November 20, 2011
How Detroit has changed Thanks for the great article ["Psst! Did You Know?" by Andrew Bender, Nov. 13], and thanks for referring to us as "Michiganders" instead of "Michigainians. " I grew up just outside Detroit in Bloomfield Hills and always loved the "'hoods" downtown. Yes, in the last several decades there were areas I avoided at night and one or two I avoided even during the day, but for the most part, I did and still love downtown Detroit. Teri Springer Richland, Mich.
January 24, 2011 |
I demand a recount! Or a re-survey! Or some form of redress for the aspersions Travel + Leisure magazine has cast not only on the City of Angels but on all of us Angelenos. The magazine released a survey last week of travelers who, in all their wisdom, concluded that Los Angeles surpasses New York as the rudest city in America. Excuse me? My first reaction was fear that I would never again be able to use the rude New Yorker jokes in my already limited humor repertoire ?
July 11, 2010 |
Value added? Not so much Spain has found a convenient way to ease its troublesome budget deficit. During a May transatlantic cruise, some 750 passengers on Holland America's Prinsendam, including my wife and me, were notified that Spain had imposed a 7% value-added tax on shipboard purchases while in Spanish waters. The Prinsendam docked at the Spanish ports of Cádiz, A Coruña and Bilbao. Of course, the VAT on-board would be in addition to the same tax we were charged for on-shore buys.
February 9, 1994
Changes in travel patterns are slowly taking place for economic, technological and sociological reasons, according to the 1993 "travel barometer" survey by Maritz Marketing Research Inc. for Budget Rent a Car. Some questions were concerned travel frequency in general while others were specific to the rental car habits.
April 2, 2006
SUSAN SPANO'S take on the inevitable negatives involved in travel ["Disenchantment Tags Along, Even in Enchanting Lands," Her World, March 19] was totally refreshing and a joy to read, particularly coming from the pen/keyboard of such a seasoned trekker. Travelers all know bad stuff happens, yet the cover-up is always creative. For example, a friend describes a pocket-picking incident in Paris that turned out to be an "adventure." Yeah, sure. Sorry I missed the experience. Spano's list of advance planning tips is invaluable; more, please.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1995
Last month I received bad news. I was informed that the U.S.Treasury Department would not allow me to attend the 7th Annual Conference of North American and Cuban Philosophers and Social Scientists, to be held in Havana, June 12-26. My application, complete with my rationale and curriculum vitae, was accepted by the conference. That same application was not accepted by the Treasury Department. When I told numerous friends that the "United States forbids my going to Cuba," they were astounded!