December 13, 1990
How nice for Norman and Claire Weiss to have options the rest of us can only dream about ("Turning Away From Grand Lifestyle," Dec. 2). Without begrudging these people anything, I resent The Times' presentation of their decision to live a simpler life in Utah on $500,000 a year as indicative of some sort of national trend. This is simply another of those articles, so ubiquitous over the past decade, that enjoin the common folk to admire and envy the wealthy as we toil to meet basic needs.
March 23, 2008
George W. Bush is in denial. ("Bush seeks to calm anxieties," March 15.) Like most Republicans since Reagan's presidency, he believes in supply-side economics -- that if the wealthy are getting wealthier, the economy is good; that if he keeps giving wealthy people and businesses big tax breaks, the budget will be balanced by 2012. This philosophy has left us with a $9-trillion national debt, a shaky financial structure and a sinking, stagflated economy. Randell Hill La Verne
April 17, 2005
Re "Tribes Seek State Law Granting Tax Breaks to Expand Resorts," April 13: The key word in the article was "wealthy." Wealthy tribes want tax exemptions to build hotels, golf courses and other resort projects. These tribes have become just another group of wealthy special interest groups trying to siphon off money from state coffers. I voted for Indian tribe gambling, and I believe in it. But I don't believe the tribes' wealth should increase at the expense of the California taxpayers.
March 14, 1993
So Richard Riordan is critical of two other mayoral candidates for accepting public campaign funds, is he (March 6)? I guess he would be more comfortable if wealthy people could just continue to attempt to buy elections as they have so often in the past. It is time that we Americans focus on the whole issue of campaign funding, and realize that the ability of the wealthy to gain greater access to the public merely serves to corrupt the democratic process. DAVID J. McGRAHAM North Hollywood
April 11, 1993
While Social Security, Supplemental Security and Medicare have substantially improved the economic well-being of older adults, the wealthy elderly portrayed in the article are far from typical. D'Antonio fails to explain that the statistics about "asset rich" senior citizens are skewed by the inclusion of the small percentage of very wealthy elderly. D'Antonio doesn't introduce us to the many people I have met in 12 years working with older adults--people who take only half of their blood-pressure or heart medication because Medicare does not cover prescription drugs and they cannot afford hundreds of dollars each month for drugs.
November 24, 2002
Re "Foes Seek Bond Funds to Buy Ahmanson Land," Nov. 10: How much longer are we going to tolerate the underhanded work of the politicians? Now they are going to use the state water bond money we approved to purchase the Ahmanson Ranch. The developer was going to give us 10,000 acres of the 13,000 total acres, but the wealthy want all of the 13,000 acres. The wealthy in the Thousand Oaks/Calabasas area do not want affordable housing in their area. And we know why! Francis Jansen Northridge
March 9, 1986
The article by David Gordon (Board of Economists, Feb. 18) concerning the widening gap between the haves and have-nots in this country was right on the money. President Reagan and his Administration have not shown the slightest compassion for the truly needy or the working class; all their attention has gone to the wealthy and the corporations. Since Reagan took office and pushed through his tax-cut welfare programs for the rich, we have seen more corporate takeovers than any time in this country's history.
January 18, 2004
Thank you for the inspiring article on philanthropist Harold Edelstein ("One Man's Simple Gifts," by Carol Lynn Mithers, Jan. 4). Although wealthy, he obviously rejected society's values. He may have seemed like a "loner," but clearly God was at his side. Sunny Kreis Santa Monica