Letters March 16, 2006

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Dear Editor Re: WeHo’s Safety Threatened By Trio
I am a single female who lives in a 7-unit Townhouse complex on Fairfax between Fountain and Sunset. This is very scary. Do you know if there is any kind of neighborhood watch group forming to help be on the lookout? Our mailman told us of a rape across the street in mid-day a few months ago. There are three other single women in our Townhouse complex.
Thanks so much,
Gayle Gail – Director Kids For Peace

Dear Editor

Just a quick thank you for the community alert about the recent rapes. I get your email news[paper] because you published material about a client last Sept (Barney’s Beanery’s car show) and I’m on your list. I actually live/work in Oak Park, near Westlake Village. But my teenage daughter and her friends, including some young men, are going into Hollywood this week several times for some movies and concerts. So I wanted you to know you’re providing a good service with this particular alert and that I forwarded the information to my daughter. I would imagine your words will carry more weight than her mom’s!

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Bobbi Rubinstein

Dear Editor Re:

Dear Editor
I too was as shocked as everyone else was because I had never
heard of the movie Crash and had no idea what it was about.
But when someone told me about the plot, I immediately understood
that the issue wasn’t about homophobia, it was about Hollywood
and what they considered a story about themselves (or their own
issues). It was narcisism, not being against gays that made the
difference. Besides, Brokeback got what, 3 or four Oscars. Not
bad for a little “gay cowboy” flick with nobodies as stars…;-)))

I was thrilled that the script writer won, because that said
something about the worth of the story to members of the
academy (which was all about closets and what they do to
people who hide in them). So they did “get it” but were far
more enraptured with the story about their own neighborhood.

It would really have been nice if Brokeback could have won
best picture. But looking at it now in retrospect, I am not
really all that surprised it did not get it. Historically, lots of
movies that should have won didn’t – the Academy can be fickle
and delights in surprising, making weird decisions that don’t really
correlate to public perception…..
Oh well. We’ll slog along in the trenches, working bit by bit to
change perceptions a little at a time. My approach is very much
quieter and with some subtlety. But it is effective….;-))))
John Emory, Florida

Dear Editor Re: Dog Leashes Only As Good As Users

There’s a major double standard that permeates the whole dog walking
legislation and one that, to an extent, fits very well in these
paranoid times we live in, where one is considered guilty before proven
innocent. Talk to any reputable trainer and he will tell you that any
dog, through serious training can walk off-leash and yet the law,
rather than setting punishment levels for irresponsible owners, instead
chooses to penalize everyone.

Where the double standard comes in is: if the idea is to regulate and
penalize all, then why aren’t cat owners required to keep their pets
inside or, if needing to be outside, on a leash? That would end all
the nasty bloody fights that cats on the outside engage in all the
time, along with another issue that no one talks about: cat poop, which
contains toxoplasmosis, a serious infection for people with deficient
immune systems, a considerable percentage of the WeHo population.

Ney Fonseca, West Hollywood

Dear Editor

What Susan Isaac fails to mention in her article about retractable leashes the most dangerous aspect of the leashes. The nylon rope will wrap around your finger or an animals leg. When the dog runs, the rope has the effect of a band saw, slicing into the flesh. At the point the dog reaches the end of the leash, the effect is a guillotine, amputating fingers and the legs of the animals tangled in the rope. Because of this effect, they are illegal and banned at most all rescue events. These leashes are also responsible for numerous animal deaths because of the tricky “locking” mechanism. There are no “pros” to these devices, only cons. No responsible dog trainer would allow the leashes anywhere…ever.

Ed Buck, West Hollywood

Dear Editor Re: Mea Culpa

Your publication shot up in my estimation with your immediate and unflinching acknowledgment, announcement and apology for your mistake. I’ve worked as a journalist (oh so many many years ago) and that kind of thing happened often, I’ll tell you, but the readers never heard about it. You modeled good journalistic behavior for our little city.

I hope the politicians in this town take note.

Harley Simpson.