Work with others to fix program’s flaws
Re: “School breakfast program doesn’t make the grade,” guest opinion, March 27
Martin Lopez presents an insightful account of his observations about the Breakfast in Class program.
Parents like him are in desperate short supply at the majority of local public schools.
As a volunteer coordinator at several local LAUSD schools for “Let’s Move! West LA” — a branch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s program to combat childhood obesity — I’ve learned firsthand that solutions to problems like the ones Lopez identifies are generally solvable by working with staff.
I have seen great things happen when teams of parents, community members, business people and health advocates work toward unified goals.
“Let’s Move! West LA” is one of several local programs helping parents interface with school district staff and coordinating plans to elevate the quality of educational options for all children.
Henry E. Hall
Mar Vista

Don’t take food away from kids
Re: “School breakfast program doesn’t make the grade,” guest opinion, March 27
The Breakfast in Class program is beneficial for all LAUSD students. No one is force-feeding these children.
Kids need time to learn — but at a pace, not a run.
During the time you spent in your son’s class, you saw your son’s work schedule was interrupted by this program and how others were engaged with the teacher. You mentioned that you had fed him breakfast an hour before, but he still eats with one half of the class. If your son eats breakfast at home, take him off the list to eat and he will be working with the teacher.
I don’t like that you singled out other children who rely on the breakfast program as being disadvantaged. You talk about the quality of the food and put that down as well.
You clearly want the most for your son. You can wake up and make a great breakfast for your child and take him to school on time, and you have the time to sit in class to watch him.
But some families need this support.
What do you want LAUSD to do: Take it away? Kids will be hungry because they rely on this program to eat.
Cheri Boyle

Traffic fix only making things worse
Re: “MdR traffic is just too much,” letters, March 20
Syd Vogler has hit the target with his complaint about the ridiculous road construction project in Marina del Rey. The work on Admiralty Way has been going on for over a year now and seems to be endless despite promises of being finished by February.
Has anyone complained to Supervisor Don Knabe? Has anyone complained to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works? I’ve done both and I would encourage those of you who have attempted to maneuver Admiralty Way to do the same.
What will be the end result of this construction? Well, we will have lovely plants in the center of the road and little else. There will be no improvement in the road itself. At the same point, we will have worse traffic. Here is one simple example. Instead of one lane turning left from Admiralty onto Mindanao Way, we will have two left-turn lanes. Did anyone who decided this would be a good idea ever check how many feet of space there is between Admiralty and Lincoln? How many cars can actually fit into that road when the light is red to cross over Lincoln? Does anyone also realize how many cars are exiting from the Ralph’s parking lot onto Mindanao Way? Do they also realize that traffic traveling west on Admiralty Way cannot cross Mindanao when cars are blocking the road because of the current left turns taking place? Those cars either can’t continue toward Bali Way or turn right on Mindanao. It shouldn’t take a genius to figure this out.
If Supervisor Knabe or any of his staff had to use Admiralty over the last year or more, would they be questioning the pace and coordination of construction? Misleading road signs, total confusion, lack of follow up by the LADPW, thoughtless contractor decisions regarding when to close lanes, roads that resemble a slalom course, closed sidewalks that leave pedestrians and bike riders in danger are just some of the results of the worst-managed construction project on the Westside.
It would be great for The Argonaut to get some comment from the people in charge of this disaster.
Ron Gregg
Marina Del Rey

Go Veggie for Good Health
A vegetarian diet can help you live longer by helping you avoid the risk factors for the top killer diseases. A recent report in American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine states that a vegetarian diet lowers blood pressure, a key risk factor in heart failure and stroke.
The Mayo Clinic also noted that vegetarians are also at lower risk for developing diabetes, another risk factor in heart disease.
Last year, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cited an Oxford University study of 45,000 adults that found vegetarians were 32% less likely to suffer from heart disease. And after examining records of 70,000 patients, researchers at California’s Loma Linda University concluded that a vegetarian diet protects against all types of cancer.
Furthermore, a 2012 Harvard University study of 120,000 people concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of premature mortality.
There is some good news: adopting a plant-based vegetarian diet and eliminating meat and dairy products can help to avoid the risk factors for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease!
An Internet search “vegan recipes” provides ample resources, and your natural food store and supermarket produce section are great places to start.
Steve Prosky
Marina del Rey