Sit down, shut up!
Re ``Chatsworth man leads recall drive'' (June 21):
Amusing comment by Councilman Greig Smith Greig Smith is a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 12th District, which includes Granada Hills, Northridge and other parts of the Western San Fernando Valley. Smith is also a reserve officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. , that people should use the public forum to voice dissent. Would that public forum be when citizens attend a council meeting to speak against an issue and Smith says he wants no discussion, so a vote is taken without hearing those citizens' comments?
Or is it when citizens go before the PLUM commission to voice concerns about a proposed project in their neighborhood, and councilmen such as Jack Weiss Jack Weiss, is a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 5th district. Weiss was elected in 2001 and reelected in 2005. The 5th district includes parts of the Westside and the San Fernando Valley. and Jose Huizar chat and laugh on their phones or play with their BlackBerrys instead of listening. Of course, they've already been told how they're supposed to vote, thanks to the good ol' boys system.
-- Jolene Munson
But not the parents
Re ``Will it help the kids?'' (June 22)
It appears that we elected a king instead of a mayor one year ago in the city of Los Angeles
(at secondary school) → collégiens mpl; lycéens mpl
schoolchildren school .
I guess the opinion of the teachers union and state legislators that are not from 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. rank as more important than the parents that send children to local schools. King Villaraigosa needs to put the plan to the voters in Los Angeles and let us decide what type of leadership we want for our schools. If we do not get the chance to vote, then maybe it is time for the peasants to unite and revolt against the king.
-- John Horn
Re ``LAUSD's graduation rate 44%'' (June 21):
Not surprisingly, LAUSD's graduation rate is declining. I have run a small business here in the Valley for over 40 years. We have used a very simple math test as part of the job application. Simple questions like What is 20 percent of 120? Reduce 150 by 10 percent. Add five double-digit numbers and then reduce the total by 10 percent.
In the past these tests were laughed at. No more. We now are asked if they can use a calculator, or take the test home. Many are not capable of solving the most basic math problem without using a calculator. Is there a correlation between the growth of computers and calculators in our schools and the declining level of knowledge required for graduation? I think there is.
-- Bob Bergstrom
Don't brag about it
Re ``LAUSD's graduation rate 44%'' (June 21):
A national study indicated that the LAUSD graduation rate stands at 44 percent. LAUSD seems to be bragging that their records indicate that the graduation rate is 64 percent. While the 44 percent is atrocious, I wouldn't brag about the 64 percent rate. Someone is not doing their job. It wouldn't be the LAUSD, would it?
-- Gene Goodwein
Quality of teaching
Re ``Reform LAUSD's quality'' (Their Opinions, June 18):
Maribel de la Torre's column does not address more fundamental problems of California's public schools. A critical determinant of school quality is teaching quality. Sadly, the strength and selfishness of California teachers unions sustains an environment that protects the job security of teachers first, and encourages higher-quality teaching only second.
With these backward priorities, enforced through the sustenance Sustenance
goat who provided milk for baby Zeus. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 41]
food of the gods; bestowed immortal youthfulness. [Gk. Myth. of a tenure system and the explicit rejection of merit-based pay scales, it is no surprise that Los Angeles cannot rely on internal solutions to its educational ills.
Certainly, better teacher quality is not a sufficient condition for improvement. However, it is a necessary condition and a problem that has been substantially unaddressed in the discussion over how to repair a broken LAUSD.
-- Ray Seilie
The occupation of Iraq by our country has always been wrong. It is more than wrong; it is evil. The quicker we are out of there, the better. I support the Kerry-Feingold measure to bring the soldiers back as soon as possible. 2007 seems to be possible -- I wish it were sooner. This occupation continues to be a death trap death trap
a place or vehicle considered very unsafe for our American military and this occupation gives priority to Iraq over the needs of the American people An American people may be:
-- Cindy Rutherford
Those who profit
Re ``Condo upsurge triggers backlash'' (June 12):
I would like to offer one correction: The recently completed ``Deck House Court'' condos were not built on a vacant lot. There was a seven-unit apartment building and a three-bedroom rental home on that lot.
I remember the day my longtime neighbors were shocked and distraught because they had just received a notice to vacate To annul, set aside, or render void; to surrender possession or occupancy.
The term vacate has two common usages in the law. With respect to real property, to vacate the premises means to give up possession of the property and leave the area totally devoid of contents. from their landlord. A developer was going to raze raze also rase
tr.v. razed also rased, raz·ing also ras·ing, raz·es also ras·es
1. To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.
2. To scrape or shave off.
3. the buildings and build condos. Thus began the rape of Laurelwood Drive, one dwelling after another.
I can imagine those who profit from this demolition, etc., probably jump up and down like frenzied game show contestants. But this is not a game -- it is a knife in the heart of affordable housing.
-- Patricia Alcorn
Torture begets torture
Re ``Remains of 2 'tortured' GIs found'' (June 21):
Wait a minute. Are we shocked and dismayed that our soldiers were tortured? The few enlisted bad apples of Abu Ghraib See Abu Ghraib prison and Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse.
The city of Abu Ghraib (BGN/PCGN romanization: Abū Ghurayb; أبو غريب in Arabic) in the Anbar Governorate of Iraq is located 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of committed torture after the prison had been taken over by the U.S. general who set up Guantanamo Prison and no officers were found responsible.
The Bush administration insists they respect the Geneva Convention Geneva Convention Declaration of Geneva Global village A standard established in 1864 regarding the conduct of the military towards medical personnel, and obligations of medical personnel during acts of war. , but President Bush reserves the right to torture. What's wrong with this picture? Torture begets torture.
-- Jerold Drucker
Re ``Performers often do best in real life'' (Their Opinions, June 19):
You rightly placed Rampell's article on the South Central Farm on the opinion page as it certainly didn't qualify as reporting. There was no balance and certainly no real facts. Ralph Horowitz has said there is not and never has been money on the table. Just talk. However, it appears that while Horowitz has received no money, the activists have been collecting rent from the squatters. How noble.
I would like to see a real news article which gives the facts including how Horowitz has been harassed, intimidated and vilified for years by the activists for their own purposes. They are borderline borderline /bor·der·line/ (-lin) of a phenomenon, straddling the dividing line between two categories.
borderline terrorists and I wouldn't do business with them either.
-- Mike Gorman Michael Gorman is a television play-by-play commentator for the Boston Celtics basketball team, currently broadcasting on the Comcast SportsNet New England cable channel. He is a native of Dorchester, Massachusetts and graduate of Boston Latin High School and Boston State College
Re ``Memories of Korea'' (Your Opinions, June 22):
Frank Jacobs writes that his experience in Korea was that the U.S. took no prisoners. That was not my experience during two tours there as a front-line Marine. Prisoners were very valuable and taking one was a feather in one's cap. Enemy soldiers trying to surrender were not killed, and were well treated so as to encourage them to surrender rather than fight to the death, fearing captivity.
Even though the Chinese and North Koreans did everything to prevent it, the word still filtered back to their troops that life as a U.N. prisoner was far better than serving under their communist masters. Prisoners were treated so well that over 100,000 refused to return after the war.
-- Jack Allen
Jack Allen is a major character in the Christian-themed radio drama/comedy Adventures in Odyssey
Pacific Palisades Palisades, cliffs along the west bank of the Hudson River, NE N.J. and SE N.Y., extending from N of Jersey City, N.J., to the vicinity of Piermont, N.Y., with a general altitude of from 350 ft to 550 ft (107–168 m).
Re ``Vicious tomcat regains 9th life'' (June 21):
How fortunate for owner Ruth Cisero that Judge Patrick Carroll ordered her to confine her cat, Lewis, to the house at all times.
I have long been an advocate of indoor cats, as this prolongs a cat's life due to the perils of the outside, such as cars, coyotes, diseased cats, vicious dogs and sadistic sa·dism
1. The deriving of sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification from inflicting pain or emotional abuse on others.
2. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty. humans. It makes an indoor cat ``civil'' as they're not up against these dangers. Each of my cats, all former strays, were once frightened, hungry felines felines
See animals. until I opened my home and heart to them.
-- Eddie Cress