Mailbag: Wrong impression of Chief Adams

With the numerous encounters over the years with police chiefs of the Los Angeles area, I truly thought Randy Adams was a great chief of police for our city. He was interested in the city and cut no slack for his own officers.

I remember hearing about the chief enforcing the tinted window and missing front license plate with his own officers in the department's own parking lot. When I heard about this, I was truly impressed.

Usually, when a chief moves on, it is to a bigger department. When it was announced that he was going to Bell, I thought it was out of the goodness of his heart to take his message to a smaller department. Sadly, I was wrong.

As usual, like my grandmother told me, money was the root of all evil.

Foster S. Dennis


Editor's note: Dennis is a board member of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.

Impressed with columnist's course

Gary Huerta's July 13 column, "A Balcony View: Life-saving lessons," recounted his recent experience of helping a friend receive emergency medical attention after his friend had a heart attack while driving on the freeway.

Huerta took the story a critical step forward by taking a personal proactive look at what he could do on a daily basis to improve his own health.

Huerta lists "The Simple 7" steps endorsed by the American Heart Assn.: Eating better, getting active, losing weight, managing blood pressure and cholesterol, quitting smoking and lowering blood sugar.

As a longtime public health nurse, it's great to see Huerta advocate prevention and health promotion as personal decisions we make each day for ourselves, our families and our communities. Whether it's walking after lunch, eating smarter, quitting smoking, reducing stress — each can benefit us and help prevent or control disease.

What could be better than spending some time "looking upstream" and taking measures to reduce our risk factors for disease and adding to the long-term quality of our life?

Susan James Carr


Still happy with Disneyland

I find Disneyland is still an enjoyable place to go ("Education Matters: Breaking up with Disneyland," July 16). It is for the young and the young at heart.

My experiences are fondly remembered. On my last trip to Disneyland, I went with friends. I enjoyed their company, and time in the lines passed quickly with much chatting and good fellowship. We even talked to a couple of Japanese students.

I feel sorry that Dan Kimber is in line with Grumpy. I'm in line with Happy.

Randall Greiner


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