May 2, 2010 |
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
October 10, 2010
In all the Hollywood journalism flicks, is there a more famous one-liner than the one in "All the President's Men" when Hal Holbrook tersely directs Robert Redford to "Follow the money"? It's truer now than ever. Bruce Beattie reminds us of the judicial branch's role in off-the-charts political spending. Dan Wasserman turns up the heat on big "tea party" donors. And Gary Varvel burned the president for deficit spending ? tight in his own backyard tour. So much for the checks. On to the balances.
September 5, 2012 |
The world's richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, drew international scorn recently after saying that people who are jealous of the wealthy should drink less and work harder. And now she's back with some more helpful advice. Speaking at the Sydney Mining Club, Rinehart said her country's mining industry couldn't compete with nations that are willing to pay workers less than $2 a day for their sweat and labor. The implicit suggestion: Employers should be free to pay workers whatever they please.
July 28, 2012
Re "Cash-strapped? Not so much," Editorial, July 25 Let's get some perspective. Almost all financial scandals involve losing money, not finding it. Yes, the accounting system for the state Department of Parks and Recreation, which had about $54 million stashed away, needs to be fixed, something infinitely doable in this electronic age. Instead of regarding this as bad news, perhaps we should be congratulating the people whose discovery brought...
July 8, 2013 |
The business world is fond of presenting consumers with Catch-22s. Richard Leza received a real beauty from a debt collector. "They basically told me I had to prove something that doesn't even exist," he said. Here's the crux of the problem: Is it the debt collector's responsibility to prove that money is owed, or the consumer's responsibility to prove that it isn't? State and federal officials are increasingly focusing on such issues as debt collectors turn up the heat after the prolonged economic downturn.
August 4, 2012
Re "Is Mars really worth the trip?," July 30 Your headline implies that the $2.5 billion spent on the Curiosity mission to Mars is just thrown away. In fact, NASA pays people (engineers, suppliers and many more), who then spend it on the goods and services that keep our economy strong. Joan Kraus Rancho Palos Verdes ALSO: Letters: Californians, we're hoarders Letters: Let the NRA give something back Letters: Targeting Obama conspiracy theories