Re "The Libya calculation," Editorial, March 25
You raised some valid points in your editorial, but you missed an important one.
We are in Libya to take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. Doesn't this imply removing Moammar Kaddafi from power? Otherwise, unless by some miracle the rebels defeat him, he can simply wait until we tire of this operation and declare "victory" and go home -- then he will exact revenge on his people and may even attack the U.S. or Europe (think Lockerbie).
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 16 Letters Desk 0 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Villa Park: In a March 28 letter to the editor, the first name of Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly was misspelled as Debra.
If Kaddafi is not removed, this entire operation will have been a pointless waste.
Re "The GOP's Libya dilemma," Opinion,
When Doyle McManus writes that the Republicans' "main purpose, of course, is to portray the Democratic incumbent as weak and indecisive," was there really anything more to say?
The Republican Party has no foreign policy of its own; it simply waits until President Obama takes a position, then opposes it. Like a master hypnotist, the Great Obama has only to say "yes" and the Republicans will scream "no."
I don't believe the Republicans have a Libya dilemma. They simply have to wait for Obama to speak and, if it's not too nuanced for them, just say the opposite.
Re "Obama's missed break," Opinion, March 22
Jonah Goldberg complains that we did not bomb Libya fast enough. Wasn't that the problem with Iraq?
I believe the so-called Arab spring happened in large part because Obama reversed the bungling, interventionist policy of his predecessor. Regimes such as those in Iran, Libya and Syria have survived by using American overreach during the George W. Bush administration as a foil to keep their people distracted from their own misdeeds.
The only thing I am sure of is that diving into Libya as soon as the bullets started flying would have been a huge mistake. Even if it helped topple Kaddafi, the whole Muslim world would have been talking about the United States trying to get its greedy hands on an oil-rich Muslim nation.
The result: more maniacs willing to blow themselves up and automatic legitimacy for whatever virulently anti-American movement rose up to take Kaddafi's place.
A very noisy Villa Park
Re "Controversy disturbs O.C.'s 'Hidden Jewel,' " March 24
Villa Park Councilwoman Debra Pauly's apologists frequently complain about Muslims' poor treatment of women and other civil rights violations. These problems are cultural, not religious.
Muslim women in the U.S. have equal rights to men. Are they "less Muslim" than those in the Middle East? Under our "Christian" nation's rule of law, slaves and women were denied all kinds of civil rights for a long time. Are we any "less Christian" now that slaves are free and women can vote?
Pauly needs to remember that she is supposed to represent all of her constituents, not just the ones she likes. Her words are representative of a bigot. The fact that she continues to stand by them is only further proof of her bigotry toward people of another religion.
This should not be tolerated in an elected official. She is a disgrace and should be ashamed.
Scott W. Hughes
Ensuring a good education
Re "Not-so-public education," Editorial, March 23
I have two boys in high school, so I know the games parents in L.A. play to get a decent education for their children. They enroll their children in schools outside their zone or in religious schools outside of their religion; others try home schooling. All this happens while a huge chunk of their tax money goes toward public education.
If the school you're zoned for is performing very badly, then you should be able get some of your tax money back in a voucher to help pay for a good education at some other school. Otherwise, there should be a law that guarantees that the school you're zoned for has at least a 95% graduation rate and that a large majority of the graduating students qualify for college.
In your editorial against school vouchers, you conveniently omitted the well-known fact that the L.A. Archdiocese schools serve poor families (at least as well as and probably better than the public schools).
La Canada Flintridge
Not gas either
Re "U.S. nuclear renaissance is a figment,"
Business, March 23
Evidently, nuclear energy is too expensive to continue with, not because of its dangers but because of its cost. John Rowe, chairman and chief executive of Exelon Corp., says , "Natural gas is queen."
Much of our natural gas is retrieved through a process called fracking, which has its own problems. For example, in Dimock, Pa., fracking has resulted in the contamination of that town's water supply, which residents say has made many of them sick. This is not the only instance; there are many such examples.
It seems irrational that we would allow the injection of chemicals, many toxic, into the ground to retrieve fossil fuels. There's money in environmental degradation.