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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “No pussyfooting around regarding change” (Their Opinions, Dec. 26): After months of negativity and threats by “humane” activists, Los Angeles must regain the confidence of pet owners doing the right thing – such as licensing, spaying and neutering, and adopting homeless animals from our shelters. Voters who approved $154 million for new animal-sheltering facilities must be assured this will result in the promised safer housing for abandoned and stray pets. The interim general manager, however well-intentioned, cannot perform miracles overnight. He still must work within the constraints of a complex municipal system. He must be given time to make prudent decisions that will benefit animals while ensuring the safety of residents. Phyllis M. Daugherty Director Animal Issues Movement Pension cuts Re “Pension cuts ruin dreams, change lives” (Business, Dec. 26): Your article on pension cuts left off much-needed information. Did the employees put any of their own money into the retirement plan? If they did, how much of their own money did they lose when the market dropped? I might suggest the investments could be considered a partnership at least and they might share in the ups and downs, but never lose any of the amounts that they contributed. If the company paid out for the money invested, does it have to pay again when the market drops? One might argue for some responsibility on both sides here. In addition, are the employees also eligible for Social Security? I feel sad for the employees and the company that failed. Robert E. Main Chatsworth No one says stop We learned that our president authorized the National Security Agency to vacuum the airwaves of international communications between the people in the USA and known terrorists without a warrant. Now we learn that our president has authorized the monitoring of hundreds of mosques in the USA for radiation without a warrant. Yet not a single leader of the Democratic Party has demanded that the president stop. You hear complaints of civil-rights “violations,” but never that he stop what he’s doing. The Democratic Party should pledge right now that if elected in 2008, it will not eavesdrop on international calls or monitor mosques for radiation. A pledge like this would give us voters a clear choice in who we want conducting this war on terrorism. Glenn Smith Woodland Hills Left and rights All I hear is how this president and the evil Republicans are taking away your civil rights and limiting what you can do or say. However, I have yet to read anyone saying exactly what those rights that have been taken away are. They write about not being able to complain about the president or the war; however, I read their letters right here in the newspaper. You can travel freely; you can say whatever you want whenever you want. On the other hand, I can name all sorts of things that I cannot do because of liberal policies. I can’t hire whomever I want in my own business. I can’t fire an employee even if he comes to work in a dress. I can’t pay my employees (who are free to go somewhere else if they don’t like my policies) what I or the market feel the job is worth. Keith Gurian Granada Hills Obscene comparison Re Telnaes cartoon (Viewpoint, Dec. 25): I am disappointed at your publishing of that obscene comparison of the sexually degrading presidency by Bill Clinton with the George Bush presidency. Nothing in the Bush presidency can compare with the degrading treatment of women, and the use of the White House/Oval Office as a house of ill repute. Thomas E. Nolan Lancaster What’s it worth? Does anyone think the war in Iraq was worth one American life? Bill Britt San Fernandolast_img read more

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