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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Not my retirement Re: “Probing CalPERS pensions” (Nov. 15): I am so tired of reading how the taxpayers are going to be in real trouble paying for all of the high pensions and benefits ‘a la’ CalPERS. All of the money does not come from taxpayers; there are also investments. And I want to know who gets annual pensions exceeding $100,000? When any of our politicians retire after working for a few years, they can get $100,000 annually. Please talk to the majority of civil service workers who retire, before printing out an article of how much money the taxpayers have to pay out. When I retired in ’94 at 52, my annual income from the state was about $5,000 annually. Say it like it is. Civil servants also pay taxes, so we are paying for a part of our retirements that way, as well as having money taken out of our checks for our retirement. – Joan Olear Burbank For students too Re: “Teachers say ‘Y’ not us?” (Nov. 15): When UTLA President A.J. Duffy makes a demand “for teachers,” he is making a demand for students as well. UTLA is demanding that class size be decreased in “Program Improvement” 4 and 5 schools. Reseda High School is a Program Improvement 3 school. This morning, I enrolled student No. 41 into my 8 a.m. government class. I was asked to take the new student because my enrollment number was low, compared with other classes. When Duffy speaks for me, he also speaks for the 41 students in my period-one class. – Ed Kaz Reseda High School Honeymoon is over The new mayor owes many thanks to the governor and the special election. If not for the governor and the election, his polling numbers would be dropping faster than his campaign promises. First the homeless get the current executive director of the ACLU. Then the 50,000 dogs and cats killed in city shelters get to keep Guerdon Stuckey. Now the children failing in LAUSD get kicked to the curb. I forgot the mayor did not say “when” he was going to break up the failed school district. The Opinion pages of the Daily News are having so many critical editorials on the mayor, one would think they are speaking about someone named Hahn. Keep it up; the honeymoon is over. – Dave Hernandez Valley Village Trash to cash Re: “Careful sorting can turn trash into green cash” (Nov. 11): I think the Recycle for Dollars program is a great way to educate the public on recycling, but what about apartment buildings and businesses. Are they forced to recycle? When last I heard, they were exempt from this program. How much would less trash to landfills affect our dependency on those landfills? I hope Councilman Greig Smith and his committee has that idea on their agenda. – Shirley Berg Arleta Democratic epiphany Re: “Public dollars should be used to serve all the people” (Nov. 16): Hurray for Mariel Garza! She came up with this novel idea that “Government workers and all other taxpayers should have equal access to public services that are built and funded with public money.” Originally, the Founding Fathers had an idea to call this “democracy.” Nonetheless, makes you wonder why she didn’t have this democratic epiphany when she applied for the DMV hybrid stickers that grant her special privileges to drive alone on the public-funded car-pool lanes while other solo motorists must suffer in separate, oppressive gridlock. Maybe the same American democracy that Governor Schwarzenegger is now trying to spread in China will eventually be instituted here in California. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Social equality So the voters like the unions. OK then, perhaps a bill forcing all workers and businesses tied to the construction industry and retail stores over a given size, like Wal-Mart, to be unionized. Now wouldn’t that be social equality. Come on, let’s try to level the playing field. – James Hartert Granada Hills The lesson here Re: “No pleasing teachers” (Your Opinions, Nov. 16): Contrary to this letter, there is no connection between Measure Y and teachers’ desire for a pay raise. The $4 billion bond to build new schools is necessitated by intense overcrowding. As for a pay increase, teachers speak to this issue as the professionals they are. A decent wage is fundamental. Not fighting for it would be tantamount to teaching, by example, fear and passivity. This is not a message teachers want to give themselves, or pass on. As for small class sizes, the writer is misinformed. Most teachers have 40-plus students per class. The small classes are primarily at the first- and second-grade levels, and as anyone who has taught knows, the dangers of classroom control increase with both size and age. – Jeanine D’Elia Granada Hills Downward wage spiral I wonder why local governments and unions are starting a campaign to demonize Wal-Mart. If they were truly concerned about making a living at a decent wage, their efforts would be better served if they pushed for enforcement of our labor laws and punish those that hire illegal immigrants. Most of my competitors in the manufacturing industry hire illegal immigrants in order to remain competitive. This practice forces me to lower my base rate and hire employees willing to work for lower wages and fewer benefits. Is it fair that those that play by the rules and hire American citizens or legal residents be put at a disadvantage by lawbreakers? Is it fair that my employees must work for less and receive fewer benefits because our government refuses to address the problem and enforce the law. – Eric Dresser Burbank Teacher’s workday In the recent election the voters swallowed the UTLA bait and bought into a $4 billion bond for “new and upgraded” schools. Is it a surprise to anybody that UTLA is now threatening the taxpayers with “whatever it takes” to get an across-the-board 3 percent raise? From a teacher interview in the Daily News and personal observation, the average teacher works a six-hour day. They also work a nine-month year. Six hours a day is three-fourths of a private sector workday. Nine months is three-fourths of a private sector work year. In other words, teachers work 9/16th of a private sector work year. Let’s assume teachers receive between $35,000 and $70,000 annually. If they were to work a full year, their salary range would be $62,222.00 to $124,444.00. Does UTLA really deserve a 3 percent raise? – Steve Krogh North Hills Gas price gouging As a struggling student commuting to college, I am just one of many that is being affected by the price gouging by the Exxon Mobil Corporation. With $25 billion in profits for the July-September quarter, I feel a windfall profit tax on all oil companies should be implemented immediately to compensate for the bad impact price gouging has had on small businesses, families, and college students like myself. – Kelly Palmer Westlake Village 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Baby steps toward reform” (Nov. 16): No one wants to take on LAUSD. Every time someone gets close, they back away. LAUSD needs to be reformed. I do not think it is the mayor’s job to do this. The job for reform needs to be given to people who have been inside a classroom teaching. I do not, however, support UTLA to do the job. This needs to come from the outside. True reform cannot be done unless you start all over again, with a clean house. The mayor says he wants to work with LAUSD officials, representatives from the 26 cities that are part of the district and others to develop change. I do not believe this will work. No one has been able to do anything about LAUSD and I really do not think anyone is brave enough to really do what has to be done to fix this district. Why not break up the district and create charter schools? – Stephanie Schwartz Canyon Country last_img read more