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PUBLIC FORUM ULTIMATE NIMBY.

Re ``UCLA is urged to favor locals'' (Sept. 2):

North and West Valley students are not considered local by a certain vote-pandering L.A. mayoral candidate, Sen. Richard Alarcon. He wants only students within 15 miles of the UCLA campus to get preferential treatment. He maintains that even if his constituents' students have inflated grades from high school, but perform poorly on standard academic tests, they should bypass the system and get in anyway.

Other recent immigrants' children who choose to live in the Valley and do well academically will now be pushed aside for no other reason than living more than 15 miles from UCLA. Talk about NIMBYism. And this is a guy who wants to represent all Angelenos. No, thank you.

- Michael N. Cohen

Reseda

Short on specifics

Re ``A long way to go'' (Editorial, Sept. 1):

Long on exhortation but short on specificity. You correctly note that the LAUSD has twice as many poor students as other districts in the state, along with a large immigrant population. But you fail to explain the implications and offer solutions. Education Department data show that poor and minority students are already three months behind the national average in reading and math skills by the time they enter kindergarten, and never catch up.

The most promising way to remedy their plight is to intervene in the preschool years, beginning as early as six months of age, according to specialists. Even then, there are no guarantees.

- Walt Gardner

Los Angeles

Undermining laws

Re ``California law needed on superstores'' (Their Opinions, Sept. 2):

If the employees of employers providing legitimate jobs for legal residents are costing the the average taxpayer $1,952 in taxes, how much do illegal residents working under the table cost?

Is not the bashing of Wal-Mart for providing entry level jobs while advocating essentially an open border policy with full citizen's benefits and rights for anyone crossing the kind of hypocrisy we have all come to expect from our elected representatives? Don't like the laws? Change them. In the meantime, enforce them. The tacit approval of such lawbreaking works to undermine the legitimacy of all laws.

- John Schwarz

Chatsworth

L.A. as loser

Re ``California law needed on superstores'' (Their Opinions, Sept. 2):

The typical socialist rant of liberals like Richard Alarcon illustrate why the city of Los Angeles is a loser for business. He cites a study from the Center for Labor Research from the liberal mecca of Cal Berkeley on why Wal-Mart does not pay enough or provide health care.

I would suggest those wishing to make more money who need health care work for a company that offers those benefits. Otherwise shut up and stop trying to eliminate competition from more efficient companies. Alarcon is protecting his liberal cash cows, which provide him with campaign funds for his left-wing causes. I for one don't believe that a grocery clerk who stacks soup on a shelf is worth the top union benefit of $24 per hour.

- Philip Brooks

Thousand Oaks

Squelching competition

Re ``California law needed on superstores'' (Their Opinions, Sept. 2):

UC Berkeley, a bastion of socialism, produces a study that vilifies Wal- Mart and Sen. Richard Alarcon uses it to justify his proposal to raise the bar for Wal-Mart building permits.

The senator then employs a newfound conscience for the California taxpayer in his argument against Wal-Mart. What we need is economic stimulation. What we get is more government regulation that squelches competition.

- Larry Reitz

Moorpark

Stigmatizing license

Re ``Cedillo, Bratton stump for license bill'' (Sept. 2):

So Assemblyman Gil Cedillo feels that identifying the licensee as an illegal alien, as our governor will require, will stigmatize the licensee. Well, Cedillo, let me remind you that when these aliens cross our borders illegally they are committing crimes. That means they are, by definition, criminals.

Are you saying criminals should not be stigmatized by their criminal acts, regardless of their motivation?

- Stan Myers

Chatsworth

Didn't happen

After witnessing Arnold, Rudy, Cheney, Bush and others at the Republican convention and listening to right-wing talk radio this week, I have concluded that there must be a planet called ``Republica.'' A world where Vietnam atrocities, Nixon's Watergate, Neil Bush's savings and loan bailout, trickle-down economics, Enron/Halliburton getting busted for overcharging, massive intelligence failures, no WMDs, the biggest deficit in U.S. history, tax cuts for people who hide the money and outsource jobs, a flat stock market, huge energy price jumps, declining wages, huge health care price leaps, a proposed constitutional amendment to discriminate and on and on, has not really happened.

On the planet ``Republica'' all you need is prayer and a pair of rose- colored glasses.

- Chuck Heinold

- West Hills

For all of us

The story of the presidential race can be seen as to what happened at their respective conventions. At the Democratic convention, it was John F. Kerry reporting for duty (Just For Kerry). While at the Republican convention, it was ``a nation arising out of the ashes.'' One for an individual, the other for all of us.

- Joseph Nicassio

Valencia

Fantastic ... not

George Bush has been a fantastic president when it comes to creating new jobs. Unfortunately, most of them are in India. Here in the United States, about 1.8 million jobs have been lost since Bush took office. One point eight million.

Bush promises us time and time again that his economic plan is ``working.'' It's not ... and neither are 1.8 million of our friends, neighbors and relatives. John Kerry has my vote.

- Colin Campbell

Studio City

What Democrats risk

Maybe the war in Iraq is the Republicans' Vietnam. Successive Democratic administrations sent American troops into harm's way in South Vietnam only to see North Vietnam eventually prevail. It is understandable that Democrats would caution against making the same mistake twice.

But what if a government of the people, by the people and for the people does take root in Iraq and Afghanistan? What Democrats risk by opposing the president is being on the wrong side of history a second time.

- Robert Stark

Northridge

Focus, folks

Here it is three years after 9-ll, the worst terrorist attack on our country, and the two candidates and their campaign organizers are arguing in great detail about what Senator Kerry did or did not do 35 years ago. While the Republicans in Congress in l998 were impeaching President Clinton, al-Qaida must have been laughing at us as they planned the attack in New York and Washington.

Today, we are told that they are planning another attack. Doesn't it make sense to forget the Vietnam War? Let's concentrate on how to extricate ourselves from Iraq, which is also beginning to look like a big disaster. The candidates should be discussing preventing terrorism, the economy, health care and jobs. It's time to forget about the past, except to learn from past mistakes.

- Gerald Cadish

Agoura Hills
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