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OPINION
June 19, 2013
Re "F-22's rough ride," June 16 While spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the F-22 and the F-35 programs, we still have weapons systems that, despite their sophisticated schemes to avoid radar or thermally guided threats, are still vulnerable to conventional anti-aircraft shells, other ballistic ordnance and even accidental damage. What missions might justify risking such costly weapons and their crews? What might they achieve that could justify their loss? Even if we make the large assumption that we can get these aircraft to perform as designed, they just might be too expensive to hazard.
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OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "Risks to hands-free units," June 13 As far as it goes, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's study on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving is accurate. However, it should be noted that the hands-free technology in modern cars is new and that in time drivers will adapt to these systems and will learn how to manage all this new information. We are only in the infancy of this pervasive technology, and it's impossible to fully understand how we'll adapt to it in the future.
OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "D.A. alters policy on evidence disclosure," June 12 While I applaud Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's attempt to clarify her office's policies regarding when prosecutors are required to disclose evidence of police misconduct to defense attorneys, the directive still falls woefully short of the full transparency that is necessary to allow defense attorneys to investigate allegations of misconduct and prepare a defense where an...
OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "Church opposes gays in Scouts," June 13 As a Baptist, I want to crawl in a hole when I read of such blatant hostility by Christians against gays joining the Boy Scouts of America. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, just does not get it when it comes to sexual issues. Its obsession distorts and hurts religion and morality. It belittles the Bible by imposing anti-gay prejudice into it. Baptists certainly besmirch the legacy of Roger Williams, the English theologian who established the first Baptist church in America.
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Embittered by the first three games of the NBA Finals, LeBron James guaranteed he would play better in Game 4. He was right. But who knew Dwyane Wade would practically steal the show with 32 points, ignoring his aching right knee and guaranteeing with his play that the Finals would return to Miami next week? Wade made 14 of 25 shots and had six steals as Miami beat San Antonio on Thursday, 109-93, wrenching back home-court advantage and tying the series at 2-2. BOX SCORE: Miami 109, San Antonio 93 James was there too, taking run after run at the basket with success at the AT&T Center.
OPINION
June 12, 2013
Re "Trying to clear out the 'patent trolls,'" Column, June 9 The way federal law is carried out now, patents may be acquired for any one of three purposes: - To manufacture and market the invention. - To collect money from anyone else using the invention. - To keep the invention off the market. The last can happen when the invention threatens some entity's place in the market. The patent might be acquired at an offer-he-can't-refuse price, and then promptly put in the deep freeze.
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Moments after center Mike Richards woke up Wednesday, he realized he could enjoy a rare and welcome luxury. The Kings' seven-game playoff victory over the San Jose Sharks, completed on Tuesday with a 2-1 triumph at Staples Center, had launched them into the Western Conference finals and led Coach Darryl Sutter to give players a day off. After pushing himself through a compressed, 48-game season and 13 rugged playoff games Richards took advantage of...
OPINION
May 29, 2013
Re "Good news on health costs," Editorial, May 24 Yes, it will be very, very good news when these state health insurance exchanges give individuals and small groups the buying power of large employers and other big groups within the insurance game. However, as the editorial points out, we still have to overcome a new kind of moral hazard: "The rest will have to be convinced that it's worth paying $1,360 or more next year instead of facing a $95 tax penalty. " That penalty is going to increase at a fast clip over a few years, but the reluctance of the currently healthy to buy coverage also can be overcome by imposing a $10,000 to $15,000 late entry fee for those who sign up only when they need it, and not before.
OPINION
May 26, 2013
Re "Obama's 'idiot' defense," Opinion, May 21 Jonah Goldberg says the White House faces three scandals not because of lying but because a government "that takes on too much will make an idiot out of anyone who thinks there's no limit to what it can do. " His examples don't support this. It appears that the IRS office tasked with evaluating applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status had been left almost on its own due to cutbacks. The office needed more help, not less.
OPINION
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.
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