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Re "Recall shakes up toy industry" (Business, Aug. 16):
We, the American taxpayers and consumers, will carry all of the financial burden of disposing of the lead-laden toys. With this occurrence, along with the "dog food" fiasco and others, are there any reasonable people around who are not part of the mercantile/manufacturing financial hegemony and who still believe that we really save money in the long run by having China do our manufacturing for us?
-- Leonard McGinnis
Another bad idea
Re "Breeding ground" (Aug. 15):
The color photo on your Aug. 15 front page is exactly what we can expect if or when the concrete washes are removed to create a riparian zone
A riparian zone is the interface between land and a flowing surface water body. . There is not enough water to keep them flowing so the water does not just puddle and invite mosquitoes.
Also, all the trash that is thrown in the streets will be added to the mix, homeless will camp and we will have more disease than we can handle. Another bad, costly idea from our politicians.
-- Joann Kibler
Phil Spector trial
Re "Spector defense expert attacked on 'epiphany'" (Aug. 16):
Even though I studied law in years past, I am amazed a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. at the lack of common sense and simple logic in the trial of Phil Spector. Based on actual facts, and past behavior, he intended to engage in sexual acts with Lana Clarkson
Lana Clarkson (April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003) was an American actress. She was born in Long Beach, California. , and as in the past he had used his gun to "persuade" his victim.
So the question I have for the judge and prosecutor to ask, and defense to answer, is a simple one: What was the purpose of having a loaded gun at that "social encounter"? Spector should be put away for life, and this ridiculous trial put to an end with simple logic, which is possible even in a legal environment. It is called common sense.
-- Michael A. Campos Campos (käm`ps), city (1996 pop. 391,299), Rio de Janeiro state, SE Brazil, on the Paraíba River near its mouth.
Re "All fall down" (Viewpoint, Aug. 12):
Richard Little Richard Little may refer to:
The self-serving Sacramento politicians misuse these tax revenues to pay for their pet, vote-buying projects and illegal aliens, not for the infrastructure. Recently the California voters approved nearly $40 billion in bonds for infrastructure upgrading. The author completely ignored this as well. Now the Sacramento spenders are attempting to defraud To make a Misrepresentation of an existing material fact, knowing it to be false or making it recklessly without regard to whether it is true or false, intending for someone to rely on the misrepresentation and under circumstances in which such person does rely on it to his or the public once more and redirect some of the bond funds to other darling projects.
-- Mort Arditti
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.
Re "City Pandering Department" (Our Opinions, Aug. 12):
You ended your editorial with a real mouthful: "So the moral is this: If you want sensible planning, instead of senseless pandering, you need to buy the politicians' votes or scare them to death by organizing your community."
I'm not sure you really meant to be this candid, but amen to that. You guys (you know who you are) can go on buying politicians' votes, that's a law enforcement matter. We "locals" are proud to be able to strike fear in the hearts of city officials. Let's hear it for organized local communities who demand and get sensible planning and for Councilwoman Wendy Greuel Wendy Greuel is President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 2nd District. Greuel was elected in 2002 to fill the remainder of the term of Councilman Joel Wachs. She was elected in her own right in 2003 and reelected in 2007. who refused to be "worked."
-- Roberta Actor-Thomas
Re "Ring masters" (Aug. 12):
When an animal has to have its eyes smeared with Vaseline or be weakened in order for someone to fight it, ultimately to its death, it's hardly a fair contest. It is a sport of cowards, just like chasing a fox to exhaustion before finally dispatching it, attaching blades to the feet of birds in cockfighting cockfighting, sport of pitting gamecocks against one other. Though popular in ancient Greece, Persia, and Rome, cockfighting has been long opposed by clergy and humane groups. (another "tradition") or dogfighting.
If these people enjoy the pageantry of the "sport," the music and all that goes with it, just take the bull out of the equation since supposedly that's not what anyone is there to see anyway. Or replace the bull with another man and have them fight to the death as gladiators gladiators [Lat.,=swordsmen], in ancient Rome, class of professional fighters, who performed for exhibition. Gladiatorial combats usually took place in amphitheaters. They probably were introduced from Etruria and originally were funeral games. did. I doubt people would be taking their 7-year-old daughters to see that.
-- James Cannon James Cannon may be:
Re "Apartment smoke" (Your Opinions, Aug. 8):
Now that we have a ban on smoking in parks, we should enact one to prevent smoking in apartments where kids are trapped in walkways, stairways and poolside by smokers spewing their filth into the very air we breathe. It is not enough that they generate secondhand smoke sec·ond·hand smoke
Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke that is inhaled unintentionally by nonsmokers and may be injurious to their health if inhaled regularly over a long period. Also called passive smoke. , but many smokers neglect to put out their smoke when finished and choose to just let it burn itself out, spewing even more of the obnoxious smell.
Smokers do not realize that they can be detected from as much as 20 feet away by a nonsmoker just by the smell that lingers on them. It is a shame to have to run an air conditioner because opening the windows lets in the smoke from the apartments below and next to us.
-- Michael Nitzahn
Lack of oversight
The latest report disclosing that LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) students showed little improvement over last year in state standardized test A standardized test is a test administered and scored in a standard manner. The tests are designed in such a way that the "questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent"  results should not come as a surprise. The fact that more than two-thirds of students in nearly all grade levels are not proficient in English and math scores, and continue to lag behind other states, comes on the heels of increasing evidence that the board of education is lacking in management oversight.
Last month alone it was revealed that Belmont Learning Center This Belmont Learning Center contains information about a building currently under construction.
It may contain information of a speculative nature, and the content may change dramatically as construction progresses and new information becomes available. costs continue to soar. Its original price tag was $45 million. The final tab will top $400 million. Then taxpayers learned that in the past five years, LAUSD officials have been forced to return all but a fraction of $62 million in state reimbursement funds because of flawed or incomplete applications.
- Robert McArthur
Society of blamers
Re "Wrong way on illegal immigration "Illegal alien" and "Illegal aliens" redirect here. For other uses, see Illegal aliens (disambiguation).
Illegal immigration refers to immigration across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country. " (Their Opinions, Aug 13):
We cannot in good conscience continue to blame the federal government for the problems with illegal immigration.
I grew up in south-of-the-boulevard Woodland Hills in the early '60s. Back then it was a working-class area, with friendly neighbors who socialized so·cial·ize
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.
2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. together and spent weekends working in the yard. Thirty years later, I'm back and the neighbors are strangers to me. Their gardeners are illegals, as are their maids and the "contractors" who come to work on their homes. At the corner of Fallbrook Avenue and Ventura Boulevard Ventura Boulevard is one of the primary east-west thouroughfares in the San Fernando Valley; as it was originally a part of the El Camino Real (the trail between Spanish missions), Ventura Boulevard is the oldest route in the San Fernando Valley. It was also U.S. , the day laborers hang out, sometimes 100 strong, disrupting traffic and local businesses. Who's hiring them? We are. If you really want to know who's at fault in this mess, wave to him or her when you brush your teeth in the morning.
-- Rod C. Venger
My daughter and her family live in an apartment because they know they cannot afford a home. There is no reason why they should stand by and watch Los Angeles bail out people who bought homes way beyond their ability to pay and are in danger of losing those homes.
Besides, since these unfortunate homeowners are having trouble making their mortgage payments, what makes city officials think recipients of the proposed low-interest loans will ever have the funds to repay them?
-- Michael Wiener
Re "Reggie the escape artist" (Aug. 16):
While the article describing Reggie's latest bid for freedom was somewhat amusing, it demonstrated the plight of animals kept in captivity for the pleasure of their captors.
If there were real concerns for his well-being, zoo officials would relocate Reggie to the wilds of a swamp where he could be among his own species, and seek out his own pleasures, in keeping with nature's true intent.
-- Steven Sapkin, M.D.
Full of it
I enjoyed seeing the smiling picture of Reggie the alligator alligator, large aquatic reptile of the genus Alligator, in the same order as the crocodile. There are two species—a large type found in the S United States and a small type found in E China. Alligators differ from crocodiles in several ways. on your Aug. 10 front page, but I felt something was missing. Why, of course! It was Mayor Villaraigosa that should have been right next to Reggie with his big smile. Besides their smiles, they have quite a bit in common. Both are attention grabbers (Reggie for his cuteness), both have eluded people for months (the mayor and his extramarital ex·tra·mar·i·tal
Being in violation of marriage vows; adulterous: an extramarital affair.
Adjective affair), and one is a relative of the croc while the other is full of crock crock - [American scatologism "crock of shit"] 1. An awkward feature or programming technique that ought to be made cleaner. For example, using small integers to represent error codes without the program interpreting them to the user (as in, for example, Unix "make(1)", which .
-- Erin Ziliak