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Jack, Randy or Griffy: Readers on naming cougar P-22

Earlier this week, mountain lion P-22 left the relative safety of his Griffith Park habitat and sneaked into the crawl space of a nearby house. Cameras and crews of animal control officials descended on the Los Feliz home and cajoled the cougar back into the more remote areas of Griffith Park.

Briefly, Los Angeles caught a rare glimpse of the mountain lion that typically comes into to view only of unmanned cameras set up in the park to capture wildlife. A Times editorial Tuesday mused on how our fascination with the hardy cougar reflects our relationship with the dwindling wildlife in close proximity to our metropolis. It ended with a call to give P-22 a proper name — a call that was answered by our readers, several of whom offered lighthearted suggestions.

My favorite came from a reader who signed his letter only with "TGM": "The lion's name is Randy. He is looking for love and he loves L.A."

Playa del Rey resident Kyle Kimbrell is fine with keeping "P-22":

Today's essay on the glaring...

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Tenure isn't Easy Street for teachers

To the editor: After 40 years teaching English in public schools, I'm really ticked off that people think tenure means that you can sit around eating bon bons, and nobody can touch you if you don't teach anything. Anybody who's ever had to control a room of 40 kids knows that you have to be on your toes every minute to interest them enough to keep your own sanity. ("California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure," April 11)

And funny how the 23-year-old bank teller quoted in your article thinks that only twentysomethings are doing an exciting job, but that older teachers with tenure "were not there mentally and emotionally." So, what should happen when the young teacher gets older? Just kick her out and find a younger, cheaper replacement?

The longer I taught, the better teacher I became. I understood kids better, considered their private problems that affected their schoolwork, and I just knew more — I had more facts and personal stories to add to the course.

Tenure is not Easy Street...

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California's drought is a national issue

To the editor: California is turning itself upside down because of the water consumed by an agricultural industry that has only a modest impact on the state's overall economy and produces food only a modest percentage of which is consumed by Californians. ("Drought unlikely to cause major damage to California economy, analysts say," April 14)

What it wrong with this picture? Our drought is a national issue and deserves federal government consideration. The billions needed for water infrastructure, desalinization or both should be a national expense.

Otherwise, California should figure out a pricing mechanism to cause the cost of fruit and vegetables grown here to reflect the true cost of the water being used for irrigation.

Michael Weinbaum, San Clemente


To the editor: This article takes a narrow view of a problem that will repeat in coming years. Population growth in the interim will require more drastic cuts when drought occurs again. Business, job creation and economic growth will...

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A grandmother as president? It's time.

To the editor: I enjoyed Meghan Daum's column where she cited Hillary Clinton's role as a "grandmother" as a positive quality for the White House. I agree that it is unfortunate that we still use the word "grandmother" as a form of negative messaging for female leaders. ("Hillary Clinton's no-knife, no-Botox run for the White House," column, April 15)

This has not always been the case. In the Seneca (Iroquois Nation) culture, female elders were respected and honored. They even nominated the (male) clan chiefs and replaced them when necessary.

As a recent first-time grandmother of twins, I am delighted that Clinton is also a grandmother as she begins her run for the most challenging political office in the world. Being a grandmother creates a personal connection to future generations.

I hope Clinton's grandmotherly concerns can bring a refreshing perspective to the presidency. Her experience as secretary of State as well as first lady also gives her a scope and diplomacy that can be valuable...

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El Salvador's reprehensible jailing of women who have miscarriages

To the editor: I find it shocking that a 17-year-old house maid in El Salvador who was raped and impregnated by a neighbor and went on to suffer a miscarriage was sentenced to prison for her "crime." The Salvadoran criminal justice system isn't far off from the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem witch trials. ("El Salvador jails women for miscarriages and stillbirths," April 15)

It is one thing for a country to ban abortions, but it is an entirely different matter for a country's judicial system to brand women who have involuntary miscarriages as criminals and to sentence them to prison.

To urge El Salvador to eliminate this abominable practice, the U.S. should discontinue providing aid to the country until the laws are changed. In 2014, the Obama administration pledged more than $250 million over five years in economic aid to El Salvador.

Americans should contact their representatives in Congress to encourage them to stop aid to El Salvador until its abusive laws are changed. I do not want...

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Cut back on police shootings by cutting back on guns

To the editor: Police officers must face a population that is awash in guns. Isn't it obvious that they might be scared when routine encounters could present mortal risks? ("Curbing use of deadly force by police calls for new policies, training," April 15)

I do not excuse police from killing unarmed citizens, but we should look at a root cause of these shootings. Guns are available to almost anyone, and we should try to limit those that are certainly not in the hands of sportsmen but are instead in the general population.

Why is it that countries where guns aren't so readily available don't see this kind of carnage? It is time to get guns off our streets. And it is time to better train our police officers on how to interact with the population they are there to protect.

Lucia Dzwonczyk, San Pedro


To the editor: Steve Lopez missed the most obvious and effective ways to stop police over use of force: Obey the law, comply with police requests, and don't run from officers.

This doesn't...

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