PUBLIC FORUM : A TOUGH CELL.Re ``Town bans car-phoning,'' (Daily News, July 3):
Brooklyn, Ohio Brooklyn is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 11,586 at the 2000 census. Geography
Brooklyn is located at (41.435357, -81.744457)GR1. , has made it illegal to drive and talk on a cell phone. Perhaps the ban is a little drastic, but California could lead the nation in safety by making it convenient or even inviting to park and talk. How about all those freeway ``Emergency Parking Only'' areas? Couldn't their use be expanded to ``Emergency Parking and Cell Phoning Only''? The city could also set aside all those curbside strips to ``Bicycles and Cell Phoning.''
More inventive minds than mine can surely come up with attractive incentives for the phoning and driving public to practice safety habits.
- Jim Jamieson James A. Jamieson (born April 21, 1943) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s.
Jamieson was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised in Moline, Illinois. He started playing golf at age 7 at Oakwood Country Club in Moline.
L.A. dropped the ball
As an employee involved in the film industry here in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , I have followed with great interest the recent news articles concerning film production's flight from the area. Production companies have been leaving Hollywood and Southern California locations for some time now. This did not happen overnight.
Economics and the bottom line are the reasons. 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. of a single producer who works as a hobby. When industry, farming or whatever other sources of revenue that drive cities, states or countries flounder flounder: see flatfish.
Any of about 300 species of flatfishes (order Pleuronectiformes). When born, the flounder is bilaterally symmetrical, with an eye on each side, and it swims near the sea's surface. , any good government will do what it takes to supplement the local economy.
Perhaps our local politicians were too busy wasting their time and our money with such projects as the underground rail system, or the Belmont school project? Indeed, I think the correct headline for Friday's article should have read, ``L.A. criticized for allowing film production to flee.''
- Michael J. Trottochau
Where's the NRA NRA
(National Rifle Association of America) organization that encourages sharpshooting and use of firearms for hunting. [Am. Pop. Culture: NCE, 1895]
See : Hunting now?
Not too long ago a young woman named Tyisha Miller was shot to death by Riverside policemen who said they spotted a gun in her lap as she sat in her car.
According to the National Rifle Association National Rifle Association (NRA)
Governing organization for the sport of shooting with rifles and pistols. It was founded in Britain in 1860. The U.S. organization, formed in 1871, has a membership of some four million. Both the British and the U.S. , the possession of guns by citizens is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
So why hasn't the National Rifle Association joined the outcry about her having been shot to death for possessing a gun? Why hasn't the NRA joined forces with attorney Johnnie L. Cochran in his suit against the city of Riverside and its police department?
- Kenneth H. Bonnell
Long live the king
Re ``King of the Mountains The King of the Mountains (KoM) is the title given to the best climber in a cycling road race; usually and officially known as the Mountains classification. For women's cycle racing, a similar term, Queen of the Mountains (QoM) is used. ,'' (Daily News, June 20):
I have attended many meetings in the acquisition of properties for Southern California's open space - and never have I felt that Joe Edmiston is an ``empire builder.''
He has always been the dedicated protagonist of our burgeoning state's need for recreational areas and the importance of wildlife corridors, which he unfailingly champions.
We are fortunate that his organization assisted us in La Canada Flintridge with the purchases of Cherry Canyon I, II and III. This enabled our city to have its only true park - a wonderful wilderness area in the San Rafael Hills. His work helped the development of Wilson Canyon Park in Sylmar.
These are locations far away from the Santa Monica Mountains The Santa Monica Mountains are a low transverse range in southern California in the United States. Geography
They run for approximately 40 mi (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. ; but they are just as important in the continuation of the Rim of the Valley concept to rim our Southern California Mountains with parks for the people. Not only is Edmiston a splendid negotiator; but he has the ability to attract competent people as dedicated as he.
We are indeed fortunate to have the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is an agency of the state of California in the United States founded in 1979 and dedicated to the acquisition of land in the Santa Susana and Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills, north and west of Los Angeles, for preservation as open and the Mountain Recreation and Conservations Authority. Kudos to Edmiston for his unparalleled ability to continue achieving permanent open space for all of us.
- Liz Blackwelder
La Canada Flintridge
A challenge for Bernson
Re ``Cable-Internet fight turns into gold mine for lobbyists,'' (Daily News, July 4):
I hope that Hal Bernson meant what he said in Deborah Sullivan's article about the fight over Internet access to cable lines being waged in City Hall. After all, it is the responsibility of our elected representative to make decisions that benefit the publiSc.
Using the buzzword A term that refers to the latest technology or a term that sounds catchy. If not a flash in the pan, new technologies become mainstream. For example, Java was a hot buzzword in the 1990s, but should remain a major topic for decades. ``open access,'' a group of local telephone companies and Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. are trying to convince us that they are the defenders of democracy, protecting us all against the monopolization mo·nop·o·lize
tr.v. mo·nop·o·lized, mo·nop·o·liz·ing, mo·nop·o·liz·es
1. To acquire or maintain a monopoly of.
2. To dominate by excluding others: monopolized the conversation. of high speed Internet access. Through my experience as a customer of these very same businesses, I am not convinced.
For consumers, the only possible result of forcing AT&T to share its investment with the likes of AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. and GTE GTE General Telephone & Electronics
GTE Génie Thermique et Énergie (French)
GTE Gas Turbine Engine
GTE Global Tropospheric Experiment
GTE Geothermal Energy
GTE Gas Turbine Efficiency plc (Sweden & USA) is that high-speed Internet access, now so close, will slip out of our reach for several more years, all to the benefit of a group of greedy corporations. I want broadband and it makes me angry that these and other companies are trying to slow it down while they catch up.
I hope the City Council will see through this transparent attempt and make their decision, as Bernson said, in the ``best interest of the public and the city.''
- Poi Wong
Be nice to your dog: Fix him
After reading ``Fine, fee may put teeth in L.A. spay-neuter plan'' (Daily News, July 6), I can see that the first thing pet owners need is more information on the effects of altering. Contrary to dog owner Robert Harris' attitude, neutering neu·ter
a. Neither masculine nor feminine in gender.
b. Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Used of verbs.
a. Champ will make him much more loyal and attentive.
In Champ's present condition, Harris will find himself all alone as soon as Champ gets wind of a female dog in heat.
He is right about the need for responsible dog ownership, but there is absolutely no reason to keep a dog intact unless he is a purebred purebred
progeny derived from at least several generations of animals of the same breed.
herds (or flocks) composed of purebred animals. Not necessarily registered animals. Distinct from crossbred herds. and used for responsible breeding. One accidental breeding by Champ can produce up to 12 unwanted puppies. Just walk through any shelter and see how many homeless and unwanted puppies are going to be put to sleep.
I am in favor of large penalties on unaltered pets for those who insist on refusing to spay spay
To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.
to remove the ovaries. See also ovariohysterectomy.
see spay hook. or neuter neu·ter
1. Having undeveloped or imperfectly developed sexual organs.
2. Sexually undeveloped.
A castrated animal.
To castrate or spay.
1. and very strict rules for the housing of those unaltered pets to prevent them from running loose.
- Catherine L. Clemente
Setting the record
It surprised me indeed to read ``Killer learned hatred during college years,'' (Daily News, July 6), in which the late Benjamin Smith stated in his brochures that ``the white race is being crowded out by Jews. . . .'' Jews are of the white race.
However, since Judaism is a religion, anyone of any color may convert to Judaism, just as anyone of any color may convert to Christianity or whatever religious faith they choose.
I hope this will set the record straight for those who may have been misinformed.
- J.G. Martin
Don't trash the flag
Now that we have been asked to purchase mattresses, automobiles and extra beer in celebration of Independence Day, we are left with a disturbing quandary: Who will carefully remove the small American flags placed at curbside in front of many residences?
If history repeats, they will be left in place to weather, fade and drop in the gutter, results of disgraceful uncaring for the national symbol by commercial interests.
Bear in mind, once each is created - whether cheap cotton or plastic - it is an American flag, entitled to the same respect as any flown over the nation's Capitol. Those responsible for distributing them should make certain that they are recovered and disposed of with proper dignity.
Last year, I pointed out the problem to a local real estate agent, whose advertisement was attached to a small flag at my residence. This year, she skipped my neighborhood.
- W.J. Wildman