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October 19, 1996
In Kenneth Turan's review of Tom Hanks' new movie ("The 'Thing' Hanks Does Is Likable, Delightful," Oct. 4) he writes, "Perhaps 'That Thing You Do!'s' trickiest accomplishment is allowing us to believe that the early 1960s was a simpler, happier time, devoid of the violence and strife that are so much on everyone's mind today." I was there in 1964. And I remember it. It was emphatically a simpler, happier time and devoid of the violence that now fills our lives. In 1964 there were no drive-by shootings.
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NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Rep. David Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is readying a bill to simplify the tax code by winnowing the thicket of loopholes, exemptions, credits and deductions. And who wouldn't want a simpler tax code? Democrats, for starters. The problem for liberals is that they have trouble getting past the idea of lowering tax rates for the wealthy. And unless you're trying to raise a ton of extra revenue, it's hard to devise a tax simplification plan that doesn't result in lower marginal rates.
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BUSINESS
March 27, 1988
The letter from Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento) published Feb. 21 ("Tax Reform Act May Not Be Perfect but It Does Bring Some Positive Changes") mentions the "simpler" two-rate structure we have as a result of tax reform. Many people think that fewer is simpler. In truth, it scarcely matters whether there are two brackets or 200. Is there a conspiracy, even among the Democrats, to obscure the fact that the main reason for "tax reform" was to cut taxes for millionaires while avoiding the cost of loophole-finding lawyers?
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next version of Apple's mobile operating system may feature a simpler user interface now that Jony Ive, the company's hardware design guru, is leading the team that is designing the way the software should look. Although the changes to the look of iOS 7 are expected to be "pretty conservative," the Apple operating system may start moving toward a more "flat design" that the Wall Street Journal reports would be "starker and simpler. " The Journal cites unnamed third-party developers who say they have spoken to Apple employees.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2002
"Compensation structure." I was amused by this term. It was used in "Couric Signs New NBC Contract," [Dec 20] on salaries paid to the likes of Katie Couric and Barbara Walters. My "compensation structure" as a teacher was much simpler: Underpaid and Overworked! M. Foorman Encino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2000
Re "Low Income More Prone to Audit by IRS," April 16: If the criteria for eligibility for the earned-income tax credit "designed to help the working poor climb out of poverty" were simpler, there would be less need to audit income tax returns from those earning less than $25,000 per year and thus more time, money and auditors to go where the money really is--those earning $100,000-plus per year. EILEEN GERSHON Orange
OPINION
March 1, 1987
The Times (Feb. 21) quoted Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.): "The President himself is probably confused,' he said. 'He can't keep his tale straight. He can't remember what he said or when he said it.' " I would suggest to the President that his life would be far simpler were he to say only the truth. This way, you only need to remember the facts, not what you told one person or another, at one time or another. RICHARD K. THOMPSON Sunland
NEWS
February 16, 2003
My husband turned 59 a few weeks ago, so "Almost 60" (by Aram Saroyan, Jan. 26) describes his age perfectly. What a beautiful perspective Saroyan has shared with us. He perfectly expresses what it is like (I too am almost 60, but not nearly so close) to be able to find peace in the slowing down of certain physical needs, to be able to appreciate love in all of its forms, to appreciate the calm that often arrives at this stage of life, to notice life's simpler pleasures and emotions, and to view them as part of a culmination of sorts.
NEWS
June 13, 1999 | MARISA ROBERTSON-TEXTOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Welland Rudd isn't a typical American. He's never eaten Thanksgiving turkey or watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. At 52, he has yet to set foot on U.S. soil. Rudd isn't a typical Russian, either. Although he speaks the language fluently and has lived his whole life in Moscow, he cuts an unusual figure here. What sets him apart is the cafe-au-lait color of his skin.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | JOAN LIBMAN
Dr. Jay Goldstein of Anaheim Hills has spent the last five years researching and treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating disease characterized by incapacitating exhaustion and a range of other perplexing symptoms. Explaining his theory of an unknown retrovirus invading the immune system, inducing cells to produce a chemical transmitter affecting the entire body, Goldstein pauses. "You know," the family practitioner says, "some very respected physicians will tell you I am crazy."
OPINION
January 24, 2013 | By David N. Plank
Driving along Pacific Coast Highway, you can see the successive layers of earth and rock that have piled up over millions of years to create California's coastal landscape. You can see a similar but less attractive phenomenon if you look at the way California funds its public K-12 schools. Over the last several decades, Sacramento has piled up layer upon layer of funding requirements in education, adding new regulations to the pile while leaving old ones in place. These "categorical" programs send money to school districts to support specific activities, and each comes with its own set of rules and obligations.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
IHOP has a Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo menu item with 3,720 milligrams of sodium. Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 50 grams of saturated fat. The Bistro Shrimp Pasta from the Cheesecake Factory has 3,120 calories. Each one is likely lip-smackingly delicious. But they're also far over the doctor-recommended limits of 2,000 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day. This week, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, is calling out such intense meals - and the chains that produce them - as promoters of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has announced improvements to the company's Yahoo Mail that she says make it quicker and simpler to use. Mayer said the email service now has a more intuitive feel and is easier to navigate. "You've told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email," she said in a blog post Tuesday morning. "You want to quickly log in, communicate, and get on with your day. " QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012? The rollout of the revamped Web version of Yahoo Mail will begin today, so some users will see the changes immediately while others may have to wait a few days.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Scott Griffith wants to rent you a car, but just for an hour or two, or maybe the afternoon. He is the chief executive of Zipcar Inc., the Cambridge, Mass., company that in a few short years has signed up nearly 700,000 members and has become profitable in recent quarters operating the nation's largest car-share program. Zipcar generates about $63 a day from each of its 10,000 vehicles, and it earned nearly $4 million in the fourth quarter of last year, its second consecutive profit.
OPINION
April 13, 2012
Here's the good news: Even if you didn't file your taxes today, you're not late. Even if you don't file Monday, you're not late. Tax day this year is April 17. So stop rushing! Here's the bad news: Californians may have to file four or more times. First, of course, with the Internal Revenue Service, and then for state taxes with the Franchise Tax Board. But do you owe sales taxes on Internet purchases? Do you run a business and are required to collect and remit sales taxes? Then you must deal with the Board of Equalization.
TRAVEL
December 25, 2011 | By Myscha Theriault, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Winter is the time of year when travelers are searching for the ultimate mountain cabin and ski experience, or scrambling to book the best beach resort package they can find. (Yes, even if you're a Californian.) Packing for a smooth climate transition is no small feat, especially when today's checked luggage fees place suitcase space at a premium. Here are several transition tips to keep those costs in check and to leave extra vacation money for on-site adventure. Clothing: Tunic dresses worn over leggings can be covered with warm sweaters in colder weather, and fly solo as vacation attire when you arrive at the beach.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
TRAVEL
July 26, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
reporting from coeur d'alene, idaho Say yes to huckleberries, yes to lazy days by the lake, yes to fast bikes on long trails. Say no to fancy French pronunciation. Say no, also, to white supremacy. And say no, thank you, to the Rocky Mountain oysters at the Snake Pit restaurant east of town, unless you like bull testicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Los Gatos, Calif. -- Behold the typical Christmas tree: A faux fir fashioned from metal and plastic with that special dragged-from-the-attic scent. Or maybe it's bound like a hostage and plucked from a pile in a parking lot, a soulless commodity masquerading as tradition. As an alternative, drive the switchbacks of California Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains a few minutes west of San Jose, pull off and ascend twisty roads into a canopy of oaks, redwoods and evergreens so thick you'll need to flip on the lights.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2011
The Obama administration is launching a new project aimed at simplifying credit cards agreements to make them easier to understand. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is testing a prototype agreement that the White House says is shorter and written in plain language. The bureau plans to test the new agreement with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, one of the nation's largest credit unions. The White House says a recent study shows that about two-thirds of credit card users say they don't completely understand how their cards work.
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