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In his June 10 Public Forum letter, Louis Robins makes his case against Valley secession based on his fear of losing the few remaining services we receive from the over-the-hill crowd.

Imagine if the Founding Fathers of our nation, based on the fear of losing the few remaining services we received from England, had decided that self-determination, freedom of speech and equal representation was not worth the risk. I respect Robins' opinion on this subject, but even a liberal Democrat like FDR realized that ``we have nothing to fear except fear itself.'' Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

- Dennis Wilkinson


What is important

Priorities, it's a matter of priorities, as with the constant pursuit of revenues over high-quality services that plagues this city. When I read the news about a boy gunned down in the street by thugs, and the very same day watch as an on-duty police officer spends his time pulling over hard- working citizens for minor traffic offenses, it really just clarifies where our leadership places its priorities.

These priority issues are reflected in Los Angeles down to the very last pothole. I am behind secession if it leads to liberation from the neglect of honorable priorities.

- V. Santoyo


League response

In response to your editorial regarding the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and our stand against secession (June 11), we think your readers deserve an alternative view.

First, your charge that we neither listened to the debate nor examined the facts is completely erroneous. The league has been studying secession for the past five years, pouring through reports and documents, assessing conflicting information from the city, LAFCO and Valley VOTE. The most important result of that process was that we found the information from all parties to be unreliable and constantly changing. Rather than seeking truth, we found supporters and opponents to be using information to support their own points of view at every turn. Voters deserve to know what they are voting on, and we do not think the information from any source provides any prediction of how secession will actually be accomplished.

We also take issue with your assumption that we have ``signed on'' with ``the downtown power structure.'' Are you saying that anyone who is not on your side can only be in the pocket of some power elite?

In the end, we oppose secession because of the damage it will do to our sense of ourselves as the second-largest city in the country. We are part of a great city that, warts and all, makes history through our ability to meld diverse people into a whole. We believe we will not continue to be this great city by becoming small.

- Cindy O'Connor


League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

League opposition

Re the Daily News June 11 editorial on the League of Women Voters opposing San Fernando Valley secession:

I have a simple policy, anything that the League of Women Voters or the AARP puts its backing behind, I vote the opposite.

- Art Haendiges


L.A.'s terrorists

The Daily News is correct that terrorists may be plotting another Sept. 11 as a result of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's unwillingness to cooperate with the INS (``Outlaw city,'' Editorial, June 10).

But Los Angeles already has its own brand of terrorists called gangs. Delgadillo knows that the more than 60 percent of illegal alien L.A. gang members are not honest, hard-working, immigrants looking for a better life. They are criminals who should be deported before they commit their next crime.

- Hal Netkin

Van Nuys

Valley as doormat

I agree with Ronald Rushton's June 4 Public Forum letter. Should the secession drive fail, we in the Valley would be completely helpless against City Hall. They would walk all over us, more than being just a cash cow. It behooves us on election day to pick whether we shall be a separate city or a doormat.

- Bill Spoerer

Valley Village

Extraditing criminals

The Daily News has done a great service in raising public awareness of foreign laws that protect defendants from being extradited to the United States for prosecution of serious crimes, including murder (``Foreign laws protecting wanted men,'' June 10). This critical issue confronts not only California and many border states, but the entire United States.

The country with which we deal the most often in these cases is Mexico. Until the Mexican government treats California and the United States as sovereign entities and the U.S. government does its job to obtain cooperation from the Mexican government to extradite Mexican nationals, murderers will continue to flee to Mexico without fear of facing trial for crimes committed in Los Angeles County and elsewhere.

In a letter sent on June 10, I have called for congressional hearings into this issue that impedes our duty to prosecute those who violate our laws. Allowing murderers and other criminals to avoid justice is to deny justice not just for the people of the state of California, but victims of the most heinous crimes.

- Steve Cooley

District attorney

Los Angeles County

Comforting to me

Who are these people who always question arrests of suspected enemies of the U.S. government? The FBI and CIA go on the air to report the arrest of an American citizen who had been in discussion and reconnaissance for possible future attacks on our country. Our government is telling me they're attempting to intercept any threat or destruction to our land and people. Hearing that is comforting to me.

It is unbelievable that there are some who immediately begin questioning whether our citizens' rights are being violated because they haven't already blown up thousands of people. Better we let them do that, than arrest them? Then we'd have a case? Excuse me?

- Shirley Osborn

Los Angeles


Re ``Affordability takes dive'' (Business, June 7):

A more accurate title would be ``Availability takes a dive.'' Let me offer a quick lesson. Stop all the proposed legislation restricting land development, i.e. Sen. Barbara Boxer's ``Wide open spaces.'' Let developers build the type of housing that is profitable and market driven.

When someone buys a $500,000 home they sell a $300,000 home. When someone buys a $300,000 home they sell a $180,000 ``affordable'' home and so on. Get it?

- Scott Wilkerson

La Tuna Canyon


Re ``Estate tax repeal'' by Ira Skutch (Public Forum, June 11):

Are you aware that the top 20 percent now pay 80 percent of the federal government's bills? Picture owning a house with four other roommates. You pay 80 percent of all bills and the other four pay 5 percent each. Fair? I think not.

Everyone would agree that if I make $50,000 and pay $10,000 in taxes (i.e., 20 percent), I should then, if I make $1 million, pay $200,000 in taxes. But in our beloved tax system this $1 million earner actually pays far in excess of $200,000 in taxes, typically closer to $500,000 or more. Fair? I think not. ``Another attempt by the wealthy to keep from contributing their share to the upkeep of our nation.'' I think not.

- Mark A. Butterworth


Makes me weep

Re ``Weeping Lewinsky gets out of jury duty'' (News Lite, June 8):

Monica Lewinsky got out of jury duty by crying, saying she ``was still scarred from her dealings with courts during the Clinton impeachment scandal.'' How touching.

I too feel like crying, though my tears are for the people with integrity who don't shirk their civic duty, many with families who suffer financial loss and who haven't profited by writing a tasteless ``tell all'' book.

- Eddie Cress

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