Racism and L.A. Riots

Gov. Pete Wilson is typical of our aloof, out-of-touch politicians. When describing what's missing in the character of the looters he mentioned everything but their total sense of hopelessness (May 4). Last month as I drove down Alameda Street near the Watts Towers I saw about 50 able-bodied unemployed men just sitting around. Last week we finally heard from them. Our politicians just don't care to see what's happening out on the streets.

What's needed to "punish" the thousands of looters awaiting court disposition should be long hours of community service rather than prison terms. They've already been living in a hopeless prison of poverty, drugs, gang violence and misery. Give them something positive to do for a change.

JUDY MINTZ

Palos Verdes Estates

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