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OPINION
June 7, 2012
There are reasons not to extract too many lessons from Gov. Scott Walker's convincing victory in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. For one thing, he faced a weak opponent in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and for another, he vastly outspent Barrett to win by 7 percentage points. Most important, voters seemed to understand that a recall wasn't the right remedy for Walker's actions. As California was forced to learn the hard way, the recall is a better device for removing a governor who has engaged in misconduct than for punishing one over policy disagreements.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2012
'Hope Springs' MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes Playing: In general release
OPINION
October 2, 2012
Re "L.A., restart your engines," Oct. 1 Living a block away from the 405 Freeway, I was looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend, when we wouldn't hear any of the normal 405 traffic or construction. And guess what? The freeway was indeed very quiet. But the helicopters that flew overhead every few minutes interrupted the peace I thought we'd get. Over a 35-minute time period Saturday morning, I counted 15 flyovers. Frank Ponder Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: What would Lincoln think of the GOP?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2012
Flaming Lips fans will need to fire up their turntables if they want to hear the group's new album when it surfaces exclusively on vinyl next month in conjunction with Record Store Day. "The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends" is a double-LP set with experimental collaborations between the band and high-profile pals including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Kesha and others. It will be released only in a vinyl edition created for Record Store Day, the annual promotion of brick-and-mortar independent music retailers, an event that takes place April 21 this year.
OPINION
August 19, 2012
Re "For a better L.A., less parking?," Editorial, Aug. 16 I recently returned from a trip to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. In each country there was widespread use of bicycles and public transit. There are huge bike parking stations in all the major cities and a simple system of bike rentals. Additionally, there is a more tolerant attitude from pedestrians, who don't get irate at bicyclists who sometimes have to use the sidewalk when there is no bike path. Americans, and particularly Californians, need to rethink their right to drive.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
Most stock mutual fund categories scored double-digit gains in the third quarter, lifting 2010 returns back into the black. Equity markets worldwide surged in September as investors regained confidence in the global economy, or at least stopped expecting an imminent cataclysm. The average domestic stock fund, which had been down 4.7% year-to-date at the end of June, was up 5.3% as of Sept. 30 after rallying 10.5% in the quarter, according to Morningstar Inc. In a survey of 170 professional investors nationwide in late August, financial advisory firm Russell Investments found that 57% believed that stocks were undervalued.
OPINION
December 8, 2012
Re "Rethinking Prop. 13," Editorial, Dec. 6 Proposition 30 raises taxes on everyone, landed and landless. That's fair. Nevertheless, the only part of Proposition 13 that should be revisited is the two-thirds vote requirement to legislate taxes. The 1% cap on the purchase price must be left alone. In California, property changes hands so often that there is no shortage of revenue. To go back to the days of levying taxes based on current market value would increase costs of administration and would be unfair to those who don't flip houses for sport.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2012
What annual televised sporting event is more popular with female viewers than males? The Kentucky Derby. NBC's coverage of last Saturday's race — won by the dark horse I'll Have Another — gathered 14.8 million viewers, up 2% from last year, according to Nielsen. It was the third-most-watched Derby in 23 years. Even more noteworthy: 51% of viewers age 18 or older were women, making the Derby the only annual sporting event that draws more female than male viewers. The most-watched Derby in recent years was the 2010 race won by Super Saver, which was watched by 16.5 million viewers.
OPINION
September 8, 2012
Re "'You are the change,'" Sept. 7 I like President Obama's approach (and strategy) to reach out to women, ethnic minorities, veterans, gays, the middle class, independents and many Republicans. On the other hand, I feel that he has been remiss in not reaching out to small-business owners and large corporations by explicitly telling them that his administration wants their input on revising regulations that they consider not only discouraging for job creation but actually a waste of effort for the country.
OPINION
December 22, 2012
Re "The Hagel litmus test," Editorial, Dec. 20 What a breath of fresh air: that it is not a bad thing for the U.S. to choose a secretary of Defense based on what's best for this country rather than for Israel. It is time to rethink the cliche about our "unshakable" relationship with Israel. How come our relationship with, say, Britain or Canada is never described so warmly, even though both countries hew more closely to our idea of civil rights? There was a time when our relationship with white South Africa was warm, but when the Boers drifted into apartheid, the relationship chilled.
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