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PUBLIC FORUM FAULTY SYSTEM.

Once again, well-paid and well-benefited incumbents, along with a herd of new hopefuls, are leaving their cushy offices to go on the campaign trail. With original pledges yet unfilled and leaving the store unattended, they hit the high and low roads - stumping their monotonous rhetoric of empty promises.

This faulty campaign system not only allows but also encourages qualified hopefuls to behave in an unsavory manner. Simple solution: discontinue the usual campaigning for incumbents and let their record speak for itself. All other nominees are to be subjected to a complete investigation of all personal and business transactions. This may deter the unethical from running and eliminate future investigations of elected officials and their appointees.

- Albert Obregon

Sunland

Mars is calling

Re ``Stop recalls'' (Viewpoint, Aug. 24):

The return of Mars tomorrow is the closest it will be to Earth, so now is the time for Joseph Honig to return. In his article, he stated that we the people are subverting due process and apparently do not know what we are doing to the state by kicking Davis out.

It is very obvious that a couple of million Californians do know what we are doing, so go back to Mars, Joseph Honig.

- Graham R. Judge

Granada Hills

Drawing the line

Re ``Lawyers to Bush: Stop recall'' (Notebook, Aug. 18):

Would someone please set some of these sue-happy lawyers straight? Tell Luis Rodriguez, president of La Raza Lawyers of California, that we do not need Spanish-speaking poll workers at the polling places.

To become a citizen of the United States with the right to vote, you must first learn to speak and read English - at lease that's how it used to be. Why waste any more of the taxpayers' money - and where do we draw the line on which minority group gets a translator and which does not? There are already too many different languages on the ballots, all unnecessary.

- Trudy Peters

Tujunga

Surplus city property

Re ``City may sell surplus property, but it has to find it first'' (Business, Aug. 24):

With the LAUSD in desperate need for more space, wouldn't it make sense for the city to donate some of its surplus property to the district so children and teachers don't have to be stuck in overcrowded classrooms, and students can attend neighborhood schools rather than be bused all over town?

If the lots are not big enough for the usual mega-campuses, they could be used as satellite locations. Small neighborhood schools may just be the answer to the district's embarrassing track record. Some sites might also make good community centers for teens or seniors. The city should do what most parents do, leave the property to the children.

- Edith Hoffmann

Northridge

The penalty

Re ``More American soldiers killed in post-war Iraq'' (Aug. 27):

As I write, the U.S. casualty list in Iraq stands at 276 dead and thousands wounded - 138 service members have been killed on or since May 1, when President Bush declared major combat operations had ended. Why is it that these honored dead, whose names we are not told, are not being returned to the United States amid the same pomp and ceremony as those before May 1?

Have they become an embarrassment to the president? Has not the whole bloody mess become an embarrassment to our nation? Did not most of us learn as children not to stir up a hornet's nest and is that not what the hawks in the Bush administration have done? The penalty is, we are now doomed to feel the sting everyday for a very long time.

- Philip Wilt

Van Nuys

Hiring illegal immigrants

Re ``License drive may pose risk'' (Aug. 23):

The supporters of the plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants state that the legislation would help businesses that employ undocumented workers. Is it now all right to hire those who have entered our country illegally and are without any documentation?

Is there any way of knowing how many jobs are filled in this way in Southern California? What a sorry situation. We have so many citizens unemployed, and then illegal immigration is encouraged when anyone who can cross the border can be employed in California. Could it be that the businesses are able to offer lower wages and thereby increase their profit margin?

- Barbara Adams

Reseda

Corporate robbery

Re ``Gas prices set record for two-week climb'' (Aug. 25):

Speculated shortages, low inventories, war, reformulation, summer/winter switches, refinery maintenance, and high demand. Californians have heard this same story for years and with such regularity consumers are becoming adept at predicting when spikes in the cost of gasoline will occur.

What is difficult to comprehend is that while a gallon of unleaded gasoline is presently selling for $1.47 in North Carolina, that same gallon of fuel is costing Californians $2.13. With California left vulnerable to big oil companies' price-gouging policies, perhaps what is warranted is regulation of oil industry pricing policies, analogous to the regulation of electricity and natural gas prices by the state and federal public utility and energy commissions.

- Darwin M. Ochs

Lancaster

Gas rip-off

Re ``Gas prices set record for two-week climb'' (Aug. 25):

I want to go a little further into the problem and ask why our local politicians, like the Board of Supervisors and our City Council people, who are always so quick to spend our money and get their names in the newspaper or on TV to promote their pet projects - most of them driving county or city cars - let's hear from them on this issue. The mayor is on vacation?

Also why aren't the oil refineries running at 100 percent.

Let's make our elected officials accountable and so they will stop sitting on their hands. We are indeed being ripped off.

- Jim Thomas

West Hills

Only civilians

Re ``Just the facts'' (Your Opinions, Aug. 26):

A perfect example of a citizen who believes the lies our government issues. First, the nuclear devices dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed only civilians - it was strictly an experiment on human flesh, no military were involved. Nor did it end the war sooner or save American lives, for the war was over in early August 1944 when General Yamashita surrendered what was left of his rag-tag troops.

The Japanese had no home guard, all their army was overseas, and it is interesting to note that not one U.S. soldier was killed because of terrorist action in occupied Japan - some difference to Iraq.

How do I know? Because I was an officer with the 32nd Infantry Division, the first U.S. troops to set foot in Japan. Also I was among the first Americans to see Nagasaki two weeks after the bomb was dropped.

- Max Ross

Lancaster

Cruel and unusual

Re ``Murder of molester priest apparently well-plotted'' (Aug. 26):

A man of God killed in prison. Isn't it inhumane to put a person who can't protect himself or herself into a government compound? Isn't it the responsibility of the government agency to protect these folks?

It's cruel and unusual punishment. If this man of God were my 15-year-old son going through the system for stealing a pack of cigarettes, the government, city, county or whatever is not going to protect my son.

- Ross A. Orcutt

Tujunga
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