Editorial
Grading City Hall: How is L.A.'s city controller doing so far?
Readers React Letters to the editor and readers' opinions.
No, that horn from a poached rhino won't cure your hangover

To the editor: Regarding your article about the rhino orphanage in South Africa founded to respond to the immense scope of the poaching going on there to obtain horns for purchase by people who consume it for, of all things, a hangover cure: ("After poachers slaughter their mothers, baby rhinos find a home at South Africa orphanage," July 25)

My hope is that your article and similar pieces in other...

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Utilities need to do their part to help renters save water

To the editor: Sub-metering apartments for water places the burden of billing on owners, making each one his own mini-utility. We hate that. Why not require utilities to do their job and install individual meters for apartments? But that costs “thousands of dollars per unit,” claims the article. ("There's little incentive for L.A. renters to take shorter showers," July 26)

That's hard to believe. Meter...

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In defense of unaccredited law schools

To the editor: As a successful graduate of an unaccredited law school, I take exception to your article on the schools' high dropout rates. Not everyone is cut out to become an attorney, just like not everyone is cut out to be a journalist or a doctor. The failures of many do not make the system bad. ("Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California," July 25)

The major thing...

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'Dear Cal' letters allow Berkeley to make better admission decisions

To the editor: For decades the University of California system, Ivy League schools and other academic assemblages have been pondering the question, “GPA, SAT, ACT — is that all there is?” ("Can a Dear Cal letter get you into Berkeley?," op-ed, July 26)

Could there be more to a student than grades and success on tests? What about creativity, leadership, imagination and ingenuity? If we want to create...

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Anthem-Cigna merger and single-payer health insurance

To the editor: So we're on the way to a single-payer healthcare system after all. The only problem is that the single payer will not be an efficient, consumer-oriented entity like Medicare but will instead be a profit-driven, consumer-be-damned business like Anthem Inc., which plans to buy rival Cigna Corp. in a $54-billion deal. ("Anthem to buy Cigna for $54 billion, creating nation's largest insurer...

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In Alhambra, cultural diversity brings food diversity

To the editor: I suppose journalism allows a color story on the front pages these days, but, really, disgruntled Alhambra residents bemoaning a Ralphs supermarket leaving and a 99 Ranch arriving? ("In Alhambra, demographic shift reaches the grocery store," July 27)

An Alhambra resident is quoted as stating that she knows “the city is changing … but does it have to change our supermarket?” Short answer:...

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