Owners of unleashed dogs should get tickets

Re:  “Unleashed dogs can be dangerous,” letters, Jan. 30

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sam Anderson.

I am a walker and non-dog owner who too frequently encounters off-leash dogs whose owners you so aptly describe. These owners also know a lot of cuss words, I’ve found. Your questions to the dog owners are incredibly right on.

Perhaps a “Leash Your Dog Day” could be put forth by the city and county of Los Angeles, with the LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. making a show of issuing citations for those not following the leash laws.

Roslyn E. Walker
Marina del Rey

Unleashed dogs are a real problem

Re: “Unleashed Dogs Can Be Dangerous,” letters, Jan. 30

Prior to reading Mr. Anderson’s letter addressed to fellow dog lovers, I witnessed a man with an unleashed dog coming towards me near the W.H.A. branch library and saw the dog charge at and clamp its jaws upon a screeching squirrel, which freed itself and fled but was again seized by the dog. The man’s yells failed to control the dog until the man grabbed the dog, which allowed the wounded squirrel to limp away.

I was once bitten by an unleashed dog and have a cousin who went through life with facial scars after being attacked by an unleashed dog. I remain very apprehensive whenever I am near an unleashed dog.

Walter Panz

Waxman’s loss a blow to good government

Re: “Henry Waxman’s last dance,” interview, Feb. 6

The retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman is a blow to responsible public policy and the loss of a true public servant who in all probability will be replaced by a professional politician.

The last of the class of Watergate reformers swept into office in 1974, Waxman has record and résumé without peer. His long tenure and ability to craft important federal legislation is a far cry from current elected officials engaged in around-the-clock fundraising, gridlock and a status quo dedicated to getting nothing done.

The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, the Clean Air Act and the Ryan White Care Act are all landmark legislative feats that have helped ordinary citizens and protected ordinary lives. They occurred because of the efforts and hard work of Henry Waxman.

Waxman is a “big picture” legislator who understood how government could protect and impact the public in a way few thought possible. After 20 terms and 40 years in office, he did not engage in the “musical chairs” politics that is currently clouding the process to choose his successor.

Because of term limits and jungle primaries, voters are now left with candidacies that are ill fit to fill the shoes of a legislative giant. A plethora of political mediocrity and blind ambition has filled the candidate coffers to replace Waxman, and the losers are the residents of California’s 33rd Congressional District. This process only further depresses the electorate as it did in 2013, when less than 20% of voters even bothered to elect our mayor and city council.

Voters will need to analyze all of these potential successors. Hopefully Waxman will add his voice to this discussion.

NJ Antonicello