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I am at a complete loss of understanding our elected officials after reading ``GOP leader's affair leaked,'' Daily News, Sept. 17.

I am trying to understand how Rep. Henry Hyde

For other people named Henry Hyde, see Henry Hyde (disambiguation).

Henry John Hyde (born April 18 1924), American politician, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 2006, representing the 6th
 can honestly be the House member leading the impeachment impeachment, formal accusation issued by a legislature against a public official charged with crime or other serious misconduct. In a looser sense the term is sometimes applied also to the trial by the legislature that may follow.  review of our president.

- John R. Furci


Republicans say the president should resign because he has lost the power to govern effectively. Yet, if Bill Clinton resigned today, they would wait a few hours, mumble 1. mumble - Said when the correct response is too complicated to enunciate, or the speaker has not thought it out. Often prefaces a longer answer, or indicates a general reluctance to get into a long discussion.  some rhetoric about the glory of the democratic process, and then go after Al Gore Noun 1. Al Gore - Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
Albert Gore Jr., Gore
 with the same hammer and tongs hammer and tongs
With tremendous energy or effort; vigorously: worked hammer and tongs to meet the deadline. 

It seems that governing by force is all they know how to do anymore. Can they be that afraid of democracy?

- Bob Loza


I was disappointed, to say the least, by your Sept. 20 editorial recommending that the president resign.

Yes, he is a disgrace to the office of president and should be punished in some manner, but I don't think it appropriate for him to resign until all the inquiries into his conduct have been thoroughly done. The media have scrupulously delved into the president's demeanor, but not a word has been done to criticize or condemn Monica Lewinsky's.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Republicans have had this vendetta vendetta (vĕndĕt`ə) [Ital.,=vengeance], feud between members of two kinship groups to avenge a wrong done to a relative. Although the term originated in Corsica, the custom has also been practiced in other parts of Italy, in other  against President Clinton since he has been in office.

Both parties seem to act like children instead of adults. The public wants this to end. Why don't our politicians want to end this? The rest of the world is laughing at us.

- Earl D. Horwitz

North Hollywood

All these polls on the Clinton scandal are nonsense.

The only poll that matters is the one that will be taken Nov. 3. If the people really back Clinton, the Republicans will lose Congress. If they want him impeached, the GOP will gain seats. Let's wait and see.

- Ron Badger


President Clinton was hot-footing it like he was walking on coals when he skipped across his answers before the grand jury.

His body language spoke volumes about who he really is as he walked through a minefield of legalistic le·gal·ism  
1. Strict, literal adherence to the law or to a particular code, as of religion or morality.

2. A legal word, expression, or rule.
, hairsplitting hair·split·ting  
The making of unreasonably fine distinctions.

 double talk.

- Isabel Lyons

North Hollywood

Same-sex marriages

I found it quite amusing that as Californians were watching President Clinton trying to evade answering questions that would certainly prove he was having a sexual affair outside his marriage, it was announced that there would be an anti-gay marriage initiative placed before California voters sometime in the future.

The funny thing is that while polls show Clinton should be excused from this highly immoral act, Americans are against same-sex marriages because they are immoral.

Would somebody please define morality so we can all get it straight? An extramarital ex·tra·mar·i·tal  
Being in violation of marriage vows; adulterous: an extramarital affair.

 affair is acceptable, while a union between two loving individuals isn't? And for all you Bible quoters who say it condemns homosexuality, does the same Bible not also condemn adultery?

It seems that morality can only be defined as ``whatever works to protect an individual from having to be made uncomfortable by another individual.''

There must be a lot of married men fooling around out there.

- Lisa Lazarus

Sherman Oaks

Valley secession rebuttal rebuttal n. evidence introduced to counter, disprove or contradict the opposition's evidence or a presumption, or responsive legal argument.  

Re John F. Mendez's letter (``Secession leaders'') in Public Forum on Sept. 24:

I suggest that he take the 405 Freeway and exit at either Roscoe Boulevard or Vanowen Street, traveling those streets west to West Hills, then return on Sherman Way to the 405.

He will then understand that Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment is not for a few privileged people or even for a few politicians. It is an effort by a diverse population of more than 1 million people to achieve freedom from the megalopolis megalopolis (mĕgəlŏp`lĭs) [Gr.,=great city], a group of densely populated metropolitan areas that combine to form an urban complex.  called 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. .

By the way, the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 owns as much of Los Angeles as anyone else. We are looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 a divorce with a sharing of assets.

- Theodora Howell

West Hills

Mexican holiday budget

Re your Sept. 16 article ``Mexican holidaHy budget triple that spent for July 4'':

Why does Los Angeles have a Cultural Affairs Department? What part of whose culture is it promoting? Apparently it is not America's.

Immigrants come to this country and we natives stay because our culture, which includes personal freedom and the rule of law, is better than the ethos of the places we could be living.

Most of us are able to enjoy our culture without the assistance of the government and its agencies. Why not eliminate the Cultural Affairs Department and replace it with a Department of Assimilation?

- Philip Booth Philip Edmund Booth (8 October, 1925— July 2, 2007) was an American poet and educator; he has been called "Maine's clearest poetic voice."[1] Life
Booth was born in 1925 in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  

I found it utterly disgusting to read that our City Council voted to spend three times as much on the Mexican independence day celebrations as for the Fourth of July Fourth of July, Independence Day, or July Fourth, U.S. holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Celebration of it began during the American Revolution. . This should not be surprising, however, especially after the council's recent announcement that it is joining in the court battle to overthrow Proposition 227.

Since most of our politicians, representatives and civil servants are so intimidated by the leaders of the various ``special'' interest groups, patriotism and honoring the will of the voters no longer appear to matter.

- Audrey Robb

Valley Village

Gridiron needs repair

Response to the column by Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy may refer to:
  • Dennis McCarthy (composer), (born 1945), an American composer
  • Dennis McCarthy (congressman), (19th century) Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1885
  • Dennis McCarthy MBE (radio presenter), British radio presenter
 on Sept. 11 on East Valley Youth Football:

A grass athletic field cannot withstand unlimited wear and tear. Constant use destroys it. Once the grass is gone, the field becomes unplayable.

Van Nuys High School Van Nuys High School (VNHS) established in 1914, is a high school in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles, California, belonging to the Los Angeles Unified School District: District 2.  has one football field, one softball field and a small multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose  
Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.

 field for 3,600 students. These fields are in constant use by our physical education classes, athletic teams and marching band.

Each year by the end of football season, our fields have been left in ruin due to heavy use. As a result, students during the winter and spring have had to play in dust and mud. This has been especially hard on our soccer teams and marching band.

We regretted having to cancel permits for the use of our fields by groups such as the East VHalley Trojans. However, the wear and tear on our fields was simply too great.

- Russ Thompson


Van Nuys High School

Thoughts on using Pierce College land

Instead of transforming Pierce College land that is up for grabs into a biotech and industrial park (Daily News, Sept. 24), wouldn't the community and college be better served by an entertainment and cultural arts center? It's the only thing the Valley sorely lacks.

Whether or not the Valley secedes from Los Angeles, wouldn't it be nice if we had our own philharmonic, ballet, theater and/or museum?

If not that, then the college should consider other income-generating alternatives that would not betray the community.

I hope local leaders, property owners and other concerned residents will be successful in discouraging Pierce officials from industrializing this area - especially with potentially hazardous facilities.

- Regina Lawrence


Thank you, Daily News, for stating so clearly the need to bring interested parties together to find solutions to the future of the 240-acre Pierce College farm (``Save the College; Pierce College and community should get together on utilizing farmland so students and residents benefit,'' Editorials, Sept. 13).

It's time to stop characterizing farm supporters as NIMBYs and farm jobs as the only careers in agriculture.

It's time to acknowledge the enormous economic importance of California agricultural production and related agricultural industries to urban residents, including students. It's time to respect the 50-year history of the Pierce College farm teaching laboratory and agriculture/natural resources program. It's time to put the horse before the cart.

When the board of trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors.  decided Sept. 9 to open up the use of college farmland to all proposals, not just commercial, the horse moved from behind the cart to a spot alongside it. Why not put the horse in front of the cart by halting the proposal process and finally bringing the communitHy and agricultural and environmental experts together with faculty, staff and students to address all farm issues, including funding, before considering commercial development?

- Margo Murman


Committee to Save the Farm

Woodland Hills

I would like to correct the erroneous statement that appeared in professor Lee Shapiro's letter to the editor Sept. 16. Shapiro stated that the agricultural department at Pierce College includes more than 10 percent of the college's total enrollment. As of the census date for the fall semester, the agricultural department has 3.5 percent of the total enrollment.

- Shelley Gerstl

Associate dean

Admissions and records

Pierce College, Woodland Hills
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Date:Sep 27, 1998

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