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OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Stowaway baffles experts,” April 22 Since the 9/11 attacks, billions of dollars have been spent “improving” airport security to guard against vicious lions, tigers and bears, and yet in San Jose a teenage mouse was able to breach that defense, climb into a passenger jet's wheel well and fly to Hawaii. But where a mouse goes, a venomous snake or a poisonous scorpion can surely follow. Arthur Velis Santa Monica I feel so much safer now that there are dozens of toothpaste tubes in bins at airport checkpoints even though a kid was able to hide in a wheel well of an airplane and fly to Hawaii.
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OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “The 'Mother Ditch,'” April 22 The Times' informative article on the discovery and proposed removal of a portion of the historic “Mother Ditch” leaves one key question unasked: Should this important piece of Los Angeles history, which provided the 19th century town with water from the Los Angeles River, be moved? Although relocating portions of the brick pipe to other sites is certainly better than destroying it, the right solution is to leave it where it is, preserved and visible as witness to embryonic Los Angeles and its always fragile relationship with its vital water supply.
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “U.S. drones attack Yemen targets,” April 22 The article states in part that “these strikes marked an escalation in the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist network's most powerful franchise,” killing a mix of 55 militants and civilians. Isn't this the same president who won a Nobel Peace Prize? Erik Lawrence San Diego More letters to the editor ...
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “ A midlife moving crisis ,” April 20 Why focus on such a worst-case scenario in this story? Perhaps there is more to the family dynamic than we are told, but if it is as the article states, I am appalled at how this elderly mother is treating her daughter and her family in this time of need. I am sure there are thousands of such cases of midlife people moving in with their parents in which it is working out well and to the benefit of all. In most countries, this is the norm.
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “Biden in Ukraine in show of support,” April 22 For a nation that espouses democracy, the U.S. is showing its dictatorial side in Ukraine. We have no more business being involved in Ukraine than I do in the marital affairs of the couple down the street. We decry Russia putting troops on its border with Ukraine, but we then put our troops in Poland and ships in the Black Sea on its border. At least the Russians are in their own domain; we are not. Phil Wilt Van Nuys As the Russians consolidate their hold on Crimea and begin their move into the rest of Ukraine, as the Iranians move toward a nuclear weapon capability that will change the balance of power in the Middle East, and as the Chinese expand their territorial claims into the waters of their neighbors, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John F. Kerry threaten “consequences” and try to engage each of them in negotiations that inevitably will lead nowhere.
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “Oil and gas industry generates thousands of jobs in California, report finds,” April 22 This article came straight from the industry's PR team. What good is a job if employees die from toxins or accidents? What good is tax revenue if residents are too ill to go to school or work? Jobs? Let's hire more teachers to teach science. Let's fund more public transportation. Let's invest in companies harnessing renewable forms of energy. If oil company shareholders and CEOs wised up and switched their business model from oil to sun, wind and water, our planet could thrive.
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “ Patt Morrison Asks: Mark Zoback, frackologist ,” April 23 I was surprised to read Mark Zoback's position on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” He states that we need to make sure “industry follows best practices, that we have good regulations in place, and those regulations are enforced.” But he admits that “regulations are often neglected or abused, and that neglect manifests itself in dramatic accidents [like]...
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “ Does fracking cause quakes? ,” Editorial, April 20 Thanks for your clearly voiced concerns about fracking. Certainly the geology of California, which is significantly different from other oil shale areas, implies both a risk of major seismic events and increased difficulty in containing the toxic wastes generated. The other potential problems with fracking are almost too numerous to mention in a short letter, including release of more greenhouse gases and local pollution of surface, ground and ocean water, as well as air pollution and transportation issues.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By August Brown
Any Chicago music fan of the '80s and '90s would acknowledge the huge contributions that Frankie Knuckles made to that city's (and American) culture with his blend of disco, electronic music and gay-friendly nightlife. That includes the city's most famous expat: President Obama.   After Knuckles' death last month , the president wrote a condolence letter to his family and friends. DJ and manager David Morales, whose agency Def Mix represented Knuckles, posted it to Facebook this morning.
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