first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Canoga Park It’s a tax Your article “More cops? Maybe not!” (Nov. 6) raises some tax issues with this taxpayer. I recently read that the phone fee/tax, etc. must go away. I think the issue was new taxes have to be approved by taxpayers/voters. The phone tax we all pay is now illegal and therefore must be so declared and stopped. Is not the trash fee/tax the same type of program? Now, instead of going to hire new cops, it is suggested using it all to balance a shaky city budget. I say if it looks like a tax, sounds like a tax, and is used like a tax, then it must be a tax and therefore is illegal unless approved by the taxpayers/voters! – William Conroy Northridge Who pays? Re “Tipoff” (Nov. 5): I have just two questions about former Mayor James Hahn’s new portrait: How much did it cost and who paid for it? – David Hall Winnetka Good exercise Re “Ghetto service” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): We on the other side of the Valley, after trash day, take a broom and pick up the leftover debris left on the street. It’s good exercise and she may even get to meet a neighbor or two. – Leonard Drayton North Hills Fair share Re “L.A. deserves its fair share of bond money for transportation” (Our Opinions, Nov. 5): Thank you for your editorial about Los Angeles County not receiving its fair share of state transportation bond money – even though 85percent of the state’s port activity occurs in our county, and 43percent of the nation’s cargo arrives in local ports. Part of the challenge is that our county – far and away the state’s most populated and congested – only has one representative on the nine-member California Transportation Commission, which allocates Proposition 1B funds. Meanwhile, Alameda County – the seventh-most-populated county – has two representatives on the CTC including the chairman. Yes, transportation dollars are scarce everywhere, but relieving congestion in L.A. County benefits a much larger group of people and has a more positive impact on the local national economies than anywhere else in America. – Brendan L. Huffman President & CEO Valley Industry & Commerce Association Learning CNN aired a program called “The Noose,” which followed the history of lynchings in the South. The program began with the recent hanging of a noose on a tree at Jena High School, Ga., and the ensuing controversy. The photographs graphically depicted hangings and the white crowds standing around enjoying the spectacle. Among the crowds were children being indoctrinated to be the next generation of racists. That’s the way it works; children learn racism from their parents. Today we have the anti-immigration movement and the persecution and targeting of brown-skinned Hispanics, Mexicans and Latinos. Viewing newspaper and TV pictures of anti-immigration protests, we see that it is another white thing. There are no blacks, Hispanics or Asians in attendance. If this isn’t racism, what is? – Ron Lowe Grass Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “L.A. draws up a new gang plan” (Oct. 26): “Children must pay to play” (Nov. 5): This is the ultimate disconnect. Where is the city’s gang czar, Jeff Carr? The first place to reach current and potential gang members is in the schools. So rather than develop after-school programs, the LAUSD wants to charge every nonschool program a fee to use school facilities. The neighborhood councils ought to be working together in each area to start anti-gang programs and Jeff Carr should be directly involved. – Don Evans last_img

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