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July 29, 2006

Re "L.A. Area Going to Extremes as the Middle Class Shrinks," July 23

It took a while to stop laughing after reading the shrinking-middle-class article. The solution proposed is government action?

The problem in Southern California is the result of NIMBY housing policy; local government hostility to almost any business that provides jobs for the middle class (under the guise of environmental or traffic mitigation issues); pandering to the elitist show business, software and multimedia industries; and succumbing to punishing the middle class to assuage the guilt of the rich by spending millions on the "poor" while offering them a ladder with the third through sixth rungs missing -- those middle-class jobs.

By all means, let's let the "central planners" have an opportunity to makes things even worse.

KIP DELLINGER

Los Angeles

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