When did development become a sin?

Re: Letters: From the Web,
Feb. 12

I find it woefully appalling and intellectually offensive that a reader (“Sabine,” on “Legado del Mar Opposition Grows”) is unhappy that “developers drool at the prospect of building residential and retail so they can line their pockets with cash.”

Would this same individual rather have Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey remain the saltwater marshes they were 100-plus years ago?

Perhaps that writer does not work for a living or doesn’t believe in our free-enterprise system, which rewards people for actually accomplishing something in life. Is a developer or entrepreneur who spends time, energy and resources to create something of value not entitled to a return on their capital investment?

In the business world this is called ROI, and Calvin Coolidge once proclaimed, “The business of America is business.” Granted, some developers are called “greedy” by those who don’t understand what they do, but most developers seek to improve the community and add to its overall quality of life.

The aforementioned reader also asks, “How about the novel idea of beautifying downtown Playa del Rey with native flowering plants?” A splendid idea to be sure, but perhaps he or she would be willing to pay for it on their own. In most instances, developers are well-intentioned, responsible corporate citizens who make diligent efforts to add or create value by building or improving anything that provides benefits to customers, and residents are fully entitled to enjoy the fruits of their success.

Roy Reel
Culver City

Don’t be a victim, just be ready

Re: “Transient-related crime
is no exaggeration,” Power to Speak, Feb. 18

Having stared down the barrels of four guns pointed at me during an armed robbery in 1979, I have compassion for the victims of home invasions whom Mr. Ryavec described in his article.

Although the five home break-ins in Venice were indeed fearful for the victims, they may have been avoided had the victims exercised their Second Amendment right to bear arms. There are well-documented cases of would-be perpetrators of a home break-in being deterred and thwarted by residents who are armed and prepared to use their firearm.

If indeed “Venice Needs More Cops,” as an earlier Argonaut headline suggested, this is all the more reason to invite and encourage residents who are fearful of home invasions to be in a position to neutralize danger — thereby avoiding becoming victims!

It should be noted that even if LAPD Chief Charlie Beck stationed more police officers in what are being described as dangerous Venice neighborhoods, their response time is likely to be more than 60 seconds. And that’s all it takes for a home invader to confront and threaten and strike fear into the rightful occupants.  An armed resident could easily respond in less than a minute, thus neutralizing the danger.

Dennis Schachter
Mar Vista

Re: “Getting the lead out,” cover story, Feb. 19

At least now, hopefully, when people visit and parents bring their children to the observation deck at Santa Monica Airport, they will be informed of the hazard they are being exposed to with regard to lead. Now they need to do the same for the hazards from jet fuel emissions.