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September 3, 1986
This is in response to your editorial (Aug. 21), "Bring Back Insurance Sanity." It's true that, as the editorial states, ending the current liability insurance crisis will take some concerted effort. Such things as more reasonable court and jury awards, increased use of mediators, regulating contingency fees, and returning to a fault-based, rather than ability-to-pay, system, are proposals that could make a difference. However, the editorial also states that the uncompetitive environment in which the insurance industry operates is the major cause of the crisis.
March 2, 2002
March Madness is not just about college basketball. It also describes the state's election system. California voters will go to the polls Tuesday to nominate candidates for the November general election, then endure eight more months of political ads and mailings, eight more months of desperate fund-raising, eight ridiculously long months of grasping for public attention. To say nothing of the fact that voters are paying almost no attention to a primary conducted this early.
August 18, 1987
Perhaps now the dispute between the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the Los Angeles Raiders can end and football fans can get back to the serious issues at hand--like quarterbacks and season tickets. Last week the commission appointed a two-member subcommittee to take a fresh look at the hotly disputed seating renovation plan that helped lure the Raiders to Los Angeles in 1982.
November 18, 1992
What began with the horror of 105 gunshots in a blood-stained Stockton schoolyard has ended, appropriately enough, in federal court with the National Rifle Assn. discredited in its legal challenge to California's ban on military-style assault weapons. The NRA, fearing that the U.S. Supreme Court would refuse to hear the case, dropped its two-year-old lawsuit to overturn California's landmark law.
February 9, 1986
In keeping with a proud tradition that is unique in Central America, the citizens of Costa Rica peacefully elected a new president last weekend. In choosing between two candidates who both distrust the Sandinistas in neighboring Nicaragua, Costa Ricans thoughtfully opted for a man who offered a peaceful approach rather than hawkish rhetoric. Oscar Arias Sanchez will succeed his fellow National Liberation Party member Luis Alberto Monge into San Jose's presidential palace.
December 9, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
This time of year you may spend a lot of time figuring out what to buy for whom and making sure you don't forget any gift-worthy friends or relatives. But you may also have to wrestle with how much to give the service people in your life, such as your housekeeper, gardener, hairstylist or dog walker. There are potentially dozens of people who would welcome -- or even expect -- a tip at this time of year, said Cathy McCarthy, a senior vice president of SnagAJob.
If it's a sanity clause you're needing to bring some reason into this month of frenzied buying, I have one for you. It's called Operation Santa Claus, and without it, thousands of Orange County children and elderly poor would have no Christmas at all. Hundreds of volunteers, mainly county employees, collect toys, clothing and other items, individualize them and make sure they get to the kids who need them. It is a massive chore, and they do it on their own time without compensation.
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