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May 10, 2008, 05:00 AM
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A Los Angeles Reader Says News Of The Water Shortage Hasn't Reached City Hall; etc.

From: Steve Smith (e-mail him)

Re: Today's Letter: A Los Angeles Reader Says His City Is "Water Crazy"

LA's water shortage, referred to by reader Bob Turley in his response to Brenda Walker's column, is just the excuse du jour for imposing additional regulations, restrictions and taxes on local residents.

We have no water shortage.

In fact, LA has plans to plant 1 million additional trees—news flash, trees drink water—and also plans a 32-mile long multi-billion dollar LA River riverside community development project.

That should be interesting.

The LA River is so contaminated with feces, pollution, and lawn runoff that it's a health hazard. It's dry for most of the year.

The river development is another immigrant-dominated union grab for more immigrant programs. And a big portion of the development will be dedicated to low-income immigrant public housing too.

These bold municipal programs come from a city that can't even keep its potholes filled or synchronize its traffic signals.

Smith is a Los Angeles resident.

Brenda Walker comments: A tree-planting program doesn't mean there's not a water shortage. It does indicate that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing in Los Angeles city government—one of the most dysfunctional and corrupt gaggles of suits anywhere.

Besides, you wouldn't expect a politician like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to bypass a green-appearing photo-op just on account of some natural resources getting used up in the process.

Joe Guzzardi, a Los Angeles native, adds: See the 1974, Academy Award nominated movie Chinatown with its all-star cast led by Jack Nicholson for its entertaining and  insightful analysis of water, politics and municipal government corruption in LA.

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A New York Reader Say Peter Bradley Must Have Been "Born Yesterday"; Bradley Replies

From:  Tim Brand (e-mail him)

Re: Peter Bradley's Column: Is Worse Better? Some Surprising White Support For Obama

Bradley must have been born yesterday. 

How else could he believe that a black in the White House will be an "eye-opener" for white liberals and conservatives?

Blacks, dating back to the1960s and the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, have rioted and committed crimes against whites. They continue to do so.

When blacks created mayhem during the Los Angeles Rodney King riots in 1992, white president George H.W. Bush