May 5, 2013
Re "Funds OKd to seize guns held illegally," May 2 I am sure most people would agree that seizing guns from criminals, the mentally ill and other people barred from owning firearms is a good idea. It would be even better if The Times could be a little less sensationalistic in its reporting. In the first paragraph, the article states that the state is targeting "nearly 40,000 handguns and assault rifles," leading one to believe that a sizable number of illegally owned guns out there may be assault weapons.
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.
May 2, 2013
Re "Gov. Brown as Robin Hood," Column, April 29 In his column casting doubt on Gov. Jerry Brown's demand that money be shifted from better-off school districts to ones that have a higher share of disadvantaged students and English learners, George Skelton's poison pen writes - with no attribution other than "some" in Sacramento - that Brown was "cranky" after returning from his trip to China because of jet lag. Skelton notes speculation that...
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.
April 24, 2013 |
On-time performance of airlines at the nation's biggest airports dropped 9 percentage points Monday after hundreds of air traffic controllers were furloughed by budget cuts. East Coast airports felt most of the pain, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Staff shortages at air traffic towers were expected to cause more delays Tuesday in Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas. "Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather-related issues," the agency said in a statement.
April 24, 2013
Re "A tax everyone can love," Opinion, April 21 If folks are leery of paying taxes to cover the actual costs of burning oil, there are two things they can do to mitigate the effects of the carbon tax that Doyle McManus discusses in his column. To start, our national fleet of vehicles is grossly inefficient. In 2012, the average fuel economy for new cars sold in the U.S. was about 24 miles per gallon. This problem is compounded by inefficient driving - hard accelerations, speeding and accelerating toward a stop rather than coasting.
April 23, 2013
Re "Open the books on medical care prices," Column, April 19 I appreciate David Lazarus' column blasting inflated and mysterious hospital fees. But I feel compelled to comment on his statement, "I can't think of any other business that's permitted to operate this way. " That's true. But it's also true that no other business typically waits several months to receive payment for services rendered. It's also true that no other business is required by federal law to provide its services to a significant portion of its clientele (many emergency room patients)
April 23, 2013 |
Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, who sometimes crossed his party in the powerful role of Finance Committee chairman, announced Tuesday he would retire at the end of his term - complicating Democrats' efforts to keep control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm election. The move caught many in Washington by surprise. Baucus had stockpiled $5 million - a fortune by Montana standards - and voted last week to oppose compromise gun control legislation, which some viewed as a calculation aimed at winning reelection in his libertarian-leaning state.
April 20, 2013
Re "Abortion's darkest side," Opinion, April 16 Jonah Goldberg draws the conclusion that late-term abortion (and, in fact, any kind of abortion) is an issue of morality first and foremost. As Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell's clinic proves, women who are desperate to end a pregnancy will submit to dangerous, unsanitary conditions and disreputable practitioners. States that make abortion illegal or virtually impossible to obtain can expect to see many similar clinics and practitioners and many more deaths, both of early- and late-term fetuses and the women determined to abort them.