Letter sent to the LA Times
The drop program you have been reporting is a disgrace to taxpayers. While its intentions appeared honorable it has been proven since that it is a FAILED program and should be discontinued. Further, all claims by recipients should be investigated and those that prove to be less than honest be prosecuted and moneys returned to the City.
Mayor Garcetti and the LA City Council, February 2016, failed (to) listen to nor investigate reported problems with the program. In my view they did not protect the citizens nor taxpayers of Los Angeles. Even with knowledge of other cities discontinuing, investigating fraud nor modifying their own DROP programs. It is less than believable that the Council Members votes were not influenced with Union contributions to their campaign funds.
Last, our Police and Firemen do protect and serve the citizens of LA and they too should be outraged that their colleagues defrauded the city. The article also noted that the average Fireman’s salary was $174,500, plus benefits and almost a 100% retirement income. That is $9,074 a week income plus benefits. Certainly, well compensated for their work. An awful (price) the taxpayers have to pay plus being swindled by corrupt individuals of DROP with their elected representatives sworn to protect its citizens. The City must act now.
David Veal, Santa Clarita
Response to letter from Tyler Grasson in last week’s Gazette
I am not familiar with current school curriculum, but it seems like some of American History may have been negleted.
The so called “Greatest Generation” inherited “a screwed up world” (as you put it), that being something called World War I and the Great Depression. The Greatest Generation pulled America out of its darkest hour of that time but left a legacy to the Baby Boomers – remnants of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the war in Vietnam. Today, most European countries remain among our strongest allies, although tensions in Korea still exist, fighting has since been quelled in that region, and relations have since been restored with Vietnam. Baby Boomers have also landed man on the moon, dismantled the Berlin Wall ending the Cold War, and were instrumental in the collapse of the Soviet Union and their ballistic [nuclear] missile submarine fleet among other things.
Probably most important of all for you however, is the Baby Boomer invention of digital electronics, the software which allows the development of “apps”, and the Internet (originally rolled out as ARPAnet in 1967). Oh, this is important because without these you wouldn’t have that Smartphone which could actually be used to brush up on that history I mentioned a moment ago.
Now, I will offer you a piece of advice passed down to me (a Baby Boomer) from a member of the Greatest Generation: “Criticism without construction amounts to nothing more than hypocrisy.”
Unfortunately, I will not be around to witness the legacy you leave Gen Alpha.
Love and Respect
“Castaic Dave” Steffy
Response to an Opinion article on February 8 entitled “Sedition” by Stephen Smith
The analysis fortunately is way off.
The author leaves out – somehow – that you have to oppose Federal law by Force. Meaning that you physically assaulted or prevented the Federal government from doing its job, or you attempted to overthrow the Federal gov by force. California has not physically attacked or even touched any Federal official – so this law does not apply.
Massive misreading of the law.
“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by FORCE the Government of the United States, or to levy WAR against them, or to oppose by FORCE the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by FORCE to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”
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Marcos Ruiz Evans
President Yes California