Sugar: The rise and fall of a Government

first_imgDear Editor,There is much debate, analysis and conclusions on what caused Mr Charrandas Persaud to vote against his Government on December 21, 2018 in the National Assembly. Mr Persaud in his media interactions and on social media cited many reasons for his action. One of the reasons identified, is the manner in which his Government handled the sugar industry.In his exact words, he stated that “…. you destroy(ed) the lives of sugar workers in a village, district that I live in, I cannot live with that”.Editor, this statement from Mr Persaud is instructive and requires further examination. From all indications, Mr Persaud was instrumental in luring many sugar workers and their families from his village/district to support the APNU/AFC coalition in the May 2015 elections.The promise of 20 per cent increase in wages for sugar workers and a better life attracted attention and eventual support. This new electoral support from the sugar belt was enough to thrust the APNU/AFC coalition in Government. Upon assumption to office, the coalition shamelessly abandoned its campaign promises for the sugar sector and adopted the Errol Hanoman/Clive Thomas destructive and devious plan of systematic estate closure and sell-out. By December 2017, that promise of 20 per cent increase in wages and a good life for the people in Mr Persaud’s village/district changed to a life of zero wage and misery with the closure of Rose Hall Sugar Estate.This draconian action by the Government on the very people that contributed to its rise to power must have rattled the soul of Mr Persaud and etched at his conscience. He witnessed first-hand; the daily struggles of the thousands of newly unemployed and had no answers for their questions on the promises which he led them to believe.The destroyed livelihoods of ordinary citizens (voters) and the Cadillac livelihood of decision makers (politicians) was convincing enough for Mr Persaud to have no confidence in his own Government. This was expressed in his supporting vote in the National Assembly for which he must be commended.If the APNU/AFC coalition decides to step out of its arrogant and denial modes, it will recognise, the importance of sugar in Guyana’s society. Sugar was instrumental in APNU/AFC’s rise to and fall from power in 3 ½ short years.The subject of sugar will continue to be a major part of the Guyanese conversation. While the APNU/AFC coalition Government was deliberate in diminishing the sector, all other entities and organisations must be commended for the focus and prominence they gave sugar.The electronic and print mediums, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and especially the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) deserve special commendation for its individual focus on the subject of sugar. GAWU has been focused, responsible and relentless in its efforts in highlighting the developments in the industry.Despite its challenges, sugar remains a formidable force, capable of making or breaking a Government. Let’s light a candle for the 7000 sugar workers that were terminated by APNU/ AFC Government.Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more

Liberia Gets New Foreign Minister

first_imgIn the latest reshuffle of her administration, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has named new ministers of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs and Information, among several other appointees. According to a press release from the Executive Mansion, the President has named Marjon Kamara, Liberia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, as Liberia’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, while J. Wesley Washington becomes Assistant Minister for Public Affairs, at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.If confirmed by the Senate, Kamara will be Liberia’s second female Foreign Minister, after Olubanke King Akerele. In the late 1970s, Kamara worked with the late Foreign Minister C. Cecil Dennis, who succeeded Rochforte L. Weeks, President Tolbert’s first foreign Minister in 1972. Dennis served as Foreign Minister until the Tolbert administration was overthrown and many of its officials, including Dennis, executed on firing squad on April 22, 1980. Shortly after that, Marjon Kamra was employed by the United Nations and served for some time at the UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland. She was later appointed permanent delegate to the UN by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As Foreign Minister, she succeeds Augustine Ngafuan who resigned a few months ago. An ambassador is not higher than a foreign minister, because all ambassadors report to the foreign minister. We recall that President William V. S. Tubman appointed former President Charles D. B. King as Liberia’s first ambassador to Washington in the late 1940s. In 1952, President Tubman also appointed his former vice president, Clarence Lorenzo Simpson, as ambassador to Washington. In the mid 1950s, President Tubman appointed outgoing education secretary Ernest Jerome Yancy as ambassador to Israel. George Wallace, who served as President Sirleaf’s first Foreign Minister, was later appointed Ambassador-at-Large, and Nathaniel Barnes, who served in the Taylor administration as Minister of Finance, was appointed by President Sirleaf, first as permanent delegate to the United Nations, and later as Ambassador to Washington. President Sirleaf also appointed her controversial Minister of Information, Lewis G. Brown, to the post of Ambassador, the release said, though it did not disclose the specifics of Brown’s ambassadorship. Brown has been a tough-talking Information Minister who is noted for vehemently defending positions of President Sirleaf’s administration, even if it meant raising the ire of the Legislature. In one instance, the Legislature demanded that he go back to class to learn how to do his job. He is also on record for encouraging Liberians to take ownership of their country in the government’s campaign to change Liberians’ perception about political events in the country.Also involved in the reshuffle is Youth & Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe, who now succeeds Brown as Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Mr. Saah N’Tow succeeds Nagbe as Minister of Youth and Sports.For the post of Minister of Internal Affairs, President Sirleaf appointed Dr. Henrique Tokpah to succeed her long time good friend, Morris Dukuly, who she sacked after he told the National Legislature to send her proposed Land Act “back to where it came from” until consultations were properly conducted.President Sirleaf also appointed Adolpus Wade, Tonia Wiles, Wilfred Gray Johnson, and Reverend Bartholomew Colley, Commissioners at the Independent National Commission on Human Rights.Joseph Howe is now the Assistant Minister for Energy at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, while Boakai Kanneh becomes a Member of the Law Reform Commission. To the Board of Commissioners, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, the President tapped Willie Belleh, Chairman, and former Maryland County Senator John Ballout, Member, replacing Mr. Catakaw.Kansualism B. Kansua, is the new Assistant Minister for Road and Rail, Ministry of Transport, while Edsel Smith, was named Assistant Minister for Construction, Ministry of Public Works.The rest are Abu Kamara, Assistant Minister for Administration, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications; Rose Stryker, who once served as deputy police director, is now Assistant Director, Executive Protective Services (EPS), and Edwin Walker, Notary Public, Montserrado County.The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Seven Dust, Lucky Star, Orion ready for action

first_imgOne of the biggest horse race meets ever to be staged in Guyana will be held today at The Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice.Part of the action in the annual Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility Horse MeetThe races will be run in six categories, which are mentioned below. The H Class and Lower race would be the feature event of the meet. Carrying a top prize of $300,000, one can safely say this race is going to be a real thriller that will be long remembered.Fans will be awaiting the most anticipated clash of the day, as the in-form Seven Dust, hailing from the Habibullah Stables, is expected to prove a point to defending champion Lucky Star, hailing from the Pooran Stables, and veteran jockey May May will be on board Lucky Star.With both horses having titles to their names, the track is set to be on fire when the two equestrian heavyweights go head-to-head.Races will be run in these other categories: the L2 & Lower, which fetches a first prize of $70,000; L1 & Lower, with a prize of $100,000 for the winner; the J & Lower, the victor of which would cart off $160,000; the L3 race, with a first prize of 50,000; and the Two-Year Maiden, which has a first place prize of $100,000.Participating in the programme would be horses that also are expected to cause upsets, such as Orion, coming out of the Crawford Stables, and Not This Time, hailing from Sophia, which recently won the race for three-year-old Guyana-bred horses in the Guyana Cup 2018.Other entrants billed to compete include Chammaley, Party Time, Kentucky Woman, Mary-Ann, Gypsie Princess, Slim Shady and Baba Rosa. Among these might be many proverbial dark horses that can cause colossal upsets.With more than 40 entries already confirmed for the card, the day promises to be an exciting one.For further details, interested persons are kindly asked to contact President of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facility on 678-5342, or the club’s organising secretary, Compton Sancho, on 691-1175.The sponsors on board for this event include Kanhai’s Electrical on Regent Street, Curtains and Drapery Designs, Stag Beer, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Candy Corner, and Attorney-at-Law Poonai.last_img read more

Planless, clueless

first_imgRe: “‘Choked by gridlock’” (March 14): It is no surprise that the DOT has no strategy for solving the traffic issues in Los Angeles. After all, most agencies have become, practically speaking, for-profit, job-core industries. What is shocking is that the elected and appointed political leaders of this city have just now figured out what sixth-graders have been saying for years – that there is no strategy or vision for solving what is now an insurmountable gridlock problem. Hey, even my tiny hometown in the middle of New Mexico has had left-turn lights at all intersections for 20 years, and synchronized traffic lights have long been the norm in most major cities with good management. Can it be that an audit has only now revealed the root of the problem – that the DOT has no plan? – Joel Anderson Studio City Past mistakes Re: “‘Choked by gridlock’” (March 14): When developing a city, two types of properties have to be taken into consideration. That is public and private properties. The city taxes private but cannot tax public properties. I have lived in San Fernando Valley for 55 years and saw how it grew. During all this growth and improvement, the streets remain the same through all the years I have been here. Streets and intersections are too narrow and unsafe to handle today’s traffic. This city needs to buy the properties they should have developed years ago for public accesses. Gridlock is the price we now must pay for these past mistakes. – John J. Curti Tarzana Doesn’t translate Re: “Basically unskilled; LAUSD’s failings show up in poor preparedness for college” (Our Opinions, March 14): Better buildings to learn in do not translate into better skills. The money that is put into revamping buildings in certain institutions is ridiculous and should not be the main focus of the state. Granted, the number of students taking remedial math and English is on the rise in California state universities, but we should help them and put money toward making their education, and ultimate success when they graduate, worth something. Students should be receiving a better and more fulfilled education in high school so they are accurately prepared for the tests when the time comes. They need to be ready for what college has to offer them and for what they hope to offer their college upon their exit. – Cassandra Maruca Northridge Campaign promises Re: “Ruby the elephant, 46, will retire from L.A. Zoo” (March 13): Mayor Villaraigosa’s comment that the animal activists who tirelessly worked to free Ruby aRe: “a small minority when you compare the millions who come to our zoo and are very supportive” is laughable. If that was so, then why did he include Ruby and Gita’s release as part of his campaign promises? – Rene Succa-Ruston Sherman Oaks With their hearts Re: “Ruby the elephant, 46, will retire from L.A. Zoo” (March 13): What joyous news to read that after years of confinement, Ruby will make her way to a sanctuary. The L.A. Zoo made the right choice to allow this elderly, gentle giant to retire at PAWS. It’s nice to know that after all the turmoil and controversy, Ruby’s guardians at the zoo showed that they could finally see her not only with their eyes, but also with their hearts. – Valerie Belt Pacific Palisades Gore’s conclusions Re: “Do you think Al Gore’s scientific conclusions are accurate?” (Daily News Online Poll, March 13): Whether or not Al Gore’s scientific conclusions about global warming are accurate depends on how one looks at them. For many years, I had doubts that there was any scientific evidence that global warming was anything but a natural cyclical phenomenon. However, after analyzing a small mountain of scientific data during the last two years, I have concluded that the evidence is overwhelming that air pollution is a major contributor and that the situation is much worse than Gore concludes. So he is accurate as far as he goes, but he doesn’t go far enough. To dismiss his conclusions and fail to seek immediate remedies is a gamble humanity cannot afford to take. It could mean that humans will go the way of the dinosaurs. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades Who fired first? Re: “Bill fired first” (Your Opinions, March 13): David Mertens wrote that Bill Clinton set the precedent of firing U.S. attorneys. The precedent that I recall was set by none other than the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan. Could it be that President Reagan had been preparing to cover his administration for the illegal acts of the Iran-Contra affair that set into motion where we are today in the Middle East? As the GOP’s worst nightmare, Hillary explained this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America”: “When a new president comes in, a new president gets to clean house. It is not done on case-by-case basis where you didn’t do something that some senator or member of Congress told you to do in terms of investigation into opponents. It is ‘Let’s start afresh.’ Every president has done that.” – Robert Love North Hollywood Their music Re: “Beatles invasion” (Your Opinions, March 14): Just when I thought I’d heard it all: Paul Vaughn is claiming the Beatles started terrorism (i.e. internal terrorism), whatever that means, with their classic music that multimillions of people are still enjoying today? If I recall, it was their very music that started revulsions, opened eyes to the horrors of war, even talked about the cause of it, made folks aware of dirty politics, and mostly spoke of freedom, peace and love in their songs. If there were no Beatles, there would be no drugs today? That the Beatles showed lame-brain kids in the ’60s how to do this – take drugs and be terrorists? What are you on Paul? Take a history lesson; expand your mind. Start with bin Ladin and terrorists’ plans. – Linda Lang Sherman Oaks Real rock ‘n’ roll Re: “Beatles invasion” (Your Opinions, March 14): Paul Vaughn is correct about their open drug boosting, yet he omits the most tragic aspect of their creative nonlegacy. As writers, Lennon-McCartney consistently sank to the simplest moon-June level (“Yesterday,”); as rockers, they delivered as much voltage as Fabian. While the Beatles bamboozled America, an entire generation of fierce, native rock ‘n’ rollers – Mitch Ryder, Link Wray, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Gary U.S. Bonds – sank to undeserved obscurity, and Beatles-covered black artists like Arthur Alexander, Larry Williams, the Isley Brothers lost relevance to the white pop audience. The Beatles legacy, fiercely upheld by dim-bulb revisionists and greedy marketers, was a damaging incursion upon our vibrantly superior, homegrown rock ‘n’ roll – an idiom the Fabs themselves never even mastered. – Jonny Whiteside Burbank Love their money Re: “Neocon Garza” (Your Opinions, March 13): Liberals love to whip themselves up into such a frenzy of hatred for neocons. They envy those who work hard to improve their (and consequently, all) lives through industry and self-sacrifice. In the neocon world view, all people should enjoy equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But each person must be responsible for his own success or failure. In the liberal world view, however, opportunity is irrelevant and exploiting it is evil. Government should guarantee equal results. The hard-working are only useful for the taxes they pay. Liberals may hate neocons, but they love their money. – Peter Marlow Granada Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Save water, district urges

first_imgSuggestions will include avoiding watering when it’s hottest and on windy days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; installing drought-tolerant landscaping; and shutting off decorative fountains unless a water recycling system is used. Also, installing pool and spa covers to minimize water loss; retrofitting indoor plumbing fixtures with low-flow devices; and repairing leaks from indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures. Do not hose down driveways, sidewalks and other paved surfaces, except for heatlh or sanitary reasons, the district says. If you operate a restaurant, hotel, cafe, cafeteria, or other public place where food is served, serve drinking water only on request, the district urges. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rainfall since July 1 has measured only 0.65 of an inch in Palmdale and 1.4 inches in Lancaster, according to the National Weather Service. Normal for both cities for the same time period is more than 7 inches. Palmdale’s driest time was 1.9 inches in 1960-61; for Lancaster, 1.89 inches in 1989-90, weather officials said. The water district has had success with voluntary conservation in the past. In 1991, the State Water Project delivered only 10 percent of the amount of water Palmdale had requested. In that year, a voluntary conservation effort reduced usage by 20 percent, and mandatory conservation measures were avoided. About 50 percent of the district’s water comes from the State Water Project. LaMoreaux said the district will send notices out to customers with tips on how to conserve water. PALMDALE – In a year that has seen little rainfall, the Palmdale Water District is starting a voluntary water conservation program. The district wants its customers to cut consumption by 15 percent, which would save about 4,000 acre-feet of water, enough to supply about 4,000 families for a year. “It’s due to the weather conditions this year. Being a dry year, the allocation of the State Water Project is at 60 percent of requests,” district General Manager Dennis LaMoreaux said. “Here locally, it’s been especially dry. One of our other sources of water is Littlerock Reservoir, which has received no runoff this year.” The district has only twice before adopted voluntary conservation plans, in 1991 and in 2001. last_img read more

Video: Banjo scores Zlatan-style backheel

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Boca bus attack forces Copa final postponement

first_img“I want to congratulate both club presidents because there has been a gentleman’s agreement between them,” said Dominguez, head of South American football’s governing body.“In these conditions the game was distorted. One team couldn’t play and the other doesn’t want to play against a rival that isn’t in the right conditions.”Conmebol originally delayed the match more than two hours when Boca players were affected by tear gas and broken glass after their team bus was pelted with “pepper spray, sticks and stones” on the way to the stadium.“It’s a very sad day, there are a few misfits at every club,” said Boca president Daniel Angelici.“This should shame us as a society and I find it very sad that we have to reschedule such an important match.”His River counterpart, Rodolfo D’Onofrio added: “As an Argentine and as a football leader, I find this shameful.”Despite the bus travelling through the streets of the upmarket Nunez neighborhood towards River’s ground under police guard, it came under fire from projectiles thrown by a group of the home side’s fans.After the match was postponed, there were scuffles and several arrests outside the ground between as supporters clashed with police.– ‘Attacked from everywhere’ –After Conmebol’s original decision just to delay the match, Boca veteran Carlos Tevez spoke to Fox television and complained: “We’re not in a condition to play. They’re forcing us to play.”Boca players were left coughing and teary eyed after the attack that shattered several of their bus’s windows.“They attacked us from everywhere,” said Boca captain Pablo Perez, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment before returning to the ground.“Pablo has just returned from hospital and has a bandage on his eye,” added Tevez, a former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus forward.“Other team-mates have cuts. We’ve only just been able to breathe well because we were affected by the gas. We can’t play like this,” said Tevez, who won the Copa Libertadores in 2003 during his first of three stints with Boca.However, organizers later relented.“It’s not easy to take this decision when there are 60,000 people in the stadium and the (television) rights have been sold to a ton of countries,” said Angelici.“But the most important thing is to look after the physical and psychological condition of the team.”D’Onofrio added: “It’s the right decision and we hope to be able to play in peace tomorrow.”It is the first time ever two Argentine teams have contested the final of the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of Europe’s Champions League and has been dubbed the biggest club match in the history of Argentine football.The two sides are locked at 2-2 from the first leg two weeks ago at Boca’s iconic Bombonera stadium, which was also delayed 24 hours but due to the weather.Conmebol had originally seemed to be insisting the game go ahead and a statement from its medical commission shown on television said some players had suffered “superficial cuts” and that there was no medical reason to postpone the match.– ‘Overwhelmed by vandalism’ –Although central defender Carlos Izquierdoz said River fans had thrown pepper spray as well as sticks and stones, a Boca official told the press that the gas came from the police trying to disperse the attackers.“There was a lack of control in the last streets close to the Monumental. The police were overwhelmed by all the vandalism and had to disperse the River fans with tear gas,” said the unnamed official.“Because of the wind and the broken windows, it entered the bus.”There will be no Boca fans at the second leg as travelling support has been banned at all Argentine football matches since 2013 due to hooliganism.Football-related violence has cost the lives of more than 300 fans in Argentina over the last 50 years, according to figures from the Salvemos al Futbol (Let’s save football) charity.This local encounter is widely viewed as the fiercest rivalry in world football.River have won the Copa Libertadores three times, the last of those coming in 2015.Boca are six-time winners, a record bettered only by fellow Argentines Independiente with seven, but last lifted the trophy more than a decade ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alejandro Dominguez, the president of competition organizers Conmebol told FOX television that the two teams had agreed to the postponement and the game will now take place at River’s Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires at 11pm on Sunday.BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 25 – Saturday’s “superclasico” Copa Libertadores final second leg between Argentine arch rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors was postponed until Sunday following a “shameful” attack on the Boca team bus that left players affected by smoke inhalation and broken glass.Alejandro Dominguez, the president of competition organizers Conmebol told FOX television that the two teams had agreed to the postponement and the game will now take place at River’s Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires at 11pm on Sunday.last_img read more

Northern Ireland star downplays speculation as FOUR PL clubs chase his signature

first_imgNorthern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood is refusing to let transfer talk divide his focus at Euro 2016.The Reading player has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Bournemouth, Hull, Burnley and Swansea all reportedly looking at the 25-year-old.But with Northern Ireland currently preparing for a historic clash against Wales in the first knockout round of Euro 2016, the former Manchester United trainee is refusing to take his eye off the prize.“I’m playing in the Euros, I’m just enjoying the experience and the buzz of playing at this level,” he told Press Association Sport.“How could you let your mind wander on to other things? Whatever happens to me will take care of itself.“For me this is about having a good tournament and giving everything I can for Northern Ireland, like I have done in every single game.“I want to embrace this tournament fully because in years to come we want to be talked about for what we’ve done here and you can only do that by being fully focused on what you’re doing.” Oliver Norwood in action against Ukraine 1last_img read more

Jobs: Junior Office Administrator and Junior Accounts staff required

first_imgJob Vacancies: Euroflex Teoranta Gweedore are currently seeking applicants for the roles of Junior Office Administrator and Junior Accounts.Euroflex Teoranta are Printers and Manufacturers of high quality flexible packaging film for the food & drink industry in Ireland and Europe.We are looking to recruit a Junior Accounts Administrators and Junior Office Administrator for our factory in Derrybeg, Gweedore, Co. Donegal. Job Summary – Junior Office AdministratorPrevious office admin experience is essential.Responsibilities and DutiesGreeting Visitors & ClientsReception Duties – Answering and forwarding callsDealing with Email & Phone QueriesFiling & maintaining documentsData EntrySupporting team with ad-hoc administrative duties.Working between our Artwork, Purchasing and Sales departments.Qualifications & SkillsDetail focused with excellent administrative and organisation skillsExperienced in working in fast paced team environment.Strong communication skills both verbal and writtenMotivated with “positive can do” attitude.A minimum of 12 months relevant experienceAbility to work under pressure.Excellent organisational skills required.Must have excellent IT skills with a proficient background in MS Office tools (MS Outlook, Excel & Word ).Have the ability to prioritise tasks and someone who can work on their own initiative.Have the ability to engage with the team and to provide support & flexibility To apply please send your CV by email to Summary – Junior AccountsPrevious Accounts experience is essential.Responsibilities include:Recording supplier InvoicesDaily updating of the Creditors LedgerAdministration accounts workGeneral office duties as requiredWorking closely with accounts team at all timesQualifications & SkillsDetail focused with excellent administrative and organisation skillsExperienced in working in fast-paced team environment.Strong communication skills both verbal and writtenMotivated with “positive can do” attitude.A minimum 12 months relevant accounts experienceAbility to work under pressure.Excellent organisational skills required.Have a proficient background in MS Office tools (MS Outlook, Excel & Word ).Have the ability to prioritise tasks and someone who can work on their own initiative.Have the ability to engage with the team and to provide support & flexibility. To apply please send your CV by email to Junior Office Administrator and Junior Accounts staff required was last modified: August 31st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:euroflex teoJunior AccountsJunior Office Administratorlast_img read more

Poor protection

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Probers find U.S. disgrace in Katrina’s wake” (Feb. 13): The Bush administration failed to competently protect the American public from 9-11, despite having been warned; thousands of innocent Americans died. The administration failed to competently protect our soldiers in Iraq, neglecting to provide our troops with adequate life-saving body armor, botching the planning and execution of the occupation, and ignoring advice from the prudent; thousands of American soldiers have been killed or wounded. Last year, the Bush White House failed to competently protect an American city from Katrina, despite ample warning; more than 1,400 poor and vulnerable Americans died. And yet most Americans still trust Bush to protect us from terrorists? What would it take for the majority to wise up? A nuclear attack? Myrna Hill Sylmar Fed is backup Re “Probers find U.S. disgrace in Katrina’s wake” (Feb. 13): The New Orleans population was warned several days in advance of Katrina. Most residents took proper precautions. Only those in low-lying areas who sat and waited for someone to tell them what to do suffered drowning and destruction. They could have walked to higher ground and found friends or relatives in areas farther inland until the hurricane was over. What did the local New Orleans government do to manage the problem? Where was the Louisiana state government’s input? The federal government is not responsible for local disasters. Individuals and local governments are responsible first and foremost. The federal government is only a backup. Stop blaming President George W. Bush. Blame the locals. Jean Nepsund Westlake Village Financial terrorist Re “Millions in Katrina aid wasted, audits show” (Feb.14): The Government Accountability Office’s report that up to 900,000 out of 2.5 million applicants had used false names, addresses and invalid Social Security numbers to obtain $2,000 debit cards is truly a disgusting and disturbing revelation of so many greedy, morally corrupt citizens and of the gross incompetence of the Federal Emergency Management Agency employees responsible for this program. Now, in addition to fighting Islamic terrorists worldwide, we have 900,000 local financial terrorists to deal with. Everett P. Harrington Glendale Forest for sale Re “Forest acreage on sale?” (Feb. 11): Selling of real estate by the federal government is a healthy act. In Western states, government owns more than half the land mass. What can government do with it? Government owns so much that its personnel cannot manage the land. Environmentalists charge that the land will be developed if sold, as if private ownership equates to destruction. But look around you. Everywhere property is held in private hands. Is it ruined? Counties derive property tax from private holdings. The federal government pays no property tax. While politicians talk a good game, their commitment to prudence always fails when it benefits them. The charge that private property results in overlogging and ruinous development can be made because most readers don’t know any better. Mike Graves Burbank Burdensome new law Re “Dangerous dogs set for hearing” (Feb. 10): So the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants a burdensome new law requiring pit bulls and rottweilers to be spayed/neutered. I was a TV repairman in thousands of homes with all types of dogs. I was only ever menaced and bitten by Yorkshire terriers and Chihuahuas. Spaying or neutering specific dog breeds, in belief this will help prevent attacks, is ludicrous. Qualified dog ownership and owner education are the answers. Also, teaching children and adults how to react to an approaching loose dog would prevent 99 percent of bites, in my opinion. But, as usual, the government wants more unenforceable “feel-good” laws. If the supervisors must impose some law, let’s have one requiring dog-owner proficiency and licensing. Charles L. Murray Santa Clarita Rampart redux Re “Rampart redux: Official bungling keeps costing taxpayers millions” (Editorial, Feb. 13): “Rampart redux” is about the most accurate synopsis of the problems, both internal and political, facing the Los Angeles Police Department that I’ve seen in public print by any media outlet of significance. The only thing missing is that it all started from city politicians’ lowering of the LAPD’s hiring standards. That continues to be the core cause that erupts now and then and is mislabeled as “police corruption.” The Rampart scandal wouldn’t have occurred had Rafael Perez been faced with the prior LAPD recruiting and hiring standards. Richard M. Holbrook Simi Valley Budget line item Re “White House tries to redirect blame, explain slow notification” (Feb. 14): For me, the biggest revelation to arise from the hunting incident was that a medical detail, complete with ambulance, accompanies Vice President Dick Cheney wherever he goes. That’s how stable his health is. Guess who is paying the bill? While senior citizens in our country are struggling to decipher the new Medicare plans and, in many cases, going without their medicines, the vice president has his own personal service. Maybe in his efforts to cut corners, President George W. Bush could eliminate that from his proposed budget. Susan Kent West Hills Misplaced coverage Re “Cheney’s image also wounded” (Feb. 15): It amazes me how very much coverage has been afforded this serial incompetent’s inability to discriminate between a large man and a small bird before firing a single lethal weapon in aimless panic. Where was such analysis, ad nauseam, when Dick Cheney and his ilk failed to discriminate between one Saudi Arabian and 20 million Iraqis before haplessly firing so very many more weapons? Dom Stasi Studio City Ted would know I couldn’t believe that people in the White House took a whole day to report about the hunting accident involving Harry Whittington and Vice President Cheney. Was this a cover-up? Were they vying for time to get their story straight? Imagine, getting help for the victim before attending to the media. Outrageous! Congress should order a full-scale investigation, and Sen. Ted Kennedy should lead it. He has considerable experience in these matters. Robert Villar Sherman Oaks What might have been Re “Cheney’s image also wounded” (Feb. 15): Gee, I guess it’s a good thing that Dick Cheney got those five deferments from military service. Can you imagine what the friendly fire toll in Vietnam might have been if he’d been over there? Marcy Rothenberg Porter Ranch Right-turn arrows Re “All the news that’s fit to spoof” (Viewpoint, Feb. 12): Steve Young’s aside about protests that drivers turning left get signals while drivers turning right get nothing may be a joke, but the reality is that right-turn arrows are just as badly needed at those intersections as left-turn arrows. When left-turn arrows allow drivers to turn unimpeded, those turning right in the opposite direction should also be able to proceed unimpeded, instead of each one having to stop and look back to see if the left-turn arrow is still on. Thomas E. Locke North Hollywood Rail in L.A. Thank goodness that the three authors of “Rail wrong way” (Viewpoint, Feb. 7) were not in charge of planning the New York subway at the beginning of the 20th century, or that system would never have been built. Francine Oschin Encino Left-turn arrows I think the city should go a step further with the left-turn arrows as I have seen done in other states. The left-turn arrow turns green the same time as the green light for the through traffic. After the through light turns red, the left-turn arrow stays green for a few seconds longer. In this way, more cars can make a left turn without having to worry about yellow-light runners. Barbara Bond Sylmarlast_img read more