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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1986
In your editorial you question the ethics of Commissioner Ezell for assisting Antonovich in filming a campaign commercial. I am no longer surprised by unethical behavior by Reagan appointees, however I find the timing of Ezell's partisan activities very interesting. It was only a few months ago that the Reagan Administration found it necessary to prosecute two government employee union leaders for Hatch Act violations. Both of these union leaders had been on leave without pay from their government jobs for many years when their alleged partisan activities took place.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
Re Christine Baron's Feb. 23 column, "Cheating: Students' Fault or Do Teachers Share Blame?" I cannot believe that anyone, particularly a teacher, could or would explain cheating as anything but a criminal and unethical act committed by the person doing the cheating. To imply that the teacher is in some way responsible for students' cheating is no better than placing the blame on a child who is the victim of abuse. If anyone is to share the blame with the student it should be the parents of those students.
REAL ESTATE
September 14, 2003
Regarding "Untangling a Move," Sept. 7: I moved in June from L.A. to Colorado. This was a nightmare. I was charged $6,800 when the estimate was $3,000. A lot of those companies, including this one, advertise that they belong to the Better Business Bureau, which I complained to. It resulted in a letter to the moving company, but they disregarded the complaint. I am glad somebody is doing something. Giancarlo Macchiarella Edwards, Colo. Being a real estate broker, I have never been asked by a buyer or seller for recommendations for the use of a mover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992
The recent Times disclosures that Orange County attorney James Gunderson has become the recipient of millions of dollars from the estates of senior citizens whose wills he prepared may be the tip of an enormous iceberg. Living Trusts, which are confidential relationships between the creator of the trust and the trustee, are now the estate planning tool of choice for most seniors. This very confidentiality greatly increases the likelihood that such abuses will remain undetected.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas & Electric utility said it fired a consulting company suspected of hacking into the computer system of an irrigation district that is trying to take over territory from the utility. An employee of the consultant, Meridian Pacific Inc., allegedly obtained computer files last week from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, which is attempting to take over territory with about 35,000 power meters, Pacific Gas spokesman Jon Tremayne said Monday.
OPINION
December 12, 2002
I was totally disgusted as I read "Embezzler Repays Victims, Avoids Jail" (Dec. 5), about the criminal acts of disbarred attorney Cristeta Paguirigan -- embezzlement, stealing from elderly clients, forgery, bouncing checks and her other unethical behavior. I am sickened and outraged that this criminal is working as a "litigation specialist" for the city of South Gate at $200 an hour, racking up $350,000 in income over the last 12 months, which is far more than most hard-working, ethical, licensed attorneys earn.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2004
How refreshing it was, given all of the stories of unethical business behavior we have had in the past two years, to read that all employees of EMachines Inc. participated in the $72.5-million windfall in the sale of the company to Gateway Inc. ("Employees Reap Gains in Sale of EMachines," April 16). It gives me hope to realize that we do have managers that are willing to make ethical decisions, balancing their concerns for themselves with concerns for others. Karl Strandberg Long Beach
OPINION
May 4, 2003
"Health-Commerce Collision" (editorial, April 28) is right on the money, both literally and figuratively. In 42 years of family medical practice, I've read about, observed and experienced many incidents of unethical behavior on the part of our pharmaceutical industry. As The Times indicates, "Profit is a powerful incentive and has led to breakthroughs," but it has also led to the suppression of studies that, if published, could reduce marketability and profits. In the past, we called the pharmaceutical-producing industry the "ethical drug industry."
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