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June 11, 1995

Re "In the Next Disaster, Does Malibu Deserve a Bailout?" May 31:

When will we learn? Politicians and bureaucrats ride the backs of disasters in order to serve their selfish ends. First, politicians prove their compassionate nature by flying in helicopters and writing checks. Bureaucrats then exploit the politicians' folly to further expand their power through more regulations (and more bureaucrats to enforce them).

The net result is waste of public funds, erosion of personal liberty and the further empowerment of Big Brother.

If I choose to live on my land, then so be it. Require that I assume the risk in doing so. That's OK with me. Don't bail me out if I make a foolish choice. But, do not tell me how to live and where to live.

RICHARD MECAGNI

Malibu

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As a 20-year resident of Malibu, I just want to say that I agree with your article about bailing out our city in the future. However, may I suggest that we take it one step further. Since everyone in California knows that this is earthquake country, let's ban all relief to all future earthquake victims in the state.

Do you think Malibu could enact a disaster relief tax on all beach visitors, say $10 per person or $40 per car? Maybe we could even sue the federal government and the state for doing such a crummy job building Pacific Coast Highway. Many of our slides are directly related to that engineering marvel. And let's not forget to thank the environmentalists who banned "controlled burning" in fire areas. Yes, I am sure we all agree with you--it's all Malibu's fault.

MICHAEL J. HOEVEL

Malibu

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