A fair swap Give our troops a one-way ticket home from Iraq – now. Give the George W. Bush administration a one-way ticket to Iraq – now. – Bob A. Greene West Hollywood Voter approval It is interesting to note that since the Democrats took over the majority of Congress in January, revelation after revelation has occurred of what has been going wrong in the interest of America since Sept. 11. Hearing after hearing has revealed corruption from the incompetence of the expansion of the Coast Guard, the incompetence of pursuing the war in Iraq to the unknowing-forgetfulness of the current attorney general and other misgivings of this administration. – Martin Schiechl Woodland Hills I believe the new bill voted for by our representatives in Washington to give present illegal aliens citizenship is of such a critical matter to all of the present U.S. citizens, that the issue should be voted upon by all of the legal citizens, and not our representatives in Washington. – Charles Dusheck Chatsworth Hope-full not -less Re: “Mayor’s 4 LAUSD Allies Unite,” Thursday, May 17, 2007 The parents, teachers, and staff of Ninth Street Elementary School object to the use of the adjective “troubled” to describe our school. Our school climate is welcoming, positive and purposeful. Our school culture is collegial and focused on improving the academic achievement and social and emotional well-being of all our students. It is true that 45 percent of our student population is classified as “homeless” by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. If you come to visit us, you will see happy children and dedicated educators working in old bungalows and eating in an outdoor pavilion because we do not have a cafeteria. You will see parents participating in school activities outdoors because we do not have a multi-purpose room or a parent center. Even though our facility needs improvement, we are proud of whom we are and the work we are doing together. – Lynn Vineyard Assistant Principal Ninth Street Elementary School No smoking SUVs Re “No more smoking in parks” (Simi Valley edition, May 20): If smoking is banned in the parks for health reasons, why allow SUVs? – Peter Wilson Simi Valley Bush’s elephant The enormous American embassy in Baghdad is another white elephant to be added to the collection of white elephants George W. Bush is collecting. Find out the name of the company (or companies) who got the contracts to build that, and that will solve the mysterious need our government had to build another monument to Bush’s greatness. Or perhaps, once we are gone, the monument will benefit 615 Iraqi families who will move in and live (safely, we hope) in that fortress. – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Not so feel-good Re “City shows its pricey way of life” (May 21): Jon Coupal really hit it on the head when he said that “a lot of the city spending is feel-good spending” Recent examples of “feel-good” expenditures which benefit only a few are the extremely expensive Children’s Museum now close to the $60 million range and climbing, and the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit estimated at $39 million and climbing. This may make the Los Angeles City Council feel good, but it does nothing to make me feel good about our City Council’s fiduciary responsibility which should be to spend the money where it does the most good for the most people. The Children’s Museum will be a financial drain on the city for years to come since there is no way that admissions can pay back the debt, let alone fund museum operations. – Patricia Bergstrom Calabasas160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!