November 3, 2002
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors' decision to stop funding the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is a short-term solution that will do very little to resolve the anticipated budget shortfall ("County OKs Hospital Cuts," Oct. 30). Instead, it will leave thousands of paraplegic, quadriplegic and other ill and disabled patients without the resources essential to their rehabilitation. Sure, no one could have predicted a year ago that by 2006 the L.A. County Health Department would be approximately $700 million in the red. And I agree with the supervisors that difficult decisions must be made -- but not at the expense of the most vulnerable members of our society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1992
Challenge Dan Quayle on issues of substance, such as his record on the environment, the economy and domestic policy. There, he might be vulnerable. Forget the rumors. JOHN BEDARFAS Rancho Palos Verdes
October 27, 1991
"The Death of Reading" omitted two points: Electronic media are far more vulnerable to government control than are books. In the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs have been banned from broadcast, while smuggled copies can be read. Electronic media are also vulnerable to system failure. If viewing supplants reading, what happens when the system crashes? MARY MANSELL PAUL CARACCIOLO Pasadena
July 18, 2005
In the Homeland Security bill just passed (July 15), mass transit took a back seat. Baggage checking is still limited. More enhanced airport security is delayed. Why? There is no question that there is a need and that we are not addressing security matters in the manner required, and doable. The justification in each case is budget limitations and priorities. I noted that the deficit was considerably less than anticipated (July 14), which may increase support for a tax cut desired by the Bush administration.
July 14, 1991
As a person who often advises people how to effectively and safely lose weight, I'm angered by articles such as Mark Stuart Gill's "Losing It in Fat City" (June 2). It upsets me that such quackery continues to exist, taking advantage of consumers who are vulnerable. I urge the consumer to beware. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. JENNIFER GARRISON South Pasadena
May 16, 1999
The May 4 article about the grossly underpaid professionals working for L.A. County took me back to the New York City internship my physician husband served, for which he was paid the munificent sum of $300 per year. Then, after completing his service as a physician for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater, he obtained a residency at the VA hospital in L.A. for $3,000 per year, 10 times as much as the internship, but still not enough for a family of three to live on, even then. Apparently exploitation of young, vulnerable professionals is nothing new!