first_imgRe “DWP’s rate hikes hit a snag” (Dec. 6): Thank goodness three Los Angeles City Council members are challenging the goings on in the DWP. Accountability! It’s about time. The leadership at the DWP just doesn’t get it. They continue to complain about outdated equipment, continue to request rate and pay increases, and allow the city of L.A. to use DWP-customer-paid funds to support other L.A. city projects. All this goes on while they remain among the highest-paid public employees. The comments attributed to the new general manager, H. David Nahai, seem to be completely ignoring these issues. When is he going to realign his operation and address the issues without tapping taxpayers to cover their imbalance? Perhaps the DWP needs to review or develop an ethics policy. – Jim Crowley Blacklisted Re “Blacklisted: 60 years later, memories still painful” (Dec. 16): Lisa Friedman stated that the stars of a generation ago who went to Washington, D.C., in support of the Hollywood Ten “returned deflated after two days of watching their fellow actors and actresses treated as criminals.” Not so! They were disillusioned and embarrassed by the pro-Stalinist rants they heard. Lauren Bacall said, “We were so naive it was ridiculous.” It is high time for us to grow up and stop making heroes and martyrs out of apologists for the worst mass murderer in history. – Rabbi Louis J. Feldman Van Nuys The lesson Re “Blacklisted: 60 years later, memories still painful” (Dec. 16): The substance of this article serves as a barometer for the current fear-mongering climate. Is there any question which side of McCarthyism Bush-Cheney neocons would have been on back in the day? We don’t have 60 years to figure out what is as obvious now as it was 60 years ago to Marsha Hunt and the noncowards who fought the fight for constitutional liberty. I can’t think of a better opportunity to learn – or an administration less likely to grasp the lesson. – Bill Pratt Northridge Thanking the CIA After looking at the cartoons on the Dec. 12 Editorial page, I want to first thank the CIA agents who tricked two captured al-Qaida terrorists, during their interrogations, into believing they were going to drown (even though their lives were never in danger) and to reveal the existence of several terrorist plots, which were then thwarted, saving thousands of lives. Second, I want to express my gratitude to the CIA agents who destroyed the videotapes of the interrogations, thereby preventing certain Democratic politicians (notably Harry “this war is over” Reid) from obtaining the tapes and turning them over to al-Qaida via leaks to The New York Times. – Matt Diederich Santa Clarita Bearing arms Re “Gun control” (Your Opinions, Dec. 18): The Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This is the full content of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America. In regards to the phrase, a well regulated militia, it means a call to the people to bear arms for the preservation of freedom against all enemies. – Russell Taylor Valencia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSanta Clarita Visitors Kudos to U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth for denying the appeal of the Bush administration to keep the White House visitor logs secret. Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are fighting to prevent the American people from knowing which arms dealers, lobbyists, energy executives, and others they’ve been powwowing with these past seven years. What I’d like to know is why did James Guckert, also known as Jeff Gannon the conservative Web log creator, visit the White House over 200 times? – Chuck Heinold West Hills last_img

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