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Drastic action

February 08, 2012
  • LAPD officers stand in front of Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles on Feb. 6. Two teachers at the campus near South L.A. were arrested recently on suspicion of lewd conduct with students. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
LAPD officers stand in front of Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles…

Re "New staff at troubled school," Feb. 7

I am more than horrified by the alleged actions of the two Miramonte Elementary School teachers accused of child abuse. But as a retired L.A. Unified School District teacher and former officer in the teachers union, I am appalled by Supt. John Deasy's drastic action of removing the entire teaching staff from the school.

How insulting to the hardworking men and women who have done nothing wrong, some of whom have worked diligently at the school for years. Deasy has tarnished every one of them.

What happened to innocent until proven guilty, or at least until accused? What happened to teachers' rights? And since when is the only answer to destroy the lives of innocent teachers to appear to protect children?

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Monday, February 13, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 14 Letters Desk 1 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Police: The photo caption on the Feb. 8 letters page incorrectly identified the officers standing in front of Miramonte Elementary School as being with the Los Angeles Police Department. They were Los Angeles School Police Department officers.

This is leadership?

Becki Robinson

San Gabriel

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Lewd acts by teachers are tragic and represent a breakdown of the school as a community. But how can you even start to have a real community with 150 teachers teaching about 1,500 kids? That Miramonte Elementary exists is obscene.

I live between two of the most expensive high schools in the nation. One had a hard time finding a principal, its architecture marred by papers and signage plastering the windows and gates. The other sits on a gas field.

And Miramonte? Why wasn't that monster school broken up so administrators could know what was going on, so kids could feel they were in a close community and, yes, so test scores might reflect what we know, that small has value?

Don't let the school board off on this one. This is its shame.

Judith Markoff Hansen

Los Angeles

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Storm toll

Re "State assails utility over power losses," Feb. 2

Southern California Edison has acknowledged the shortcomings in our response to the windstorm outages last fall, which we will improve.

That said, the California Public Utilities Commission's accusation that our workers failed to preserve fallen pole "evidence" misses the mark. There is an unjustified implication about the integrity of our company.

Restoration of electrical service had to take precedence in the situation we faced. Once the PUC indicated the extent to which it believed materials should be preserved, we instructed our field personnel to comply. As a result, we now have in storage more than an acre of fallen pole material.

We are conducting a thorough review of our response, and a storm restoration expert is doing an independent evaluation. We will continue cooperating fully with the PUC during its investigation. The point of these reviews should be focused on how storm response can be improved.

Ron Litzinger

Rosemead

The writer is president of Southern California Edison.

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Shouting isn't the cure

Re "Pressure on Komen wasn't new," Opinion, Feb. 4

One has to wonder if public discourse has become so polarized that it is impossible to have a reasoned debate on abortion. When people such as a woman quoted in your article refer to Planned Parenthood as "an organization that kills people," it adds nothing to the discussion. It whips up the left and the right and turns off the center.

Al Qaeda is an organization that kills people. Planned Parenthood is not.

Maybe if we were to have some serious discussions about the real problem -- unwanted pregnancies -- and work toward a solution, the arguments about abortion would become moot.

Robert Martin

Pomona

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Yes, a former board member of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is "pro-life." Yes, the Republican candidates are "antiabortion." This makes it sound as if everyone not in those camps is pro-abortion.

It's really all about choice. Nobody takes joy in an abortion, and I'm tired of being portrayed as anti- life. I am for a woman being able to make the decision that suits her life.

If we can all agree that we want to do away with abortion, then let's all agree to teach our children in no uncertain terms how not to get pregnant. Then we can stop yelling at each other.

Rochelle Cohen

Studio City

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First, learn to speak English

Re "Guiding Latinos toward college," Feb. 4

This country is made up of immigrants from all over the world, and learning English is key to assimilation and success. Immersion in our language should be the first priority for non-English speakers, wherever they are from.

How can it be suggested that we teach math and science in Spanish when no matter how proficient the students may become, they will not be able to communicate in our language? Do the proponents of this nonsense plan to eliminate the need to read and write English in college?

Like it or not, English is our language and is recognized as a common language in the international community. If you are here, learn English; it's not easy, but neither are math or science.

Judy Winick

Los Angeles

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"Comprehensible input" is making a comeback. The pendulum is finally swinging back so that "students with limited English can handle rigorous college prep courses if they are offered in the students' primary language."

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