Re “Judge siding with inmates” (March 14): Don’t tell my son about U.S. District Court Judge Dean Pregerson’s recent ruling about it being terrible for prisoners to bed down at night on mattresses on the floor. When my son comes to visit, he puts his sleeping bag on the floor to sleep – no mattress at all. What kind of compensation do you think he (my son) will want? Frankly, I don’t see how the extra foot or two off the floor that a bed frame supplies should make that much difference. It certainly should not cost the county “tens of millions of dollars in damages.” What about all the homeless in L.A. who sleep outside on the ground? Yes, let’s fix our incarceration system. But let’s also be reasonable. – Cheryl Sullivan Winnetka Racism in LAFD Re “LAFD suits on the rise” (March 12): The current witch hunt in the LAFD was preceded by a survey that was available to all of the roughly 4,000 members of the LAFD – 438 members responded. Of that, 87 percent claimed to have experienced or have firsthand knowledge of these types of incidents. Fewer than 10 percent of Fire Department members have even heard of racism, let alone experienced it. In all types of employment, there are those who would blame their employer or co-workers for their own inability or unwillingness to do their job. Now our fire chief is addressing this “problem” by throwing an expensive bunch of bureaucracy at it. With our resources being stretched thin, especially in the Valley, is this money well spent? – Daniel G. Mattera Captain I Los Angeles Fire Department Money’s worth Re “Busway’s better” (Your Opinions, March 15) Sean McCarthy’s busway alternative would be a disservice to Los Angeles. A below-grade busway would require either troublesome cut-and-cover construction under streets or purchase of expensive property for rights of way parallel to them. High-ridership corridors, which the Westside has in spades, would be ill-served by low-capacity busways. Yet he champions the Orange Line busway with its meager 17,000 daily boardings while dismissing the Red Line with 120,000. We must dispense with such trite suggestions if we are ever to confront worsening congestion. Why not bite the bullet and invest in a high-capacity subway? In any case, you get what you pay for. – Numan B. Parada Communications director The Transit Coalition Sylmar Romer capable I find it difficult to accept the gaping generality views of City Hall reformers of LAUSD. In many respects, Roy Romer has capably led LAUSD, its board members, and staff on a long-term mission with complex and diverse plans. I personally have never been treated with disrespect by any teacher or school principal. He, and/or the district, does not deserve the disrespect fostered by politicians with an obvious “power ax to grind.” I trust the transparent and publicly funded audit trail required by taxpayers. I fail to understand how spending another bucket of local taxpayer money justifies the need for an L.A. city “reform movement.” Who is held accountable for spending city tax dollars to oversee county, state, and federally funded agencies serving a far broader taxpayer base? – Jerry Domine Winnetka Trash talk Re “Dumped on – again” (March 1): Our mayor and council members, the North Valley Coalition and the Daily News know the lingo; BFI is fluent. No alternative to Sunshine Canyon has been devised in over 30 years. The city is looking at a $250 million deficit (potentially $500 million in five years), so an extra $29 million a year to ship our “garbage” to other cities is not a very intelligent solution, especially as we are learning after years of sending “our” sewage sludge to Bakersfield. BFI will continue to operate, possibly costing everyone in the city more than just $29 million a year. Our politicians talk in circles and with deception (remember to vote), local residents talk about legitimate concerns, but not representative of the needs of a city of millions. BFI, its talking trash, which is our problem and its business. – John B. Miller III Chatsworth Against humanists Re “Right under attack” (Your Opinions, March 14): Scott Odermann makes some salient points in his letter but misses the boat in his final sentence. Conservatives support individual liberty, the Second Amendment and are against the stamping out of any reference to God in the public square. In other words, conservatives are for traditional values and are against the secular humanists who are trying to take our country to hell in a handbasket. – Roger E. Lindsey Castaic Need to know Re “Go Harvard” (Your Opinions, March 10): In Craig Hawley’s letter, he says that we should not teach terrorists in our colleges. I wonder if he has really looked at what our government has done in our name. In 1954, Eisenhower decided to interfere with the democratically elected government of Iran by backing the shah. His reason was that the new government was leaning toward communism; this led to the rise of Khomeini, which put us in the situation that we live in today. If you want more recent history, look at Bush senior’s tenure as director of the CIA. He helped put Noriega in office in Panama, and he helped give Osama bin Ladin weapons and training against the USSR. We need to know what our government is doing. – Paul Straughn North Hollywood Intent to blame This concerns all Bush bashers in regards to the Katrina incident. You all seem to believe the media’s viewing of eight seconds of one video conference stating that Bush knew about the levees and did nothing and asked nothing. I recall the media saying there were several video conferences. The next day the media showed ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown saying Bush asked all the right questions. Two days later on the news, the governor of Louisiana said the levees were fine and there were no problems – did any one of you pay attention to that one? Bush called several days in advance, telling the governor to get the people out. Why are you so intent to blame the president? The governor should be the one to protect her own citizens. Do you hear Mississippi or even Florida complaining? – Rebecca Butler Sunland Don’t believe it Over three years ago I wrote to this paper, “the administration is shirking the hard questions” about its reasons for planning to invade Iraq. I stated Bush’s real justification for the war had better be very good, given the risks. Bush’s story about WMDs was so general and unsubstantiated that it was transparently not the true reason for the invasion. Now many pundits and politicians are proclaiming they are shocked, shocked! that the vague accusation turned out to be an excuse for policy based on deceit, self-deceit especially. If that was obvious to me two months before the invasion, am I supposed to believe that it wasn’t obvious to these knowledgeable and sophisticated politicos? I don’t believe it, and I don’t think any of this paper’s readers should either. – John Daly Agoura Hills Bigger question Re “Darwin dogma” (Your Opinions, March 9): I have a question for those who think it took an intelligent designer to create all the remarkable forms of life on earth. If an intelligent designer created everything, who or what created the intelligent designer? Obviously, I have no more final answers on this issue than anyone else. But it just seems more plausible to me to think that complex life evolved slowly through millions of minute changes over billions of years, than to think that anything capable of designing such creative complexity just popped up out of nowhere. – Wilma Bennett Reseda AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!