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PUBLIC FORUM; FEARS CONFIRMED.

I received my census questionnaire and it confirmed my fears: The accompanying letter advised that government money, as opposed to yours and mine, will be used primarily and based upon the answers to the questions, most of which were directed into determining your race or color.

Government services such as roads, schools, housing assistance, employment, etc., will be allocated based upon your bloodline and national origin. Wow. And we thought we had done away with that type of thinking.

- Bruce Jones

Eagle Rock

IT'S NOT RIGHT

Recently, I've heard and read many expressions of concern that the census will be inaccurate. Authorities are afraid that certain groups, especially illegal immigrants, will be uncounted. Well, I'd like to express some concerns of my own.

I don't think that it's right to include illegal immigrants in the count. I can't think of a single justification for taking government funds, and more importantly, political representation away from American citizens, including women, children, the poor, Hispanics, black, gays, union workers, and others, and giving it to people who are in this country in violation of our laws.

- Alex Landi

North Hills

REALLY NICE PAPER

While reinventing myself as a Native Californian, I wondered why the census was printed on such expensive paper.

Paper from which fingerprints can be lifted.

- Mike Hannin

Newbury Park

FAULTY MEMORY

A March 17 Public Forum letter lauds Rep. James Rogan for his unbelievable courage in leading the fight to impeach a popular president. However, one wonders what happened to this unbelievable courage when Rogan was apprised of the sexual peccadilloes of his mentor, the now discredited Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives.

Maybe Rogan felt he owed a special loyalty to Gingrich, the speaker who appointed Rogan, a then freshman congressman to the prestigious and influential House Judiciary Committee? Or was it that Newt was a fellow Republican?

Let's give Rogan the benefit of the doubt and blame this oversight on a faulty memory.

- Louis Robins

Van Nuys

THIS IS THE FUSS

Re ``Money Better Spent'' letter by Brian Klea (Public Forum, March 19):

The ``fuss,'' Klea, is getting the VA to return veterans to the status quo they enjoyed prior to the Northridge Earthquake. Whether to spend the $1.5 million to repair the old gym or to use it for paying membership to a private gym is another issue.

The core problem is that the VA has not agreed to spending one red cent toward returning things to the way they were. The Daily News is right on target by holding the VA's feet to the fire on this issue. And by the way, as a veteran I would like to say thanks for agreeing that society should be ``nice'' to us. Your appreciation of veterans came across with crystal clarity.

- Thomas McKenzie

Chatsworth

SLUMS CITY'S FAULT

Re ``Slumlords welcome'' (Editorial, Viewpoint, March 19):

Where has the City Council along with the Building and Safety Department been all these years?

The city of Los Angeles is now charging rental owners a dollar a month for each unit, which the California State Appeals Court ruled is an illegal tax under Proposition 218. This is the same service that the city of Pasadena has performed for many years at 60 percent of this charge. But the city attorney, James Hahn, whose job it is to enforce the City Council's desires, tells rental owners they have to pay anyway.

I have owned rental units for 35 years and my tenants will tell you I furnish as good a product as there is on the market. It is therefore in my interest for the supply of low-income rental housing to be diminished further so I can receive even higher rents. Then we will hear even more from the political elite about the plight of the homeless and how we need more slumlord-managed public housing.

- Robert L. Gumm

Tujunga

LANDLORD'S SOLUTION

Your editorial, ``Slumlords welcome,'' March 19, demonstrates a lack of understanding regarding the causes responsible for the current housing plight throughout the city of Los Angeles.

Three extremely positive steps toward a comprehensive resolution of this crisis would be the immediate reduction of the business license tax, allowing property owners to recoup all improvement costs, and elimination of relocation assistance when a property has to be rehabilitated.

By implementing this easy and practical approach, employers would be able to expand their job opportunities; rehabilitation loans would be more readily and realistically available; and property owners would be able to improve their available housing. In turn, tenants would then be better able to find and afford improved housing.

- Vic Viereck

North Hollywood

WHOSE LAND?

The letter by Louis Richter, ``Decision on Arabs'' (March 17), leaves me with a question. From whom did the Jewish National Fund buy the land?

- William Brady

Reseda

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

On March 29, 1996, David Kessler of the Federal Drug Administration, with Al Gore at his side in concurrence, said, ``We are committed to providing expanded access, availability to American patients, for any drug that there is reason to believe may work.''

Neither the FDA nor Al Gore has made this happen. As a result of inaction, Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana introduced HR 3677, the Thomas Navarro Patients' Rights Act, so that Thomas (www.cancerbusters.com) can receive a proven nontoxic treatment that can save his life.

The FDA refuses to consider this treatment and insists that Thomas be subjected to chemo and radiation therapies, and only after debilitating suffering from the side effects and failure of the treatment would they consider that he receive the anti-neoplasms treatment. Life is cruel. Getting sick and knowing there is a medicine that can cure you but someone won't let you have that medicine is crueler.

- Don Schendel

Mission Hills

SURPLUS AND DEFICIT

Presidential candidate George W. Bush wants to use the surplus to impose a large tax cut because, after all, the surplus belongs to the people.

Tell me Gov. Bush, who does the $5 trillion deficit belong to?

- Stan Gordon

Encino

A GOOD START

Here in Los Angeles, we are paying teachers to educate our children, and a lot of them are not doing this, so now we are talking about giving bonuses to the good teachers. What kind of people do we have running our school system?

Let's get down to what needs to be done. We should get rid of the teachers who don't teach and keep the ones who do. All teachers should be rated on how well their students do on final exams at the end of the year. That shows how well the students were taught.

If I were negotiating a contract with the teachers union, I would never sign until I was given the right to fire incompetent teachers. This would be a good start to fixing the system.

- Stan Niedwicki

Woodland Hills

STRONG BELIEFS

Regarding Christopher Chui's critique (Public Forum, March 16) of my article ``The Bible led writer away from God'' (Viewpoint, March 12): Chui states ``the Bible predicted many scientific facts . . .'' He then quotes Job 26:7, ``He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.''

From this Chui concludes, ``It clearly predicts the expansion of the universe over 3,000 years ago and that the Earth hangs in space as a globe.'' To me, this is an enormous stretch of interpretation, demonstrating if one believes strongly enough, he or she can glean almost any meaning they wish from reading Scripture. It has never been my intent to diminish someone's faith. It is important, however, that the policy-makers of our nation realize there are many millions of Americans who share my philosophy.

- Don Malvin

Canoga Park

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