October 4, 1998
You can add hundreds, even thousands, of police officers to the LAPD (Sept. 25). Unless you make L.A. an "armed camp," a substantial force increase will have little long-term effect on crime. Where are you going to get all the courtrooms, judges and attorneys to handle the arrest and prosecution load wrought by this enlarged police force? As it is now, the court system is bucking the LAPD and L.A. Sheriff's Department arrest volume. And all the police in the world won't do any good if the others are not "proactive" and just sit in their cars answering radio call after radio call, after the fact.
August 21, 2004
Margie REESE is on the right track ["L.A. Arts Group Turns to Donors," by Mike Boehm, Aug. 17]. Government cannot do it all. We, the people, have to help or we will have a society devoid of beauty, compassion, kindness and joy. Bravo to Reese for her willingness, enthusiasm and energy to take a proactive approach to maintaining and improving the city of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Thomas E. Brandlin Los Angeles
January 16, 2006
Re "Africa's tinderbox," editorial, Jan. 12 What a shame that in poverty-devastated Ethiopia and Eritrea there is money for arms but not for significant development aid. My son has traveled in this area and found the people to be shockingly poor yet hospitable and very friendly to Americans. But where the people have no hope, governments can fail, and the resultant instability allows terrorism to flourish. It is in our interest for our foreign policy to be proactive with developmental aid and less reliant on reacting to crises.
July 29, 2006
Re "The LAPD and the myth of the 'warrior cop,' " Current, July 23 As a resident of the neighborhood east of Robertson Boulevard, I take issue with Heather MacDonald's statement: "Equally specious is the allegation that the department cares more about wealthy neighborhoods than poor." After three young people were gunned down on our streets in three days, The Times printed the statistics ("Killing Highlights Brutal Border," July 14). Last year, there were 121 assaults and robberies east of Robertson -- and no assaults and only one robbery on the west side of Robertson, "where the choicest real estate approaches Beverly Hills standards."
October 4, 2006
Re "Symptom of a Body in Distress," Oct. 1 The 10 million residents of the nation's largest county are ill-served by the five blundering monarchs who make up the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. How many more Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center catastrophes will it take before the citizenry is shaken from its torpor and demands a leadership structure designed to be proactive instead of reactive? It is time to revisit the proposal for an elected chief executive -- a county "mayor" -- and a legislative body of at least nine members.
September 27, 1997
I am amused over Tony Tavares' recent quote about Paul Kariya's contract negotiations. . . . "It's easy to say 'pay him whatever.' Well, whatever's got to come from somewhere." Let me help you. How about from the annual increases in season-ticket prices, parking and concessions that the fans endure, or the millions the fans spend on Duck-logo merchandise, or the millions gained from sellout after sellout at the Pond? Clearly the money is available. Your desire to wait and simply react to others' situations is that of a follower's.