December 17, 2000
Why is it reasonable to expand LAX (89 million planned vs. 64 million current passengers per year) when El Toro will pick up only 14 million passengers and underused John Wayne will expand by only 1.5 million ["Airport Needs Clear; Outcome Foggy," James Flanigan on Southern California, Dec. 7] . Why will we in the communities surrounding LAX be burdened with the majority of the Southern California air transport growth, while Orange County demands minimum impact? It's because of the prevailing NIMBY attitude, combined with the fact that people there have more money, and therefore influence, than the less wealthy neighbors of LAX. Thus Ms. Kennard, Mr. Riordan, and others (including you, Mr. Flanigan)
April 6, 1997
Columnist James Flanigan ("Can Europe Become More Like California?" Feb. 9) writes, "And there is special regard [among Europeans] for California, which is seen, rightly, as having come back from recession and the decline of the defense industry by putting people to work in new industries related to computer and software development, business and financial services, foreign trade and entertainment." While taken as a general whole there is nothing obviously wrong with Mr. Flanigan's statement, it is very misleading with respect to Los Angeles in particular.
February 23, 1997
As a member of the State Teachers' Retirement System, I would like to thank Tom Flanigan not only for saving the system in the '80s, but mostly for being a prudent investor (columnist Tom Petruno's "Pension Funds' Returns Diverge, Sparking Debate," Market Beat, Feb. 12). Maybe greed is good for some folks, but it's hardly the right approach for a retirement fund. Why does this remind me of the story about companies who want to charge the people who pay their bank cards monthly? Mr. Flanigan may just come out smelling like a rose if he isn't fired by the bureaucrats.
October 20, 1996
It is unfortunate that columnist James Flanigan buys into the liberals' arguments on the recently enacted landmark illegal immigration reform law, obviously without taking even a minute to read the legislation for himself ("New Bill on Immigration Is Borderline at Best," Sept. 29). Had he done his own homework, he would have discovered that the new law significantly strengthens and toughens our laws against hiring illegal aliens. Mr. Flanigan claims that there are no new workplace inspectors authorized in the law. But it provides 900 new Immigration and Naturalization Service investigators whose principal role will be to find and arrest illegal aliens who are taking Americans' jobs.
July 11, 1993
James Flanigan, who lives and writes in the city with the dirtiest air in America, takes no ethical or economic position in "The Administration's Wrong Turn on Energy Taxes" in The Times on Sunday, June 12. Why shouldn't the President promote a BTU tax to help balance our budget when everyone accepts the logic of increasing taxes on harmful substances like liquor and tobacco? Why shouldn't Bill Clinton recommend a tax break for natural gas, which is the only clean fuel in abundant supply in the United States?
June 15, 1986
Thank you for James Flanigan's article in support of the SEC attack on insider trading. I am one of the "little guys" who invest in the stock market and have been increasingly concerned with the detrimental effect the "big boys" are having on the market. We need people with courage to speak out! Congratulations, Mr. Flanigan, and keep up your fine work! MARIE EDWARDS Culver City