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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 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 13, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Find a laundry or dry-cleaner near your hotel. I travel throughout the world on business and pleasure. This is one of the easiest ways to keep the size of your luggage manageable and save money by avoiding the high cost of hotel cleaning services. Many laundries offer hourly or daily service and will return your clothes fresh and folded. Rich Friedman Simi Valley If flying out of an unfamiliar airport, arrive earlier than you think you should. My girlfriend and I flew from Austin, Texas, to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and arrived at the airport extra early just in case.
April 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 43-37, Spurs 58-21. Record vs. Spurs: 0-2. Update: The Spurs have struggled lately, going 5-5 as injuries sidelined Tony Parker (neck and ankle) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring). Parker, though, returned Friday and had 22 points and 10 assists in a 108-101 victory over Sacramento. The Spurs are half a game behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.
April 12, 2013
Re "At work in America," Letters, April 10 Attorney Vanessa Ticas asks to "bring back" a humane business approach. I am sympathetic to her basic view, but she ignores world history and the instincts of mankind. When in history was there a prevailing tendency to use a humane approach in business? It wasn't apparent in the American South during slavery. It wasn't apparent when my grandmother was put in a sweatshop at age 8, depriving her of the chance to ever learn to read or write.
April 12, 2013
Re "No teaching, just tests," Editorial, April 10 While no one disputes the learning experiences of a full campus life, a degree is a measure of a student's learning, not how he was taught. In 1971, the state of New York recognized that not all students had access to a university campus and established the Regents External Degree Program, granting bachelor degrees based solely on a series of exams. Today that program is the fully independent Excelsior College, offering multiple degree programs that can be completed through exams and online classes.
April 11, 2013
Re "The GOP's fantasy lineup," Opinion, April 7 It is hard to understand why political pundits talk about the demise of the Republican Party when it has such a strong group of future young leaders, as mentioned in Doyle McManus' column. To wit: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. To that list, I'd add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. While the Republicans have their issues, it is the Democrats with a real leadership problem.
April 10, 2013
Re "Britain's 'Iron Lady,'" Obituary, April 9 This story seemed a straightforward obituary until I read the paragraph that stated that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was often "brutal and belittling toward her own political allies. " The example was minister Michael Heseltine's outburst, "I hate you! I hate you!" It struck me as odd that a man getting his feelings hurt proved anything. I laughed when I considered whether a woman politician shouting the same would have merited mention in any male leader's obituary.
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