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Tearing down L.A.'s historic 6th Street Bridge; Prop. 8 case moves on; protesting Cal State tuition increases

November 21, 2011
  • The 6th Street Bridge is to be replaced because of concerns about its earthquake safety. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The 6th Street Bridge is to be replaced because of concerns about its earthquake… (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles…)

A bridge too far

Re "Crossing into history," Nov. 18

Whether it's landmark buildings, mass-transit systems or entire communities, our city is fraught with "new symbols of Los Angeles" that were built upon a history too eagerly bulldozed and buried by those who salivate over symbols of progress while completely disrespecting our past.

And here we go again with people ready to demolish and sacrifice the historic and cherished 6th Street Bridge in the name of some sort of "forward looking" symbol.

William Campbell

Los Angeles

Regarding Proposition 8

Re "Backers win right to fight for Prop. 8," Nov. 18

The California Supreme Court declared that proponents of Proposition 8 have legal standing even though the attorney general and governor refused to defend the people's choice to amend the Constitution.

It's heartwarming to know that the Supreme Court will no longer allow our elected representatives to abdicate their legal and ethical responsibility — that when voters pass an initiative, they expect it to be defended by their attorney general or governor.

Clyde Feldman

San Fernando

As a staunch believer in marriage equality, I'm delighted that Proposition 8 is pushing the fight to the federal level. It's fun to imagine initiative proponents actually appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court with no valid argument for opposing same-sex marriage stronger than "we're against it."

Every argument (primarily the three P's — polygamy, procreation and prejudice) has been exposed as hypocritical bunk.

The only frail reed still propping up Proposition 8 is the so-called will of the people. And even that tide is turning as the public gets increasingly tired of being told by the divorced that marriage is sacred and inviolate, by the childless that marriage is important for procreation, and the untruth that marriage has never been "redefined" in its history.

Kevin Dawson

Los Angeles

Money issues at the Cal States

Re "Tuition hiked at Cal State amid clashes," Nov. 17, and "Cal State faculty walk out over salary dispute," Nov. 18

One can't help but see the irony in two days of news regarding the California State University system.

One day the students are out in full force protesting a 9% tuition increase, and the next day faculty protest their non-raises for the last few years by having a one-day strike.

Compare these stories to those of a few campus presidents receiving record salaries, and one can understand why the

Occupy movement was born.

Of course, these examples really are not the story; they are only the fallout from the last 20 years of merging special interests and government. Therefore, it is only natural that the 1% will have tremendous growth and power at the expense of the 99%.

Dwaine Swett

West Covina

Those students who caused the clashes with the trustees at Cal State Long Beach about another increase in tuition are barking up the wrong tree. The trustees have no power over how much money is available to the Cal State system; that is determined in Sacramento.

Our Legislature controls the purse strings; that is the place to protest.

H.K. Rahlfs

Irvine

I was flabbergasted as I read that Cal State tuition would be $5,970 a year plus campus fees. When I started at UCLA in 1946, the fee was $14 a semester, and I didn't have to pay even that, as I was a veteran.

What in the world is going on?

Edwin Wheelock

Irvine

America's nuclear options

Re "To save money, look to nukes," Opinion, Nov. 16

Michael O'Hanlon is right to target nuclear weapons projects for budget cuts.

But there is more that can be done to save money in this area without compromising our security.

First, we should reduce nuclear warheads to lower levels, well below the limit of 1,550 deployed warheads permitted under the New START treaty. A study by three Air Force strategists has argued that we can deter any nation from attacking us with nuclear weapons with an arsenal of just 311 deployed warheads.

Second, we should reconsider the need for the so-called nuclear triad, the mix of air-, sea- and ground-based weapons that currently makes up our nuclear deterrent. A good place to start would be canceling early plans to buy new nuclear bombers, which would save at least

$55 billion.

William D. Hartung

New York

The writer is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Yes, budgets are tight. But the reductions that O'Hanlon proposes would be seen as further evidence of America's desire to get out of the nuclear deterrence business.

This is hardly a plan for a more stable world.

Deterrence is not a math problem; it depends on what our adversaries think will be sufficient to deter them, not on what we think they should think. Asserting we can make significant cuts without weighing their impact on friends and foes alike ignores the fact that our nuclear arsenal serves a broader purpose than just deterring a Russian nuclear attack and trivializes the complexity of deterrence.

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