In a case with not even the faintest of silver linings, it's no surprise that the initial batch of letters responding to the announcement that Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson would face no charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown reflect the public malaise caused by the tragedy.
Dozens of readers have sent us their letters since St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch made the announcement in a speech in which he also blasted media coverage of Brown's death last August and of its aftermath, and vouched for the work done by his office and the grand jury.
As expected, nearly all of the letters express anger, though they direct their indignation at different players in this case. Those who wanted to see Wilson put on trial raise doubts about McCulloch's handling of the case; others apparently more inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to Wilson urge public acceptance of the grand jury decision and lament the events that they say made Brown's death...Read more
To the editor: Our nation has been working since its founding to settle the rules of who will be allowed to freely live here. Early immigrants were screened for disease, with some put right back on the ship that brought them. Others were required to have a present citizen vouch for them. Just what does the person we prefer as a prospective citizen look like? ("Republicans want to oppose Obama on immigration, but how?," Nov. 22)
Is it the person who currently "buys" a green card with a $500,000 investment, or is it perhaps the highly trained person thought to add value to our economy? Do we want to deny felons, or just certain types of felons? Must the applicant be honest and have at least attempted to enter legally before illegally entering, illegally working and making all the dishonest claims needed to stay here?
I think we should give any new green cards to the people in line at their country of origin and who can meet some basic moral and honesty standards. They might not have the...Read more
To the editor: What's believed to be the largest settlement by a school district in history can't undo the damage the children abused by Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt unnecessarily suffered. With a then-Los Angeles Unified School District lawyer recently arguing in a separate case that a 14-year-old girl could somehow give consent to her sexual abuser (who was a district employee), has anything changed? ("L.A. Unified ends Miramonte sex abuse case with $139-million deal," Nov. 21)
Despite an influx of funding from Proposition 30, schools remain underresourced, undersupervised and woefully lacking in librarians, nurses and counselors who contribute to a safe community. The district maintains that after almost eight years without even a cost-of-living increase and significant income lost to furlough days, educators deserve only a 2% raise, which speaks volumes about priorities.
The notion that this culture will somehow attract the most qualified and ethical is absurd,...Read more
To the editor: With regard to your article on Newtown, Conn., shooter Adam Lanza and the "years of failure to treat" him before the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the responsibility for that failure lies directly with his mother and her turning a "blind eye" to the degree of his illness. Unfortunately, as Lanza had not, according to the article, engaged in any activity where the state could forcefully intervene, there was very little the schools and medical facilities could do. ("New report on Newtown shooter: Parental denial, breakdowns, missed opportunities," Nov. 21)
Sadly, Nancy Lanza paid for her mistake with her life.
I wonder if Lanza's father was somewhat responsible. The article mentions an urgent email sent to him, but it appears that there was no mention of any activity on the father's part to see that his son received treatment.
It brings up the question of the state versus parental rights. What can the state do if the parent refuses to continue treatment of...Read more
To the editor: A House select committee appointed in May is carrying out the eighth investigation of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack. Really? Another investigation? What is the point other than to keep this non-scandal alive? ("GOP panel on Benghazi finds no Obama administration wrongdoing," Nov. 22)
All of the theories of conspiracy were debunked by a Republican-controlled House committee. I, for one, am fed up with this time wasting. We need lawmakers to address this country's domestic problems and come together on legislation that will actually make our lives better.
The speaker of the House bailed on the Senate-approved immigration bill, and we are behind many countries with our dilapidated infrastructure. These nonsensical exercises mean nothing but headlines and the quest to keep the public confused.
Diane Welch, Cypress
To the editor: The latest Benghazi report clears the Obama administration of wrongdoing even though an ambassador and three other Americans were killed and...Read more
To the editor: Your editorial on President Obama's unilateral action on immigration doesn't articulate the real reason that what he did was necessary. ("For many people living under threat of deportation, Obama offers relief," Editorial, Nov. 20)
On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) took an extremely partisan approach and refused to bring the bill up for debate and a vote.
Boehner's message was clear: The tea party and the GOP are not interested in immigration reform and prefer the status quo .
Obama deserves praise for maintaining the spirit of this immigrant-created nation.
Frank Ferrone, El Cajon
To the editor: Thanks to The Times for pointing out that Obama should have used the legislative process to address our illegal immigration problem rather than taking unilateral action. Though the president did say Congress should pass a bill, for the first two years of his presidency Obama's Democratic...Read more