February 10, 1987 |
Four key figures in the scheme to sell U.S. arms to Iran in exchange for American hostages in Lebanon have agreed to give written answers to questions from U.S. investigators, Israel radio said Monday. None of the four--arms dealers Al Schwimmer and Jacob Nimrodi, Israeli terrorism expert Amiram Nir and former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General David Kimche--could be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995
In your article about Generation X borrowing (Dec. 12), one gets the impression that credit card debt is "bad" and savings are "good." Actually, people in their 20s are precisely the group that should be borrowing now. Generation X's borrowing and working to pay it off allows us baby boomers to retire and earn interest on our money. The real issue is the potentially excessive cost of credit. The thoughtful parent will consider circumventing the middleman, lending directly to his children, splitting the difference in rates for loans and savings, thus efficiently transferring the responsibility for work from one generation to another!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1993
In your article on GATT and the farmers (Dec. 12), you state that a Kansas farmer receives "a relative minimum of government assistance," which this year was 50 cents a bushel. Since he harvests 30,000 bushels, this comes to $15,000 per year. I wonder how many other Americans would like the government to add $15,000 to their yearly incomes? I know I would. Subsidies such as these are one reason our deficit is so large. Next year I should just make my tax payment to the farmer directly and cut out the IRS, the middleman.
May 11, 2003
As a constituent who voted for Councilman Jack Weiss, I read in wonder your mention of him in "Clear Away the Slush Funds" (editorial, May 7) as the one council member proposing reforms. Your May 6 news story "40% of Pet Project Funds Going to Salary Accounts" depicted him as the council member with the highest level of funds transferred to salary accounts. I would rather have read that he currently had available a report on funds he spent for my community. Unlike Weiss, I see daily "appropriate uses" and feel an "overwhelming demand" for funds in my community.
June 10, 2011 |
They are the anonymous hotel clerks, courtroom jurors and store patrons who populate countless movies, TV shows and commercials. Hollywood's background actors, better known as extras, are accustomed to keeping a low profile — blending in, doing what they are told, and avoiding the limelight reserved for the stars. But a recent action by local and state officials has thrust the entertainment industry's least recognized performers into the spotlight. Last month, the Los Angeles city attorney's office and California labor commissioner took the unusual step of issuing a cease-and-desist letter to Central Casting in Burbank — the largest company for extras — ordering it to stop charging an upfront fee that they said violated state law. Similar warning letters were sent to 13 other L.A. casting companies.
August 7, 1991 |
A decade ago, many people considered Jack Bailey the best of men. He was praised as a humanitarian who had aided thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, hailed as a hero who had given desperate people a chance to live. One missionary called him "the most genuinely compassionate man I ever met." Then that Jack Bailey seemed to all but vanish, sinking into the murky realm where Americans haunted by Vietnam try to raise the dead--the presumed dead, that is.