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first_imgWoodland Hills Try Colorado Re: “Not a lotta Hoffa here” (May 31): Regarding the hunt for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains, it seems that finding such could be anywhere. I remember seeing a headline on a tabloid while waiting in a supermarket checkout line that said, “Adam and Eve’s bones found in Colorado!” – Ed Schlossman Thousand Oaks Now I know why Re: “Years of neglect take their toll on Valley streets and sewers” (May 28): I now understand why my 37-year-old streets in Marina del Rey (L.A. city section) don’t get repaved. What I don’t understand is why the city re-paves the streets around L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Burke’s condo in the marina every other year. What a disgrace. The city really needs to look at every dollar it spends, and ask why. – Steven Mittleman Marina del Rey The same people Re: “Years of neglect take their toll on Valley streets and sewers” (May 28): Regarding the story in the Sunday edition about the city sewers, streets falling apart, the same old people are at it again. The ones that complain the most are the same ones that don’t want to pay for it – the no-on-the-bond-issue crowd. They want it both ways. They want their cake and eat it, too. – Darrel Woodward Van Nuys Don’t trust them Re: “Study aimed at brightening blighted Sun Valley” (May 27): I teach in Sun Valley and am glad someone is finally recognizing “The Land of the Dump,” but I do not believe that the politicians will follow through and implement the community leaders’ vision. The events currently unfolding at the South Central Farm, where 360 poor farmers have to raise $16 million to buy back a city plot that was sold three years ago for $5 million, lead me to believe that the Wal-Marts and Home Depots of the world are just hanging back in the shadows of our city attorney’s pockets waiting for us to become attached to what will later be called “silly uses of good land.” – Eric “Moose” Mahoney Tujunga Stands idly by Re: “Pope prays on visit to Auschwitz” (May 29): As a Holocaust survivor and speaker during the past decades, the most prevalent question mentioned was “Where was God?” and if I still believed in God. On his recent visit to Auschwitz, Pope Benedict XVI wrestled with this perplexing question. It was not God, and I believe it was indifference, moral irresponsibility, godlessness and failure by world leaders to intervene that made the genocide tragedy possible. Forgotten are the haunting words “Never again.” Again, mankind stands idly by while millions of innocent people are persecuted, slaughtered and displaced. – Vernon L. Rusheen Woodand Hills Yes on Prop. 81 Re: “No on Prop. 81”: You write, “The $600 million state library building bond crept quietly onto the June ballot.” Only for those who have been asleep for two years. That’s when (2004) “the measure’s supporters” – the Legislature and the governor – passed the legislation that put Proposition 81 on the June 2006 ballot. It was thought at the time that the state budget needed some time to recover. It has. Do some of the villages in the state need help to catch up with the libraries of L.A.? Sure. That’s why we build schools, highways, dams and levees with bonds. Because infrastructure is affordable when done on a large scale. – Richard K. Moore Huntington Beach A simple truth Re: “Dead heat minus steam” (May 29): So, Steve Westly and Phil Angelides are not impressing Democratic voters and people might be finding them a bit boring as candidates for governor. Sure, the real truth has to do with the fact that it’s just plain more fun to have Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. You know the other guys probably wouldn’t do any better or worse in the job, but deep down inside you know they wouldn’t be more fun than Arnold. It’s that simple. – R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Cartoon question Question for cartoonist Stephan Pastis regarding his May 29 strip: Any silent moments planned to honor the men and women (let’s not forget the children, by the way) killed by the American men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan? – Kathryn Durfee Agoura Pretty good pay Re: “Get your feet wet” (Your Opinions, May 31): In response to Barbara Herman’s letter, $56,652 is a pretty good salary considering that the average teacher in LAUSD works 180 days of the year (1,488 hours). Compared to other civil servants and workers in private industry who work 260 days a year (2,080 hours), teachers are making $39.36 an hour, not including fully paid health insurance for their families and a great pension plan that can pay up to 70 percent of their salary. Also teachers can supplement their salaries by working summer school and still have almost a month off. Pretty good pay for a baby-sitting job, if you ask me. – Luis Macias Burbank Supposed to be mayor Our mayor is doing a great job. He is assisting in passing a new tax on our trash pickup, without a vote of the people. He never misses a photo op. He is trying to take over the L.A. school district. And now he is on TV trying to get Proposition 82 passed. I think he is doing so much, so fast, so he is doing nothing to assist this city that he is supposed to be mayor of. Except for his telling us what a great job he is doing, he is doing nothing. It is time, mayor, for you to start doing the job you were elected to do, and forget these other ventures. – Gilbert Green Encino The best? Is everybody just champing at the bit waiting for Tuesday? The suspense is almost unbearable waiting to see who wins the primary between Phil Angelides and Steve Westly. If these two pinheads are the best the Democrats have to offer, California is basically screwed. Then again, what’s new? – George Timko West Hills Fallen prices The Bible tells us that Judas sold out Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver. President Bush will be remembered in history books as being responsible for selling out America for a head of lettuce. – Robert Dovidio Simi Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Burbank Keep digging Re: “Time Capsule – Lost in Space” (May 31): I was saddened to read that Chatsworth High’s Class of 1976 has been unsuccessful thus far in finding their time capsule. But this is no time to stop digging. If they can’t find the time capsule, maybe they’ll find Jimmy Hoffa. – Jack Ashby Re: “Civilian deaths traumatizing” (May 30): As a former enlisted man, I find it absolutely appalling that every soldier hung out to dry for the prison abuses, and those likely to be so for the Haditha killings, are enlisted people. It’s always the grunts who pay the price – in lives and in stockade time. The military and the administration would have us believe that not one officer, not even a lowly second lieutenant, had any inkling of what was going on. Where were they – playing poker in the officers’ club? Nonsense! Nonsense! Nonsense! – Kenneth Green last_img

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