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June 12, 1991
The supervisors voted themselves a raise while our schoolteachers are asked to take a cut in pay? This is unconscionable! TOSHIKO TABATA Los Angeles
July 19, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Call it the estate-devouring, nightmare home loan you hope to never encounter: a reverse mortgage with a base interest rate of 9.95%, plus a 50% share for the lender of increases in value of the house after closing, plus a 2% "maturity fee" to sweeten the payout even more. On top of that, there's a $33,000 mandatory purchase of an annuity by the homeowner that is added to the principal balance and incurs compounding interest while lessening the lender's future payments to the homeowner.
September 17, 1989
Regarding Schwarzenegger's remarks to a Mexican stuntwoman about the "alignment of her breasts": To embarrass a woman publicly by joking about her breasts is unconscionable. Does a right to offend come with being rich and famous? JOAN ROSS Fullerton
May 22, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - State Capitol politicians may have an extra $3.2 billion to play with. Or they may not. It depends on whose figures you believe: nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's or contrarian Gov. Jerry Brown's. I tend to have more confidence in Taylor, suspecting that Brown may be lowballing it to be on the safe side so legislators won't try to overspend and plunge the state back into a deficit hole. That's noble. But it may not be looking at the world as it really is and making wise use of the revenue that taxpayers are generating.
August 8, 1987
I am sick and tired of hearing Eric Dickerson complain about his contract. He "only" makes $683,000 a year (and that does not include incentive clauses and outside endorsements). I also think it is unconscionable for him to state that his "low" salary may affect his performance on the playing field. I would get rid of him! KELVIN D. FILER Compton
July 27, 1988
In view of the continuing instances of fraud, bribery, unconscionable prices and profits in the defense industry, which have been assisted by willing Pentagon officials, isn't it past time to revive the World War II Renegotiation Act? Many of us who have had experience with the Renegotiation Act will recall that each major World War II and Korean War defense contract was reviewed on an after-the-fact basis, covering all aspects of contract performance, after which the Renegotiation Board, composed of a number of conservative and knowledgeable persons appointed by the President, made a determination whether profits were excessive or unconscionable and, if deemed excessive, decided the amount, if any, the contractor was required to refund to the government on that contract.
January 7, 1992
The headline reads: "Japan Hints It May Ease Curbs on U.S. Products" (Dec. 30). The article, itself, refutes even that concession. Are we such patsies that that we can be pushed around by a bunch of unconscionable predators like the Japanese? Don't we hold the whip handle? Couldn't Bush simply announce to the Japanese to cut the trade imbalance for 1992 by $10 billion, and that he would cut off all exports from Japan, by decree, when a $40-billion deficit is reached, and that similar cuts would be required in future years until a balance is reached?
March 17, 2007
So Pete Carroll and USC are willing to let the "racist joke" slide ["Racism issue raised," March 9]. The fact that thoughts and images such as these are being put forth -- even in a joking manner -- is sad, scary and unfortunate. The fact that an institution of supposed higher learning essentially condones it by providing no discipline or consequences whatsoever is unconscionable! TONY REED West Hills J.A. Adande has redefined "racist" to include anybody who disagrees with J.A. Adande.
October 13, 2005
Is Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain a hypocrite? He criticized former Gov. Gray Davis, calling it "disgraceful" when Davis raised $26 million for political purposes. Now McCain not only fails to complain about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's raking in unconscionable contributions of $76 million but instead campaigns with the governor, pushing ballot measures that are none of McCain's business. JOSEPH M. ELLIS Woodland Hills McCain's recent appearance with Schwarzenegger doesn't help the governor's image, it just hurts McCain's.
October 22, 1995
Regarding Robert Strauss' article "Why Is Everybody Talking?" (Oct. 1): For 23 years, "The Merv Griffin Show" offered American TV audiences more than fluff. Long before there was a Donahue--and long before the descent of the form into today's unconscionable morass--Merv set standards of intelligence and ethics for TV talk. He tackled such subjects as nuclear disarmament, Vietnam, civil rights, etc. Merv conducted one of the first and most revealing interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He took his audience around the world, interviewing world leaders such as Moishe Dyan in Israel and Jacques Chirac in France.
August 22, 2012 | By James Rainey
A conservative media watchdog organization fumed Wednesday that Rep. Todd Akin's theory about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy drew four times the number of network news stories as Vice President Joe Biden's rant that Republican banking policy would “put y'all back in chains.” The Media Research Center called it “unconscionable” that ABC, NBC and CBS had aired 89 minutes of coverage of Akin's lame-brained statement, compared...
April 27, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The head of the commission that investigated the financial crisis said the nearly $700 million that Lehman Bros. awarded to its 50 highest-paid employees in 2007 was unconscionable and should spark policymakers to reexamine executive compensation rules. "It never ceases to amaze me," said Phil Angelides, chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. "You clearly have corporate leadership that's out of control, reckless without accountability and, in the course of driving the firm over the cliff, they're taking as much money as they can out of it. " He said the Lehman compensation disclosed Friday by the Los Angeles Times was stunning given the mounting problems for financial firms in 2007 as the housing market was collapsing.
March 3, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
I'll never forget the sight of Brett Favre stumbling down a Superdome hallway, welts on his neck, fog in his eyes, his career essentially ended after a blatant mugging by the New Orleans Saints. "I wonder if I can hold up, especially after a day like today," he said after his Minnesota Vikings were beaten in the NFC championship game two years ago. At the time, we thought we were watching tough football. Turns out, we were witnessing sanctioned evil. I'll never forget the sight, eight days earlier, of Kurt Warner lying flat on his back, motionless and mumbling into space, his career basically cooked after absorbing a furious sucker punch from the Saints' Bobby McCray.
May 2, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
A state Assembly panel next week will consider launching an audit of a public hospital district in Salinas that awarded its retiring chief executive officer nearly $4 million in retirement payments in addition to his regular $150,000-a-year pension. "I find these excessive benefits unconscionable," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), who is proposing the audit. "It certainly appears their priorities are all wrong, to give these million-dollar benefits at the expense of patient care.
October 14, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said Wednesday that his first priority once a new governor is sworn in next year will be to reverse some of the nearly $1 billion in "unconscionable" cuts that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the state budget Friday. Flanked by program advocates and parents affected by the service cuts, Steinberg (D- Sacramento) said the vetoes would cause more than 700 child-abuse investigators to be laid off or not have their positions filled. Day care for more than 60,000 families with working parents would be eliminated by the governor's reductions, Steinberg said, along with some mental health services for children with special needs.
December 19, 2009 | By Seema Mehta
Lawndale teachers protesting a dispute with the Centinela Valley Union High School District distributed doughnuts to students during their nutrition period Friday morning so the children would not eat free snacks provided by the district. Acknowledging that the sugar-filled treats are not nutritious, Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Assn. President Erik Carlstone noted that Friday was the last day of school before winter break. "Students deserve a treat," he said. District officials denounced the teachers' tactics.
October 16, 1988
After perusing a full page--a veritable plethora--of punditry related to perestroika , I am moved to point out that one does not have to be a determinist to see that history has its own imperatives. Many of the internal and external reforms generated by the Nikita Khrushchev thaw remained in place after his ouster by the Politburo conservatives and I predict the same will occur if or when Gorbachev is forced from office. We can facilitate this--in the best interests of the whole world--if our policies help keep Gorabchev's progressivism alive, thus reducing bipolar relations in what in reality is one world with a common set of problems--famine and hunger, the environment, equitable distribution of wealth, effective financial and currency systems, development of new sources of energy, conservation of resources, avoiding nature's disasters, and so forth.
December 30, 1991
The Counterpunch "Writers Are There if Only Studios Look" (Dec. 2) was itself myopic in the extreme. D. P. Harrison contends that "Thelma & Louise" reportedly was produced solely because an unknown screenwriter was just lucky enough to have a friend who worked for Ridley Scott, the film's director, and only because of that fortuitous relationship was the script brought to his attention and ultimately made. What Harrison conspicuously never bothered to find out was that the screenplay had a significant history before Scott.
November 28, 2008
Re "Maliki gathers strength, unsettling some in Iraq," Nov. 24 It is a chilling thought, that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki could become a nicer despot, on the order of the late Saddam Hussein. Is this what the trillions of dollars and thousands upon thousands of lives have gotten us, in the unholy occupation of a country that didn't want us in the first place? The Bush administration made Maliki what he is today by putting him in place and supporting him to the hilt.
February 19, 2008
Like the characters in some hippie-era pop song, many Republican lawmakers in Sacramento have decided to let this troubled world fend for itself while they sail away to some imaginary shore. On yachts. After dodging their taxes. What other conclusion is to be drawn from their steadfast refusal to close a costly special-interest loophole?
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