March 22, 2012 |
Even if you don't have a cupboard full of pledge-drive coffee mugs, you've probably heard about the latest dust-up in public radio. A stage performer named Mike Daisey chronicled a trip he made in 2010 to China to check out conditions at a factory run by Foxconn, the chief manufacturer of iPads and iPhones. Even before Daisey told his tale, news reports of suicides and harsh working conditions there had introduced at least a dose of guilt into the previously sunshiny experience of owning an Apple product.
March 27, 2014 |
Robert says he's heard about secret "770 accounts. " What are they? Who can get them? A Google search will turn up all sorts of nonsense about 770 accounts, also sometimes referred to as "presidents accounts. " ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Supposedly, these are super-sneaky tax shelters for the super-rich -- yet another example of how the 1% gets more out of life than the rest of us. The reality is a bit more mundane. To find out what a 770 account really is, check out today's Ask Laz video.
May 5, 2012
Re "Outside groups lead the charge," May 3 Wouldn't democracy be better served if there was a nonpartisan filter through which both sides would be threaded? All the "outside groups" should have the information in their ads would be fact-checked before release. The system followed now permits false claims, downright lies or, at best, shades of the truth with important omissions. This is no way to run an honorable political campaign. Anita C. Singer Laguna Woods ALSO: Letters: Ban the boarders Letters: Funding L.A.'s parks Letters: Adult education is worth saving
February 3, 1992
James Gilden's response ("A Railroad Named Political Correctness," Jan. 13) to "PC--Politically Correct" (Dec. 29) troubled me more as an artist and playwright than the potential PC censors. Gilden attacks PACs and their influence on art by creating a fanciful scenario whereby Tennessee Williams redoes "Glass Menagerie" to fit the codes of the special-interest groups, delving further and further into ridiculous concessions to the PC police. As an issue-oriented gay playwright with more than 20 plays produced internationally, I've battled the PC police on both ends of the spectrum and often considered their requests to be ludicrous.
September 20, 2006
Your Sept. 19 editorial, "A papal stumble," could not have been more off the mark. When will the media stop apologizing for the West and start speaking the truth about Islam? You found nothing incorrect in the pope's remarks, yet you criticize his message and strangely continue to appease a culture that prefers violence rather than reasoned discussion. Until Islamic leaders assert their authority to influence the radicals, and until they are ready to participate in a reasoned discussion of ideas -- including the reasonableness and value of all faiths -- we must applaud the courage of men such as Pope Benedict XVI who continue to speak truth to the world.
May 7, 2002
Re "Nike Can't Just Say It, Court Rules," May 3: So the California Supreme Court has ruled in the Nike case that "speech is commercial in its content if it is likely to influence consumers in their commercial decisions," and so it must be truthful. Too bad the court can't apply the same standards to speech by politicians and elected government officials who seek to sell their policies in order to influence the consumers/citizens (i.e., voters). Maybe then we might get some truth in advertising, political style.