Holy Cross’ expansion

first_imgMission Hills Good idea gone wrong Re “Paid too much” (March 29): I think this would be a great idea if we did this to the politicians who earn too much. We could fire them and rehire them at minimum wage. Wouldn’t this save us taxpayers millions of dollars? But, then again, we would lose all their “expertise.” I think I’ll take my chances. – Erin Ziliak Re “Hospital expansion plan stalls in panel” (March 29): The overwhelming need, the sense of urgency and the tremendous community benefit for the expansion of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center require greater emphasis. As a physician in Mission Hills, I see this hospital strain to serve its ever-enlarging patient base. Despite this, every nurse, physician, other staff member and the hospital perform admirably in delivering high-quality medicine unmatched by most other hospitals. Yet, there are still consequences. Notably, patients often most in need of this hospital’s services may be diverted to other, more-distant, less-equipped hospitals because the emergency room and hospital are absolutely full and must close access in order to care for the patients already there. Unnecessary delays in starting this construction will only perpetuate this problematic situation, making Providence Holy Cross unavailable to members of its own community. – Michael Nelson, M.D. Sylmar The coming storm Re “Paid too much” (March 29): A storm of betrayal is coming; the first vicious gust of this new calamity is named Circuit City. What epitomizes betrayal better than being dismissed without afterthought after committing to and loyally abiding by what you perceived to be a mutual promise of trust and integrity? “Wait a minute,” you might say. “I’m being fired so my employer can hire others for less money or experience?” It’s moments like these that reveal the true nature of big-business officials. Have no illusions; be not deceived by smiles and affable gestures. It’s a pretense with a purpose. Their god is called “dollar,” and people are their sacrifice. Beyond this there is nothing. – Michael E. White Burbank Narrow focus Re “L.A. story: richer and poorer” (April 2): I read with amazement your analysis of the subject of income gap that was made between two Hispanics. There was no mention of their education, incentives, finances, whether they were in L.A. legally or illegally, if they spoke English or what their backgrounds were – i.e., first-generation or second-generation. Most of all, why only Hispanics when there are many other ethnic groups around? – Joe McMillin West Hills A donor state Re “All together now” (Our Opinions, March 30): Since California is a donor state, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other public officials should be commended for representing our region’s infrastructure needs on Capitol Hill. For each dollar we pay in federal taxes, California receives back only 79 cents in federal funding. The trend has not improved in 20 years, so taxpayers should be helping the mayor’s efforts with phone calls of their own to our congressional delegation, urging members to do more of what other states’ delegations do when it comes to securing federal funds for their states: They put partisan politics aside and work closely to bring back their fair share. The federal appropriations process has hardly begun, but in the end Los Angeles County will be better off in part because of the mayor’s efforts in Washington, D.C. – Brendan L. Huffman President Valley Industry & Commerce Association The way people live Re “Cardinal against `culture of death”‘ (April 3): It would be more appropriate for Cardinal Mahony to be as passionate about the way people live as he is passionate about the way people die. The enormous amount of money spent on that new cathedral in downtown L.A. should have been spent to give proper shelter and comfort to the very-much-alive homeless men, women and children populating this city. Perhaps Mahony should find the time to read and try to understand what Jesus preached 2,000 years ago. – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Taking the limelight Re “Fire blackens 150 hilly acres; teens arrested” (March 29): I knew it was only a matter of time before the photo-happy mayor would call a news conference and show up at the Barham Fire. Instead of quietly visiting the location without getting in the way, he had to have the microphones and cameras set up so he could take credit for the wonderful job the city was doing to fight the fire. The real heroes were the firefighters, not the mayor, but he always shows up to tell us what a great job he is doing. The final blow was when he repeated his speech in Spanish. Instead, he should encourage his people to learn English. What gall this man has. – Ellen Burns Burbank Do we have no say? Re “Imminent domain” (March 29) about the proposed razing of 22 homes in Van Nuys for a school: Do taxpaying citizens have no say in anything that the Los Angeles Unified School District does? How about the razing of Granada Hills Hospital, which no one wanted and yet it happened, to build yet another high school for children of illegal immigrants? Think about the density of people at Devonshire and Balboa. Does anyone care about that neighborhood and the traffic it will create? No wonder everyone is headed to Austin, Texas. Can this California native be far behind? – Gloria J. Aguilar Northridge Mexican trucks Re “America shouldn’t fear Mexican trucks” (Their Opinions, March 28): I believe the anticipated problem is with the Mexican tractors and drivers, not the trailers. Why is drayage transfer necessary? I don’t see why the trailer coming from the south can’t be disconnected from the Mexican tractor and immediately connected to the U.S. tractor. Then, after an inspection of the contents for illegal drugs, weapons and weight limitation, let the trailer be allowed to continue north with the American driver in charge. The safety issue would seem to me to be resolved by the assumed superior mechanical condition and pollution control on the U.S. equipment, versus the Mexican, and the superior experience/safety level of the U.S. licensed drivers over foreigners. A reasonably smooth operation could be expected. – Stuart H. Berg Burbank Parks vs. jobs Re “Kiss 200 good jobs goodbye” (April 1): Where is Councilman Ed Reyes’ head? Why would any responsible person turn down a business and endorse a park? Businesses are leaving L.A. and California in droves. I lost my job last May. My department was moved to Seattle. I was not alone. I think there were about a thousand jobs moved. Here we have a company that is willing to pay not minimum wages, but good wages. I was making less than the lowest amount that was stated in the article. Businesses pay taxes. Do parks? We do need parks but at whose expense? This is all wrong. – Patricia Meiner Canoga Park McCain’s vision Re “Iraqis don’t see same markets as McCain” (April 3): When John McCain says it is safe to walk down some streets in Baghdad, he reminds me of the crazy grandpa at Thanksgiving dinner. Top military commanders won’t leave the Green Zone without a platoon. Are you kidding me? McCain should go back to Arizona or, better yet, go to Crawford, Texas, and run the bunkhouse on King George’s ranch. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Newcastle aim to beat Liverpool and Arsenal with £18m Lacazette bid

first_imgNewcastle are ready to splash £18million on Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.The Magpies are desperate to strengthen their attacking options this January and have already made an enquiry for Chelsea forward Loic Remy.Lacazette struck 31 goals in all competitions last season and was linked with summer moves to Arsenal and Liverpool.But now, according to L’Equipe, Newcastle are ready to beat their Premier League rivals and snap up the France international in January.The Magpies reportedly sent two delegates to Lyon last week to present the offer.That approach is now being considered by the French club’s president, Jean Michel Aulas, and an answer is expected this week. 1 Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette last_img read more