Give him a chance

first_imgBurbank King of the roost Re: “`Big day’ for Antonio” (Aug. 30): Villaraigosa in charge of the school system? Isn’t that like having the cock in charge of the henhouse? There is no Los Angeles school system since it consists mainly of Latinos, of which nearly three out of four don’t graduate. Curing that fact is far more difficult than cleaning up Katrina. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys Uphold state law Re: “DEA agents rescue undercover cop” (Aug. 31): Your story is just that: A story. Another smoke job the Drug Enforcement Administration would like everyone to believe. If there were any true cause or anything truly illegal, this story would have been on Page 1. So the cop tries to infiltrate this dispensary with false documents. I don’t know if John Smith is really his name. The security guard asked him to leave. Then the DEA came busting in. Your paper failed to investigate that the DEA had to just sit there while someone ran downtown to get a federal warrant to give it some kind of legal cover-their-butts deal. The law is the law. Medical marijuana is legal in this state. All police in this state need to uphold state laws. Period. – Jo McArthy Sun Valley Talking to each other Re: “Lawyer: Armitage leaked CIA name” (Briefly, Aug. 30): So it was Richard L. Armitage, a critic of the Bush administration, who identified Valerie Plame as a CIA agent, leaking her name to the press. Where now are those who wrote to your paper condemning Vice President Cheney and/or Karl Rove, insisting on an investigation into their so-called criminal activity regarding this issue? They are probably sitting at their computers talking to each other about how Bush stole the election. – Robert E. Simon Sherman Oaks Too little, too late The Army Corps of Engineers failed to recognize the importance of building levees that met specifications. President Bush failed to recognize the importance of having a strong Federal Emergency Management Agency. He failed to recognize Katrina’s potential even after he was warned by the nation’s top climatologists. He failed to grasp the extent of damage after the levees were breached, and he failed to mobilize the government and the nation when the Gulf Coast needed us most. Last week President Bush accepted full responsibility for these failings. Is such an apology acceptable? Can we as a nation tolerate such a gross erosion of our basic services and rights? Services and rights for which we pay taxes, and which are guaranteed to us by law? – Payam Minoofar Beverly Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “`Big day’ for Antonio” (Aug. 30): To all the naysayers who blast our mayor before he has had a chance to do something with an out-of-control fiefdom called the LAUSD school board and its cut-and-run superintendent, I say back off. This board has been operating without accountability far too long and with disastrous results. Change is not just needed – it is essential. What happened to all the money we voters gave the LAUSD by passing multiple bond issues (which raised our taxes) to repair, update and generally overhaul that which is wrong with the schools? What happened is that most of it is still wrong. When teachers have to buy basic class supplies, the system is badly broken. Now let’s give Mayor Villaraigosa a chance to fix it – before begging the governor to veto the legislation (a right-wing approach). – Cal Brown AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLos Angeles Reforming LAUSD? Ray Cortines. Ray Cortines. Where have I heard that name before? Oh yeah, wasn’t he the L.A. school superintendent before Roy Romer? Wasn’t it on his watch that the downward spiral of our school system accelerated? Now, knowing that, why would “photo op Tony” appoint him to the job as education deputy? You don’t think it’s because he’s (political correctness aside) Latino – do you? No, of course not. I’m sure it’s because of his outstanding credentials. – Bill Fleming last_img
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