Where the buck stops

January 11, 2020

first_imgRe “MacArthur clash could be costly” (May 14): The police officers had bottles, rocks, chairs, etc., thrown at them and acted within the law. The demonstrators as well as the media were told to move, and many resisted, whereupon the police did what was necessary to break up the crowd, including the media. If any legal judgments are to be made pertaining to this rally, the city should file legal action against the demonstrators and the media to pay for police wages, traffic control, court closings, cleanup, etc. They are the ones who did not obey the officers, and they should be held liable for their actions, not the Los Angeles Police Department. – Robert Trainor Lake Balboa Where’s our sidewalk? I would like to know what it’s going to take to get sidewalks on my street – an act from Congress? Over the past year, I have watched workers replace sidewalks on streets in the Sylmar area, some of which were less than 10 years old – not “place sidewalks,” but replace them. And as recently as May 14, 2007, the city was in the process of replacing sidewalks on Sayre Street, between Eldridge and Altus, in Sylmar. The residents of Sproule Avenue in Pacoima have been asking for a first sidewalk for 20-plus years and have only received excuses. What will it take to make you take note of Pacoima residents and their needs? – Kim Garrett Pacoima Beauty and the beast Monday’s juxtaposition on the front page of the violent gangsta rapper and the innocence of Ruby was powerful. – Susan Maydeck Woodland Hills May 1 conflict Re “MacArthur clash could be costly” (May 14): Our mayor and chief of police created an illegal-alien sanctuary, and the taxpayers will have to pay for the actions by these pandering leaders. The mayor is warning about the high cost resulting from the May 1 conflict between the illegal-alien thugs and the police. The protective sanctuary has become a magnet for illegal-alien lawbreakers, and the chief quickly blamed the police officers for attempting to maintain order while ignoring the provoking lawbreakers. Both the mayor and chief are supporters of the illegal-alien invaders who provoked the police. It is time to abolish the sanctuary status and Special Order 40. – Mort Arditti Los Angeles Election fraud? When I went to my precinct to drop off my absentee ballot, I was told I would also vote for state assemblyman since only the Community College District was listed on my ballot. After the poll workers could not find my street on their map or street roster – nor my name on their voter roster – they gave me a provisional ballot to vote for state assemblyman. After I voted, I was given a provisional voter receipt with a phone number to call “no sooner than 40 days after the election” to find out if my vote had been counted. I have lived at the same address for more than 30 years and have voted in almost every election. Who are the people who are electing our officeholders? – Barbara Bond Sylmar Best argument Re “Mom’s pride” (Dennis McCarthy, May 13): Thank you so much for putting the inspiring story of D.D. Pawley on the front page. It was heartwarming, uplifting – and one of the best arguments against abortion I have ever seen. We don’t know how anyone’s life is going to turn out. To presume that we do – and on that basis to take life – is as destructive to society as it is to the aborted child. Loving adoptive parents are waiting. Don’t do it. – Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills Confining elephants Re “Goodbye Ruby, Tuesday” (May 14): Thank you for including the belief, held by many, that “elephants – widely roaming and social creatures – have no place living in zoos.” I am one of those people, and I am so glad that Ruby will soon be able to be herself, no longer confined and in solitude. I hope and pray Billy, who is not coping well at the L.A. Zoo (no wonder), will soon be freed to an elephant sanctuary as well. I am outraged that the L.A. Zoo has approved plans for a so-called “new and improved” elephant exhibit, which will include even more elephants that do not belong there. Not only will we be confining more elephants to endure an unnatural and miserable existence, but we will be paying for it as taxpayers. – Patty McCollim Los Angeles Falwell’s death Re “Moral Majority founder dies” (May 16): We are finally rid of a man (of God?) who perpetuated hate and prejudice for the past 30 years. Ever since I was a teenager in Canada, the Rev. Jerry Falwell tried his best to abolish a woman’s right to her body and contributed to the already hateful and ignorant rhetoric against the gay and lesbian community, while hiding behind his Bible. He was what my father referred to as a “Sunday Christian.” Rest in peace. – Marie Roberts Long Beach Falwell’s life Re “Moral Majority founder dies” (May 16): Americans should be deeply saddened by the death of Jerry Falwell, a man who cherished faith, family and freedom. As the founder of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., he lived a life of faith and called upon men and women of all backgrounds to believe in God and serve their communities. One of his lasting contributions was the establishment of Liberty University, where he taught young people to remain true to their convictions and rely upon God’s word throughout each stage of their lives. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Macel, and the rest of the Falwell family. – Brian J. Goldenfeld Woodland Hills Evaluating drivers Re “Driving standards” (May 14): To assess a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle is a lot more complex than going for a spin around the block. As younger drivers, we have the physical skills to make a car perform, but we lack the mental awareness and experience to understand the ramifications of not doing it right. As we age, just the reverse occurs. We have experience and awareness, but our physical abilities fade. It is easy to measure visual acuity, but that is only one ingredient. Along with hand-eye-foot coordination are the reflexes needed to operate a vehicle safely. What is really needed is a simulator that will evaluate all of the skills a driver uses without exposing the public to a potentially dangerous driver. – Jim Emanuel Thousand Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Burbank Spay/neuter law Assemblyman Lloyd Levine has been pushing for Assembly Bill 1634 to deal with the problem of pet overpopulation. He has repeatedly refused to meet with ethical breeding organizations, dog clubs or anyone else who disagrees with his position. Rather, he chooses to ramrod through an ill-conceived and draconian law that will permanently compromise the health of the millions of animals that will be spayed/neutered prematurely. He will eliminate many of the less common purebreds and eliminate the breeding of guide and service dogs in California. His law will not curb the problem of euthanasia, because irresponsible owners, gang members and others who breed dangerous or abandoned dogs will continue to do so, ignoring the law as they do now. – Donna Engbertson last_img

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