August 3, 2013
Re "Politicians take to the couch," Opinion, Aug. 1 Meghan Daum makes an important point: Two weeks of psychotherapy treatment for San Diego's embattled mayor, Bob Filner, will barely begin to scratch the surface of behavioral patterns that have been in force for decades. Even if Filer had multi-hour daily sessions for two weeks (unlikely), his initial resistance to being forced into treatment, combined with an ulterior motive (protect his career) means that much of the time would be taken up dealing with those issues and not his behavior toward women.
July 28, 2013
The marvelous spread on San Francisco nearly brought tears to my eyes, with reflections of my "return" to that marvelous city in October 1958 ["San Francisco at Iconic Speed," by Christopher Reynolds, July 21]. A native Californian, I had concluded a six-year tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed mainly in East Coast locations. Newly single, I had accepted a position with an organization whose headquarters was at 518 Sutter St., a block from Union Square.
July 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Even the stock rally may need a summer vacation. Investors have been pouring back into stocks this month, pushing major U.S. stock indexes up more than 4% in July. But the rally took a bit of a respite over the last five days, ending the week up only slightly. "The market is just taking a pause," said Paul Zemsky, head of multi-asset strategies for ING U.S. Investment Management in New York. Stocks' July gains still amount to "a pretty big move in one month. " The Dow Jones industrial average added only 3.22 points, or 0.02%, to 15,558.83 on Friday as Chinese leaders rekindled worries over growth and a credit bubble in the world's second-largest economy.
July 24, 2013
Re "Trayvon Martin, an American son," July 21 Bravo to Erin Aubry Kaplan for linking the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report on the state of black families in America with the Trayvon Martin case. Readers may recall that Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan advocated a policy of temporary "benign neglect" for urban (in other words, black) neighborhoods. Conservatives liked his emphasis on the black community's responsibility for its own problems. Individual responsibility matters, but there are significant social factors as well.
July 22, 2013
The company: Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp. Headquarters: Santa Monica Ticker: ANH Employees: 11 Leadership: Lloyd McAdams, president and chief executive since 1998 Fiscal 2012 revenue: $201.6 million Fiscal 2012 net income: $100.2 million Stock price: $5.16 at Friday's close 52-week range: $4.62 to $6.99 P/E ratio: 8.2 based on estimated 2013 earnings Quarterly dividend: ...
July 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Investors pushed major U.S. indexes to a fresh round of all-time highs this week after strong profit reports from Wall Street banks were seen as another sign that the economy is improving. Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley all reported that their investment banking business did big business during the second quarter. Analysts viewed that as a sign companies are turning to major financial firms to raise money and expand. Bulls hope that stronger corporate profits will help the underlying value of stocks and keep this year's rally going.
July 14, 2013
Re "How NIMBYs hurt California," Opinion, July 12 Economist Christopher Thornberg evidently wants us to believe that market economics do not apply to individual real estate developers. Referring to a proposed retail-residential development in West L.A., he states, "Of the residences, more than 10% will have an 'affordable' status, meaning other units will be priced commensurately higher to subsidize them. " Does Thornberg believe that a developer can pass on each dollar of additional cost to the consumer?
July 12, 2013
Re "Catholic bishops cry wolf," Editorial, July 8 Conservatives and progressives hold conflicting conceptions of liberty. For conservatives, liberty has meant being free to dominate or control others. For progressives, liberty has meant liberation from others' control. Edmund Burke, the archetypal conservative, viewed English "liberty" as including a hierarchical, hereditary monarchy and aristocracy. In the post-Civil War period in the U.S., Southern conservatives viewed maintaining laws that favored whites as part of their liberty.
July 12, 2013
Re "Democracy and Prop. 8," Letters, July 11 I could not let pass the opportunity to point out the fallacy of Tony Hillbruner's letter lamenting the invalidating of Proposition 8. Hillbruner stated that when ruling on Proposition 8, federal District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, a gay man, should have recused himself for bias. One of the arguments used by proponents of Proposition 8 in the 2008 campaign was that gay marriage harms straight marriages. Under that argument, which I and many others never understood, wouldn't that negate the bias argument, as heterosexual judges would also have cause to rule a certain way because of their orientation?
July 11, 2013
In baseball, it's often said that it's what a hitter does his second time around the league that is a testament to his abilities. A look at what Yasiel Puig has done against the three teams he has faced in two series this season: San Diego (June 3-5) 5 for 12 2 homers 5 RBIs .417 avg. San Diego (June 20-23) 4 for 16 1 homer 1 RBI .250 avg. San Francisco (June 24-26) 6 for 12 1 homer 2 RBIs .500 avg. San Francisco (July 5-7)