PUBLIC FORUM.Losing a councilman
Re ``Padilla to support Garcetti'' (Nov. 22):
Alex Padilla Alex Padilla is a politician in California. He was elected as the State Senator for the 20th District of California in November 2006 and was inaugurated in early December. In order to enter the Senate he had to resign as Councilman for the 7th District on the Los Angeles City is willing to step down from council president in favor of (perhaps) Garcetti. I just would like to send a word of warning to Garcetti's district: Don't ever expect your councilman to be around in your district. At least, not unless there's the opportunity for a great publicity spot. He becomes president, you lose your council representative.
Does that give you some idea of how I have felt with Padilla as president? And now he'll be running for another office, while still ``representing'' my district. What a sham.
Why doesn't our council pass the office along yearly, so each district only loses their representation for the one year, instead of his whole term?
- Evelyn Catron
Just gives and gives
Re ``30,000 jobs to go from GM, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. says'' (Nov. 23):
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our valued laid-off employees - ScrooG.M.
P.S. To demonstrate my sympathy and understanding, I've reduced my multimillion-dollar bonus by $30,000.
- Jerold Drucker
What Tookie does
I have seen what Tookie Williams can do with his ``free time'' while incarcerated incarcerated /in·car·cer·at·ed/ (in-kahr´ser-at?ed) imprisoned; constricted; subjected to incarceration.
Confined or trapped, as a hernia. . He can write children's books (ho hum ho hum
Used to express boredom, weariness, or contempt.
ho hum interj → na gut ) and he can write books advising future punks not to be punks. I have seen what Tookie can do with his ``free time'' on the streets. He is a mass murderer mass murderer
1. A person, especially a political or military leader, who is responsible for the deaths of many individuals.
a. A person who kills several or numerous victims in a single incident.
b. and I don't think for one minute Tookie has regrets he founded the Crips. This is an ego trip ego trip
An act, experience, or course of behavior that gratifies the ego.
Informal something that a person does in order to boost his or her self-image
There is nothing to do in jail but count the hours. You must make your own diversions and it is more comfortable to come up with an acceptable diversion. This is what Tookie did to make the time go by more comfortably for him. Not for you, not for me. He hasn't changed; he has adapted.
- Sherry Behrle
Not the same man
Re ``Finally, justice could have its day'' (Nov. 21):
If one were to read the Associated Press story about Nuremburg prosecutor Whitney Harris, one might think him to be senile senile /se·nile/ (se´nil) pertaining to old age; manifesting senility.
1. Relating to, characteristic of, or resulting from old age.
2. . He identifies Rudolph Hess as the commandant of Auschwitz and was ``sent to the gallows GALLOWS. An erection on which to bang criminals condemned to death. .'' Yet at the end of the story it says Hess drew a long prison sentence.
Truth is, the writer mixed two men up. Harris was referring to Rudolph Hoss, who commanded Auschwitz and not Rudolph Hess, Hitler's deputy fuhrer füh·rer also fueh·rer
A leader, especially one exercising the powers of a tyrant.
[German, from Middle High German vüerer, from vüeren, to lead, from Old High German who flew to Britain in May of 1941 to try and end the war with England. That same month, Heinrich Himmler gave Hoss the order to turn Auschwitz into a death camp.
- Jeff Zimmer
OK, look at England
Re ``Handgun ban OK'd'' (Your Opinions, Nov. 22):
Rick Owen's contention that San Francisco should look to England, ``where violent crime has increased after they took away guns,'' should have taken the time to Google that fact. Firearms have always been heavily controlled in Great Britain, and after gun deaths reached 358 in 1995, handgun sales were banned in 1999 and - in a country with a population approaching 61 million, less than double the estimated 35 million in California - gunshot deaths declined to 163 in 2003.
With a U.S. population approaching 300 million, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington, D.C. at Judiciary Square, honors fallen law enforcement officers.
The memorial was established by an Act of Congress in 1984, and dedicated on October 15, 1991. (nleomf.com), 601 U.S. peace officers were killed in the line of duty In the Line of Duty may refer to:
- Clyde Llewellyn
Just makes sense
Why don't they paint the buses on the Orange Line orange? Seems to me they should have been orange right from the beginning.
If they painted them a bright orange color, maybe people would see them and stop crashing into them.
- Ken Kaitshuck
Our government announced it was going to take strong action against the latest flu problem. One of their solutions is to make sure all legal persons entering the USA, by air or boat, would have to provide data noting they were OK, or be tested for the flu. Meanwhile, up to 5,000 illegal immigrants enter our country each day, mostly Latino, but also hundreds from around the world, and many without any kind of inoculation inoculation, in medicine, introduction of a preparation into the tissues or fluids of the body for the purpose of preventing or curing certain diseases. The preparation is usually a weakened culture of the agent causing the disease, as in vaccination against , let alone flu. Thank God, we have the government to protect us.
Consider the same problem with our Homeland Security Department There were gaps in the U.S. system for detecting and deterring terrorist acts in the homeland. That became clear September 11, 2001. The Department of Homeland Security is the george w. bush administration's plug for those gaps. . The other day they arrested someone bringing missiles across the border. How many other missiles did they miss? How many insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. did they miss? But don't worry, our government will protect us.
- Charles Dusheck
A new low
The right wing, whose motto is ``Live and let die,'' pulled another of their mendacious men·da·cious
1. Lying; untruthful: a mendacious child.
2. False; untrue: a mendacious statement. See Synonyms at dishonest. prevarications on the floor of the House. They brought a bill to the floor that they claimed was the proposition made by John Murtha about when to pull our forces out of Iraq. Naturally, it was a typical Republican lie, leaving out Murtha's caveat ``as soon as possible.''
Rep. Jean Schmidt was forced to withdraw her pernicious remarks against ``war hero'' Murtha. She accomplished the seemingly impossible. In one fell swoop, she reached the bottom rung of female sleaziness, heretofore occupied solely by Ann Coulter. The Republican Party, led by Dick Cheney and George Bush, is ill-equipped to denigrate den·i·grate
tr.v. den·i·grat·ed, den·i·grat·ing, den·i·grates
1. To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame.
2. war heroes.
- Zachary Charles
Factor this in
Re ``Factors left out'' (Your Opinions, Nov. 22):
Yes, I did work full-time. Eight hours of having to listen to rude people taking out their anger at the government's red tape on whichever public service worker happened to answer the phone. I worked for the state for 14 years when I had to retire in 1994 on $5,000 a year.
Six years later, I had to return to work for the state. After checking with CalPERS, like Richard Stanis said I should, I found that when I do reach 65, I will be receiving a whopping $12,000 a year. Wow, what am I ever going to do with all of that money? I just might be able topay my rent, and with the little I will get from SSA (Serial Storage Architecture) A fault tolerant peripheral interface from IBM that transfers data at 80 and 160 Mbytes/sec. SSA uses SCSI commands, allowing existing software to drive SSA peripherals, which are typically disk drives. , I may be able to buy food, pay utilities, make car payments, and, oh, yeah, buy that yacht I had my eye on - with all that money I get from my big retirement.
- Joan Olear
Another urban myth
Re ``Teacher's workday'' (Your Opinions, Nov. 20):
Six-hour teacher workdays? You're kidding, right? Those ``six''-hour workdays are just the time spent instructing, guiding, testing and disciplining our students. It's not unusual for a teacher to eat while working, having little time to take a break during that time.
Those ``six''-hour days don't take into account correcting student work, planning curriculum, finding new educational resources and fulfilling adjunct duties. All of that happens in addition to those ``six'' hours. Dedicated teachers continue to work into the evenings and throughout the weekend. The ``six''-hour teacher day is an urban myth.
- Chyre Kan
Teach your children well
It all boils down to parents teaching their children their preferred religion. Example: the uproar about Christmas and other religious activities in public locations. I was raised in the last century, about 73 years ago, in a very Orthodox Jewish home. I participated in Christmas and sang Christmas songs. My mother and father always said sing and be happy and when the verses say ``Jesus,'' just don't say it. So teaching your children is the rule for any movement.
- Leo Leo, in astronomy
Leo [Lat.,=the lion], northern constellation lying S of Ursa Major and on the ecliptic (apparent path of the sun through the heavens) between Cancer and Virgo; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Glick