AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsChatsworth Disgraceful behavior Re “Barbaro’s injury mars race” (May 22): The tragic accident of the horse at Pimlico race course causes one to wonder about all sporting events. Clearly the horse was over-bred for racing, resulting in massive upper body muscles, and legs which could not withstand the stress. But what about basketball, where 7-foot giants dominate the sport? Is this really fair? In football we are constantly treated to brutish behavior, which is tolerated in the name of winning. In hockey, fighting and rough play are adored by the fans. In baseball, steroid and other drug use have made headlines. All in the name of superior performance. In all cases fans continue to support their favorite sport while shaking their heads. As a nation we have descended into the depths of disgraceful behavior. Unfortunately there is no answer. Re “How much drug use is too much?”: Now that the Los Angeles Police Department will hire those who have experimented with drugs, including cocaine, one can imagine future LAPD recruitment ads: “Have you ever done drugs, held up a bank, beat your spouse, kicked your dog, committed burglary, rape, auto theft or arson? No problem. Are you a high school dropout, an illegal alien, unable to read, speak or understand English? No problem.” As long as you say you’ll try to turn over a new leaf, you too can join the LAPD. However, you must first consent to a photo op with Mayor Villaraigosa. – David Silverman – Sion Colvin Woodland Hills National language Re “Amid debate, Senate declares English national language” (May 19): I understand that Mayor Villaraigosa was not pleased with the U.S. Congress voting a bill that makes English our official language. The mayor indicated that Congress had more important problems than to vote on such a measure (or words to that effect). While Congress was voting on that issue, isn’t it true that you were speaking at a news conference of la raza, and we all know where they stand on issues? And by the way, Mr. Mayor, what is the “national” language of Mexico and is everything there printed in Spanish and English? – Brad Accosta Tujunga Remember Ike? Re “Stopping the influx” (Your Opinions, May 19): Regarding Bobbi Leigh Zito’s letter stating that President George W. Bush has done more to stop illegal immigrants than any other president in history: Perhaps she should check her facts. President Dwight Eisenhower deported 2.1 million illegals during Operation Wetback in 1953 and 1954 after which illegal immigration ceased to be a problem for at least 10 years. President Bush has nowhere near that kind of political backbone. – David E. Mertens Granada Hills Especially Democrats Re “Amid debate, Senate declares English national language” (May 19): The Senate is ready to declare English as the national language; and as usual the Democrats are against it as Sen. Reid denounced it as racist. It appears, once again, these politicians care nothing for the country, but only to put themselves in the limelight, especially if you are a Democrat. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, a Republican from California, in 1976, tried to introduce the English-language amendment. He was too far in the future to be heard. – Joseph Nicassio Valencia Keep your sarcasm Re “Round ’em up” (Your opinions, May 21): A day when your homes, businesses and most of your precious possessions are just taken, your entire family scared, in the middle of the night, escapes to the fields and hiding for days, weeks or months and have to come out for capture due to death from starvation or thirst of a family member(s), and taken to camps for their “protection,” you, Gus Torres, may bring up Manzanares; until then, how dare you try to compare today’s “illegals” to what happened to us just a generation ago. Yet, did you see us march out in mass, disrupting society crying out for rights? No. Rather, we cinched our pants and made the best with what we had. Fighting horrendous racism, including rocks thrown at children on up, we overcame. So please, stop the over-exaggerations, and out-of-place sarcasm and overcome. – Phil Okuyama Winnetka Mission College While attending the last Cesar Chavez rally and march, I was very distressed to hear what I can only believe was a threat to Mission College coming from the main stage. “We will be coming for you” was proclaimed loud and clear. As a foundation board member at the college I knew this type of rhetoric was not only volatile but very detrimental to the college. Mission College is a facility for individuals of all ethnic groups and any attempt to frame it as a “Chicano” institution will be opposed. Too many people have worked too hard to bring the Northeast Valley this quality center for education. – Dave Hernandez Foundation board Mission College Refunds for taxpayers Illegal immigration costs the overburdened taxpayers approximately $68 billion each year. Isn’t it time that the federal government refund these costs to the cities, counties and states using the foreign aid money that is slated to go to the homeland of the illegal immigrants? – William R. Zelenka Granada Hills National debt Is anyone else out there, besides me, concerned about our $9 trillion national debt? Since George W. Bush came into power, the national debt has increased by trillions of dollars. Our kids will have to pay this off. Just the interest on this debt is over $300 billion per year. – Bill Britt San Fernando High school exit exam A student has successfully completed 12 years of public school, but didn’t take/pass the High School Exit Exam. They should: Get a diploma just like a student who did pass. Get nada. Drop out. Receive a diploma just as students have over the last century, but without the exit exam endorsement. If a school or job requires the “EEE” then the student better pass the test. Need only pass the exit exam and forget about attending school altogether. Choose the best answer. Begin. Pssst! (I got a “D.” What did you get?) – Robert Allen Karon Encino Duh! Vinci? The Gospels are in “fact” fiction. There are no copies of an original Gospel. Every word found in written form was written down many centuries after the so-called fact. That is what the church is worried about. They bank on the people’s ignorance of history of these facts. “The Da Vinci Code,” on the other hand, has an original text. The writer says it is fiction. Writing fiction about fiction leaves the writer free to not worry about the facts. The Bible needs a disclaimer, not the “Code.” Duh. – Dick Denne Toluca Lake Plain English My grandparents, parents and I were all born in the United States and I have spoken the English language all my life. How can you help me understand the complicated propositions and issues with all their double talk? Each side is written so that it sounds good for their side. Never mind other languages, just use plain English. – Celia De La O Arleta The border qualifies Re “Governor seeks info before he sics Guard” (May 18): Sacramento doesn’t want troops on the border … they want to save them for disasters. Hello? The border is a disaster. – Barbara Graham Sherman Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!