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Japanese American Fred Korematsu's fight for justice; the Irvine 11; cellphones in our prisons

February 07, 2011

Employees should not be on a cellphone during working hours, so there should be no complaints. During emergencies, radios and land lines can serve communication needs.

Andrew Ko

San Marino

It's about trust

Re "LAPD gang units shut down over policy feud," Feb. 2

It's hard to think of anything more demoralizing than having one's financial assets and debts monitored by one's employer as a way of sniffing out crime. How can police officers do their job effectively in an atmosphere of distrust?

I live in the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division, and I am very grateful to our anti-gang officers. I am also a nurse. Every day on the job I have ample opportunity to pocket prescription painkillers. If my supervisor required me to empty my pockets at the end of the day, I'd quit — not because I have any interest in stealing but because suspicion is insulting.

There are bad apples in every profession, but approaching all employees with an attitude of distrust is the wrong way to go.

Leni Fleming

Los Angeles

Wrong path

Re "Senate defeats health repeal," Feb. 3

GOP leaders have pledged to go after the healthcare law "piece by piece."

What are Republicans doing? They were sent to Congress to address unemployment; instead, they have given a tax break to the wealthiest Americans and have attempted to repeal healthcare reform.

One need only remember Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) statement that his priority is to defeat President Obama in 2012 to understand what is going on. We can forget about job creation. Is it too early to start thinking about recalling these people?

Jim Conway

Woodland Hills

Small fry

Re "A small fish stirs up a big battle," Column One, Feb. 2

Thank you for the fine article on the delta smelt. Though I applaud efforts to save threatened species, I question the wisdom of drying vast areas of farmland and destroying thousands of jobs for the sake of this relatively insignificant species. In the meantime, California salmon runs continue to plummet, and these fish are of huge commercial and recreational importance.

All threatened species are not created equal, and contending that helping the smelt will aid the salmon rings hollow. The direct focus should be on the salmon. They matter.

Larry Walker

Canoga Park

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