In the space of two weeks, Jamaica’s prospects in the 400 metres have swollen. The first expansion came from Demish Gaye in Kingston and last week, Nathon Allen and Akeem Bloomfield made the second push forward. All three set sub-45 second personal bests and set fans dreaming of London and the 16th IAAF World Championships. On May 6, Gaye circled the blue National Stadium track in 44.85 seconds. A week later, on May 13, Allen and Bloomfield clocked 44.52 and 44.81, respectively at a meet in South Carolina. Importantly, Bloomfield’s advance put his 2015 Boys and Girls’ Championships winning time of 44.93 seconds in the shade. Add national record-holder Rusheen McDonald, two-time national champion Javon Francis, World semi-finalist Peter Matthews and Jermaine Gonzales, and you get a seven-deep list of active Jamaicans with sub-45 lifetime bests. That doesn’t include 45.06 man Fitzroy Dunkley or nippy World Relays anchor Steven Gayle. It’s a list long enough to cause second thoughts among those who want Calabar Dream Team member Chris Taylor to go to London. Instead, after a noticeably compact high-school season, he might rest in anticipation of a bid to win the World Under-20 title next year. The outstanding 17-year-old ran 45.41 seconds to win the Carifta Trials and could also be under 45 in the future. WELL-TIMED CLOSER Dunkley is one to watch. At the recent Penn Relays, he brought Jamaica to victory with a skilfully timed 45.1 closer. At last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, he clipped off a 44.3 anchor for Louisiana State University. This year’s NCAA is the next big assignment for Allen, Bloomfield and Gayle, who attends the University of Alabama. Allen’s former St Jago teammate Sean Bailey ran 45.59 seconds to win the US Junior College Indoor title. Like the others, he gives Jamaica hope for London if they can hold form almost two months past their collegiate exertions. The only blot on the copybook is the minor injury suffered by relay genius Francis at the IAAF World Relays, who produced a 45.1 anchor in February for Akan Track Club at the Gibson McCook Relays. If Francis regains top form, two things will happen. First, the National Senior Championships men’s 400m will join the list of events not to be missed. Second, Jamaica’s prospects in the 400m and the 4x400m could be better than ever. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
Starting this season, the Peace Island Park will be home to a couple of new attractions.The park, which includes roughly 120 sites that can hold around 1,200 people, will now also be housing a new museum dedicated to the history of Taylor, as well as a new general store. Both the museum and the store will be located in the old Rocky Mountain Forts.- Advertisement -The museum will showcase a variety of artifacts that were significant in the development of the area. Some of these artifacts include tools used in the gold mining industry, as well as by early trappers and a replica of the canoe used by Sir Alexander Mackenzie in 1793. The replica was built in 1964 and Mackenzie was the first caucasian to cross the Rockies north of Mexico.The Rocky Mountain Forts had been closed for the previous three years, but are being re-opened with the store and the museum due to public demand.Barb Bell, caretaker of Peace Island Park, says they will start small with regards to the attractions and build them up based on the reception from patrons of the campsite and the general public.According to Bell, the park has already being flooded with reservations for the upcoming season. For more information on the new attractions or to book a campsite, contact 250-789-9295 or visit their website.Advertisement
event in La Habra LA HABRA – The Women’s Clubhouse, 200 Greenwood Ave., will host the city’s sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. March 17. Dinner, dancing, entertainment and an auction is on tap for the event. Tickets are $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit programs and services of The Gary Center. For reservations, call (562)691-3263, Ext. 113. Pico Rivera camp registration opens PICO RIVERA – Registrations are currently open for local youngsters who would like to be part of the city’s spring break camps, which begin April 2. Children in kindergarten through second grade can enroll in “Kids in the Kitchen,” while those in third and fourth grade can sign up for “Dance Camp.” Both camps are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 to 6. One-week camps cost $70 per child. Extended child care before and after the day camp is available for an extra fee. Campers are required to wear a camp T-shirt, which costs $6, and must bring a bag lunch daily. Registration packets are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 6767 Passons Blvd., and at all city parks. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. Transportation services offered SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Community Connection provides transportation, by appointment, to any destination within this city and Norwalk. Services are available from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Advanced registration is required. Registered riders may schedule an appointment by calling (562)929-7512. Fares for the Community Connection are as follows: 30 cents for seniors and those with disabilities; 45cents for youth accompanied by a registered rider; and 60cents for adults accompanied by a registered rider. For more information or to register, call (562) 409-7572. City accepting fair applications PICO RIVERA – The city is accepting applications for arts and crafts, commercial and food vendors for the annual Bunny Hop Celebration and Vendor Fair. Applications are available at the Parks and Recreation Department at 6767 Passons Blvd. A $30 payment, for a 10-foot-by-10-foot indoor or outdoor space, must be submitted with the application, which should also include a list of the items or goods that will be sold during the event. For more information, call Efrain Lee at (562)801-4430. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Children’s Storytime will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the library, 11700 Telegraph Road. Story time is open to children up to 5 years old. No registration or fees are required. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. Easter egg hunt set for March 31 WHITTIER – The city has slated its annual Eggxtravaganza & Family Faire from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31. The event at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, will feature rides, crafts and entertainment for families. Admissions wristbands will be available for $3 apiece. For more information, call (562) 464-3430 or (562)464-3350. St. Patrick’s Day
The team that sent up the commands included engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Corp., said Fuk Li, Mars program manager at JPL. JPL managed the Global Surveyor mission and Lockheed built the spacecraft. Lockheed employees noticed the error and contacted their superiors, the report said. Doug McCuistion, director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, said the space agency will double-check the remaining Mars spacecraft to ensure the error won’t happen again. The Global Surveyor beamed back some 240,000 pictures, including the first detailed views of swirling dust devils and gullies. Shortly before it failed, it also found stunning evidence that liquid water recently coursed through Mars. The discovery, which still needs to be confirmed, raises the possibility that the planet may have an environment conducive to primitive life.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Human error triggered a cascade of events that caused the battery to fail on the Mars Global Surveyor last year, according to a preliminary report released Friday. An internal NASA board determined that power loss likely doomed the spacecraft after a decade of meticulously mapping the Red Planet. But the problems can be traced back to September 2005 when a routine technical update to onboard computers caused inconsistencies in the spacecraft’s memory. Engineers tried to fix the problem, but instead sent up incorrect software commands. The board concluded that engineers didn’t catch the mistakes because the existing procedures to do so were inadequate. “Had these procedures been more rigorous … then perhaps this wouldn’t have happened,” said board chairwoman Dolly Perkins of the Goddard Space Flight Center. Scientists lost contact last November with the $154 million Global Surveyor. Launched in 1996, it was the oldest of six active probes on the Martian surface or circling the planet. Several attempts to locate the spacecraft were unsuccessful, and the mission was declared ended in January. Global Surveyor was built with redundant control systems to guard against failure. However, the board found inconsistencies in the memories of the spacecraft’s two onboard computers because the updates were done at different times. Six months before Global Surveyor fell silent, engineers tried to fix the problem but mistakenly uploaded faulty software, disabling its solar panels. A final command in November telling the spacecraft to adjust its solar panels caused it to point itself toward the sun. In turn, the battery overheated and the spacecraft was lost within 12 hours.
Athletic keeper Unai Simon held Real, who open their Champions League campaign against Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, at bay until Isco headed in Gareth Bale’s assist after the hour.The draw put Julen Lopetegui’s men on 10 points, two adrift of Barcelona with Atletico Madrid also slipping back in the La Liga title race by drawing at home to Eibar.Seven points is now the gap between Atletico and Barca, who were in danger of tripping up themselves when Aritz Elustondo put Real Sociedad in front at Anoeta.But the hosts missed a series of excellent chances and paid the price, as two goals in three minutes from Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win.“The league is defined by these kind of games,” Suarez said afterwards. “Last year we also came back from 2-0 after many years without winning here. The reaction says a lot about this team.”Atletico rallied too, Borja Garces equalising with virtually the last kick of the game, but there were no celebrations at the Wanda Metropolitano.Garces’ strike was enough only to rescue a 1-1 draw for Diego Simeone’s side, who had looked on course for defeat when Eibar’s Sergi Enrich bundled home in the 87th minute.Borja Garces celebrated after scoring in the last seconds for Atletico Madrid but it was only enough to secure a home draw with Eibar © AFP/File / Benjamin CREMELBarcelona might easily have dropped points too had their opponents been more clinical.Mikel Oyarzabal and Theo Hernandez both could have made it 2-0 after half-time but the former blazed over and the latter was denied by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Within minutes, they were behind, as two crosses caused havoc in Real Sociedad’s defence, with Suarez and Dembele perfectly placed to pounce.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had made the surprise decision to omit Sergio Busquets from his starting line-up, presumably with Tuesday’s Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven in mind.But it was testament to the hosts’ performance that Busquets was called upon in the second period after Philippe Coutinho had also been introduced at half-time.“In the first half they closed us down well but Philippe coming on in the second half helped changed the dynamics,” Suarez said.Simeone might also have liked to keep one eye on their Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, but a victory was much-needed following defeat to Celta Vigo two weeks ago.Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, however, were both sloppy in the final third and Eibar might even have scored earlier, twice denied by the woodwork.It means Atleti have now recorded their worst league start since 2009.“I would worry if we had not created those chances to score,” Simeone said. “The team also showed a reaction after their goal. We continued to push forward and managed to take a point.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luis Suarez scored the first of Barcelona’s two goals in three minutes © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 16 – Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Sociedad on Saturday as Real Madrid lost ground in La Liga after a 1-1 stalemate at Athletic Bilbao.Real, unbeaten after three games, fell behind to Iker Muniain’s 32nd-minute goal on a counter-attack.
And Tite blamed the pitch for the lack of flowing football from his struggling side.“There is room for improvement,” he said. “But that’s also possible when you play passes on a good ground.“All the players asked me to complain about it. It’s absurd at such a high level match to have a ground that is so hard to pass the ball on.“We needed three touches to pass the ball forward. It’s absurd to have such bad quality. It’s inconceivable anywhere in the world to have such a bad ground.”The pitch in Porto Alegre had already come in for harsh criticism from some of the tournament’s leading lights, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Uruguay.It will also host the second semi-final, although Brazil won’t be involved in that.“Scouts honor, I shouldn’t make excuses: if we don’t finish chances then we don’t. But I’m telling you that we had to take three touches to pass the ball and you need to think fast,” continued Tite, whose side were jeered by the home fans at half-time — the third time in four matches they’d been booed by a demanding public.– ‘Gives confidence’ –Barcelona midfielder Arthur, who struggled to impose himself on the match, said this result would boost Brazil in the long run.“This qualification gives us the confidence we need. There will be tough games ahead, sometimes the ball won’t go in, but we’re centered, our heads are in the right place,” he said.“Now we need to relax and concentrate on the next opponents.”Following the goalless 90 minutes, the quarter-final tie went straight to a penalty shoot-out — extra-time will only be used if needed in the final.Goalkeeper Alisson saved the very first spot kick by Gustavo Gomez.And while Paraguay were back on level terms when Roberto Firmino fired wide, Derlis Gonzalez did so too immediately afterwards, allowing Gabriel Jesus to thump home the winning kick.“We have to keep working hard. This team deserved today’s result,” said Alisson.“It was a draw but we were a team that didn’t just want to play on the counter-attack,” he added in a clear reference to Paraguay’s tactics.The underdogs, who only scraped into the quarter-finals on goal difference having failed to win a single group game, could do little else, particularly after Balbuena’s dismissal.“We created a lot of chances, we hit the post the (Paraguay) goalkeeper (Roberto Fernandez) pulled off miracles but the fans got behind us and didn’t stop to the end,” said Arthur.Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo praised his players for having come so close to pulling off another famous victory in such difficult circumstances.They also produced dogged defensive efforts in 2011 and 2015 before beating much fancied Brazil on penalties in the Copa America quarter-finals.But it wasn’t to be this time.“I’m very proud of our performance this evening. We could have been granted a heroic, wonderful victory on penalties but that doesn’t diminish how pleased I am with my players,” said Berizzo.“There’s a competitiveness that stands out in this team. It’s up to us, it doesn’t matter who the opponents are, they will only challenge what you’re capable of.“My players convinced me tonight that they can beat anyone.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s coach Tite slammed the conditions of the pitch during the Copa America quarter-final match against Paraguay at the Gremio Arena stadium © AFP / Luis ACOSTAPORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, Jun 28 – Fuming Brazil coach Tite raged at the state of the Gremio Arena pitch after the Copa America hosts squeezed past dogged Paraguay on penalties to reach the semi-finals.Brazil played more than 40 minutes with a numerical advantage following the sending off of Fabian Balbuena but couldn’t find a route past Paraguay’s defensive fortress, needing penalties to progress after a 0-0 draw.
DETROIT – High gas prices may be giving consumers monster headaches, but automakers are betting that hasn’t curbed their appetite for monster trucks. At the Chicago Auto Show, International Truck and Engine Corp. plans to debut its new MXT pickup, a colossus with the ability to tow three regular-size pickups. General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. are also using the Chicago show to introduce big pickups. The media preview will begin today, and the show is open to the public Friday through Feb. 19. Tom Libby, senior director of analysis for the Power Information Network, a division of J.D. Power & Associates, said the full-size pickup segment has been steady even as sales of sport utility vehicles have plummeted. “There really is no substitute for a full-size pickup,” Libby said. “People who want that functionality can’t find it anywhere else.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Sales for large pickups were flat between 2004 and 2005, while large SUV sales were down 18 percent, according to Autodata Corp. Luxury pickups – the Cadillac Escalade EXT, the Lincoln Mark LT and the Hummer H2 SUT – saw sales spike 23 percent last year. Libby said the pickup segment is attractive to automakers because it’s stable, it has relatively few players and it has the most loyal customers. As SUV sales fall, automakers also have found that luxury pickups can take up some of the slack in profits. It doesn’t cost much for Ford Motor Co. to make a Ford F-150 into a Lincoln Mark LT, Libby said, but the starting price of the Mark LT is $20,000 higher. International Truck has been producing trucks for more than 100 years, but it wasn’t until two years ago that it brought out the gargantuan CXT, its first pickup. The company offered the slightly smaller RXT last year. This year it’s debuting the MXT, which will be the smallest of the company’s three pickups. The MXT, which goes on sale this summer, has a diesel V8 engine and a towing capacity of eight tons. But it also has luxury touches, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and options like chrome details, a DVD player and padded armrests. The MXT starts at $69,000 and tops out at $85,000 fully loaded. International Truck President Dee Kapur said the company expects to sell about 1,000 MXTs this year, making it a relatively small player in the 2.5-million strong full-size pickup market. Still, the trucks are selling beyond the company’s expectations. “We had no idea that the market would really scream out for these vehicles,” said Al Saltiel, vice president of marketing. Saltiel said advertising companies have been among the biggest customers, buying the pickups to use with mobile billboards. Another big truck that will be unveiled in Chicago is the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, which goes on sale this spring. GM says it was the first to combine the comfort of an SUV with the cargo space of a truck when it launched the Avalanche in 2002. This time around, the Avalanche has GM’s new full-size SUV platform, which gives it improved fuel economy, more precise steering and a quieter interior. The company is hoping the 2007 model can revive Avalanche sales, which fell 21 percent last year as newer competitors like the Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra grabbed sales. The 2007 Toyota Tundra, which also will debut in Chicago, is likely to continue to grab share, according to early reviews. Toyota is abandoning the cautious styling of the first-generation Tundra in favor of a more powerful stance, matched by a V8 engine that will help the Tundra compete head-on with the Big Three, according to the auto research site Edmunds.com. The Tundra will be built in Indiana and Texas later this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Oisin with all his new goodies sent to him by the Disney Store in London.A young Donegal lad is feeling the ‘force’ after an amazing surprise by Disney bosses.Oisin Roberts Browne captured the hearts of the public after his dad made him the perfect Halloween outfit.Paddy Browne went beyond the limits when he converted Oisin’s into a menacing Darth Vader, complete with a Death Star chair made by his dad. And yesterday his amazing effort for his son didn’t go unnoticed.Mum Tanya Roberts Browne got a call from a friend to say a deliveryman was looking for their number and had a very special parcel for them.The note from Disney staff for Oisin.When the delivery man arrived at the family’s Carrigart home, nobody quite knew what to expect.But when they opened the box, inside was a box packed with Star Wars goodies courtesy of the Walt Disney Company in London. The company has heard about Paddy’s efforts to make his son’s Halloween a very special one.A hand-written note inside read “To Oisin and the very talented Paddy, We were hugely impressed by yours Star Wars themed Halloween costume. Please find enclosed a few Star Wars goodies as a token of our appreciation. We can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2016.”Mum Tanya told Donegal Daily “We couldn’t believe it when we opened the box, it was jam packed with Star Wars merchandise for Oisin. He was over the moon, as was Paddy.“I don’t know who was more excited to be honest! We are overwhelmed by their generosity, they have made Oisin a very happy little boy.”OISIN FEELS THE ‘FORCE’ AFTER AMAZING SURPRISE FROM DISNEY BOSSES was last modified: November 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigartDisney StoredonegalOisinPaddy BrowneStar WarsSurprise
Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference maker as a lacklustre Portugal side defeated Morocco to make the Atlas Lions the first team knocked out of the 2018 World Cup.Ronaldo’s goal, scored early on after he lost his marker from a corner, was all that separated the two sides in a match Morocco will feel aggrieved to have come out of without a point to their name. 4 Morocco started on the front foot, but before the fifth minute Ronaldo put his nation ahead with his fourth goal of the tournament.That was a rare chance in the opening stages, and the match entered the routine of Morocco doing well with the ball while Portugal sat deep and looked to break with speed..Ronaldo followed up his early goal with perhaps Portugal’s best chance of the remainder of the match, but he smashed the ball high and wide after Bernardo Silva’s cut-back found him on the edge of the area.Despite that chance, it was the losers who enjoyed the best of the play, though they struggled to really trouble Rui Patricio in the Portugal goal until after the break. But when they did manage to get shots off, Patricio was forced to show his true quality to deny Morocco their first goal of the tournament; he first denied Younes Belhanda’s strike from just outside the box, before making a remarkable stop to keep out a header from the same player. 4 MOMENT OF THE MATCHRui Patricio kept a very lacklustre Portugal in the game with a truly superb save from Younes Belhanda’s header (pictured above). The ball looked destined for the far corner, but Patricio got across his goal line quickly enough to claw it wide. If that had gone in, Morocco would have tied the match at 1-1, and given Portugal’s poor performance it is hard to imagine they would have ever retaken the lead. Patricio’s save was truly a match winner.LINE-UPSPortugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva (Martins 59′), William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho (Adrien Silva 89′), Joao Mario (Bruno Fernandes, 70′), Goncalo Guedes, RonaldoSubs not used: Lopes, Bruno Alves, Fernandes, Andre Silva, Dias, Ricardo Pereira, Mario Rui, Quaresma, BetoMorocco: Mohamedi, Dirar, Benatia, da Costa, Hakimi, Nordin Amrabat, El Ahmadi (Fajr 86′), Belhanda (Carcela-Gonzalez 75′), Boussoufa, Ziyech, Boutaib (El Kaabi 70′)Subs not used: Bounou, Mendyl, Saiss, Ait Bennasser, Harit, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, Sofyan Amrabat, TagnaoutiGROUP B TABLE Ronaldo headed the winning goal after just four minutes Mehdi Benatia fired over when the ball rolled to him 12 yards from goal, before Hakim Ziyech – a threat to Portugal throughout – curled a free-kick just above Patricio’s crossbar.Morocco ramped the pressure up even further as the game entered the final 10 minutes, bringing on centre forward Ayoub El Kaabi and throwing bodies forward.Ziyech broke into the area but saw his shot blocked by Pepe, and, in the dying stages, Benatia fired over again from inside the area.The look on his face as he ambled back towards his own half, one of resigned disappointment, was mirrored by his team-mates, and likely the whole of Morocco.STAR MANHakim Ziyech may not have done enough to guide Morocco to a point, or even a goal, but he showed his true class throughout the match. He was a livewire in the final third, linking play between the midfield and attack with a number of fine passing movements and neat touches. He also created his side’s clearest goal scoring chances, primarily from set-pieces using his brilliant dead ball ability. 4 Ziyech was Morocco’s biggest threat throughout the match, and the best player on the pitch Patricio made one superb save to deny Belhanda 4 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
Re “Children’s Museum groundbreaking on Tuesday” (Oct. 16): Having a $50 million children’s museum will be great for the Valley, and wonderful for the residents of Lake View Terrace, but I don’t see how you could pick a worse location for the families of Los Angeles. Lake View Terrace is like the end of the earth for most of the kids in this city, and there is no transportation if you don’t have a car. Meanwhile, we have a white elephant of a Convention Center downtown three times its needed size and surrounded by rapid transit, freeways and parking. We could open a children’s museum in that location in less than six months, and families without a car could reach it easily via rapid transit from as far away as Woodland Hills, Pasadena or Long Beach. Unfortunately, this Valley site seems doomed before it starts. Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills Glass houses Re “Dancing around issues” (Editorial, Oct. 14); “Meet the new 007” (Oct. 14): Every morning, I read the Daily News back to front. I like to start with the Editorials & Letters page to see what people are thinking. Your closing line to a pro-lap-dancing editorial that “city officials should start to work grappling with the big issues that actually affect the lives of millions of residents every day” was well-taken until I turned to Page 1 of your publication and saw that nearly half of the front page was devoted to the “new” James Bond, Daniel Craig. Newspaper, heal thyself. Bill Haller Van Nuys Measure Y Re “Measure Y: Still need more schools” (Oct. 17): To quote A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, in the Daily News – “We have to build 160 schools, and the projection is that what we have in the bank is not going to be enough.” May I be so bold as to ask, what does A.J. Duffy have to do with the bond money in the bank and the building of our schools? Pat Ramirez Sherman Oaks How sweet it is What a great city we have. The mayor appears to think he is a movie star – but he isn’t. The MTA builds a new busway across the Valley – but neglects to provide parking at the western terminus. Deering Avenue in Canoga Park gets repaved – but Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile is a mass of potholes. Despite all of our problems, illegal aliens will cross desert to live here. We just don’t know how good we have it. Don Evans Canoga Park Big shots With a presidential election not even a year ago, voters are very sick and tired of the nasty commercials on the airwaves day in and day out. With big names coming to California such as Senators John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, you would think that the special election was a presidential affair now. These two do not represent California or the propositions. We the voters (who, by the way, are not ignorant) can decide for ourselves on a few propositions. These big shots take our special election to raise money for their own causes, and they also throw a few big bucks into making more hateful commercials. All of the billions of dollars poured into these ads could have paid for all of the causes they complain about and then some. Mary Lou Holte Van Nuys Pushing his agenda Here we go again. I just saw the latest ad from our governor slamming the public-employee unions. The TV spot claims that the public-employee unions are spending $80 million to hold this election. Seems like that it was the governor who called this election. The governor better take a look in a mirror. He’s the one who called the election, just to push his own agenda. Darrel Woodward Van Nuys Less oversight Re “Abolish LAUSD” (Your Opinions, Oct. 12): I suppose Stephanie Schwartz’s magic remedy to cure all ills would be to create more charter schools. These schools actually have less oversight than the LAUSD in that there is very little accountability in their programs. They are able to pay exorbitant salaries and stipends to executive directors who do nothing and other “staff” members who have reduced teaching loads because they are members of the “steering committee.” How does this help students? The LAUSD certainly has its problems, but board members Marquerite LaMotte, Jon Lauritzen and David Tokofsky are former teachers so they do know something about how a school is run and don’t deserve to be disparaged by someone promoting a program that is less credible than the LAUSD. Merle Duckett Retired teacher Thousand Oaks The Orange Line Re “Cocktail napkin results” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): Obviously Robert L. Rosebrock has never had to use the Red Line terminals in North Hollywood or Universal City. Most days at the North Hollywood lots, even if you get there by 9 a.m., there is no parking. You then go up the street to the Universal lot, and, again, no parking. The Orange Line is not made as a replacement for the regular bus system; it is mostly for people to get to the Red Line or Blue Line. Yes, there may be jolts along the way but they don’t compare with the big potholes that you drive over and you don’t have to wait in traffic during road construction. I will be using the Orange Line and enjoying my stress-free commute to L.A. or Long Beach. Louis Grinbaum Northridge Logical conclusions Re “Separation” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): Billy Bauman asks the question “How can you separate one from the other?” in regard to the “Catholic” priest scandal and the drive to get the cross back on the L.A. County seal. Obviously, in Billy’s mind, that makes all Christians perverts. So ,if I follow that logic, then all Muslims are terrorists. I once knew a boy named Billy, and he was a bully. Does that make all Billys bullies? Steve Duhm Woodland Hills The name game Re “Cahuenga Pass cross” and “Just kidding” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): My sincere thanks to Mary Ann Steinberger for reminding me of the cross nearby the Hollywood Bowl. Since they were close in reality, it would be natural to group them together as part of L.A.’s history, rather than as a religious symbol. And, yes, Emy Lenoir Blackwell, in these trying times, it is very important to be able to laugh. If that’s the case, I apologize,but she sounded quite offended, “as a non-Catholic,” having to live around Spanish names. However, she seems to have no problem with the Catholic Mission now appearing on the seal. It really is laughable to entertain the idea of changing all the foreign names of towns and streets – including those of other states such as Paris (Tenn., Texas), New London (Conn.), etc. Terri Andrews Castaic Secular nation Re “From God” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): Gregg Frazer’s radical religious right take on church/state separation in this country betrays his bias. My antenna raised, I went to the Web site of The Master’s College, at which he teaches, and found out that its self-proclaimed mission is “to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ.” No wonder Frazer is in heavy denial that this country was clearly founded as a secular nation, with many of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe included, openly and sharply critical of Christianity. Michael D. Harris Reseda Clean record Re “Protecting the criminal” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): Cliff Hall is outraged about DUI. I am sorry that Hall is outraged that the young man got a plea bargain, but he had a clean record and normal range of alcohol according to the CHP. So you want him put in jail? The law says women can get rid of that pregnancy and the husband or boyfriend has no say. Gangbangers and criminals get three strikes and you are out – so why can’t the drinking driver get no less. If you have the guts, why not outlaw alcohol. You outlawed smoking and pregnancy – why not cell phones unless the vehicle is stopped. Thank God for Michael Eberhardt, one lawyer to finally stand up to the system. Edward Elks Panorama City AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!