December 27, 2013
Re "The umpteenth fix," Editorial, Dec. 24 The Times writes, "We only wish Congress was more engaged in making the law work rather than battling endlessly to make it go away. " Lawmakers and their concerted efforts to drag down the Obama administration have tainted the merits of the monumental achievement of healthcare reform from its birth. It would have been extraordinary if the transition had gone smoothly. There are delays, fixes and tweaks, but instead of spinning the negativity, the end result is what we must be focusing on: a country that finally can say most of its citizens are protected by medical coverage.
December 21, 2013 |
OAKLAND - Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash didn't join the Lakers on their trip but it somehow got worse. Pau Gasol couldn't even leave his hotel room Saturday because of an upper-respiratory infection. To say the Lakers were injury-riddled, short-handed, depleted or any of the other common phrases would be a series of understatements. GAME SUMMARY: Warriors 102, Lakers 83 They're running out of bodies quickly, their latest ailment a surprise that led to something predictable, a 102-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
December 19, 2013
Re "Trying to sell college students on Obamacare," Dec. 15 Instead of trying to sell college students on Obamacare, it would be better to convert it into a universal healthcare plan, a system that other countries have. The insurance industry siphons off some of the money we spend on healthcare. Eliminate that unnecessary burden and we could afford to provide better healthcare for all. Why do we need the insurance industry as a middleman to muddy the waters? Tom Press Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Park and ride Letters: Making the bullet train fly Letters: Collecting DNA can solve crimes
December 15, 2013
Re "OED's literal problem," Opinion, Dec. 12 In her delightful column, Meghan Daum bemoans the acknowledgment by the Oxford English Dictionary of the common misuse of "literally," opining that its misuse is not only cheating but "cues the listener to stop listening. " Ironically, this happened to me in reading her article when she equated people living in a different galaxy with residents of Ursa Major. Since Ursa Major is not even close to being a galaxy (it's in our own Milky Way)
December 13, 2013
Re "Wage fight is left to cities, states," Dec. 9 Thank goodness that officials at the state and city levels are taking action to boost minimum wages. Not only does this reflect the moral/ethical perspective of the problem, it also has economic benefits. With so many employers paying workers poverty wages, plenty of economists suggest that increasing wages for the lower-income members of society will positively impact everyone. Lower-income citizens will spend more of their increased incomes on goods and services, thus helping to stimulate the economy.
December 13, 2013
Re "On a night of fear, violent ambushes in the streets," third in a five-part series, Dec. 12 Since when does old news command the front page of The Times - and in the form of pulp fiction, no less? Upon seeing these articles recounting the search this year for former police officer Christopher Dorner, I wondered if I had gotten the wrong newspaper. The fact that I was somehow spared seeing the first part of the series on Sunday was merciful. This is packaging news as entertainment, and old news at that - a bit too far for my taste.