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PUBLIC FORUM : DOLE `STUCK IN A TIME WARP' ON IMMIGRATION.

Regarding ``Candidate bids for state's vote,'' Daily News, June 20. Is Bob Dole stuck in a time warp or what? Why is he still campaigning as if illegal immigration is the big hot-button issue of the California election?

That was 1994. This year, angry voters are doing something about the big money and the corruption in California politics that allow tobacco companies to weaken our anti-smoking laws, oil companies to gouge us at the pump and politicians to spend more time at fat-cat fund-raisers than doing the job we pay them for.

The big initiative on this November's ballot is the Anti-Corruption Initiative, the toughest campaign fiance reform measure ever proposed. And boy, do we need it. The Anti-Corruption Initiative will force politicians to raise most of their money from the people who live in their districts, instead of from fat cats and special interests from Washington, D.C., or New York City.

If Bob Dole wants to capitalize on a hot-button issue that will show him to be in tune with what we angry California voters want, he should endorse the Anti-Corruption Initiative.

- Jon Golinger

Mar Vista

``Private citizen'' Bob Dole, accompanied by Gov. Pete Wilson, campaigned last Wednesday at the Woodland Hills Trillium. Dole's speech was notable both for the approaches that he advocated and for the omission of mentioning the negative effects of such approaches.

He said that he would deny schooling to the children of this state's illegal immigrants, ``which should save California taxpayers approximately $2 billion per year.'' He omitted any mention of the mischief these children would be getting into during their idle time and the crimes that would be committed - and the subsequent costs to our law enforcement and penal systems. (Construction and operation of jails are very expensive.)

Also, how did Dole arrive at the $2 billion figure? Do we even know approximately how many such children are in our school system now? Would we also have to give our teachers additional training so they could properly assume their new police duties?

The kindest judgment of Dole's proposals is that they are meant for local consumption only - like the one in Kentucky (tobacco country) where he claimed that cigarette smoking was not addictive.

- Lou Robins

Van Nuys

`Profits over children'

Now that ``booze and butts'' have emerged as presidential campaign issues (``Clinton blasts Dole's remarks about tobacco,'' June 16), health and safety-conscious voters should let their federal leaders know that ``profits over children'' advertising of alcoholic beverages and tobacco can no longer be permitted in the manner that has so ubiquitously polluted our public airwaves and environments near billboards.

The Seagram Co.'s recently announced intention to defy a decades-old voluntary ban on TV advertising of hard liquor - to push its Crown Royal whiskey - is a predatory attempt to exploit a new generation of young Americans by enticing them to whiskey. At least on the tobacco issue, tobacco broadcast advertising was federally prohibited 25 years ago during President Nixon's administration.

- Ray Chavira

National Board Member

Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco

Bilingual education

Regarding ``New bilingual education plan OK'd,'' Daily News, June 18:

It was very thoughtful of the Daily News editors to place this news article on bilingual education directly above a second news article entitled, ``LAUSD board puts $2.4 billion bond measure before voters.'' Why? Because the voters will no doubt think twice before taking on additional taxes to support a school district that is so far out of touch as is the LAUSD.

Recent studies clearly demonstrate that the best method to develop students who are truly bilingual is to have native-English speakers and non-English-speaking newcomers learn together one another's language. Bilingual education programs that emphasize native-language instruction for newcomers, which is the method the LAUSD has just readopted after eight years of proven failure, are far less effective.

One wonders why the LAUSD is so reluctant to adopt a methodology which might result in a truly bilingual community in Los Angeles. Cynics note that bilingual education teachers in California receive a minimum of $5,000 per annum for teaching newcomers in their native languages. If students were suddenly able to ``graduate'' from native-language classes in the two or three years that were the original goal of bilingual education, thousands of teachers might equally suddenly find themselves without students and, therefore, no justification for the extra salary.

Similarly, the massive bilingual education bureaucracy - federal, state and local - that was spawned by passage of the Bilingual Education Act of 1968 might also find its services suddenly superfluous.

Lost in all this are the best interests of the students. By far the majority of the students who are assigned to the LAUSD's bilingual education classes are those whose native language is Spanish. Yet Latinos have far and away the highest dropout rate in the LAUSD, with some sources quoting a figure as high as 50 percent.

If I were the Latino parent of a child who is intending to reside in the United States, I would be extremely skeptical of any claim that the interests of my child are best served by having her or him attend a school that is taught in the native language.

- George R. Tyndall, M.D.

Los Angeles

Theater beats drive-in

Your recent articles and letters on the soon-to-be-bulldozed Chatsworth drive-in made it sound as if it were a sad thing to replace the drive-in with a theater.

It would be better to have a theater instead of a drive-in. A new movie theater would provide more jobs than a drive-in would - jobs which we need. Safety is also a big factor. How safe are drive-ins now?

- Sandra Larios

Los Angeles

Chick backers rebutted

I read with great interest the letters in Public Forum that supporters of Los Angeles Councilwoman Laura Chick have written in defense of her deplorable vote to limit adding new police officers.

One question that these people shy away from is: How did Los Angeles ever find itself with such an inadequate police force? It is a well-known fact that Los Angeles has about half of the police protection of other major cities. How did this happen? Certainly we don't have half the crime of other cities. Perhaps the City Council would benefit from a review of mistakes made by past politicians.

The arguments by Chick's supporters that she is proceeding in a correct manner is captured in the statement of Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg when she said, ``Funding for libraries and parks must be maintained because these things are what make the city livable.''

No one disputes the desirability of these facilities. There is, however, a matter of priorities. Libraries and parks are no good if one cannot use them safely. I would invite Chick and Goldberg to go into the streets anywhere in Los Angeles and ask people what their No. 1 priority is. It surely won't be parks and libraries.

Certainly the problem is funding. The possibility that the people will vote to increase taxes for more police is not good. What we need is for the City Council to do some creative thinking instead of fighting with the mayor. At least he tried to do something about the police station.

- Sion Colvin

Woodland Hills

Community college trustees acted responsibly MEMO:

These are additional letters on Saturday's Public Forum topic: whether four members of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees should be recalled for approving an assessment district for lighting, landscaping and recreational facilities.

I admit it: I'm one of the bad guys, a community college professor who supported the Los Angeles Community College District's forming a new assessment district.

And I also admit that I continue to side with the four trustees who did not wilt in the firestorm of public protest. Should they be recalled? Absolutely not, since in my estimation they are the ones acting responsibly in an effort to make this community college district everything it should be for the public at large.

- Douglass McFerran

Woodland Hills

I am in favor of recalling college board members Althea Baker, Kenneth Washington, David Lopez-Lee and Gloria Romero. What arrogance these people have

A $6.9 million horse center? What a joke. I will vote ``No'' on every bond issue until people like these four get responsible.

- Donald Lefton

Canoga Park

I propose that the four trustees who voted in favor of the assessments be required to produce, within 30 days, letters from more than 50 percent of the property owners giving reasons why the trustees should not be recalled - or else they are out of office.

- Allan W. Stewart

Sunland

Not one cent of the money from the assessment will go to provide education. No classrooms will be refurbished and air-conditioned, and no existing facilities will be repaired. There will be no purchases of audiovisual equipment, new teaching videos or computers for the classes, and no new books will be bought for the library.

The money will not be used to hire new faculty, offer new classes, evaluate the present faculty or work with the business community to do an assessment of what classes are needed.

- Barbara L. Coman

Sylmar

It is sometimes difficult to make selections from the long list of names on the ballot for college district trustees. We now know who not to vote for.

- Cora Williams

Sherman Oaks

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