June 21, 2021

The sublime council

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “The best job in America?” (Dec. 18): It seems like those who run for, or who are sitting in, council seats are a greedy bunch with delusions of grandeur. The phone bills, the monies spent on cars and office staff and the other “office expenses” have reached the sublime. It would be interesting to see their attendance records. Some of these folks are really sincere and want to do an honest day’s work. But there are others suffering from ego and power problems. Those in the same types of office in New York and Chicago, etc., settle for a lot less salary, but seem to exercise procedures governing their cities as well as our elected officials. I still remember how quickly they voted themselves a pay raise recently. Meanwhile, our city budget leaves much to be settled still. Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Proper dress Re “Staying abreast” (Viewpoint, Dec. 18): I wanted to thank you for the article about the horrendous attire of today’s “newswomen.” I just don’t understand it. The male anchors are well-dressed and businesslike, while the women are anything but. This is not what we fought for in the quest for equal opportunity. I don’t consider myself to be old-fashioned, but there is a proper time for dressing professionally, and the delivery of the day’s news into people’s homes via television is one of them. Madeleine Smith Calabasas Worse than Nixon Re “Bush defends orders to spy” (Dec. 18): It’s beginning to look a lot like … the Nixon administration, spying and wiretapping everywhere you go. Only this time Bush came out and admitted it like it’s something to be proud of. At least Nixon knew it was wrong because he tried to hide it. Bush called the anonymous person who leaked it to the press “a shameful act” when he is the one who should be ashamed. He should also be impeached. He’s turning this country, which was founded on freedom, into a dictatorship with him and his Spiro T. Agnew-like crony, Dick Cheney, at the helm. This is truly frightening. He must be impeached. He is worse than Richard Nixon. Let’s get rid of him and Cheney for Christmas. Pauline Roth Santa Clarita Going to town Re “Bush defends orders to spy” (Dec. 18): Regarding the Bush government’s shameless spying on American citizens: He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you are evil or good; ’cause you’re in his database. We better watch out. We better beware. He’s taking our freedoms in a fog of fear. He’s the Pres-i-dent of the U-ni-ted States. Bruce Joffe Piedmont We’re on our way Re “Bush defends orders to spy” (Dec. 18): The practice of totalitarian regimes secretly spying on their citizens leads from secret spies to secret police, to secret torture, to secret prisons. We’re on our way – get used to it. Ed Rosas La Cañada Flintridge The forgotten Re “Best present” (Your Opinions, Dec. 15): Daniel F. Taylor is thankful for living in the “greatest country on the planet.” I am happy for you. You are fortunate. However, you should take a moment to think about those that may not feel so fortunate – like people without jobs, the homeless, those in jail, or those sick and uninsured, or those forced to live in the slums because that is all they can afford for themselves and their families. Let’s not forget the soldiers fighting our “just wars” or the disabled veterans. These are the unfortunate, the forgotten Americans. The other side of the American dream. These are the ones that the United States of America, “the greatest country on the planet,” has failed and whose Bill of Rights does not reach. Bernard Soto Sherman Oakslast_img

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