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Re Thomas E. Locke's letter ``Be consistent,'' (Public Forum, Jan. 31):

Two things are obvious. First, he supports gay marriages and, secondly, he has never read the Bible. He comments ``The Bible also condones slavery and wife beating . . . There is not one word against child abuse in the Bible.''

If Locke has read the Bible he would have read the following: Ephesians 5:23 thru 5:24 which says in part ``Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church . . . '' and Luke 15:11 thru 15:32, the story of the prodigal PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator was therefore appointed.
 son's return home to his father. Also, if I remember correctly, God freed the Jews. If Locke has an issue regarding gay marriages, he should ``Be consistent'' and stick to the issue.

- Stephen Duhm

Woodland Hills


Recently a lot has been said regarding Proposition 22 (Protection of Marriage Initiative) over whether or not gay or lesbian couples should be able to marry. Californians are fair-minded and respectful of other people's beliefs and lifestyles. However, we understand the difference between respecting a person's right to same-sex relationships and endorsing ``same-sex marriages.''

The simple fact is: Marriage is ordained or·dain  
tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.

b. To authorize as a rabbi.

 of God as the union between a man and a woman. California law California Law consists of 29 codes, covering various subject areas, the State Constitution and Statutes. See also
  • Statute
  • Bill (proposed law)
  • California State Legislature
External links
 defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Several state courts are close to ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. And since marriages performed in other states are usually recognized as valid in California, we could be forced to accept same-sex marriages performed out of state. A yes vote is needed to close this loophole.

- Paul Matthews



A lot of opposite-sex couples live years together, raising children better than married people and gay couples. Also, the government and families most of the time contest their wills and win all their possessions. This is just not fair.

Everyone who is in love, whether just living together like straight couples or gay couples, is entitled to everything in regard to marriage. And anyone, whether gay or straight who is in love, is entitled to marriage.

- Gerald C. Karels

Van Nuys


Re ``Not Christian punishment.'' (Public Forum, Jan. 28):

I must respond to contributor Michael Pratt Michael Pratt or Mike Pratt may refer to:
  • Mike Pratt (actor) (1931-1976), British actor
  • Lord Michael John Henry Pratt (1946-2007), British author
  • Mike Pratt (basketball) (born 1948), American basketball player
 and his opposition to capital punishment capital punishment, imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History

Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi.

I wonder if Pratt would take the same attitude if a life would be taken in his own immediate family by one of these human beings he feels sorry for? Charles Manson Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is a career criminal who led the so-called Manson Family, a commune or cult that began to form around him in the U.S. city of San Francisco in 1967. , in prison since 1971, receives three square meals a day, he is housed, clothed clothe  
tr.v. clothed or clad , cloth·ing, clothes
1. To put clothes on; dress.

2. To provide clothes for.

3. To cover as if with clothing.
 by taxpayers' expense. I understand he even has his own Internet page. That's much more that someone who is in abject poverty or homeless. These human beings are living at our expense. Sixty percent of Californians voted for the retention of the death penalty.

I am tired of my tax money shepherding these human beings into state-run prison facilities like some hotel.

- David Fiorella

North Hollywood


David L. Peltz's article (``Harassment by law'' Opinions, Jan. 30) summarizes the California gun owner's dilemma perfectly - more and more hoops for us to jump through, nothing for the criminals.

- Stephen Crane

West Los Angeles
  • West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, a neighborhood of Los Angeles
  • West Los Angeles (region), a popularly identified region of Los Angeles, incorporating the neighborhood above


Re ``No more hiding'' (Editorial, Jan. 26):

In one sense, the real story is not that the API scores for L.A. schools are so low but that they are so high, given the working and learning conditions teachers face every day, along with their students, in our schools.

Imagine what our teachers could have done if they had manageable class sizes in every grade, buildings that were clean and safe and that had enough room, adequate supplies and standards-based textbooks, proper training and support, capable administrators who were inspired leaders, and plenty of involved parents.

One good way schools could reach their target of raising their API score 5 percent is to free teachers from unnecessary paperwork and the imposition of halaked programs and impractical procedures. Allow teachers to be free to teach as they know best.

Do the API scores mean more accountability? Teachers can be held accountable only to the degree that they share responsibility in educational decision-making and have adequate resources to get the job done.

- Day Higuchi


United Teachers Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  


The Daily News is right to say ``Freeway funding needed'' in its Jan. 31 editorial. However, the final paragraph of that editorial, calling for elected representatives to ``get off their duffs and stand up for the community'' shows a strong disconnection with the reality of efforts to improve movement along the 101 Corridor.

As a member of the Agoura Hills City Council, a city the Daily News did not even mention in its editorial, I am the person responsible for holding last week's 101 Corridor Summit. In arranging that meeting, I had the unprecedented cooperation and presence at the summit of leaders from the cities of Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. , Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu and three council offices from Los Angeles, including those of Cindy Miscikowski Cindy Miscikowski represented the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council for two full terms from 1997 through 2005. Previously, she was an aide to Councilman Marvin Braude and the Executive Director of the Skitball Cultural Center in its beginning stages. , Laura Chick and Hal Bernson Hal Bernson served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 12th district. He was chair of the Transportation Committee. Prior to being on the City Council, he served in the Navy.

Preceded by
Robert M.
. Also represented were Rep. Brad Sherman Bradley J. "Brad" Sherman (born October 24 1954) is an American politician. He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing California's At-large congressional district. , Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl and L.A. County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich. It was also heartening heart·en  
tr.v. heart·ened, heart·en·ing, heart·ens
To give strength, courage, or hope to; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage.

Adj. 1.
 to have representatives from the Southern California Association of Governments, Caltrans and the MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.

(2) See M Technology Association.

1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent.
 at the meeting. For once we had all the players in the same place.

For the Daily News to infer that elected officials are trailing this issue, when in fact we brought together the unprecedented meeting, is a disservice to your readers and to those officials who worked it into their schedules.

The 101 Corridor has been handicapped by a lack of attention for many reasons, some of them political and not of our making.

- Jeff Reinhardt


Agoura Hills

BROWSE THIS this. that. Just watch. Pretty soon, this country's going to itself into oblivion. If all those nauseating Web site commercials during the Super Bowl weren't proof enough (not to mention almost every single commercial played on the radio), I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 what is.

- Greg Garnet

Canoga Park


After reading ``L.A. Jumps Into Flag Flap'' it occurred to me that the L.A. City Council has enough problems of its own and can't afford to go around involving itself in the problems of other states. I'm sure the people of South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15.
 are more than capable of dealing with their own internal affairs. The L.A. City Council is the last body to offer advice to anyone. They can't build a high school, complete a rapid transit system or deal with corruption in their own ranks.

- L.A. Calabro



I cannot believe that the sovereign state SOVEREIGN STATE. One which governs itself independently of any foreign power.  of South Carolina would knowingly and defiantly fly a symbol of hate, especially on their state Capitol. I choose to believe that the flag is there, beneath our national symbol, to honor those brave soldiers on both sides, who died fighting for that in which they believed. Is that not also a reason why Old Glory is flown? The last battle in the Civil War was fought 135 years ago. Get over it. Please honor those who died on either side. Put on your glasses and see that it is merely an antique banner, not a political football.

Don't read something into this that is not intended. No more meat on the bone, guys, stop chewing it, bury it. Perhaps hate is still alive in your hearts, but not in the heart of this old ``Yankee.''

- Ron Hall

Sun Valley
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Date:Feb 2, 2000

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