January 27, 2013
Re "It pays to quit smoking at any age," Jan. 24 A comment in the article suggests the need to determine a relationship between the number of cigarettes smoked daily and the extent of disease that results. There is no safe use for any tobacco product. Tobacco use will result in either disease, disability or death. To parse the degree of damage by number of tobacco units may seem to imply that there might actually be a "safe" level. Such is not now and never will be the case.
March 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Evidence has begun to resolve one of the odder controversies surrounding Obamacare: The new law appears to be achieving its top goal of reducing the number of Americans who lack health insurance. The dispute over that question is a strange one because the answer would seem to be fairly obvious: Under the Affordable Care Act, the government will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize families who decide to buy insurance, a product that the vast majority of Americans value highly.
August 24, 1986
In regard to S. J. Diamond's column of July 21 ("IRS Says It Was Too Taxing to Decipher Form"), the "plan number" on IRS Form 5500 is the number assigned by the plan sponsor to each retirement plan. The first plan is numbered "001," the second plan "002," etc. This number has absolutely nothing to do with how many "employee participants" are covered by the plan. Thus, all single-participant plans could have different plan numbers and are not all "001." NANCY MARINE Los Angeles
March 10, 2010 |
Although millions of households are dealing with job losses or underemployment, the number of millionaires in the U.S. is up 16% over 2008, according to a national survey by the Spectrem Group. Clearly, the 69% rally in the stock market, which began March 9, 2009, helped restore riches to some of those reeling in 2008. Households with net worth of $1 million or more -- not including their primary home -- grew to 7.8 million in 2009, Spectrem said. The previous year, the millionaire population fell 27% as the stock market crashed and the recession took its toll throughout the economy.
September 5, 1989 |
Cost of production: $2,777,000. Shooting schedule: 22 weeks. Number of directors: 3 (Richard Thorpe, Victor Fleming, King Vidor). Number of writers: 10 (three with screen credit). Judy Garland's salary: $500 a week. Ray Bolger's salary: $3,000 a week. Jack Haley's salary: $3,000 a week. Bert Lahr's salary: $2,500 a week. Number of midgets employed: 124. Toto's breed: Cairn Terrier. Toto's salary: $125 a week. Number of actors: 600. Number of costumes: 1,000.
December 17, 2008
Re "Train crash's roots run deep," Dec. 12 All deaths and injuries are sincerely regrettable. Yet if The Times would differentiate the number of deaths and injuries attributed to outside factors, when trains in motion can do little to avoid incidents, the total number would be smaller by comparison. The Glendale crash is a perfect example. If the accused hadn't left his car on the tracks, that catastrophe wouldn't have happened. Overall, is Metrolink without fault? No. Can it do more to be safer?