a month after went live. With reelection battles looming, fellow Democrats have been left to explain the website failures while hoping that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are just around the corner.
October 25, 2013 | Chris Erskine
So we're having drinks, T-Bone and I, and he's telling me that he wants to throw a party soon, and I suggest inviting a coven of witches, because who parties better than witches? And he starts telling me about this witches bookstore in Hollywood - the real deal, not some cheesy little shop that sells Harry Potter key chains but a store that takes its pagans pretty seriously. "I've been to a couple of Wiccan bookstores in Salem, and this was better than that," T-Bone says, as if to screw in his point.
October 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration hired a general contractor to fix its troubled health insurance website and promised Friday that the key feature of the president's healthcare law would be running smoothly by the end of November. That target date was the first public deadline officials offered for troubleshooting the glitch-riddled website. In announcing the time frame, Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant enlisted to assess the situation, acknowledged that dozens of unresolved problems remained, including software flaws - contradicting administration officials' early claims that unexpected traffic volume was the main cause of the frequent error messages, frozen screens and other problems.
October 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission wants to learn more about the Spanish-language television marketplace. The regulatory agency that has oversight over the broadcasting industry said Thursday it is launching a study of Latino TV station ownership, programming and viewing. Noting that recent census data show that 17% of the U.S. population is of Latino origin, the FCC said it wants to encourage broadcast diversity. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "With today's announcement, the FCC is further demonstrating its commitment to gather data and fund research and analysis to understand better how the commission's policies promote the public interest," the agency said in a statement.
October 25, 2008
Re "Prop. 2 is for the birds," Column, Oct. 20 By endorsing cage-free eggs at the end of his column, George Skelton implies that he finds industrial chicken-farming practices abhorrent. I disagree, however, with his counter-assertion that the marketplace is an appropriate arbiter of ethical issues. Would the marketplace ever have eradicated slavery? When business losses are at stake, and when our legislators rely on businesses for campaign funding, only the ballot initiative process will allow a motivated minority to raise questions that merit statewide consideration.
September 3, 1989
We cannot stop the flow of drugs into this country, so by what marvelous, wonderful miracle are we going to stop the flow of restricted weapons? The criminal will always be well armed; only the private citizen will be denied access to the marketplace. LORI GRAHAM, Los Angeles
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
October 2, 2013 | Noam N. Levey
New online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday, as a rush of consumers and a host of technical glitches slowed enrollment on the first day uninsured Americans could sign up for coverage. Several states running their own marketplaces -- including Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington -- were forced to delay the rollout of their websites, even as other states reported that shoppers were signing up. The federal government website that consumers in 36 states will use to get health coverage -- -- repeatedly froze when consumers tried to create accounts, the first step in selecting a health plan.
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