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February 23, 1992
The critique of Mayor Bradley's long tenure should have been titled "Teflon Tom Plows On." LEO RENE CARRILLO San Bernardino
August 16, 1986
I agree with Don Hopper's Viewpoint letter regarding Pedro Guerrero. The Times and Dodger management have made the "Teflon player." Guerrero should be sent down to the minors, just as Brock was, until he gets in shape and it might wake him up. The knee injury was probably the best thing that ever happened to Guerrero. Now he has an alibi for the rest of his playing days. BILL STEIN Encino
June 1, 1986
Reagan has got to be the biggest hypocrite in the entire country. Here is a President who has cut funding for the poor in this country ever since he has been in office. Millions of people have gone below the poverty level since he has ben in office. Then he has the nerve to get in the Hands Across America event. When will the American people see through this Teflon man? E.M. SAVIDGE Midway City
July 13, 1987
North in his testimony has demonstrated loyalty to his country and has shown himself to be a genuine patriot. It is unfortunate he is being used as a scapegoat by the Administration of the man in the Teflon suit. If this had happened during the tenure of any other President, impeachment would have been a serious possibility. Now after spending four years in office insisting he knows everything going on in his Administration, the President is spending his last term insisting he knows nothing going on in his Administration.
October 28, 1989
My heart bleeds for all four seeing as how they are forced to live on a mere presidential pension of $99,500 annually, plus federal financing of office space, furnishings, travel, mail and first-class medical care. Not to mention private income from speeches, books, articles, business and investments, etc. Doesn't the $3-trillion budget deficit tax-burdened public care that we are supporting another "royal" family every four to eight years? I hear Ron and Nancy have traveled to Japan for 11 days to entrance the Japanese television public with Teflon "cowboy" big business commercials for $2 million-plus.
January 28, 2001
In his Perspective on the prospects of art's digital revolution, Christopher Knight wonders why Web sites devoted to selling "blue-chip painting and sculpture" have foundered ("Don't Download the Revolution Yet," Jan. 14.) The answer may be only a few sections of The Times away. On the same day that Knight's piece appeared, Business section writer Denise Gellene presented the story of entrepreneur Scott E. Painter, " 'new economy' Teflon man." After describing Painter's lavish lifestyle, which includes 'a Bel-Air home with a view of Catalina, a boat and three luxury cars . . . including a Ferrari 550 Maranello," Gellene tells us that he has "taken up painting, decorating his home with abstract watercolors because he considers art today too costly.
January 4, 1987
There was yet another of the long trail of whining letters (Dec. 27) about the liberal press and its unfairness to Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and the Vietnam war effort, and so on. The right of conservatives to publish and write is protected by the Constitution, as is that of liberals, know-nothings, socialists, fascists and whiners. The schools of journalism don't select students on the basis of their political views. Anyone, of any political persuasion (including whine-ism)
September 8, 1991 | DARA TOM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jim and Laurel Adamson's spacesuit business is really taking off. The Adamsons sold six spacesuits in the first year the business was launched. Now, seven years later, the couple sells 30 suits a year and rents others for $250 a day. "Companies call NASA and ask to borrow a spacesuit. When NASA stops laughing, they refer them to us," said Jim Adamson, co-founder of SpaceProps, in a telephone interview from his home in Greenfield, 150 miles south of San Francisco.
September 17, 1997 | ROBERT S. McELVAINE, Robert S. McElvaine teaches history at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss. He is currently completing a book entitled "Sex: Women, Men and History."
How can it be that Bill Clinton, who has been linked to more scandals than a dog has fleas, continues to sail along with second-term approval ratings that rival Eisenhower's and Reagan's, while poor Al Gore seems to be unraveling over a few phone calls for contributions that he made from the White House? To any reasonable observer, it is plain that the allegations against the vice president are inconsequential in comparison with those that have been made for years against the president.
July 30, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Janet Hook, Tribune Washington Bureau
If Ronald Reagan was the classic Teflon president, Barack Obama is made of Velcro. Through two terms, Reagan eluded much of the responsibility for recession and foreign policy scandal. In less than two years, Obama has become ensnared in blame. Hoping to better insulate Obama, White House aides have sought to give other Cabinet officials a higher profile and additional public exposure. They are also crafting new ways to explain the president's policies to a skeptical public.
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