On any given issue, it's rare for letters sent to The Times to line up decisively on one side of the debate. But that's exactly what happened this week, when three controversial topics made headlines: a proposed interpretive center in the Ballona Wetlands, gun control and the priest sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The Times published two letters opposing the Ballona Wetlands construction. And the preponderance of letters we published on the sex abuse scandal and gun control also took one side. We did, however, get contrary opinions in reader responses to those letters. Here are counterpoints on all three issues.
Karen Haack of Los Angeles responds to the letters Wednesday on the Ballona Wetlands museum:
"Those who wrote to The Times in opposition to the Annenberg Foundation's proposed educational center should familiarize themselves with the area. The site involves about an acre (out of roughly 600) at the northeast edge of the 'wetlands' that, as stated in the article, is in poor condition. Technically, it is part of the wetlands, but would never be recognized as such.
"The idea that this is a 'theft' of public land is ludicrous, with the Annenberg Foundation footing the bill to the tune of $50 million to build the facility. This would be a terrific place for an educational center, easily accessible to the public, and would take nothing away from the wetlands. In these economic times, I am grateful that someone would provide the money for this facility. The state, which owns the wetlands, has other priorities."