A sick system

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “LAUSD report card: All F’s” (April 21): Nearly 25 years ago, Ronald Reagan rightfully noted: “If you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state, and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that you’re liable to be given more money to do it with.” Today, what parent would permit their children to eat at a “B” or “C” rated restaurant for fear of getting ill, yet are forced to send them to a “F” rated public school system that is ill-conceived. How sick and rotten is this? Where’s the public outrage? — Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Not enough Re “Gang battle is mayor’s top priority” (April 19): Villaraigosa’s plan of spending $168 millions into youth and anti-gang activity seems aggressive enough, but obviously unintelligently planned. It is not enough to fill potholes on the street, but to improve on the quality of work from the beginning to create more lasting street paving. It is not enough to increase the LAPD force, but to optimize on the time, and strategy of their function. It is not enough TO fight gang activity, but to determine the cause, and provide avenues to control such activity. It is not enough to strive for efficiency, as he is trying his best to do, but to strive for effectiveness. By striving for effectiveness first, the intended/planned effects could be reached, or even more accurately measured/analyzed against the dollars spent. — Michael A. Campos West Hills Mayor and the fees A while back the mayor raised the fees on trash collection to pay for adding new cops to the police force. It’s been a while and I imagine quite a bit of money has been collected. How many policemen are now on the force? How does that compare to last year? How many new policemen have been added to the force out of those funds? What’s happening to that money: Is it all being used for what it was intended? Now that this money is available to the police, have funds normally included in the police budget for recruitment and training been diverted to other areas, something that would negate the whole concept of the trash fees? Maybe instead of trying to grab more power the mayor should stick to what he was elected to do. — Michael A. Leptuch Pacoima Try compromise Re “Rehearing on W. Van Nuys plan” (April 25): As usual there is the bickering of the NIMBYs in this proposal. Has not anyone heard of compromise? A very simple solution to everyone’s liking would be: From the 405 Freeway and north of Victory Boulevard to Hayvenhurst would become West Van Nuys, hence Van Nuys Airport is still in Van Nuys and the area gets a upgraded name change (Hollywood vs. West Hollywood as an example). West of Hayvenhurst to Roscoe Boulevard on the north and Victory Boulevard on the south join in on the Lake Balboa name. Encino still has Lake Balboa. Now this should make all parties pleased that they got what they wanted with a little thing called compromise. Will this happen? Let’s see in the “rehearing.” — J. Don Buchanan Van Nuys Lack of housing policy Los Angeles residents suffer from a lack of housing, as a result of a lack of a housing policy, due to the poor management of Housing Manager Mercedes Marquez and the City Council. Ordinances intended to save middle-class residents from having to move now prevent rental housing from being rehabilitated or converted. Today’s new development is tomorrow’s affordable housing. Each new unit occupied frees up an affordable unit elsewhere. But it is difficult to find a single developer or builder who likes to work with or in the city. As a result, housing is getting older, more scarce and crime and graffiti suffered around downtown is now being seen in Bill “No Development” Rosendahl’s West L.A. district. — Brian Paul West Los Angeles Unfortunate choice Re “Robinson: A hero for 60 years” (April 16): Could someone please admit to the public who it was that picked Marlon Wayans to read the “Ode to Jackie” speech at Dodger Stadium? Jackie Robinson is one of the true African-American heroes in the history of this country. Jackie literally risked his life to break the color barrier in professional sports, and who do we choose to publicly celebrate it? We chose the star of “White Chicks,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.” I hope you’re proud, Jackie. — Andrew Dabbagh Castaic Try ‘reason abiding’ I am so exasperated at the repeated phrases “law-abiding citizens” and “law-abiding gun owners.” Wasn’t Cheney a “law-abiding gun owner” when he shot his friend in the face? Wasn’t the minister’s wife a “law-abiding citizen” until she shot her husband for domestic abuse? In fact, Cho had no criminal record when he purchased two handguns, right? I could go on and on. And “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Could a person with a knife kill 30 people in just minutes? Why, in heck, do “law-abiding citizens” need semiautomatic weapons, anyway? It takes but one bullet to kill a deer. Where is the sport in riddling it to death? — Laverne Williams Van Nuys Psychiatric drugs Re “What was he on?” (Your Opinions, April 23): You are concerned that psychiatric drugs might be causing the mentally ill to go on rampages and homicidal killing sprees. Are you also concerned about rat poison attracting rats, and visits to the dentist causing people to lose their teeth? This is the same sort of reasoning. Does Scientology have as much antipathy for logic as for psychiatry? I believe it is likely that the horrible homicidal rampages you mentioned were preceded in many cases by the murderers you mentioned deciding to stop taking their medication. There is no record of Sueng-Hui Cho taking or being prescribed any psychiatric medications. — Michael Bond Palmdale And the Republicans? Re “Investigate Pelosi” (Your Opinions, April 22): If, as Robin Mitchell accused, House Rep. Pelosi violated the Logan Act of 1798, then by all means have an investigation into those activities. And the investigation should include the Republicans who also went to Syria; Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.; Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.; and Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio. I would like to know as well why they were all there. They should all be put under oath and made to explain. One thing is certain, however: Republicans will never take an oath to tell the truth and the whole truth. — Robert Barr Burbank Come together Note to Carl Rove, Sheryl Crow, Al Gore, President Bush, et al.: Whether global warming is a valid concept or not is irrelevant. What is clear is that we need to take care of our planet, keep it clean and husband its finite resources. Please work together on this. Also, I am always astounded at the convoluted reasoning of people who think that more guns will make us safer. — Dave Johnson Arleta My shoes hurt Re “DWP drips” (Your Opinions, April 19): You’ve been trying only three weeks for a water drip to be repaired? How about walking in my shoes? I’ve been trying since 2002 — five (5) years — for sewer repairs. What do you think about that? — Cynthia Y. Wilson Pacoimalast_img read more

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