PUBLIC FORUM DISSING DEMOCRATS.
That is, unless Datzker means by using the term ``portrait'' that they are just mere images of the real thing - two-dimensional and having no substance.
- Sean Burkland
Re John Sventy (Public Forum, Aug. 14, ``Freeways aren't free''):
Sventy said ``Freeway construction and maintenance has also been subsidized by taxes for decades.'' Two groups of taxpayers support the freeway and subway systems: the users and the nonusers.
The freeways had been paid for with users' gas taxes before they're constructed. The subway debt will be subsidized by all taxpayers in the county whether they use it or not.
Gas tax monies are being siphoned away from road use (i.e. pothole repair, freeway repair, bottleneck relief) to help subsidize the subway and its users.
We do have a mass rapid-transportation system. It's called roads, highways, freeways and cars, and it's the users who pay that bill.
- Raymond Nelson
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the Los Angeles Police Department organizers and all the policemen and policewomen who did an outstanding job during the five days of the Democratic National Convention.
Due to their planning, resolve and ability, the protesters had their say, peace was kept and no damage done to merchants' establishments or to private property. We're proud of you.
- Joan Cerny
Foster parent's plea
With all the money that is wasted by bad management in Los Angeles County, there must be some funds that can be allocated to help foster kids who turn 18 and are dumped on the streets.
My wife and I had 50 foster babies in 25 years with the system. Donna preferred babies. The oldest child we had was 3 when he left to a good home. So we did not have the challenge of having a foster child turn 18 and no longer receive funds for his or her care. But there were tears when any child left our house, no matter the color or nationality.
Surely Gov. Gray Davis, with all the surplus the state has, could spend some money on the foster care program.
- Howard Knudson
This is in regard to ``Veterans rally for one more fight'' (Daily News, Aug. 16):
Attention to all veterans from all wars: Let's ask why - yes, why - can't we get a gym? Our officials will spend millions of dollars to go to space. Why can't they get off their duff and come down to earth?
A gym is good to relieve pain, mental stress, etc., help keep your body in shape. Vets are not in a race; they want space for a gym at the Veterans Hospital in Sepulveda. Let's get our gym for vets.
- John R. Finnigan
Lake Los Angeles
Nieves non grata
Ernest R. Walters (Public Forum, Aug. 22) really feels sorry for Sandi Dawn Nieves. Surely, he jests. I do, however, agree that ``extinction'' would have been the best way out. Sandi Dawn should have gone the way of the dodo that night.
- Renee Hall
The Bush pledge
At George Bush's presidential nomination acceptance, he pledged, ``We can begin again.''
He talked about strengthening Social Security and making prescription drugs available for every senior. This might support the begin-again pledge. However, the Republicans wouldn't pass the new tax bill because it would have made prescription drugs available for seniors. There's a conflict here.
The Republican Party that Bush represents is the same old plutocracy it's always been.
- Donald G. Zurich
The article, ``If Elected, Cheney might keep oil stocks'' (Daily News, Aug. 18), suggests that there is an appearance of impropriety for national energy policy if Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney keeps his stock in the Halliburton oil service company after election to office.
There is an even greater danger of improper influence to American foreign policy because of the particular economic and political ties that Halliburton, and Cheney, have to oil interests in Azerbaijan and the proposed oil pipeline to Turkey.
American policy, which currently supports the building of an oil pipeline from Halliburton-serviced Caspian Sea oil fields in Azerbaijani territory to Turkey, is extremely unwise and is likely to continue regardless of whether there is a Gore administration or a Bush administration, because of the American oil interests involved there.
- Jan B. Tucker
Tom Teepen says that ``mop-up independent counsel, Robert W. Ray . . . has already cleared the president and first lady in . . . the matter of the prodigal FBI files,'' (Opinion, Aug. 22).
We've heard about double standards, but consider this: Chuck Colson went to prison for just reviewing a part of one file. But Ray ``cleared'' Clinton and Hillary with over 900 complete FBI files. The way my third-grade arithmetic sees it, that's not a double standard. That's way over 900 to 1.
Who says it doesn't pay to be a ``liberal'' Democrat?
- Jack Schlicht
The police have exercised great restraint during the convention. The idea of the American Civil Liberties Union filing a suit against the police can only be described as sick. Who are these people that feel that a bunch of anarchists has the right to riot and destroy and set up dangerous situations without controls?
I would like to think the judges would throw out the frivolous lawsuits by the ACLU. I am not questioning their right to sue, but their integrity in doing it. I suggest they look up the word integrity and try to apply it.
- Warren Ettleman
Photo: Dozens of police officers observe protesters during the Democratic National Convention earlier this month.
Eric Grigorian/Special to the Daily News