Richard Meltzer is an inspiration to anyone like me who lives in Southern California simply because I was born here and can't afford to move ("L.A. Basher: A Little Talk on the Wild Side" by Bob Sipchen, Sept. 23). Everyone here is just a phony that can't come up with their own personality so they copy television, movie and rock stars. Los Angeles is the land of gangs, yuppies, heavy metalers, prostitutes. . . . Anyone who actually enjoys living here is truly sick in the head. Richard can't be blamed for cowering in his apartment to avoid the kind of airheads that live here. The only fun thing to do is to be a thorn in the side to apathetic liberals like Bob Sipchen.
DON LATHEN, La Puente