Agitators, not cops

first_imgGranada Hills No more Fonda Truly a shock to open Sunday’s paper and see a picture of an American traitor – as thought by the vast majority – on the front page of U. Are there no heroes or even semiheroes to grace your pages? Only the ungracious, reconstructed face of Jane Fonda, a woman who sat on an enemy gun pointing toward America? My entire day was thrown off – as I’m sure it was for many – by your promoting a film of this country’s most despised living female. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys Deserve better Re “Mayor decries violent clash” (May 5): Los Angeles Police Department Chief Bratton assigns more officers to bike patrols. More than 280 officers leave the department in April. Sixty members of the elite Metro B team are removed from field duty. LAPD divisions cannot deploy the minimum basic cars to handle the calls for service. I feel that the inhabitants of this city deserve something better. – Leonard Drayton LAPD Foothill Patrol May 1 rally Those were not “the police.” They were, among others, my son’s sweet high school friend Esteban, who has a wife and a little girl. Esteban and thousands of other decent family men put on the uniform every day and keep us safe, and we thank God for them. They are the best. We citizens know who the good guys are, and we wonder and worry: Who will continue to step up to join the Los Angeles Police Department in the face of relentless media demonization? – Pauli Carnes Woodland Hills Selective enforcement Re “Mayor decries violent clash” (May 5): As evidenced by all the clamor after the May Day melee, Los Angeles city officials expect the city’s police to toe the line in dealing with citizens and illegal aliens. Whether or not the police overstepped policy, the city’s elected officials knowingly overlook outright abuse of authority in another city department. Owners of Los Angeles’ rent-controlled apartments are drastically penalized for any slight infraction of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. But with impunity, the Los Angeles Housing Department regularly violates time limits established in that ordinance – with no threat of audit by the vaunted city controller. It’s no wonder the supply of affordable housing is disappearing. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village For the children, sure Re “May Day fallout” and “Follow the money” (Our Opinions, May 6): Mayor Villaraigosa reminds me of another person a number of years ago who traveled a lot, but never was in the town when the riots started. Contributions tell us all we need know about the school race. Does it have something to do with all that money to be let for construction? Don’t tell me it is for children. – Paul C. Kistler North Hills On the other hand I want to make an agreement with the news media. Every time they show photos or footage of the police in MacArthur Park on May 1, 2007, I want them also to show photos or footage of the police at the Bank of America shootout in North Hollywood in 1997. I’m just trying to keep things in perspective, OK? – R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Belligerent reporter Field reporter Christina Gonzalez claims in a meek, mild “victocrat” voice that she had done nothing wrong and was abused by the Los Angeles Police Department. What I gleamed from her own video was that this mild-mannered field reporter became a belligerent, hysterical reporter that afternoon and was not complying with a lawful order from law enforcement. The video clearly demonstrates that she refused a lawful order from the LAPD and became argumentative, and her body language presented a combative stance. That day in MacArthur Park, Christina Gonzalez failed as an unbiased field reporter to observe, record and report and became a willing participant in a violent confrontation against the LAPD. – Dana C. Johnson Los Angeles Abused at embassy Re “An anguished quest” (May 6): What’s worse for Americans than being abused by the communist government regime in China is the abuse that Americans get from the American consulates there. You see, the U.S. State Department hires only employees who come from the Chinese government employment agency. Abused Americans, such as Darren Russell and his parents, have little chance of speaking to an American employee at the American embassy because three-quarters of employees are Chinese. It’s great that Rep. Henry Waxman has pledged to hold hearings on the State Department’s failures. We expect him to change things around. How about having a real labor attach at the American embassy so that American workers aren’t just sucked into the widespread sweatshop system there? – Carl Olson Chairman, State Department Watch Woodland Hills Illegal prisoners Re “Arnold signs bill to add 50,000 prison beds” (May 4): In the whole article, there was not one mention of the real problem facing California’s prisons: the fact that we are housing thousands of illegal-immigrant criminals. Sending these people back to their own country would solve most of our prison overcrowding, and everybody knows it. – David Hall Winnetka The citizens have Re “Changing Times” (Your Opinions, May 7): Apparently reader Mort Sherman has forgotten the riot that ensued from the 1970 National Chicano Moratorium. Journalist Ruben Salazar was accidentally killed when a smoke grenade was fired into the Silver Dollar cafe. (Rosalío Muñoz, who chaired the Moratorium, as of 2004, was an organizer of the Southern California Communist Party.) The Marxist modus operandi of sending provocateurs to rattle the law enforcement officers, so their “cruelty” can be beamed around the world, is still alive and well. (Police Chief William) Bratton may not be able “to defend the indefensible,” but the citizens of this city have. The marches have not garnered sympathizers because the injustice that the people who have entered our country illegally perpetrate on our economy and our peaceful way of living is undeniable. – Maureen C. Wiggins Lake View Terrace `Declare’ not `make’ Re “What founders wanted” (Your Opinions, May 6): Gene Pearcy’s notion that the founders wanted Congress controlling all aspects of war is simply incorrect. The delegates at the Constitutional Convention discussed this issue at length on Aug. 17, 1787, and specifically decided to give Congress the power to “declare” war instead of to “make” war because the conduct of war was, in their words, an executive function. As Federalist Number 74 points out: “The direction of war implies the direction of the common strength, and the power of directing the common strength forms an usual and essential part in the definition of the executive authority.” Where, exactly, are the founders “blunt” about the president simply following “directions of the Congress with regard to the targets or military actions”? – Gregg Frazer Professor of History & Political Studies The Master’s College160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Mayor decries violent clash” (May 5): It seems our mayor is more eager to blame our police than the 50 to 100 agitators who started the violence by throwing rocks and bottles. In my opinion, the police did an excellent job of preventing a more serious riot by dispersing the crowd. If the mayor wants to protect this city from future riots, he should make sure that the agitators are punished, not the police who were doing what they were hired to do. – Bill Zelenka last_img