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July 19, 1992
Please don't permit your writers to waste space and time using phrases like "needless to say." ARLA LEWIS LOS ANGELES
February 26, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
When an occupant of a home refuses to allow police to search the premises, officers should keep their distance until they obtain a warrant based on probable cause. In a case from Los Angeles, the Supreme Court on Tuesday needlessly weakened that important 4th Amendment principle. The 6-3 decision eviscerated a 2006 ruling in which the court ruled that police must respect "a physically present inhabitant's express refusal of consent to a police search" even if a spouse or roommate gives consent.
May 26, 1993
I work in an animal rescue shelter where we try to save some of the millions of animals put to sleep every year because they are either abandoned or live on the streets. If these hoodlums would come help us save these animals before they're destroyed, we could save millions from needless death. RACHEL WALTERS Los Angeles
October 11, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
ST. LOUIS - Nearly half-past midnight here, the fireworks blazed, the rock music blared, and the red-clad crowd roared. All of which was surely nothing compared to the noises rattling around inside the Dodgers' psyche - and surely inside their embattled manager's head - after they watched a precious postseason win slip into a loss. It was 13 agonizing innings. It was nearly five tense hours. Yet for the Dodgers, the National League Championship Series opener felt like forever after the Cardinals stole a 3-2 victory Friday night at Busch Stadium.
December 17, 1986
The Times is to be commended for reprinting the surgeon general's comprehensive and informative report on AIDS. Intravenous drug abusers and those engaging in high-risk sexual activities have been fully informed by the report of the serious potential dangers, complications and probably death to which they are exposed. To date we have no cure for AIDS and needless exposure appears foolhardy. HARRY PERELMAN Rancho Mirage
January 4, 1998
"30 Brokerages Agree to Pay $1 Billion to Settle Class-Action Suit" [Dec. 25] says that the firms allegedly colluded to fix prices on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Needless to say, they all denied any wrongdoing. This is an almost daily pattern--one reads constantly of "settlements" by major companies. One comes away after a while asking, "Is anyone honest?" JACK H. CHESNER N. Hollywood
November 25, 1994
Thumbs down to your Newsbites column (Oct. 27) for your shameful absence of sensitivity and humanity in promoting the sale of "furry bottle closers, handmade of genuine raccoon fur" and rabbit fur "coonskin" caps available at Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard in Los Olivos, Calif. Has Fess's wine and merchandising hype gone to your heads? Acceptance and glorification of needless animal skinning and the opportunists who participate in such vanity-driven slaughter should be condemned, not condoned.
March 22, 1998
Re: "Should You Really Look Into That Seat-Back Pouch?" (Travel Insider, March 1): I am a frequent traveler, and on one occasion I did find a rather distasteful gift. I went to reach into the pouch to retrieve a magazine, and to my surprise I pulled out a soiled diaper! Needless to say, I was pretty disgusted and called the flight attendant immediately. She removed it (using another bag) and apologized. No lawsuit, no commotion. I realize that [flight] turnaround times are often tight, and I would rather depart on time than wait for cleaners to check every pouch.
"People come to our film expecting some kind of true crime story but that's not what we were attempting to do," said 30-year-old filmmaker Joe Berlinger of the award-winning documentary "Brother's Keeper."
December 6, 2003
The Times has just told us that the governor and his wife are bringing glamour to politics ("Governed by High Fashion," by Booth Moore, Dec. 2). Sacramento, however, does not require glamour because no amount of it will help solve the state's fiscal crisis. Telling us about it is meaningless. All we need to know about Schwarzenegger is whether and how he will balance the budget. Everything else is irrelevant. Poor Marie Antoinette had a great deal of glamour too and it didn't do France or her the least bit of good.
September 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
At least 200,000 Americans die needlessly each year due to heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, and more than half of these deaths occur in people younger than 65, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All of these premature deaths could be prevented by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, keeping cholesterol levels in check and taking aspirin when recommended by a physician, public health experts said. "These findings are really striking.
May 26, 2013 | Helene Elliott
SAN JOSE - Darryl Sutter wasn't in a philosophical mood Sunday night, and he surely wasn't inclined to appreciate the finer points of the Kings' playoff history after what felt like their 20th 2-1 playoff loss this spring. Who could blame the coach? A win Sunday at HP Pavilion would have launched the Kings to the Western Conference finals. Their third 2-1 defeat in this series and fifth by that score in two rounds, all coming on the road, sent them back to Staples Center for a decisive seventh game on Tuesday.
April 12, 2013 | Commentary by Jill Leovy
Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres offered this excuse when asked why he'd started a fight on the field Thursday before a crowd that doubtless included hundreds of children. “It's a man's game on the field,” the 30-year-old, Stanford-educated ballplayer said. “Thoughts aren't present when things like this happen.” I'm not a baseball writer, but I covered crime -- homicide, in particular -- for many years. So when I heard Quentin's excuse, my thoughts went to the kind of violence we see on the streets of America every day. On Thursday night we saw Quentin, in response to being hit by a pitch, attack the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and break his collarbone.
October 1, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The message was in the vetoes. With a deadline approaching, Gov. Jerry Brown had hundreds of bills heaped on his desk, but just one key point to get across to voters: Sacramento had to take the tough medicine on fiscal discipline. "California faces fiscal challenges unparalleled since the Great Depression," Brown wrote in rejecting a bill that would have made it easier for the survivors of public safety workers to collect death benefits. "While much progress has been made to reduce our structural deficit, balance our budget, reform workers' compensation and rein in spiraling pension costs - much work remains.
August 30, 2012
More than a decade after he was captured in Afghanistan, John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," was in a federal court in Indiana this week seeking not his release from a federal prison in Terre Haute but the right to pray with fellow Muslim inmates several times a day. Lindh makes a plausible case that the facility is needlessly restricting his rights under federal law. Lindh, a teenage convert to Islam who joined the Taliban before...
May 22, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
The PSA test should be abandoned as a prostate cancer screening tool, a government advisory panel has concluded after determining that the side effects from needless biopsies and treatments hurt many more men than are potentially helped by early detection of cancers. At best, one life will be saved for every 1,000 men screened over a 10-year period, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. But 100 to 120 men will have suspicious results when there is no cancer, triggering biopsies that can carry complications such as pain, fever, bleeding, infection and hospitalization.
June 22, 1992
I believe that Thousand Oaks is negligent in protecting its ecological balance. I base my opinion on the continuous destruction of a 20-million-year-old stream system that supplied our community and surrounding area with habitat for golden eagles, red tail hawks, condors, white marsh crane, great horned owls, mallard ducks, migrating geese, bobcat, raccoon, opossum, coyote, fox, rabbit, squirrels, crawfish, toads, frogs, turtles, mosquito larvae-eating...
July 1, 1992
I am opposed to reconfiguration of the schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District. I believe our present configuration is well defined and functioning with many positive aspects. It is unconscionable for our school board to direct staff to continue to work toward reconfiguration targeted for September, 1993. At a time when school districts throughout our state are struggling to maintain minimal educational services for our children, our school district continues to spend unnecessary monies.
May 11, 2012
Re "Beating video may be a mental health watershed," May 9 The fatal beating of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police officers is another glaring example of failed police administration as it relates to the training of officers to properly handle resistive, combative or aggressive mentally disabled people. All medical staff and personnel employed in treatment centers for mental patients receive certified professional training on how to physically handle these types of incidents.
May 3, 2012 | By Dan Turner
The national obsession with guns, and the lunacy of American gun laws that set different rules for gun resellers than new-gun dealers or that allow people to possess military assault rifles intended to kill cops rather than hunt deer or protect one's home, are frequent fodder for Times editorials. But things are different in California; not only does this state have some of the toughest gun restrictions in the nation, its largely urban and liberal Legislature sometimes treads unacceptably on 2nd Amendment rights -- in a way that offends even some gun-control advocates.
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