One man, one vote?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Nerds have civil rights, too, right?” (Their Opinions, Jan. 9): I take exception to Rich Lowry’s comment, which implies that since Joe Biden is a senator from a less populous state, he does not represent one man, one vote. The Senate was not established to defend this principle but to let states with fewer people avoid being bullied by larger states. The House of Representatives gives each state its proportionate clout. The two complementary houses of Congress work together to balance the executive and judicial branches of government; thus, the balance of power protects the American people in an imperfect but very effective manner. Samuel Alito may be a well-qualified judge. Unlike Mr. Lowry, I believe that he is not a pro-law, pro-radical ideologue unlikely to uphold the rights of the common people. Gay Lannon Sherman Oaks Never go back to LAUSD Re “Chartered waters” (Jan. 9): I worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 33 years and would never, ever think of returning. Charter schools are the future. Large districts cannot focus on individual schools – where they are going and what they are doing. Each school is an individual one and needs to be treated that way. Administrators in a large district cannot see beyond their offices. I invite anyone who is interested in charter schools to visit one and see what a change there is when a school breaks away from a large district. I have often extended an invitation to LAUSD board members and Superintendent Roy Romer, but so far they have not seemed interested. Stephanie Schwartz Granada Hills Time, not money Re “Stealth power rampant” (Jan. 8, 2006): The payment of fees for representation does not a lobbyist make. Anyone who represents anything, including a homeowners group or a union, should be required to register as a lobbyist. It is the time spent by the lobbyist, not the dollars paid to the advocate, that reflects the potential to influence a decision maker. The concept behind reporting lobbying activities is supposedly to level the playing field between those who are paid to represent a project and those who take a position on a project without pay. However, the playing field will not be level until there is transparency as to the attempts by all interested parties, paid or not, to try to influence a decision maker. Wendy M. Brogin Sherman Oaks High bucks per acre Re “City’s parks falling apart” (Jan. 10): It was with interest I read Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri’s insinuation that one of the problems uncovered in the parks audit was due to Proposition 13. He never mentioned that it just might possibly be due to the outlandish state, city or county budgeting for salaries, perks and benefits that prevent us from hiring more workers. If these few maintenance workers get pay comparable to that of the majority of city workers, then they are among the highest paid workers per acre in the nation. Don Segien Canoga Park Wiretap hysteria All of the hysteria about President George W. Bush authorizing wiretapping of Americans who make overseas calls that may be connected to terrorism seems a little overwrought, especially since Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did precisely the same thing. James F. Glass Chatsworth Drumroll, please… Re “Arnold plans no new taxes” (Jan. 11): Let’s hope this is not just lip service. Ed Schlossman Thousand Oaks Liberal sense? See the economy? See the stock market? See the unemployment numbers? Then let’s keep the tax cuts permanent. Or is that too much common sense for the liberal men and women in Congress who seem to own most of the districts in Southern California? R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Misnamed at birth Based upon Judge Samuel Alito’s apparent philosophy with respect to the rights of big business, the rights of employees, admission to Princeton University and the establishment of an imperial presidency, it appears that the correct spelling of his name should be “Elite-o.” Marshall Barth Encino Past behavior It is instructive to listen to the answers that Judge Samuel Alito gives about his past. When questioned about his membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton, a group that opposed co-education at Princeton and admission of minorities to the university, Alito said that he could not remember much about the group and was not a founder nor an active member. While it is not unusual for an ambitious young man to seek patronage from the powerful, the fact that he chose as his patrons those who sought to exclude women and minorities from higher education indicates something about Alito’s character. He seems to be a person who follows rather than leads and possesses a compromised sense of social justice. That alone should exclude him from the high court. Paul Gonzales La Crescenta It’s all about perspective Re “Big difference” (Your Opinions, Jan. 11): In his letter Alan N. Toffel, like all supporters of the Bush Doctrine, would have us believe that those who criticize the Iraq war are being critical of the troops. I don’t know any American who is critical of our brave men and women in uniform. I do know many who are critical of Commander in Chief George W. Bush, who misled them into an undeclared war of his choice without proper vehicular or body armament and dismissed his chief of staff who disagreed with him about numbers. Jack Allen was right: Bill O’Reilly is an idiot. One person’s “freedom fighter” is another’s “terrorist.” It all depends on whose family has been destroyed. Philip Wilt Van Nuys Cold-blooded administration Re David Horsey’s cartoon on Monday’s editorial page: I could write an essay on how true the cartoon is about the economy – and how it reveals the totally cold-blooded nature of this Republican administration and Congress. Among tons of other abuses, it is illustrated most clearly by two items: our vice president casting the tie-breaking vote for the most unfeeling budget I have ever seen, and the cynical nature of the rebuilding of New Orleans through no-bid contracts to Halliburton and Bechtel. I majored in American history and can confidently say this is the worst, most corrupt administration in history, led by the worst president we have ever had. Our only hope is a Democratic Congress in the fall. William Vallow Arcadia Free the HOV! Re: “Sign it, Arnold” (Our opinions, Jan. 11): The only thing that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to sign is an executive order opening all car-pool lanes to all motorists alike. Governor, open these unjust car-pool lanes to all motorists just as you promised to do; otherwise, we’ll elect a new governor who will. Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Welcome to Valley politics Re: “City of neighborhoods” (Our Opinions, Jan. 10): While Gail Goldberg is getting the lay of the Los Angeles Planning Department and learning about L.A.’s unique neighborhoods, I’d like to offer my services to show off the San Fernando Valley’s equestrian communities. She’ll also need to get a lay of the politics and learn why politically connected developers have been able to rezone 17,500-square-foot horse-keeping lots to 11,000-square-foot nonequestrian properties when nearby Burbank allows horses on as little as 6,800 square feet. It’s time to analyze horse-keeping from head to tail to avoid disenfranchising Valley equestrians and prompting nightmare lawsuits for the city. Jerry England Chatsworthlast_img read more