May 18, 2013
Re "The gift of a great dog," Opinion, May 16 A year ago I too thought that I'd had that one great dog, that canine soul mate never to be found again. My 13-year-old shepherd had passed away, and I was heartbroken. I couldn't even consider getting another dog for months, as I knew it would not be fair to a new dog to constantly fall short in comparison. After six months, one day when I least expected it, a 6-year-old rescued shepherd came into my family's life. We love him passionately, and now he has become the best dog ever.
May 12, 2013
Re "Medical rates range off the chart," May 9 Our political leaders regularly lament the notion that ever-rising healthcare costs will eventually bankrupt our country. The question is why they treat this problem as if it were an act of God, totally beyond their power to do anything about it. In most businesses the price is based on actual costs plus overhead, profit and other items. In healthcare, the price is whatever ridiculously inflated number someone has the gall to put on the bill.
May 5, 2013
Re "Atmospheric CO2 approaches a dire milestone," May 2 If astronomers had just discovered that a meteor would strike Earth in a few years and that its impact would make our world a radically different place than the one we have known, the article about it would be above the fold on the front page. But when scientists at UC San Diego tell us we are pumping carbon dioxide into our atmosphere at a rate that can, in a few decades, raise the Earth's average temperature and ocean levels to heights not seen in millions of years, this article only makes it to two brief columns on Page A-10 of The Times.
May 3, 2013
Re "5-year-old shoots sister," May 2 Firearms responsibility it one of the top issues of our time. The Times' article on the 5-year-old Kentucky boy "accidentally" killing his 2-year-old sister with a rifle he received as a birthday gift included the recap of a 6-year-old New Jersey boy killed by a 4-year-old playmate. The article was relegated to Page A-13. These "accidents" are inexcusable, and it is your responsibility to be bold and advertise them as such on the front page.
April 30, 2013
Re "Woman, 78, could lose home," April 27 Your article about the Highland Park woman whose home will be auctioned off because the county claims she is delinquent on her property taxes should bring outrage to residents of Los Angeles County. Whether Marianne Blend's taxes were paid is immaterial. What is material is that some civil servants didn't do their job and, worse, they didn't do what was right: They pushed their papers, arranged for an auction, sent people to put up a sign but did nothing to look out for the welfare of the 78-year-old woman who has lived in the house for decades.
April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The market wasn't supposed to go this far, this fast. Just a few months ago, Wall Street analysts predicted this year's stock rally would level off given the strong run-up seen in the first three months of the year. They held out hope that the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 stock index might hit 1,600 by the end of the year. But the rally in equities has caught even some of the most bullish prognosticators by surprise. The broad S&P 500 begins the month of May at an all-time high, and the Dow Jones industrial average is within striking distance of hitting 15,000 points.