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January 26, 1996
How did we go so quickly from "family values" to family brutality? REISS J. DUPLESSIS Carson
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
August 7, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
At nine prisons across California, more than 500 inmates continuing a hunger strike they began July 8 to protest what they call cruel and inhumane conditions, and this action - the third hunger strike in two years - must surely lead many Californians to wonder: Why should we care? What concern is it to peaceful and law-abiding citizens that people convicted of serious crimes experience deprivation? Is their fate not deserved? We should care. Our treatment of prisoners, even the most dangerous and irredeemable, is a fundamental expression of American values.
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Each Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is supposed to carry a card at all times that sets forth the department's core values, embodied in a single sentence pledging respect, integrity, wisdom and "the courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms. " The card has been variously called inspirational and plain silly, but if it's silly, its silliness lies not in the values expressed but in the notion that words on a card could, by themselves, imbue deputies with values that they do not already hold or that are not instilled in them in training and reinforced each day on the job. News reports and anecdotal tales of inmate abuse, the hazing of new deputies and disrespect paid to the communities it is supposed to protect suggest that the department has a long way to go to make its core values more than words on a card.
December 26, 2011 | By Roy M. Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Bike buyers have become accustomed to getting more for their money every year, but that has changed for 2012 thanks to rising commodity prices. Still, there are great values to be had if you know where to look. The road bikes below, which are targeted at riding enthusiasts, provide a representative spectrum of attractively priced aluminum and carbon models with vibration-damping carbon-fiber forks. If you plan to log a lot of miles but don't want to break the bank, these are good places to start.
July 31, 2011
Feeling guilty because you're not reading your frequent-flier membership emails and hotel loyalty program correspondence? Here's a site that stores your info and alerts you to deals and bonuses. Name: What it does: Stores your travel loyalty reward programs and lets you search and book travel using your debit/credit card, award flights or reward points. If you choose to book an award flight, it takes you straight to the airline website, for example, signs you in automatically and presents you with your options.
November 23, 1992
The Republicans lost the election because they stressed family values while the Democrats promoted family dinners. HERMAN GOLD Beverly Hills
February 2, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama outlined a moral case for some of his economic policies on Thursday, saying that his religious values drive his decision to push for tougher regulation, economic equality and changes to the healthcare system. "We can't leave our values at the door," Obama told a group of lawmakers and other Washington figures at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. "If we leave our values at the door, we abandon much of the moral glue that has held our nation together for centuries and allowed us to become somewhat more perfect a union.
August 15, 2000
Re school vouchers: It is impossible for a democratic government to properly run schools. As a parent, I insist that teachers base their instruction around values that I find important. As a citizen, I insist that my government take no position on questions of values. Governmental value-neutrality is the essence of freedom of speech and of religion. The government must not tell its citizens what to think, but that is a teacher's primary function. The results of the conflict are manifest: unresolvable debates over evolution, prayer, sex education, discipline, testing, educational standards, integration of sexes, etc. Public schools cannot operate in ways that promote the values of all of the parents.
December 9, 1992
I wish we had a President who has the social agenda of a Bill Clinton, coming forth from a moral value system of a Dan Quayle. TITIA VANDER MOLEN Lakewood
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There's a continuing fascination with all-star seven-on-seven passing tournaments in March and April even though college football recruiters are barred from attending. Parents seem to think their sons will get a scholarship based on a seven-on-seven passing performance in the spring. It's not going to happen. Right now, college coaches are reviewing film of high school players from the season where they actually tackled people. In May, recruiters will be allowed to go to high schools and judge players up close and personal.
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Cars cost a lot of money. With an average sales price of about $32,000, we know a new car is out of reach for many. The automakers know this too, which is why they continue to roll out bottom-rung cars for buyers on way-below-average budgets. The three least expensive cars on the market are the Nissan Versa at $12,800, the Chevrolet Spark at $12,995 and the Mitsubishi Mirage at $13,790. Prices are for the most basic cars with no options but do include destination charges. PHOTOS: The three cheapest cars on the market In that lowly range, their chief competition is a reliable used car - say, a 3-year-old Honda Civic or Mazda3, with low miles.
March 19, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
One of the longtime civilian monitors for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department defended his work Wednesday and said he should have his contract with the county renewed. Merrick Bobb's statements come a day after the new inspector general for the Sheriff's Department recommended the Board of Supervisors cut Bobb's contract, concluding that he and the agency's other monitor had limited success in helping the troubled department. In his letter to the board, Inspector General Max Huntsman said that over the years, Bobb had provided an "invaluable" outside perspective but in recent years his "influence has waned" and he had "little direct relationship with the department.
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that increases spending on early childhood education, job training, high-tech manufacturing and urban redevelopment in an effort to shrink the gap between rich and poor. “Our budget is about choices. It's about our values,” Obama said Tuesday as he promoted his spending plan at a local elementary school. “We've got to decide if we're going to keep squeezing the middle class or reduce our deficits responsibly.” The annual budget plan includes an additional $56 billion for what the White House dubs the “Opportunity, Growth the Security Initiative.” The list is a grab bag of Democratic priorities currently stalled in a divided Congress.
February 23, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We are settling my dad's estate. My dad found a rock, and it sat in my parents' frontyard for years. He worked in a gravel pit for decades, and that was the only rock he found interesting enough to bring home. When my mom died, we held an auction of their household goods. My dad told me to take the rock home. I said that to be fair, the rock should be sold at auction. A family member then stole the rock and has been hiding it for more than two years. This person says it's going to be placed on my dad's grave site.
February 14, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
New York Jets kicker Nick Folk, a star at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks and at Arizona, is having none of this talk about doing away with extra points in NFL games. He has a few suggestions that would, you guessed it, increase the value of a placekicker. First, if you haven't heard, the NFL has begun debating the worth of extra points. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an interview that one idea is to make all touchdowns worth seven points. A team then has the option to try a conversion play worth an additional point, but if the pass or run fails it would cost the team a point.
February 14, 2014 | By J.C. Gabel
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein, patron of the Harlem Renaissance, literary dandy, urban impresario, portrait photographer, archivist of Modernism and all-together man about town. A person of seemingly endless contradictions, Van Vechten was known for his many affairs with men - yet married to Fania Marinoff, a Russian actress and dancer, for almost 50 years.
February 7, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The Volkswagen Jetta has solidified its position as the cheapest U.S. diesel car with a new “value edition” that cuts more than $2,300 from the base price. The bargain TDI goes out the door for $22,115, including destination, for a base model with a manual transmission. The DSG dual-clutch automated manual adds $1,100 to the price. The Jetta was already the least expensive of the diesels, which are still slowly gaining traction in the U.S. market. Automakers including Volkswagen often combine more expensive diesel engines with upscale trim packages, raising the price of entry substantially over comparable gasoline-powered models.
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