Gene Maddaus' look at Proposition 45 on the Nov. 4 ballot, and whether it could severely complicate the success of the Affordable Care Act, (“In California, Consumer Watchdog's Prop 45 Challenges Obamacare — From the Left” Oct. 31) — created both fury and gratitude. Enduris1 writes, “This article is so disingenuous.  Prop 45 does not 'ATTACK' (as the L.A. Weekly cover had it), or 'challenge' (as the softened, stepped-back web title states), Obamacare. … It makes good points, but this click-bait, eye-bait propagandistic take is for shame.”

Yet another reader, K3ntuckyd3lux3, was thrilled and couldn't express himself without the F-word, writing: “I want to fucking kiss this guy and give him a medal. Finally someone saying and doing something about the REAL problem with ACA. Pure fucking genius. Great article.”

Most readers who weighed in, however, were hoping to see Proposition 45 pass, with many citing personal experiences under Obamacare. Jgraff100's insurance premium jumped from $406 in January to $738 in April, four days after open enrollment ended. She says “That's what insurance companies in California can do to you, kids. Don't side with them.”

That Empty Feeling

Catherine Wagley's report on the disastrously poor attendance at the inaugural World Wide Art Fair at the L.A. Convention Center (“Hardly Anyone Showed Up at This L.A. Art Fair. Was It Ineptness or a Scam?” Oct. 31), generated almost as many reader responses as there were ticket-buyers to the failed art exhibit. “A very difficult article to get through reading,” Jdade8 writes. “The writeup and event itself have a particularly hurtful sting in that the exhibitors were from outsider groups/galleries/exhibitors and countries.” 

Linde819, a self-described events producer, explained that while the organizers made many glaring errors, “I am learning every day from my exhibitors, the shows they are doing are less successful because people have too much to choose from, the competition with producing shows today [is] CRAZY.”

But Zackofalltrades urged the artists involved to fight back and sue the organizers: “L.A. has enough trouble retaining reputable art fairs like Art Platform without vanity-press publishers taking advantage of unsuspecting artists and galleries.”  


Last week's “Replacing Gruff and Frugal Zev” erroneously stated that Bobby Shriver was elected to Santa Monica City Council in 2008. It was 2004. Also, a caption accompanying an article on Asher Hartman's play gave an incorrect name for Rossen Ventzislavov. We regret the errors.

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