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It bowls me over when people like Leigh Datzker (Public Forum, Aug. 22) make statements like she does about people they have never met. I have never met the Gores or the Liebermans, so to say either family is a portrait of an American family “Loud Family” redirects here. For the rock band, see The Loud Family (band).

Considered television's first reality show, An American Family was shot documentary style in 1971 and first aired in the United States on PBS in early 1973.
, to me, is being somewhat star-struck.

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

California City

Subway subversion

Re John Sventy (Public Forum, Aug. 14, ``Freeways aren't free''):

Sventy said ``Freeway construction and maintenance has also been subsidized sub·si·dize  
tr.v. sub·si·dized, sub·si·diz·ing, sub·si·diz·es
1. To assist or support with a subsidy.

2. To secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy.
 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 pothole, in geology, cylindrical pit formed in the rocky channel of a turbulent stream. It is formed and enlarged by the abrading action of pebbles and cobbles that are carried by eddies, or circular water currents that move against the main current of a stream.  repair, freeway repair, bottleneck relief) to help subsidize sub·si·dize  
tr.v. sub·si·dized, sub·si·diz·ing, sub·si·diz·es
1. To assist or support with a subsidy.

2. To secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy.
 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


Police applauded

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the Los Angeles Police Department "LAPD" and "L.A.P.D." redirect here. For other uses, see LAPD (disambiguation).

This article or section is written like an .
 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 Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  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

Van Nuys

Gym fight

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 non gra·ta  
Not welcome; not approved: The aide, having been declared non grata, was expelled from the country.

[From persona 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

Sun Valley

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 prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug,  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 plu·toc·ra·cy  
n. pl. plu·toc·ra·cies
1. Government by the wealthy.

2. A wealthy class that controls a government.

3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.
 it's always been.

- Donald G. Zurich

Granada Hills

Cheney's slick

The article, ``If Elected, Cheney might keep oil stocks'' (Daily News, Aug. 18), suggests that there is an appearance of impropriety Appearance of impropriety is a term often used in reference to a situation whose ethics is deemed questionable. It means that any layperson, without knowledge of the facts, would assume that something he/she saw or heard was inappropriate or a violation of a rule/regulation.  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 Caspian Sea (kăs`pēən), Lat. Mare Caspium or Mare Hyrcanium, salt lake, c.144,000 sq mi (373,000 sq km), between Europe and Asia; the largest lake in the world.  oil fields This list of oil fields includes major fields of the past and present. The list is incomplete; there are more than 40,000 oil and gas fields of all sizes in the world[1].  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

Toluca Lake

Liberal bias

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 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.
 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

North Hills

ACLU ACLU: see American Civil Liberties Union.  blasted

The police have exercised great restraint during the convention. The idea of the American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nonpartisan organization devoted to the preservation and extension of the basic rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution.  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




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Date:Aug 28, 2000

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