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HEALTH
December 25, 2006
I enjoyed Jonathan Alpert's Dec. 11 article ["Work Out Reasons for Leaving"]. He offers thoughtful, sound advice. I thoroughly enjoyed my 23 years at IBM, but I longed to be the captain of my own ship. I did not want to end up like many of my colleagues who retired but could not afford to stop working. Another division within IBM helped me build a website to sell unicycles, and the business eventually freed me from my job. I've been fully self-employed for seven years now, and I have no regrets.
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REAL ESTATE
October 21, 1990
Attorney Janice Fogg stated in "Trading Down May Boost Value" (Letters, Sept. 30), ". . . an increase in property taxes can be avoided by filing a claim with the assessor's office under Proposition 60. . . ." Legally that's sound advice. However, senior citizens who qualify may be faced with the assessor's total disregard. For example, more than two years ago, this reader qualified for Proposition 60 tax benefits. Following innumerable telephone calls, personal visits and certified mail to the assessor's office, the only response was last June when I received an election folder stating the great job accomplished by the tax assessor.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was it Superman's, Spider-Man's or Socrates' uncle who said, "With great power comes great responsibility?" Regardless, it would have proved sound advice for the suddenly telekinetic teens at the center of the raw, electrical charge of "Chronicle. " Thankfully, it's wisdom the filmmakers took to heart. This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness. Don't let its DIY sensibility fool you: "Chronicle" is ultimately telling a meta-story, built around the age-old conundrum - if you had superpowers that would let you do just about anything, would you do good or evil?
SPORTS
February 28, 2004
I am very disappointed in the behavior of Pete Carroll with respect to Mike Williams. Mike Williams' future is in pro football, he will be a top-10 pick and he is certainly physically ready. Given these facts, there would have been absolutely no benefit to Williams in staying at USC for another year as an unpaid "intern." Of course, there would have been a huge benefit to Pete Carroll, and that is why he was so selfishly and shamelessly hard-selling Williams to stay at USC for another year.
SPORTS
July 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Mike Trout received some sound advice before playing his first game in Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday night. “Don't run into the wall full speed,” the Angels center fielder said. The walls of the 99-year-old park, known as the “Friendly Confines,” are anything but friendly. Behind the lush, green layer of ivy on the fence is solid brick, one of several challenges for those who have never played in Wrigley. Another is the wind, which often blows out but sometimes can swirl or gust violently, wreaking havoc on fly balls and popups.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2004
Regarding "Anaheim's the Latest of NFL Footballs," Golden State, Aug. 30: In his assessment of the National Football League's new flirtation with Anaheim, Michael Hiltzik offers the city some very sound advice: Don't be fooled into thinking the NFL's sudden interest means the city of Anaheim has a leg up on the competition. The NFL loves to jerk that chain of football-hungry cities. How better to cause the three publicly identified venues -- Carson, the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum -- to up the ante than by throwing in a fourth and highly competitive venue, Anaheim, into the mix?
HEALTH
January 19, 1998 | MARTIN MILLER
Save for the resulting pitter-patter of little feet, some folks might just forget all about their pregnancy. Now you can preserve your most beautiful expectant shape forever with something called the belly mask. Basically, it's a pa^pier-mache mold of your naked torso. A company called In Honor of Pregnant Women sells a complete kit for $65. (Visit their Web site at http://www.farout.com/bellymsk.)But be warned: Like getting pregnant, you need a "helper" to make the mask.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1988 | BILL STEIGERWALD
We won't learn how to get filthy rich watching "Take Charge!" but the new PBS series looks like it will help us take better care of what wealth we've got (starting today at 2:30 p.m. on KCET Channel 28). Hosted by nationally syndicated Washington Post and Newsweek financial reporter Jane Bryant Quinn, future half-hour shows will be devoted to such personal financial topics as drawing up a will, learning how to save, preparing for the death of a spouse and smarter ways to buy and finance a home.
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