LA TAMMANY HALL
Re: “Digging for answers,” Jan. 3
I wish a story of how unaccountable agencies spend public money by the millions was unique — it is not. That Metro is so unresponsive to the public and its elected officials just adds salt to the wounds.
At best, Metro is a Tammany Hall-style financial junta.
It’s time to demand an audit the likes of the recent Caltrans investigation and address this once and for all.
~ CHARLES MILLER, VIA EMAIL
IS IT TREASON YET?
Re: “Connecting with a cleaner world,” Jan. 17
What is sad here is our bureaucracies are working harder for the interests of foreign countries and their need to get their slave labor manufactured cheap plasticware out of the ports and to American markets more efficiently than they are the people whose taxes pay their salaries. Can we call it treason yet?
~ ERIC MAUNDRY, VIA EMAIL
THE MILK CLIFF
A frequent bugaboo of the “fiscal cliff” debacle was the “milk cliff” — the threat of milk prices doubling if Congress failed to extend dairy subsidies. Parents were forgoing other necessities because their children “had to have milk.”
Most industries would gladly give up their tax loopholes for that kind of product loyalty. But this one is totally undeserved.
Consumption of dairy products, laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones and drugs elevates the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when dietary flaws become lifelong addictions.
A study of 12,829 children by Harvard Medical School found that drinking cow’s milk leads to weight gain.
Several proteins in cow’s milk can thicken mucus secretions leading to respiratory problems in children.
Most African-Americans and Asian-Americans suffer from cramping and diarrhea because they lack the enzyme to digest lactose in cow’s milk.
The good news is that green leafy vegetables and legumes supply all the calcium and proteins touted in cow’s milk, without the excess calories and other yucky factors noted. Every supermarket offers a huge line of dairy-free milks, cheeses and ice creams made from healthy nuts and grains.
This is why USDA’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, shunt dairy (and meat) off the recommended plate of vegetables, fruits and grains.
Cow’s milk is produced for bovine — not human — babies. Let’s give our kids a healthy start!
~ PATRICK LAWSON, PASADENA
FROM THE WEB:
Re: “Christmas is for Heretics,” Dec. 20
Hey Ellen, I think I would like your eclectic and non-traditional version of the Nativity. One of the great things about California, and the USA, is that we can make our own traditions. And I’ve always enjoyed the “doctor paradox,” and how hard it is for some of my (boomer) generation to figure out. Of course, I had an unfair advantage — my mother was a medical doctor. Thanks for the column!
Re: “The call to lead,” Jan. 24
What is a “stealth helicopter” and how much do they cost? The noisy ones cost more than $2 million each. Where does Mr. Kennedy think the money will come from? The Obama administration? He shot a 20-year old in the stomach and does not want to talk about it. Really? If you want to run for a public office, then we get to talk a lot about it. Did Trone have a concealed weapons permit? What kind of business was he doing where he needed to carry a firearm? Does he support everyone having a handgun for personal protection? I don’t care if this was 20 years ago. We get to talk about it. Is Benson a US citizen? I want him to provide a birth certificate.
[Ishamel Trone’s] job was as a bail bondsman. You know, carrying a lot of money. Sounds like a good reason for going heeled. The gun was forgotten, then discovered, and he got fined. Nobody was ever shot or otherwise threatened. Meanwhile, the other guy shot somebody but was acquitted of both malice and neglect. No mention of a civil suit. Busy people get too busy and schit just happens sometimes. Murphy codified it. All three of these men are people who’ve been around.
Re: “Hitting home,” ???
Andre Coleman is not a reporter. ... He’s a hired gun and a racist. Anyone who follows his selective reporting style (don’t waste your time) knows this guy is an extension of the Peter Dreier strain, who together with Ed Honowitz, Renatta Cooper, Jon Fuhrman, ACT, Paul Little among other provocateurs, perpetuate race tensions in order to keep power. I wouldn’t trust anything any of them say — NOR anyone they support.
Re: “International man of mystery,” Feb. 7
Good Lord ... you can’t even begin to begin with this one ... it’s got to be a full moon.
Thank you, Mr. Coleman. I attended the most recent candidates’ forum on Feb. 5 and wrote about my impressions. I posted it to my blog Mademoiselle Gramophone.
Can somebody please take this man's gun away from him? Especially if he shares a household with convicted felons and sex offenders.
Oh my God! I don’t live in District 3, but I have lived in Pasadena all my life and I do care what happens outside my district because each district affects the next. District 3 does not deserve this. I suggest that all three of them step out of the race. Unbelievable. This article should be sent to every resident of District 3 before they end up getting stuck with one of these criminals. Please, people of District 3, stand up and demand that these crooks step out of the race. No good can come of this.
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