Category: Letters To The Editor

LETTERS

Re: Responses misrepresented the original letter Editor: Thank you very much for publishing my letter on July 1, but the “corrections” to it by both Jack Schwartz and Angus MacDonald misrepresented my letter. Mr. Schwartz claimed that he “did not promote building private housing for the homeless,” while in his original letter he wrote, “So, if you want to help, support housing groups like Venice Community Housing Corp., who are actually building these projects to house people.” He also repeated that it is “unconstitutional to decree mandatory destination housing for the homeless,” although he has yet to cite the article, section and clause in the Constitution (or the amendment) that this violates.  I didn’t realize that our Founding Fathers had a significant homeless crisis to deal with back then, or for that matter polluted, public, modern cities and waterways. If one is going to reference the Constitution, then it is important to be specific. National Parks, public schools, NASA, Medicare, Social Security and the EPA, to name just a few, are not in the Constitution either, so does that make them unconstitutional? The Constitution, as demonstrated by the aforementioned and the 27 amendments, is a living document, which must keep up with our ever-changing world. He also stated that “Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia were prime examples of ‘majority rule,’ as is modern-day China,” but all three of these examples were or are...

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Voting Rights Is Our Priority Editor: In 2021, we have seen far too many attacks on our right to vote. I’m sure many of us heard about the law in Georgia that made it illegal to give voters water while they’re waiting in line to vote. Well, for every voter suppression law we did hear about, there are 20 more we didn’t. So far this year, 17 states enacted 28 new laws that make it more difficult for eligible Americans to cast their ballots, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. The only answer to this crisis is a response from the federal government. We need lawmakers in Congress to pass legislation that will create national standards to safeguard our right to vote as soon as possible. There are already two bills in the mix that, if passed, would go a long way to securing our freedom to vote. The first is the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the second is the For the People Act. Congress has everything it needs to pass sweeping voting rights protection with these pieces of legislation. I am asking them not to squander it or let the filibuster get in the way. Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels Los Angeles Voting Rights Editor: In 2006, 192 Republicans voted to renew the Voting Rights Act. Now, we can’t get a single Republican senator to come out...

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Eye on the prize, who can beat Mike Bonin? Editor: There is an old saying in politics, and that is, “You can’t beat somebody with nobody.” And with current incumbent LA Councilman Mike Bonin (CD-11), you have the quintessential political insider and darling of the downtown status quo. A two-term incumbent who has fallen upon hard political times with his radical ideas that right is somehow wrong and wrong has now become right as he has decimated our neighborhoods with a growing homeless epidemic in the thousands and rising crime the result of these wrong-headed policies as our public spaces have been taken hostage by criminals and transients as 50% of all crime here in Venice is now homeless-related! There isn’t a place in LA with more homeless than Venice with the exception of Skid Row downtown and Mike Bonin seems perfectly content with that reality. But despite the fact Bonin is a wounded incumbent of sorts with a tough race ahead of him as well as a second recall attempt complicating his future, Bonin remains a smart and savvy political operative that is Harvard educated and will do all that is necessary to retain this seat he inherited from the late Bill Rosendahl nearly a decade ago. Bonin’s first two races were sleepy “no-contest” drubbings (2013, 17) as he was challenged by underfunded and unknown aspirants. It was the...

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Re: The Homeless Editor: Hi, Mayor Garcetti, a perfect solution to the homeless problem from Angus MacDonald. Wake up, do it! You are still on L.A.’s payroll. Jeanne Parker Palms Corrections Editor: On July 1 you published a letter from Mr. William Hicks, claiming to respond to what I had earlier written in a letter to the editor. Unfortunately, the statements he responded to were not what I wrote. Let me clarify: I did not “promote building private housing for the homeless.” I do support subsidized clean and safe housing for those who cannot afford the rents in our cities, that are built in proximity to jobs and mass transit, regardless of who the owner is. I gave, as one example, Venice Community Housing Corp as an excellent provider of housing and support services, and VCHC is a nonprofit organization. Most nonprofits operate with various types of government support; in civilized countries, the government provides housing for the poor. I will note that I have been a landlord-tenant law attorney for numerous nonprofits throughout Los Angeles, including VCHC. My clients do the work of reducing homelessness. I have also been an LA Superior Court pro tem eviction judge, as well as a law professor. It is, in fact, unconstitutional to decree mandatory destination housing for the homeless. In addition, the government can’t move someone off the street unless it has someplace to offer...

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Nord Stream 2 Editor: As a member of the Baltic American Freedom League, Nord Stream 2 is an important security and ecological issue to the Baltic States in Europe. The reason it is an ecological issue is that there are still World War II weapons and ships at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Any explosion could be catastrophic to the region. If this pipeline is completed, the political implications are that Russia may have the ability to exert power over the Baltic States and Western Europe for the following reasons: Sweden has concerns that the Russian Navy will be patrolling their economic zone along with potential espionage. Vladimir Putin stated ecological concerns will be entrusted by the Russian Navy. Russia has been uncooperative over the years with energy deals in Europe. Russia still has yet to ratify the Energy Charter Treaty, which is important as they are a large producer of energy. Gazprom has been investigated in 2011 for anti-trust for its abusive practices against receivers of their energy. Sberbank CIB has voiced their concerns, stating: “Gazprom’s decisions make perfect sense if the company is assumed to be run for the benefit of its contractors, not for commercial profit. The Power of Siberia, Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream are all deeply value-destructive projects that will eat up almost half of Gazprom’s investments over the next five years. They...

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