No grant, no law enforcement?

In response to Greg Hiscott (“Enforce the noise laws,” April 7), you would think the Glendale police would cite violations of the vehicle codes, but it seems that doesn’t happen unless there is a special grant allowed for them to actually enforce the law (i.e. cell phone violations).

Noise is a large issue that should be addressed, but it goes unheeded by police.

Unfortunately, I live on Fern Lane, where the regional Sports Complex is located. We have a situation here that we have been trying to live with since the complex’s opening: the 300% increase in traffic noise, with loud stereos and mufflers, speeding and litter.

Fern Lane has also become a major access road for public works vehicles — more noise, diesel smell and dust.

We have not been successful in having Glendale police respond to these issues. So, Mr. Hiscott, you can consider yourself fortunate that you live in La Cañada Flintridge and at least do not have to contend with all the noise issues that we have been living with for the last five years in the absence of adequate police enforcement.

Ken Steele


Budget solution? No problem!

Common sense is clearly not a thought process familiar to the political or bureaucratic brain.

As both sides argue over cutting programs that contribute to the obesity of the deficit, their focused, limited, half-brain thinking lacks an overview that could quickly solve government budget problems at the federal, state and local levels.

And it could be done relatively painlessly with the 5% solution.

Every person, entity, business, program, politician, employee, retiree welfare, social security recipient, etc., who receives a check, payment, or benefit of any kind from any branch of government gets a 5% reduction in pay for five months.

Shazam! The budget gets balanced by the people, for the people and of the people. Then we demand accountability for the great American giveaway and stop the attitude of entitlement that John F. Kennedy addressed so long ago when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

That’s it. A 5% cut across the board of all government spending, starting with all the politician’s salaries and the parade of people on their payroll.

John Marshall


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