The price of Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “U.S. military deaths reach 2,000 in Iraq” (Oct. 26): Wednesday’s front page is a sobering reminder that there is a cost to everything. The price of this fiasco in Iraq is already too high. Bring the troops home. Dolores Long Van Nuys Excellent reminder That was an simple but strong front page reminder to the readers about the cost for the war in Iraq. Joey Liu Newbury Park Not a milestone The 2,000th death in the Iraq war is being hailed as a milestone by liberals. This is to further the cause of their anti-war stance. Any normal thinking person would not refer to these tragic deaths as a milestone. These anti-war protesters feign self-righteous indignation at the thought that they are unpatriotic because they say they still support the troops. Those two positions are not compatible. These are the same people that will not support an amendment to ban flag burning. I believe you would be very hard-pressed to find a person who expounds these positions with a “support our troops” sticker on their car. Larry Cooper Simi Valley Our own monster Re “U.S. military deaths reach 2,000 in Iraq” (Oct. 26): We killed more Iraqi civilians during the first week of the war. Most of the people that we have killed there have been civilians, not “insurgents.” The warmongers among us cling to the last of a long dreary line of discredited “justifications” for the war: that we are “killing the enemy overseas.” Until George W. Bush and his co-conspirators decided to take Iraq’s oil by killing Iraqis, there was no al-Qaida in Iraq. We are like Doctor Frankenstein – we have created our own monster. Tonight, Osama bin Laden will sleep – somewhere, but not, not ever, in Iraq. Kim Iannone West Hills Real achievements Not the Iraqi election, not the writing of a constitution, not the ratification of the constitution, but the terribly arbitrary “achievement” of a certain round number of American deaths – this to you is a “milestone” significant enough to obliterate the front page of Wednesday’s paper. Surely the dead – volunteers all, who believed passionately in the mission that they fought for – are better honored by us honoring their real achievements: millions of people freed, and a threat to our own freedom neutralized. Pauli Carnes Woodland Hills Senseless loss Regarding your front page news about the senseless loss of human lives in Iraq. It is not a milestone but rather a deathstone in U.S. history. If we look at the human toll of any war, it is far more than we can bear to think of. What a shame. My heart goes out to all who lost their loved ones; no amount of praise or front page coverage can heal their wounds or decrease their grief. It is never too late to realize one’s mistake as any loss of life is a defeat in itself. Paramjit Singh Lancaster Disaster invitation Re “Close call on Orange Line” (Oct. 25): It’s too bad the near accident involving Mayor and MTA board member Villaraigosa was not enough to knock some sense in him. For years, the board at the Woodland Hills Homeowner’s Organization has stated that the design of the Orange Line is “inherently dangerous.” Putting in a high-speed busway with the amount of busy street crossings, without grade changes is inviting disasters (plural). From Day One, the ever-unconscious MTA has stated that designing in grade changes just was not feasible. To that, we reply that for years the San Fernando Valley taxpayers have been paying for very expensive MTA projects elsewhere. Now when it is our turn, we get the bargain-basement version. William Evans Board member Woodland Hills Homeowner’s Organization Dense development Re “No stopping in busway debate” (Oct. 23): Traveling Tony, our mayor, and a host of local politicians are doing a very heavy sell of the new “pig-in-a-poke” called the Orange Line. With inadequate parking and a questionable safety issue, the real reason for the sop to the West Valley was not apparent until last Sunday’s article in the Daily News about the new Orange Line. Now that the Orange Line will soon be up and running, developers will be able to take advantage of the “public transportation” that is available in the West Valley to engage in densification of the Valley along the route. They now have their “legal” cover to engage in high-density development. Soon Valley traffic will rival the South Bay’s: gridlocked. Harold E. Boucher West Hills Tracking cameras Re “Close call on Orange Line” (Oct. 25): If Metrolink installed cameras along its tracks that not only could be monitored at a central location but also in the cabs on the train, perhaps some of these accidents could be avoided. Their vast network of tracks could be monitored for trespassers or suspicious people. There is no reason an approaching train could not view intersections ahead of time to see if they are clear. This will not prevent someone from entering the intersection at the last minute but could prevent an accident like the one that took 11 lives in Glendale when the driver wedged the car onto the tracks. Mike Hoblinski Burbank Orange memories Re “Origin of the Orange Line” (Oct. 19): I enjoyed the story that you ran about the new busway. I enjoyed the photo of the Southern Pacific passenger train running down the middle of Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood. I was on that train. It was a special operated by the Orange Empire Railway Museum, in 1968; the train’s ultimate destination was Ojai, CA. Darrel Woodward Van Nuys Magic in low supply Re “How Rude!” (Oct. 15): If a magic wand could suddenly remove the rudeness of our society, imagine all of the “quality of life” issues that would be solved at the same time. Just think: no more graffiti; no booming, ear-splitting car radios; no trash thrown on the sidewalks and streets. Our world would also be much safer, with no speeding, lane-changing drivers. The list of improvements can go on and on. Sadly, the only wand available is parents who teach and share a considerate attitude toward others – and that magic is in shamefully low supply. Barbara Adams Reseda No coincidence Re “Shrinking middle class” (Their Opinions, Oct. 1): It’s more than mere coincidence that the slowly disappearing middle class in Los Angeles and, by extension, in other large cities across the country, is occurring at the same time that union membership is at or near its historical low point. It was the growth of the union movement that provided millions of Americans with a lifestyle that was hitherto unimaginable. In Hollywood in the 1940s, the Affiliated Property Craftspersons Local 44, for example, allowed skilled workers to earn a decent living so that they and their families could enter the middle class. Walt Gardner Los Angeles Scapegoating I watched Governor Schwarzenegger’s charade debate, and I felt sorry for him. In the recall, you saw something of his genuine self. He now is so incapable of handling the popular revolution he thinks he started, he completely sold himself to his right wing handlers. Arnold’s chief slogan is a really disgusting scapegoating game against teachers. Many Californians remember when a California education was the envy of the world. Now the California per-pupil spending on the education of its own has sunk to the bottom of the barrel. Instead of facing up to the real problems, he has succumbed to scapegoating “bad teachers” – who in real life can be gotten rid of, and are simply not near among the biggest problems at making California kids world-class competitors. Martin Kotowski Sherman Oakslast_img

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