Re “Clinton basks in L.A. beam” (May 31): Less than two years in office and already Antonio Villaraigosa is someone Hillary has “admired for a long time.” My guess is that Hillary never even heard of Antonio before his election as mayor. Still, if Hillary’s idea of a long time is 18 months, can she possibly be capable of making decisions that deal with the needs of our nation decades in the future? This is nothing more than Hillary’s grasp for the Mexican-American vote. The question is whether the Mexican-American voter can be won simply by cozying up to a mayor of Mexican descent. I sincerely hope, for the future of America, that it takes more than that to win the vote of any American. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth We have lost control Re “May rally ‘got out of control’ ” (May 30): I guess I didn’t expect anything new from an article condemning the LAPD’s actions during the May 1 demonstration where about 500 LAPD officers attacked a “handful of offenders.” Of course our part-time (seems he spends half his time in New York) chief of police was doing nothing but the mayor’s wishes (which he needed for another term) while he was in Washington, D.C., hob-nobbing with the Clintons. Is it any wonder the LAPD is having trouble recruiting people to join when they don’t have anyone to stand up for them? Why should they fight the gangs when no matter what they do they won’t have the backing of the mayor or the police chief. Have we lost control of our city? – Joe McMillin West Hills NE Valley plan Re “Hope for NE Valley” (May 24): My hope for the northeast San Fernando Valley is that the “coherent and community-driven plan for its future” will include a partnership between the city, the LAUSD and the developers building new homes to provide property for new schools so no more established homes need to be taken for schools by eminent domain. – Barbara Bond Sylmar Keeping it simple Re “Bush attacks conservatives on immigration issue” (May 30): Mr. President – let’s keep the border issue simple. Rather than excoriate your conservative base, how about if we in the United States just deal with those crossing our borders illegally like Mexico deals with those crossing her southern border illegally? You’d have to ignore the ACLU’s claims of torture, but the problem would be solved. – Carol Milton Woodland Hills Bullet train? Re “Half-speed ahead for bullet train” (May 24): Can’t believe it will take 10 years to build a bullet train. I think they ought to consult Japan, which has had one since the ’70s and it took far less time to complete than a decade. In World War II, the Burma Road was completed in a season as were many airfields for our fliers. And consider, as we all know, when contractors and builders render a date for completion of a pool, a patio, it most always takes far, far longer, and costs always escalate rather than decrease. Oh I’d like to ride a bullet train, but in my lifetime – not, in my 60s when most would rather instead be homebound. This is the 21st century. Their estimate for completion exceeds common sense. I do think they ought to rethink the length of time given and re-examine the possibilities. – Leo Bertucelli Sherman Oaks Transfer of funds Re “Half-speed ahead for bullet train” (May 24): High-speed rail will only work in California if the train carries the vehicles with the passengers. San Francisco is the only city in this state that has anything close to a mass transit system only because it is condensed on a small rock. One can still walk to the wharf from downtown in the same amount of time it takes to wait for the silly trolleys and the buses either do not show up or are overcrowded. What is one supposed to do if they get off the train in Fresno – walk to Kettleman City? If passenger vehicles are included in the train plan (see Mexico), it may actually be beneficial. Otherwise, it will be another transfer of taxpayer cash into the pockets of friends of the Legislature. – Philip Brooks Thousand Oaks Swallowing everything Re “Tipoff” (May 29): Admiral Brewer couldn’t command a rubber duck. If he were serious, he could cut 20 percent of the district’s nonteaching administrators just by putting an end to the myriad paper-pushing, inept programs that constantly take teachers and school administrators away from the classroom. The district is like “The Blob,” swallowing everything in its path. The computerized report-card system has failed. The computerized payroll system has failed. The newly built schools are riddled with defects. And for those of you who still think the admiral is the new broom who will sweep clean, as a concerned parent, I have contacted his office three times with regard to teaching and safety issues, and he has failed to respond. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills Trade him Re “Trade me! (Or maybe not)” (May 31): I do not believe that Kobe wanting or not wanting to be traded needs to be on the front page of the Daily News. The front page should be used for more important issues, not sports. I think he should be traded and then maybe he would grow up. He is a self-centered, spoiled brat. But that is just my opinion. – Becky Butler Sunland Just average Re “Alba likes to defy authority, get away from typecasting” (News Lite, May 25): If Jessica Alba believes that loving to “challenge authority” is unique or special for anyone her age, she is misinformed. There is no more common trait. She is as distinguishable as confetti on a pizza. The reason she is perceived as a ‘tart’ is because of the choices she has made; it’s no one else’s doing. She now denounces what she eagerly embraces at the start of her career. Denial of responsibility is equally widespread among the people of this earth, exercising such further demonstrates the average nature of her being. A measure of character is found in quality choices we make, Jessica, not in denial of past opportunistic behavior. – Michael E. White Burbank Honest people Our neighborhood “Adams Hill” had our third annual yard sale. A mother and daughter came to my home and bought three of my mother’s purses. The mom found a cute frog key chain. I asked her if she knew what FROG stood for – “Fully Rely On GOD.” We discovered we are both Christians. They left and were back in a minute with $150 that the mom had found in one of the purses. Yes, there are still a few honest people out there. – Ruth Fairrington Los Angeles Getting to the truth Alberto Gonzales has the answer when it comes to getting to the truth. He advocates torture as a viable method of getting information in the “War on Terror.” I am interested to know if he feels that the answers to the current U.S. attorney firings may be more forthcoming if we employ the methods that he himself argued for a few months prior. – Brian Paul West Los Angeles Give Bush a hammer Who’s the worst president ever? President Carter always has the deepest respect for the United States Constitution, and helping the average man and needy man. Maybe we should give President Bush a hammer and send him to New Orleans. – Jerry Piro Sun Valley 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
World Cup Southgate warns against England writing off Tunisia & Panama Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 01:41 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England Belgium Tunisia Panama Tunisia and Panama await England at the World Cup, but Gareth Southgate does not believe they can afford to write off any team. England manager Gareth Southgate believes they cannot afford to write off Tunisia and Panama after being handed a favourable World Cup draw.Southgate’s men were pitted against Tunisia – a team they beat at the same stage at the 1998 World Cup – and tournament debutants Panama in Friday’s draw at the Kremlin in Moscow.The Three Lions were also handed the tricky proposition of a game with Belgium, who boast what is seen as a golden generation featuring the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, in Kaliningrad in their final Group G game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That could be seen as a match to decide the winner of the group, but, with England having finished second in a group containing United States, Slovenia and Algeria in 2010, before failing to get out of a group also boasting Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in 2014, Southgate feels a team that lost to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship last year can ill-afford to look beyond any opponent.Speaking to BBC Sport, Southgate said: “We’ve been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten by them haven’t we? We’ve got to be prepared for every game.”Southgate was part of the England team that defeated Tunisia 2-0 in the opening game of the 1998 tournament and added: “Remembering the Tunisia game in 1998, it was the first thing that went through my mind. It was a fantastic day and it’s nice to be able to relive that.”We haven’t done as much preparing on the African teams yet so now that’s what we can focus in on.”Belgium are 10 places ahead of England in the world rankings, but both teams went unbeaten through qualifying and their encounter on paper is one of the ties of the group stage.”They’re an outstanding team,” Southgate said of Roberto Martinez’s side.”They’re ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they’ve got. They’re top, top quality opposition.”Through the qualifying campaign you don’t think about days like today where everything hits home, but that’s the beauty of the World Cup.”When you look at old videos and goals it takes you back to the pureness of football. Now, the country knows what’s coming and they can get excited.”That’s why it’s so fantastic to be involved again. For me personally it’s been an incredible journey. To play for my country in a World Cup is an incredible honour, to lead my country there as a manager is beyond that.”