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OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "An area primed for a disaster," March 28 Unlike earthquakes, landslides like the one in Washington state can be detected, preventing loss of life. For decades, movements of large sloped land masses have been measured utilizing inclinometers that quantify the magnitude and geometry of soil movements at different depths. The measurements, combined with numerical modeling, produce a three-dimensional imagery of the subsurface soil mass and its directional movements. To prevent future Hazel Slide disasters, government entities should mandate that developers install monitoring systems that transmit data to the U.S. Geological Survey and state and local survey centers for analysis so any necessary alerts can be issued for evacuations.
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OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "Sacramento's sickness," Editorial, March 28 Banning state lawmakers from raising money during the Legislature's session is a Band-Aid that would create an uneven playing field, where opponents could raise unlimited funds while an incumbent's hands were tied. It would also make matters worse by driving special interests to fund independent expenditure committees to work on behalf of legislators who were prohibited from accepting contributions. It also is unworkable: A legislator who wanted to run for another office would be unable to amass the funds to do so. And perhaps the worst effect: It would force incumbents into a month of frantic fundraising before ballots are mailed, exactly when they should be attending candidate debates and interacting with voters.
OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "America's dynasty factor," Opinion, March 27 Political dynasties derive from a sense of entitlement and a desire to perpetuate power across generations, often in disregard of their members' qualifications and despite better-qualified candidates outside their circles. As a society that prides itself on its democratic institutions, we should be wary not only of the obvious political dynasties but also less visible forms of nepotism and cronyism, including ties between politicians and lobbyists.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Thank you, Pico Iyer ["Still Shining," March 23]. Brilliant article about City Lights Bookstore. I have made many a pilgrimage there since college and made sure my kids visited it too. Isn't it encouraging that it is still going strong? Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I once saw you speak at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Cynthia Fox Los Angeles :: The story about the City Lights Bookstore was perfectly delightful. What a joy to read a beautifully written piece, impeccably punctuated with nary a misspelled word, and sprinkled with enough multiple syllable words to perk up one's brain.
OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "Gun madness in Georgia," Editorial, March 27 The National Rifle Assn. flourishes because people believe the big lie that there are good people with guns and bad people with guns. No. There are only people with guns. When gun-toters get angry, greedy, frightened or psychotic, they shoot other people. Mix dense populations with easy gun access, and innocent people will be maimed and killed by bullets. That's inevitable. Apparently no body count is high enough to stop the insanity.
OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "The water revolution we need," Opinion, March 28 It's deceptive to say that agriculture uses 75% of "the water used in the state" without adding "for human use. " According to the California State Water Plan, urban use accounts for 11% and agriculture 41%; environmental use accounts for 48%. This is the developed water supply that can be managed and controlled. Agricultural water efficiency has never been greater. Farmers have invested billions of dollars in drip irrigation and other efficiency technologies and produce 85.4% more food and fiber per acre-foot of water than they did in 1967.
OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "City moves to close airport," March 27 One wonders how long residents of Santa Monica will put up with a City Council that continues to waste time and money on fruitless attempts to close or cripple the city's small airport. These costly efforts to mollify a tiny band of airport opponents who rue their decisions to purchase homes in the vicinity of the airport have gone on for decades and have resulted only in a reduction in revenues from operating the facility. As a neighbor who has lived 1,000 feet from the runway for 29 years, I do hear intermittent airport traffic.
OPINION
March 29, 2014
Re "Taming the boardwalk," March 26 Iread about some of the "artists, the homeless, Silicon Beach hipsters, surfers, inline skaters and tourists" all coming together on the "circus-like boardwalk" of Venice, and I thought, "Strange but nice. " Then I read about our conservative-controlled Supreme Court and arguments about Hobby Lobby not wanting to provide contraceptives to women - many of whom are probably already taking them - and the thought crossed my mind: Just who is strange?
OPINION
March 29, 2014
Re "Copyright law for the 21st century," Editorial, March 24 The Times' editorial rightly points out the significant burden placed on content owners to get unauthorized, online copies of creative works removed from illegal pirate sites. The current notice-and-takedown system is often compared to a game of whack-a-mole. The creative and tech communities should work together to come up with a more efficient alternative; it's in everyone's interest. In recent years, the entertainment industry has made dramatic improvements in how it delivers digital content to meet the changing viewing habits of today's audiences.
OPINION
March 29, 2014
Re "Tender care and a hard goodbye," Column One, March 24 Beautifully written article. R.I.P Kim Pham; we never knew you but feel that we did. Such a senseless death. Cecelia and Cliff Waeschle Beverly Hills ALSO: Letters: No lame ducks? Letters: Shuttering Exide Mailbag: The ABCs of the SAT
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