PUBLIC FORUM DAVIS' PIPE DREAM.
Isn't it strange that citizens of California, who will pay the bill, have not heard from Gov. Gray Davis pertaining to the electric shortage. Now we have rolling blackouts, and summer isn't here yet. I understand there are six power plants under construction. Instead of spending billions on buying power lines and trying to control power costs, why doesn't the leader use these resources to complete all these plants as expeditiously as possible. What we need is more power here and now that we control.
Davis thinks conservation will pull us out of this shortage. That's a pipe dream. Politicians, through their inaction, have caused this problem. It really makes the sixth financial power in the world look good, doesn't it?
- Charles R. Velasquez
Gov. Davis is doing a very good job with this energy crisis. Deregulation was a disaster. Deregulation was a solution conceived by an oyster brain. Gov. Davis, through his state Energy Commission appointees, allows the state to control the supply of electricity, a very vital need.
The next thing that he must do is build new power plants that are under the state's control. Construction must begin as soon as possible. Confiscation of necessary land is justified at this time to accomplish this construction.
- Edwin T. Cheeks
There should be a commission to govern how much our gas and electricity goes up. It's totally corrupt to double or triple our rates without proper investigation. The postal service has a rate commission. Raise the price of the stamp one penny, and you hear the public cry and whine.
I am surprised people are not rebelling more over the electricity and gas increases. If these companies lost a ton of money in the stock market, why should we, the public, pay for their mismanagement? A note to the incumbent politicians: You're not getting my vote.
- Edward Silberman
Surprise. The true aspects of President Bush's reactionary agenda are now becoming crystal clear by his signing GOP legislation repealing the new ergonomics rule, to prevent repetitive injuries on the job, that had been added to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. Is it not significant that the first major legislation of the Clinton years in 1993 was the Family-Medical Leave Act to benefit working families, while the first major legislation of the Bush era is to kill improved workers' rights? Republicans, don't lecture me about family values. These Republicans are elitist hypocrites who have no regard for average working families. These Republicans are owned lock, stock and barrel by big corporations. This should be the real quid pro quo scandal. Repetitive injuries like tendinitis are no trivial matter.
- Wayne F. Madura
In light of the recent high school shooting incidents, attention is finally being given to children who are victims of cruelty and harassment by their fellow students. As an adolescent, I was harassed on a daily basis by classmates, and in some cases this treatment was instigated by teachers. At home, I was given more abuse by my father. Fortunately, guns were not a factor during the time I was in high school. Nor was I a person who would use a weapon.
Now, as a high school teacher, I create an environment in my classroom where abuse in any form is not tolerated. Also, I carefully monitor students' behavior and refer anyone who displays even a thought toward violence. Parents also need to do their part by creating a nurturing environment where the child can openly express his or her emotional issues.
- David Joel Shulman
Lake View Terrace
Must be maddening
The disasters in schools are deplorable. However, no one mentions the obvious problem, schoolteachers. I understand that, statistically, schoolteachers are the lowest third of any college graduating class.
They aren't very bright. As people say: If you can, you do. If you can't, you teach. A teacher's officiousness and selmportance must be maddening to a disturbed child who can expect no hope of any kind.
- Phyllis Sherman-Raschke
If you have a problem
If Marion Winkler (Public Forum, March 26) had her way, U.S. Hispanics would not be allowed to participate in the acts of copulation and procreation. A growth in Hispanic population seems greatly disturbing to her. So let me say this: If you have a problem with living in a free country, then take your ignorance to Red China where there are controls on procreation.
My grandfather procreated, and his son, my dad, fought in Vietnam and is now serving Los Angeles as a firefighter. My sister protects the city as a police officer, and my mother educates the children of Los Angeles. It's a pity we disturb you.
- Thomas D. Guzman
I salute Meredith Burke for her reasoned, factual article on runaway population growth, ``Census: Bigger doesn't always mean better'' (Opinion, March 7). She cites housing prices, endless sprawl, traffic gridlock, power and water shortages as a few problems we already must deal with. What will it be like in a few years when another 50 million, then 100 million and 500 million, ad infinitum, are added?
The root of the problem is continued legal immigration and uncontrolled illegal immigration with their high birth rates. If we want to retain what we still have, a civilized society, we must pull the plug on all immigration and tell President Bush and socialist Vicente Fox to deep-six any ideas of one-way open borders.
- Sonya Jason
After reading Iris Bauman's letter (Public Forum, March 26), I happened to be in a local supermarket and to look at the current holiday cards. There were 33 different Passover cards, and all but three were religious in nature. There were about three times as many Easter cards, but only 18 of them had a religious theme. The others were generic greetings to various relatives or humorous cartoons, and many featured spring-theme bunnies, chicks, flowers and baskets - none of which is a Christian religious symbol but more akin to the historic pagan celebrations of the changing of the seasons. Bauman should just be thankful that her Passover hasn't been corrupted and secularized to the extent that the ``real'' Easter has been.
- Linda S. Hamilton
Iris Bauman, I have a news flash for you: Most people in this country are Christians. There is no religious bigotry going on here, just the law of supply and demand. I am a Jew and have never had a problem finding a card for Jewish holidays. Nor am I offended by Easter and Christmas decorations because, if I were, that would give others the excuse to be offended by Hanukkah decorations.
Relax, Iris, and if need be, go to a religious store. Is it really that inconvenient for you to support your religious community?
- Bradly Gerber
Sharon's the one
Re ``Palestine priority'' (Opinion, March 22):
Trudy Rubin does not understand that Israel is negotiating with people who believe that, when they are given concessions without having to give back equally valuable concessions, their opponent is weak and not to be taken seriously.
This was the scenario played out all during the peace process, wherein Israel was forced to honor its obligations while the other side was not held responsible for its obligations. Ariel Sharon is the man for the job. He knew Yasser Arafat wouldn't honor agreements with an Israel he perceived to be weak. Sharon will hold Arafat liable, and the result will be real peace.
- Jerry Cutler