September 15, 1985
Thank you for alerting us that it is unnecessary to buy supplemental liability insurance on rental cars, thus saving us $9.50 a day on our Pleasant Hawaiian Holiday on Maui. Other information that may interest readers is the additional $10.50 a day fee for an air-conditioned car. Our tour voucher stated that we were to have a Class A rental car "free" in our package. A Class A car is not air-conditioned and we had to pay additional to get one. By being aware of these facts, your readers will save nearly $20 a day on supposedly free car rentals.
August 13, 1995
I noticed a few major oversights in the Aug. 8 article ("Sell, Rent or Stay? Homeowners Losing Equity Try to Plug the Gap") about whether a homeowner should convert a personal residence into a rental when the homeowner will take a loss. As many people are aware, the loss from the sale of a personal residence is not deductible for federal or California state income tax purposes. By converting the personal property to a business property, via a rental, the loss becomes fully deductible in the year of sale.
January 13, 2002
I take exception to your article "Air Tickets' Base Price Is Just Part of the Fare" (Travel Insider, Jan. 6). You make it sound as though the airlines are the only ones that charge fees and taxes on top of their base price. Why are you picking on an industry that will have a multibillion-dollar loss for last year? I, for one, will be glad to pay an extra $10 per round trip for security. Let's not forget about cruise ships. The last cruise I sailed on, the taxes and fees were $139.75 per person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1985
Your editorial (May 23), "Rent Control Makes No Sense," in itself makes no sense. New apartment houses are not subject to rent control. So, your statement, "That rent control causes owners and builders to shy away from apartment house construction," is not valid. When an apartment under rent control becomes vacant, the owners can rent that apartment at whatever rate the tarrif will bear. It is no longer under the rent control umbrella. However, after one year that unit is subject to the allowable rental increase.