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In his June 10 Public Forum letter, Louis Robins makes his case against Valley secession based on his fear of losing the few remaining services we receive from the over-the-hill crowd.

Imagine if the Founding Fathers of our nation, based on the fear of losing the few remaining services we received from England, had decided that self-determination, freedom of speech and equal representation was not worth the risk. I respect Robins' opinion on this subject, but even a liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat

a member or supporter of the Liberal Democrats, a British centrist political party that advocates proportional representation

Liberal Democrat n (BRIT) →
 like FDR realized that ``we have nothing to fear except fear itself.'' Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

- Dennis Wilkinson


What is important

Priorities, it's a matter of priorities, as with the constant pursuit of revenues over high-quality services that plagues this city. When I read the news about a boy gunned down in the street by thugs, and the very same day watch as an on-duty police officer spends his time pulling over hard- working citizens for minor traffic offenses, it really just clarifies where our leadership places its priorities.

These priority issues are reflected 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.  down to the very last 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. . I am behind secession if it leads to liberation from the neglect of honorable priorities.

- V. Santoyo


League response

In response to your editorial regarding the League of Women Voters League of Women Voters, voluntary public service organization of U.S. citizens. Organized in 1920 in Chicago as an outgrowth of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it had as its original nucleus the leaders of the latter organization.  of Los Angeles and our stand against secession (June 11), we think your readers deserve an alternative view.

First, your charge that we neither listened to the debate nor examined the facts is completely erroneous. The league has been studying secession for the past five years, pouring through reports and documents, assessing conflicting information from the city, LAFCO LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission
LAFCO Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative
 and Valley VOTE. The most important result of that process was that we found the information from all parties to be unreliable and constantly changing. Rather than seeking truth, we found supporters and opponents to be using information to support their own points of view at every turn. Voters deserve to know what they are voting on, and we do not think the information from any source provides any prediction of how secession will actually be accomplished.

We also take issue with your assumption that we have ``signed on'' with ``the downtown power structure.'' Are you saying that anyone who is not on your side can only be in the pocket of some power elite?

In the end, we oppose secession because of the damage it will do to our sense of ourselves as the second-largest city in the country. We are part of a great city that, warts and all, makes history through our ability to meld diverse people into a whole. We believe we will not continue to be this great city by becoming small.

- Cindy O'Connor


League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

League opposition

Re the Daily News June 11 editorial on the League of Women Voters opposing 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.

I have a simple policy, anything that the League of Women Voters or the AARP AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to "enriching the experience of aging"; membership is open to people age 50 or older. Founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus as American Association of Retired Persons, AARP now has over 30 million  puts its backing behind, I vote the opposite.

- Art Haendiges


L.A.'s terrorists

The Daily News is correct that terrorists may be plotting another Sept. 11 as a result of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's unwillingness to cooperate with the INS INS
1. Immigration and Naturalization Service

2. International News Service

Noun 1. INS
 (``Outlaw city,'' Editorial, June 10).

But Los Angeles already has its own brand of terrorists called gangs. Delgadillo knows that the more than 60 percent of illegal alien L.A. gang members are not honest, hard-working, immigrants 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 better life. They are criminals who should be deported before they commit their next crime.

- Hal Netkin

Van Nuys

Valley as doormat

I agree with Ronald Rushton's June 4 Public Forum letter. Should the secession drive fail, we in the Valley would be completely helpless against City Hall. They would walk all over us, more than being just a cash cow Cash Cow

1. One of the four categories (quadrants) in the BCG growth-share matrix that represents the division within a company that has a large market share within a mature industry.

. It behooves us on election day to pick whether we shall be a separate city or a doormat.

- Bill Spoerer

Valley Village

Extraditing criminals

The Daily News has done a great service in raising public awareness of foreign laws that protect defendants from being extradited to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  for prosecution of serious crimes, including murder (``Foreign laws protecting wanted men,'' June 10). This critical issue confronts not only California and many border states Border States

The slave states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri that were adjacent to the free states of the North during the Civil War.
, but the entire United States.

The country with which we deal the most often in these cases is Mexico. Until the Mexican government treats California and the United States as sovereign entities and the U.S. government does its job to obtain cooperation from the Mexican government to extradite ex·tra·dite  
v. ex·tra·dit·ed, ex·tra·dit·ing, ex·tra·dites
1. To give up or deliver (a fugitive, for example) to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority.

 Mexican nationals, murderers will continue to flee to Mexico without fear of facing trial for crimes committed in Los Angeles County and elsewhere.

In a letter sent on June 10, I have called for congressional hearings into this issue that impedes our duty to prosecute those who violate our laws. Allowing murderers and other criminals to avoid justice is to deny justice not just for the people of the state of California, but victims of the most heinous hei·nous  
Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime.

[Middle English, from Old French haineus, from haine, hatred, from

- Steve Cooley Stephen Lawrence ("Steve") Cooley (born May 1, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is a veteran prosecutor who was elected as Los Angeles County's 36th District Attorney on November 7, 2000. He was sworn in for his second term on December 6, 2004.  

District attorney

Los Angeles County

Comforting to me

Who are these people who always question arrests of suspected enemies of the U.S. government? The FBI and CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.

(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy).
 go on the air to report the arrest of an American citizen who had been in discussion and reconnaissance for possible future attacks on our country. Our government is telling me they're attempting to intercept any threat or destruction to our land and people. Hearing that is comforting to me.

It is unbelievable that there are some who immediately begin questioning whether our citizens' rights are being violated because they haven't already blown up thousands of people. Better we let them do that, than arrest them? Then we'd have a case? Excuse me?

- Shirley Osborn

Los Angeles


Re ``Affordability takes dive'' (Business, June 7):

A more accurate title would be ``Availability takes a dive.'' Let me offer a quick lesson. Stop all the proposed legislation restricting land development, i.e. Sen. Barbara Boxer's ``Wide open spaces.'' Let developers build the type of housing that is profitable and market driven.

When someone buys a $500,000 home they sell a $300,000 home. When someone buys a $300,000 home they sell a $180,000 ``affordable'' home and so on. Get it?

- Scott Wilkerson

La Tuna Canyon


Re ``Estate tax repeal'' by Ira Skutch (Public Forum, June 11):

Are you aware that the top 20 percent now pay 80 percent of the federal government's bills? Picture owning a house with four other roommates. You pay 80 percent of all bills and the other four pay 5 percent each. Fair? I think not.

Everyone would agree that if I make $50,000 and pay $10,000 in taxes (i.e., 20 percent), I should then, if I make $1 million, pay $200,000 in taxes. But in our beloved tax system this $1 million earner actually pays far in excess of $200,000 in taxes, typically closer to $500,000 or more. Fair? I think not. ``Another attempt by the wealthy to keep from contributing their share to the upkeep of our nation.'' I think not.

- Mark A. Butterworth


Makes me weep

Re ``Weeping Lewinsky gets out of jury duty'' (News Lite, June 8):

Monica Lewinsky Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted (after initially denying) to having had an "inappropriate relationship"[1] while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996.  got out of jury duty by crying, saying she ``was still scarred from her dealings with courts during the Clinton 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.  scandal.'' How touching.

I too feel like crying, though my tears are for the people with integrity who don't shirk shirk

In Islam, idolatry and polytheism, both of which are regarded as heretical. The Qu'ran stresses that God does not share his powers with any partner (sharik) and warns that those who believe in idols will be harshly dealt with on the Day of Judgment.
 their civic duty, many with families who suffer financial loss and who haven't profited by writing a tasteless ``tell all'' book.

- Eddie Cress

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