Re "The California Fix: Start from scratch," Editorial, Aug. 16

They say newspapers are dying. As an 83-year-old native Southern Californian and former Republican, now independent, I can tell you that The Times has identified an exciting mission for your paper and other major papers within the state.

Your editorial initiates a critical series of editorials best undertaken by newspapers. Perhaps a consortium built among the key papers in San Diego, the Central Valley and the Bay Area can exert the necessary impetus and collective wisdom to come up with an intelligent bipartisan blueprint of action, supported by the dominating business and money interests that must want a revival of the state's economy.

I feel that the general population is now sufficiently disgusted with both the Legislature and our governor to be receptive. I sense some blue sky among the clouds.

Mike Minchin Jr.

Los Angeles

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