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December 15, 2000
Your Dec. 6 editorial took issue with students in wealthy districts and private schools who allegedly abuse an extra-time accommodation SAT administrators intended to benefit certain disabled exam-takers. I abhor any abuse of this accommodation. At the same time, I believe that your editorial endorsed a solution that can only make it more difficult for deserving students to take advantage of a legitimate accommodation. You suggested that a state audit of the SAT in California found that a "disproportionate" number of private school test-takers as well as those from public schools in wealthy districts apply for and receive extra time for which they may not be qualified, while very few actual learning-disabled public-school children from poor or working-class communities enjoy the same accommodation.
June 7, 1992
The unfunny thing about Patt Morrison'S "Tour de Force" (Guest Bites Town, April 19) is that all of it is true. Except, of course, for the very profitable "no-growth tour," a business I am seriously thinking of establishing--from some smaller, far-from-Los Angeles locaion--as soon as I can negotiate my way out of here. Any takers for the tour-guide positions? JAYNE GORDON-COOPER Sherman Oaks
September 26, 2004
Regarding "2 Cruise Lines Try to Simplify Rates by Halting Rebate Ads" [Travel Insider, Sept. 12]: The solution to this widespread problem is simple: Reduce agents' commissions, which run from 10% to 16%, to 7%. Then there wouldn't be enough profit for agents to split the commission with customers. My experience has been that most travel agents are just order-takers, knowing little about the product they are selling. They don't earn the huge commissions most cruise lines pay. Gordon Froede Cheviot Hills
March 9, 2000
Your March 6 editorial offering a "Bright Idea for a Fairer SAT" prompts me to suggest an even simpler idea: Ask the College Board to increase the time for all test-takers from three to four hours. It would still be a half-day test, but students would have about a third more time per question. Your initial article on this subject noted that 20% of SAT takers do not finish the test. This is unfair: How can you determine what a person knows if you shut him off before he answers? Further, it puts emphasis on mastering quick ways to eliminate wrong answers, not on learning the subject matter being tested to identify the right answers.
January 20, 1988
"Greed is an ancient vice that had more meaning under pre-capitalist regimes, when the chief way to gain was to take from others and when all that one could do with wealth was to spend it on palaces and parties or to hoard it up," says Novak. I suppose, then, what we must be living through is a "post-capitalist" regime. After all, a shortage of low-income housing "takes," in the form of exorbitant rents and mortgages, from those who simply need shelter. A monopolistic food distribution system takes, through artificially low prices, from the nation's struggling farmers.
November 5, 1989
If Nancy Reagan was trying to put herself in a better light than those who have written prior books, she failed miserably. She only comes out as the vindictive woman she has always been. She and Ronnie belong together. They're alike in that neither will take the blame for anything. It is always someone else's fault. Neither can tell the truth whether it is about ages or taxes. It is incredible that Nancy thinks the Contra affair happened on Don Regan's watch. Who does she think her husband was, a bystander?
April 2, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
More than nine times out of 10, U.S. drivers know when to use their horns. But on most other written driving quiz questions, it was an epic fail., which has been offering drivers advice about car insurance and how to shop for it since 2003, recently polled 500 drivers ages 18 and over on questions found on typical written driving tests. Of those polled, 44% scored less than 80% on the 20-question quiz. says that 80% or better is usually required to pass a written driving test.
August 31, 2010
Starting this week, visitors to the Getty Center in Brentwood will have access to works recently acquired by the museum, including Pietro Cipriani's "Medici Venus and Dancing Faun" and a 9-foot bronze vase by the French sculptor Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach. The artwork will be displayed in the museum's newly reconfigured sculpture and decorative arts galleries in the West Pavilion, whose collection had been off-limits for the last six months. The galleries were closed in late February to prepare for the installation of the recent Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that ran through June.
August 26, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Would you mind taking your shoes off before you come inside?" a willowy brunette asked T.I. at the door of Brett Ratner's mansion. "Yeah, no problem, no problem," said the rapper-turned-actor as he bent down to pull off his immaculately white sneakers. It was only 1 o'clock in the afternoon last Friday, and T.I. — born Clifford Harris — was full-on doing the Hollywood rounds. That morning, he'd met with Academy-Award winning producer Brian Grazer. Now, the 29-year-old and his entourage (manager, publicist, security guard, driver, reporter)
May 18, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, Part three of three
The June air in the Northern Neck of Virginia was humid and electric, almost delirious. Big blue dragonflies bobbed over the tall grass, and cicadas sputtered in the forest. A thundercloud was waking up in the distance, and a restless breeze set the entire landscape in motion. I had first come here in March investigating the origins of my family name. The place then had no color, no life. My mood was equally bleak as I pored over court archives and had terse meetings with Mozingos who didn't know or care about the name.
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