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 |
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 |
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.
April 10, 2013
Re "To create jobs, U.S. must spend," Opinion, April 5 Dimitri B. Papadimitriou assumes that government spending creates growth. It may create growth in the drone-building industry or in public pensions, but we have to question whether that's good for the economy. Papadimitriou compares adding to our deficit to the hopeful action of a private borrower getting a home mortgage. There are important differences. A home buyer can refinance only a few times, while the government can add debt endlessly.
April 6, 2013 |
Poor job growth and a large exodus of unemployed workers last month stifled weeks of upbeat economic data and marked a sobering reality check, signaling that hiring was likely to remain weak in the coming months. Employers added a paltry 88,000 net new jobs in March, the smallest number since June and just one-third of the gain in February. Retailers, manufacturers and finance companies shed jobs over the month, an indication that consumer spending may be softening as workers grapple with higher payroll taxes and sluggish wage growth.
April 6, 2013
Re "Radar shows U.S. border security gaps," April 4 The Times' article describes how an airborne radar system showed that in a small, 150-square-mile area of the U.S.-Mexico border, there were nearly 2,000 successful illegal crossings over a three-month period last year. This comes as a surprise, since we've been told that our border is finally secure. Rep Michael McCaul's (R-Texas) comment, that "you can't measure what you can't see," is a dead-on description of our border security.