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January 3, 2009
Once again, arts organizations are determined to shoot themselves in the foot ["That Aisle Seat Will Cost You," Dec. 26]. "If people are willing to pay more for an aisle seat, then it's pretty irresponsible from a business standpoint not to charge," says the Portland Symphony's marketing director. In other words, greed is good, charge all the market will bear, and don't worry about tomorrow. But most symphonies get only about 30% to 50% of their revenue from ticket sales. The rest comes from donations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - News flash for Democratic state lawmakers: Not all Republican ideas are kooky. Some make sense. A few GOP bills might even help struggling workers - the very people Democrats are supposed to be fighting for in the state Capitol. One such idea is to expand the opportunity for flextime, the ability of wage earners to schedule their work hours to fit personal and family needs. I'm thinking especially of low-income, single parents - moms or dads. Some may prefer to work, say, four 10-hour days rather than five eight-hour shifts.
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OPINION
April 26, 2006
Re "Army Seeks Buyer for L.A. Land," April 24 I am a nurse at the veterans hospital in West Los Angeles and a disabled veteran. Reading that the Army is about to sell our land to wealthy developers is a slap in the face of every veteran. Perhaps the Army doesn't want its troops to see what may await them in the near future. This land was donated to veterans; little by little it is being taken away. Will our veterans now have to look up to clean, modern towers filled with affluent citizens looking down on them?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Building a train to Los Angeles International Airport without considering options that will bring light-rail into the terminal area is "short-sighted and wrong," Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) said Thursday. "For Los Angeles to be a first-class city, we need a first-class airport," Hahn said in a prepared statement. "Part of having a first-class airport ... includes giving commuters the opportunity to travel to LAX directly inside its terminals. " Hahn's comments came a day after Los Angeles County transportation officials recommended against building light-rail stations  in LAX's terminal area, saying that  tunneling under the nation's third-busiest airport would be too expensive and dangerous.  At a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meeting Thursday, county Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe introduced a motion that would mandate further study for two alternatives that would bring light-rail directly to the U-shaped terminal area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1986
Congress spared our nation a legacy of bitterness and revenge by the black continent of Africa had Reagan's shortsighted South African policy prevailed! FRANK A. ZIMANSKI Coronado
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1986
Joel Dinsfriend's letter (June 25) "Shortsighted," is just that. He claims that flatly denying Sylvester Stallone's production company the use of the three-mile stretch of state-owned Simi Freeway "kept people from working." He thinks Simi Valley citizens were "shortsighted" when asked to "give a little." I'm not only proud to tip my hat to Simi Valleyans, I'd be happy to lend Dinsfriend my binoculars. He could then see that they were asked for too much! They not only kept their freeway, they kept their dignity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996
As a lifelong librarian, I was impressed with Bill Boyarsky's "Recognizing the Binding Power of Libraries" (July 7). There is no question that computers play an important role in today's economy but to rely upon them to perform a librarian's role is being shortsighted, it seems to me. The computer is a modern tool to be wielded by professionals, not vice versa. SHERRY TERZIAN Los Angeles
BUSINESS
July 11, 2004
Regarding "Unions Set to Offer New Strategy," June 21: As long as the focus of labor is political in nature and not on the betterment of its members, it is doomed. The idea that every union member is a liberal Democrat is as shortsighted as thinking no conservative Republican would be caught dead belonging to a union. A consolidation of 65 unions to 15, with a top-heavy administration, is only going to create more "financial core" members. Terrence Beasor Santa Monica
OPINION
May 25, 2005
Re "A Glut in the Market for Homes," Column One, May 20: A glut of real estate agents seems only fair for an industry doing its best to overpopulate every corner of the state to sell more homes. Shortsighted business people never consider that population growth brings not only more business volume but also more competition. Of course, over-competition is only one of many good reasons to stop sacrificing the environment that sustains us for the sake of stimulating the economy. Kenneth Pasternack Santa Barbara
SPORTS
April 1, 2006
Dear Corey Maggette, You're fast. You're strong. You're athletic. Please don't use these attributes as an excuse to be selfish and stupid. Going to the press to whine about getting your starting spot back? When the team is winning and in a playoff race? Wow. Talk about shortsighted. We Clipper fans have waited a long time for a season like this. The last thing we need is a me-me-me cancer rearing his ugly head. Grow up, man. CHRIS EMERSON Los Angeles
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
In an effort to placate angry (and shortsighted) Americans, President Obama announced Thursday that they could keep their substandard health insurance plans for another year so long as insurers were still willing to offer them. Never mind that these cheaper, bare-bones packages don't meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum benefits, undercutting a fundamental part of the healthcare law. Yes, the Obamacare rollout has been less than ideal. But, as The Times' editorial board argued Thursday, the decision to backtrack is a bad idea . Obama basically stuck a pacifier in a crying baby's mouth instead of heeding his 2012 campaign slogan: “Forward.”  Here's what the board had to say: “The goal was not just to eliminate plans with dangerously thin coverage, as President Obama has emphasized in recent weeks, but also to spread risks and costs more broadly across the population.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
There is perhaps no better metaphor for the painful relationship between patients and our for-profit healthcare system than the fact that Anthem Blue Cross thinks you don't need anesthesia for a colonoscopy. It's not "medically necessary," the insurer says. Anyone who has experienced this most invasive of medical procedures might think otherwise. I spoke the other day with a fellow named Michael, who works locally in the TV industry but didn't want me using his full name because he's terrified that Anthem will retaliate by messing with his coverage (and it says a lot about our system that this is even a consideration)
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Miley Cyrus twerked during her performance at MTV's VMAs Sunday night. OMG, who cares? It turns out, lots of people. It's been among Monday's leading news stories, with critics shaking their heads. As if Cyrus is the first celebrity to use the MTV stage as a platform to shock viewers . “Media reaction to Cyrus' bump-and-grind veered between disgust and sadness,” writes my colleague Patrick Kevin Day in a post that rounds up some of the criticism , which described the performance as “desperate” and “disturbing.” Desperate, OK. Cyrus seems to be following in the tradition of Disney child stars who feel compelled to sexualize their image to show they've grown up. But was it disturbing?
OPINION
April 18, 2013 | By Jamie Simons
Raising a child is like doing a puzzle in the dark. You get two pieces together and think, "Finally, I know what to do," not realizing there are a hundred more pieces scattered across the room. For the parent of a special needs child, that puzzle has a thousand pieces flung across a minefield. I know. My husband and I have been navigating that field for the last 11 years. If you were to meet my daughter today, at age 12, you would probably find her delightful. She's smart, polite, funny, creative and fun. But it wasn't always this way. When she was a toddler, we watched in horror as she banged her head against the wall, coated her skin with ice cream just for the sensation and had trouble navigating different surfaces without falling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | Sandy Banks
An Orange County pain specialist already in the spotlight over deaths from prescription medications has racked up another patient overdose death. The coroner has ruled that Wayne Oviatt died in January of a mix of prescription drugs, including morphine, which Dr. Van H. Vu had been prescribing for him. Vu has lost 17 patients to drug overdoses since 2006, according to coroner's records analyzed by Times reporters Lisa Girion and Scott Glover. He is being investigated by the state medical board, but there are no restrictions on his pain management practice.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2012 | David Lazarus
Republican leaders are determined to protect rich people from paying higher taxes. Now they also want to reduce health coverage for the poor. You've really got to wonder about these guys. My colleague Noam N. Levey reported this week that conservative politicians at the state and federal level are laying the groundwork to scale back Medicaid if the GOP takes control of Congress and the White House in November. Some Republican governors are already cutting coverage for low-income people, arguing that Medicaid has grown ineffective and unaffordable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1985
Thanks for printing Elaine Stansfield's letter about our country's shortsighted new policy regarding birth control. We need such news, but it won't do much good. Democrat or Republican at the bedside, the patient will die. The problem goes deeper than a mere sacrifice of rationality to get votes; it goes all the way down to our reluctance to give up our ancient dependence on gods and to start acting as though our last name, sapiens, were more than a vain affectation. WILLARD OLNEY Hesperia
OPINION
January 9, 2005
Re "Susan Sontag and a Case of Curious Silence," Commentary, Jan. 4: When I think of Sontag, I think of liberated hearts and minds that transcend the "conditioned" to see more clearly into the nature of the issue at hand. To better understand ourselves by seizing life with an openness that is discerning and passionate is what Susan Sontag taught us. This is what we respond to. Reducing her character to a particular niche, be it sexual, political or otherwise, is self-serving, shortsighted and not deserving of our attention.
OPINION
May 20, 2012
People generally don't think of the elderly as nuisance neighbors. They rarely throw loud late-night parties, play loud music or have loud sex. Nevertheless, the issue of elderly group homes is a controversial one in single-family neighborhoods. On a stretch of leafy Sierra Bonita Avenue near Hollywood, an operator of board-and-care facilities wants to tear down a duplex and construct an 11-bed facility for elderly residents suffering from dementia. In theory, that's fine: According to state law, a city cannot prohibit licensed care facilities that meet the zoning requirements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2012 | Steve Lopez
I'd been sitting back, fielding the occasional pitch for a column, but telling people it was a little too soon to write about what might happen to adult education in L.A. Unified. Sure, the district has threatened to make big cuts, or even eliminate the program. But education funding is so insane in California that it's hard to know where things will end up. And, as the parent of a third-grader in L.A. Unified, I have to ask this question: When money is tight, what's the core mission of a school district — to educate children or offer an assist to adults?
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