August 13, 2006
Regarding "Mexican Vote Rift Bad for Business," Aug. 2: If the continuing demonstrations in Mexico are hurting business, very quickly it becomes more economical simply to recount the ballots. In fact, if the Mexican government does not avail itself of that obvious remedy, one does smell a rat. One could even do the recount piecewise, starting with the most questionable regions. As new vote counts come in to be compared with previous ones, one can begin to project the effects, and thus the case will build to either count even more votes over again or abandon the quest.
March 29, 2005
Re "A Ray of Hope for Solar," editorial, March 24: The best way to introduce solar energy is to combine economic considerations with other worthy objectives, such as our security. We should prepare for emergency situations in which the grid goes down and distribution of fossil fuels is temporarily disrupted. Emergency services should be gradually equipped with a solar energy resource to complement backup generators. As a next step, we could equip other facilities, such as schools, with such backup, as these might serve as shelters during emergencies.
April 24, 2006
Re "Bratton's 'broken windows,' " Opinion, April 20 Professor Bernard E. Harcourt's criticism of Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton's adherence to the "broken windows" theory of dealing with crime misses the mark. Law enforcement should be mostly concerned with working closely with the individual, widely varying communities that make up the city. Law enforcement generally has done a much better job the last decade in partnering with neighborhoods and finding out what the people think are the problems that should have priority attention.
May 19, 1985
One of the curious non-issues of our time is the sale of Hughes Aircraft Co. to another of our large corporate entities. Such a sale is assumed to yield the largest return to the current owner, the Hughes Medical Institute, and the fiduciary responsibilities of the institute's trustees apparently are solely to obtain the highest immediate return, thus limiting the options to be considered. There have been times in the past when the U.S. government, properly regarding Hughes as a critical national asset, limited the options of company ownership in pursuing its own corporate goals.
January 12, 2003
Re "Bush Offers Tax Cuts to Spur Growth," Jan. 8: There is a better alternative to the president's proposed economic stimulus plan. It is to have the federal government increase its revenue-sharing with states. State budgets are falling into severe deficit around the country. California is only the worst example. Does it make sense to massively cut back on services such as health care, education and highway construction at the state level while at another level we cut taxes to boost the economy?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1990
Siegfried Othmer, 50, is a physicist who has lived in Sherman Oaks since 1970. As a member of groups such as Save Open Space, the Save the Mountain Park Coalition, the Sierra Club and the Topanga Canyon Docents, he has been active in efforts to preserve and expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Othmer lives with his wife, Susan, and his son, Kurt, 14. Another son, Brian, 21, is a college student. Q.