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Los Angeles, the land of paper stadiums

To the editor: Another stadium proposal for Los Angeles? You have got to be kidding me. ("Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site," May 17)

I couldn't help but notice in the picture with the article that there is another, existing stadium alongside the proposed one for a new soccer team. That would be the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Really, two stadiums within a mile? How about some housing for people who can't afford to live in this city anymore? Or parks or even community gardens?

L.A truly is a community of developers, by developers and for developers. Even labor unions in this city just roll over when these developers wave the "jobs" flag.

Chamba Sanchez, Silver Lake


To the editor: Before we demolish the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, we should recognize the architect — Welton Becket & Associates — and the role the firm played in creating the iconic structure.

In the 1950s, with construction coming in over budget, Welton Becket was brought on and...

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Punishing banks but not bankers isn't working

To the editor: Holding businesses and government accountable for the wrongdoing of individual workers is not working. When a banker commits fraud and the shareholders pay the penalty, there is no deterrent. When police assault a citizen and taxpayers cover the penalty, there is no deterrent. ("5 global banks to pay $5.7 billion in fines over currency manipulation," May 20)

When will individual accountability be restored?

We've decided to hold teachers and educators who cheat accountable, even stretching it into a more serious crime of racketeering that carries a long prison term, but we cannot do the same for the truly dangerous criminals who hold our economy and justice system hostage? We can't hold them accountable?

I guess the Department of Justice reasons these banks are too big to fail so they're too big to prosecute, and that police are generally capable of investigating themselves. I'm not buying it.

Shane Algarin, San Diego


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City Hall could learn from David Ryu's hands-on campaigning

To the editor: David Ryu, newly elected to the Los Angeles City Council, has been given the opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air to the insider stench-filled City Hall. ("Can David Ryu maintain his outsider stance inside City Hall?," editorial, May 21)

I was on the fence about the District 4 election until a Ryu campaign worker knocked on my front door. She was well informed on Ryu's platform and we had an engaging exchange. More important was the fact that she asked me about my local issues and listened to me and took notes while I told her about a mundane but important safety issue concerning a city tree on my property.

This is what local politics is supposed to look like, not special interest groups and unions dictating the outcome.

To future potential candidates, please note that retail politics work. To Ryu, avoid the insider vortex of City Hall and remember who has given you this opportunity.

Andrew Chawke, Sherman Oaks

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L.A. police could have used more military gear in 1997

To the editor: Let's step back and take a logical look at the military equipment and how it can be used by police. ("Demilitarizing America's police," editorial, May 19)

A grenade launcher can be adapted to propel tear gas to disperse rioting crowds intent on burning down buildings, or it can shoot smoke canisters to provide cover for rescuing hostages. An armored vehicle can be used to rescue crime victims.

Think back to the North Hollywood bank robbery and shootout in 1997. The Los Angeles Police Department had to commandeer a nearby armored truck that could withstand withering gunfire to pull victims out of the line of fire.

If a situation arises in which police need to use deadly force to protect themselves as well as law-abiding citizens, an assault rifle capable of precision shots is the best way to stop the threat. If a terrorist event happens like we just experienced in Texas, local law enforcement is the first to respond, not the military.

John Henry, Culver City


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How long should a pop song be?

To the editor: Casey Rae is right on the money in lamenting the new trend to shorten country music songs by excising instrumental breaks. What Rae doesn't consider is whether country music has been reduced to so much formulaic pap. ("Guitar solos are getting the ax in country music songs," op-ed, May 18)

In 1959, the typical radio-friendly song ran about two and a half minutes. But the next decade brought many fresh innovations to popular music. The 1960s kicked off with country star Marty Robbins "El Paso," which upended the short-song model by running the then-unimaginable length of more than four and a half minutes.

Listeners loved "El Paso," sending it to the top of the pop and country charts. That pivotal hit set the stage for still-longer songs that famously flummoxed radio station managers yet defined the 1960s: "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan, and "Hey Jude" by the Beatles.

If contemporary country music were to feature more innovative and interesting fare, listeners might want...

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Go back, and give up all this technology? Never.

To the editor: Doyle McManus cites the familiar research that for the last 40 years, people in this country have tended to believe that things are getting worse, not better, and that the future promises less to our kids than it offered us. ("Is the American dream really dying?," op-ed, May 20)

I accept that people do, in fact, feel this way. However, recently, I have conducted my own informal, small-scale poll, asking a related question: "Would you like to see things go back to the way they were 40 years ago?"

The results: Nobody wants to give up the conveniences, the gadgets and the connectivity that have come their way in the last few decades.

Karl Lisovsky, Venice

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