After the one-hour morning coaching that Rafa Nadal did this Sunday on the 24th out of doors monitor of the Nationwide Tennis Middle, in Melbourne Park, his coach, Carlos Moyá, attended about 14:00 (native time) to the Spanish media displaced on the Australian Open. The Mallorcan coach analyzed the second of type of his pupil and the conflict of the spherical of 16 against the native Nick Kyrgios, which prepares with the primary on this planet and will happen on Monday at 09:00, Spanish time.Nadal-Kyrgios: “Good recreation for tennis lovers has many incentives. For our half, I feel Rafa arrives effectively, having gone from much less to extra as regular. The essential factor was to not lose in these first rounds and catch tempo. ”Kyrgios additional motivation: “It’s clear that he has it, particularly enjoying at house, in entrance of his folks and against a rival of the greats. Rafa arrives effectively too and will attempt to neglect every thing that will occur throughout and after the purpose. He will do his tennis. ”Setting: “Rafa is used to that. It’s going to be a bit just like the Davis Cup. He additionally has his viewers and could be very pricey right here. Absolutely he will have the respect of the Australian followers. We depend on you to assist Kyrgios extra, however it’s one thing that will not have an effect on you, you will have folks in your favor relying on which sector.Earlier than Carreño, turning level: “If we check out all of the tournaments he has gained, there will be only a few by which he has triumphed enjoying effectively from the start. It’s the greatness of those gamers, who with out being at their finest degree can discover their rhythm. Of all of the video games Rafa performs a yr, there are eight or new by which he has to be at his finest degree to win. In others he tries and can’t all the time, and people video games, so long as he doesn’t lose them, serve him to search for his tennis, his confidence, to know the balls higher, the circumstances … So have been the primary two. Earlier than Carreño, who’s a participant who can develop into harmful if Rafa shouldn’t be effectively, we had to enhance and play on the degree that we’re used to in the sort of rounds. “ Melbourne balls: “They’re what they’re and so they gained’t change. You must range the sport a bit, however as you noticed earlier than Carreño, if Rafa is assured, the ball goes. Final yr they have been the identical and performed at a fantastic degree. It’s true that they aren’t the perfect for the kind of Spanish recreation, however with them Rafa can do quite a lot of injury. ”Bodily issue: “The less hours you spend on the monitor, the higher. In recent times it’s one thing we’ve given significance. In that facet, Rafa arrives with a bonus, however Kyrgios is a younger participant, who will get better effectively and be very motivated. He had bodily issues and we should see how he arrives, however we can’t belief one another. Rafa has to play his recreation and we’ll see if he’s affected or not. ”The best way to play Kyrgios: “You must be targeted. It will be important that Rafa’s service works. Against Carreño it was superb and earlier than Delbonis, additionally fairly effectively. That will mean you can play the video games extra calmly to the remaining. And within the few alternatives you’ve got it should be high-quality. Now we have the instance of Acapulco final yr, the place I used to be being superior however had 10 break balls and solely transformed one. Kyrgios didn’t have and within the tie-break gained. In Wimbledon, Rafa gained two. In the long run these video games are selected three factors that with out going someway resolve Till you don’t break, they will all the time be there. You must attempt to reap the benefits of the events. ”
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV, FERNANDO, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, STERLING,BONYBOURNEMOUTH (4-5-1)MURRAY, RITCHIE, GOSLING, KING, SURMAN, PUGH, FRANCIS, COOK, DISTIN, DANIELS, BORUCManchester City suffered set-backs against West Ham United and Tottenham but responded last time out with a 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle in which Sergio Aguero scored five goals in a remarkable 20-minute period.Unfortunately for City, Aguero suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Argentina, against Ecuador on October 9 and later admitted he could be out of action for a month.City will also be without David Silva against Bournemouth after the Spaniard sprained an ankle in the European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg last week.With Fabien Delph missing and doubts over Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, City are beginning to run out of players.At least their win over Newcastle took them back to the top of the Barclays Premier League, two points clear of second-placed Arsenal and Manchester United, who are third.Bournemouth, though, are 15th and just four points clear of the relegation zone after winning just one of their last five – at home to struggling Sunderland.
Walter Rodney CoI report– said report should not be used as political footballBy Alexis RodneyWhile agreeing with the call by People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, for the final reportWPA Executive, Dr David Hindsof the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) be sent to Parliamentary Special Select Committee, executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr David Hinds has cautioned the two major political units against using the report as a political football, and urged that it be used as a force that could propel a “conversation” against the abuse and misuse of the State Apparatus.Hinds, speaking with Guyana Times in an exclusive interview, reined in the fact that Guyanese are tired of both the PPP and the People’s National Congress/A Partnership for National Unity (PNC/APNU), using the very inquiry as a “political football”. When the inquiry was first established back in February 2014 by former President Donald Ramotar, and with the allegation that the PNC had killed Dr Rodney, then opposition leader and now President David Granger had maintained that the inquiry was being used as a tool to tarnish the good name of the PNC. Ramotar denied this assertion and pointed to the call made by Dr Rodney’s widow and her children for an investigation into his death.Some two years later, and with the final report of the Presidential Inquiry being made public, the PPP, now in opposition is very concerned that the details of the report may never be scrutinized. The party’s Teixeira was somewhat emotional during the 37th sitting of the National Assembly earlier this month, when House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland informed that her motion to have the report sent to the committee could not be considered.Hinds said he wants to believe that Teixeira might have been genuine in her call for the report to be considered for debate in Parliament; however, he was also aware that political parties have a way in turning “genuine things into political footballs.” “I agree that it should be sent to the Parliamentary Select Committee. It should be laid in Parliament and there should be a debate on it. I am not quite sure of the workings of Parliament and what it being sent to the Parliamentary Select Committee is set to achieve… My suspicion of the scenario by the PPP is grounded in the very birth of the Commission of Inquiry,” Hinds told Guyana Times.He added that he is firmly for justice for Dr Rodney and believes that all Guyanese are: “But for both sides wanting to make it a political football, I am totally against that. It should be laid against Parliament, the President has given his undertaking that it be laid before Parliament. It was handed over to the Speaker and that there will be some level of debate, whether if it is at the level of the select committee or in Parliament, it doesn’t matter. What I want is for it not to be made a political football.”Hinds, speaking of the call by Teixeira, said if her initiative to get the report before a select committee is to advance a conversation on State and political violence against the opposition, then that is the conversation he wants to be had.“We are tired of this throwing stones at each other. I think Walter Rodney means more to Guyana, more to the world than to be used to be throwing stones… if the report should be used for anything, it should be used to start a conversation among the leaders and the people, about the misuse of state apparatus against political opponents,” he stressed.Details coming out of the 18-month investigation, heard evidence from numerous witnesses, that the Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham regime of the 1980s had been very forceful and had used its political power to injure smaller and defenceless political parties. Rodney, a world respected political and social activist, died in June 1980, after a communication device he was examining exploded in his lap.It was the theory of those close to the founding Leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), that the man he had somewhat come to trust; a then Guyana Defence Force Sergeant and communications expert William Gregory Smith, had implanted the explosive in the device Rodney was expected to test.The theory claimed too that the Government of the day, the People’s National Congress and its leader Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, had used Smith to carry out the attack.In the report the three Commissioners – Barbados Queen’s Counsel Richard Cheltenham, Jamaican Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidad-based Guyanese Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam – concluded that given all the relevant facts, events and circumstances set out in the report, they could do nothing else but establish that William Gregory Smith was not acting alone but had the active and full support, participation and encouragement of, and/or was aided and abetted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) – both agencies of the State – and the political directorate including Prime Minister Forbes Burnham in the killing of Dr Rodney.
VAN NUYS – Nonagenarian Fred Fox is on a mission. Aside from his white beard and sparse hair, the Sherman Oaks resident is the very picture of youthful vitality. On Monday afternoon, the poet, author, educator and great-grandfather boarded a private jet on an expedition to the North Pole. He plans to become its oldest visitor ever by week’s end. “There are many people who decide that when they get old, they’ll fade away,” Fox, 92, said. “I’m clearly not doing that. You’ve gotta fight it off.” His six-day trip was expected to take him first to Rankin Inlet, Canada, on Monday night, then Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island today. They also each packed heavy thermal underwear, two jackets, two pairs of pants, parkas, hats, gloves, boots and bootliners. The temperature has been known to drop to 45 below. Plus wind chill. And this is the nice time of year to go. His nine decades and then some have thus far been a long-running campaign against mortality, fought through rich living. Born in Brooklyn in 1914, Fox mastered the French horn as a teen and went pro when he wasn’t old enough to vote. He toured Europe in a microbus for a year in the ’60s. He’s bound for Africa on a walking safari this summer. He’s a lawn bowling champion who drives his own car. And, along the way, he raised a family of adventurers to follow his lead. They’ve arranged trips to Easter Island and the Galapagos. Last year, they did Australia. Five of them bundled in with Fox as he departed Monday, attempting to become the Robert Edwin Peary of the senior citizen set. “We realized that Grandpa might well be the oldest person to ever go,” said his gray-bearded grandson, the expedition’s organizer. “We contacted the Guinness Book and found out he could get in the record books. We actually think he should be in the record books for plenty of reasons.” After reflecting a bit about growing older without getting old, the elder Fox smiled for the cameras, then pulled on a safari hat and strode onto the Van Nuys Airport tarmac. He waved his hat, nimbly mounted the stairs to the jet, pumped his fist and said a prayer. Then he flew away. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From there, he switches from one small plane to another, cramming into a tiny Cessna Caravan on skis on Wednesday. It departs Eureka Weather Station, a 10-person installation at 80 degrees north, and heads for the pole, stopping first at 86 degrees north to refuel and leave behind the rescue plane. Then, the pole – at 90 degrees north. Weather permitting, he’ll stay maybe an hour, snap some pictures and head back to civilization and palm trees. “What I’m excited about,” Fox said, “is getting back.” An avid proponent of relaxation and travel who’s fond of bold statements and gesticulations, he will tote with him a 6-foot cardboard cutout in the shape of Santa Claus. His grandson, Dr. Steven Fox, who climbs mountains for fun, will bring an inflatable pink flamingo.
The state first sought a federal waiver in late 2005, only to have it bog down in the federal bureaucracy. The effort got a boost earlier this month when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major environmental decision, ruling the EPA indeed has the authority to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. The Bush administration had argued that it lacked the authority to do so. Now, California’s request is being re-examined – but it’s far from clear what will happen. The Supreme Court “obliterated” any federal rationale for inaction on global warming, said Karen Douglas, the California climate initiative director for the nonprofit Environmental Defense. But the feds are still stalling. “It’s bad enough that they’ve failed to take meaningful action to combat global warming,” she said. “It’s even worse that they’re putting roadblocks in front of states that are trying to do something.” In Washington this week, congressional Democrats led by California Sen. Barbara Boxer accused Johnson, the EPA administrator, of inaction since the Supreme Court decision. Johnson told a Senate hearing that the EPA would hold a public hearing on California’s request May 22 and would accept public comments until June 15. He did not say whether the state’s waiver request would be ultimately approved. EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood said the agency is “moving forward expeditiously with the statutory process for considering the waiver.” California’s emissions law is also the subject of a legal battle, with automakers suing to block enforcement of the law. They argue that it’s an indirect attempt to force them to improve gas mileage. email@example.com (916) 441-4602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Regulating vehicle pollution is an important part of the state’s wider global warming efforts. Working with majority Democrats, Republican Schwarzenegger last year signed a landmark law to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. During his re-election campaign last year, Schwarzenegger took pains to distance himself from the Bush administration, particularly on environmental issues. The Hummer-driving governor has become an unlikely environmental activist, headlining a recent climate change summit in Washington, D.C., and disparaging global warming skeptics as modern-day flat-earthers. His lawsuit threat involves a first-in-the-nation 2002 California law. It would restrict tailpipe emissions from millions of new sport-utility vehicles, minivans, cars and trucks sold in California, starting in 2009. A dozen states from Vermont to Oregon wish to adopt California’s standards. But the measures cannot take effect until California gets an exemption from the federal Clean Air Act. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday threatened to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency unless it moves quickly on California’s bid to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. California and a dozen other states have approved clean air regulations that are tougher than the federal government’s. But to actually enact them, they need a waiver from the EPA, which hasn’t been granted so far. Schwarzenegger delivered the warning in a phone call and a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. The governor is required to give the federal government six months’ warning before filing a lawsuit. The federal government is moving “too slowly” on California’s wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Schwarzenegger said Wednesday at a Milken Institute conference on climate change. “And, basically, our clock has started ticking for this next six months, and if we don’t see quick action from the federal government, we will sue the U.S. EPA.”
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Samantha Gonzales has to go out and buy a new toothbrush for college. That’s it. That’s all the 18-year-old from Hacienda Heights is allowed to bring to her new college, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., when she leaves in June. The Wilson High School graduate will join more than 1,000 other candidates – plebes, as they’re called – who will begin their naval careers in one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. The Navy wants a well-rounded individual with good character,” said Samanta, who was a student athlete at Wilson, as well as president of the school’s Key Club. Brother Nicholas said he was surprised when his little sister expressed an interest in a military academy. “I told her to attend one of the academy’s summer seminars, and I was surprised by how much she enjoyed the experience,” the Navy cadet said. “I really liked it,” said Samantha. “Once we went on a 5-mile run, and the company has to stay together so they put the slowest runners in front. My company put all the girls up front because they didn’t think we could keep up. But I’m a good runner, so I set a pace that surprised them.” Samantha said she wants to major in chemistry and would like to go on to become a surgeon some day. Candidates to the academy have to be nominated a member of Congress. Samantha was nominated by Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk. “The bottom line is that we’re proud of our kids,” Henry Gonzales said. “They’re serving their country and getting a first-rate education.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 28011 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s one of the 10 hardest schools to get into,” boasted her father, Henry Gonzales, a regional vice president for First Mortgage Corp. Why shouldn’t he brag? Samantha is his second child to be accepted into the hallowed military academy. His son, Nicholas, 20, is now finishing up his sophomore year in Annapolis. Now, his younger daughter is donning the naval uniform. “We’re not allowed to take any civilian clothes. We have to wear uniforms the entire first year,” she said. The elder Gonzales noted that upwards of 50,000 students try out for one of just 1,200 academy openings every year. In addition to great grades, the academy judges applicants on community service work and athletic participation.
SharesRoma’s players and fans joined in celebration after the Champions League victory over Barcelona © AFP / LLUIS GENEROME, Italy, Apr 11 – Italy has spent five months grieving over the failure of the national team to take their customary place at the World Cup, but Roma have restored some pride with a heroic victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.The Azzurri, four-time world champions, are not going to Russia, but after Roma won 3-0, to over-turn a 4-1 quarter-final deficit and eliminate mighty Barca on Tuesday night on away goals, the club from the Eternal City can dream of going to a final in Ukraine. “We must aim for Kiev,” Eusebio di Francesco, the Roma coach said after the match. “Why not believe in something even greater after such a match?”Unless Italian league leaders Juventus can perform an even more unlikely exploit, and overcome their three-goal deficit away to Real Madrid on Wednesday night, Roma, a distant fourth in Serie A, will be the sole Italian representative in the last four of Europe’s most prestigious club competition.On a heady night at the Stadio Olimpico, Edin Dzeko set the ball rolling in the sixth minute, and after Daniele De Rossi converted a penalty 13 minutes into the second half to get the home fans believing, Kostas Manolas glanced home a brilliant header with eight minutes left to send the Roma supporters into raptures and leave Barca wondering what had hit them.The joyous celebration continued long after the final whistle and spread out of the stadium and across the Italian capital.Car horns blaring, flags waving, fans singing in the streets and wild cheers pouring from every household, the Italian capital came alive.The feelgood factor was picked up on Wednesday by a jubilant Italian press.The specialist sports newspapers played on the city’s past.Rome-based Corriere dello Sport used the headline “Mythic Rome” while Milan’s Gazzetta dello Sport went with “Imperial”.Several newspapers picked up the pun “Romantada,” a play on the “remontada”, as Barcelona’s comeback from a four-goal first-leg deficit against Paris Sain-Germain last year is known in Spain.“A crazy Olimpico” was the Corriere dello Sport’s headline on its main story, which offered a host of reasons why it was a privilege to be at the stadium on Tuesday night, called the players “extraterrestrials” and awarded them all marks of 10 out of 10.By the second paragraph, the paper was complaining about the referee.It said French official Clement Turpin had “tried to block the road with countless contrary decisions” adding that he should have sent off Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and ignoring the official’s decision not to show match-winner Manolas a second yellow card.Gazzetta dello Sport hailed a “night of dreams,” called Roma’s performance “titanic,” praised the team’s “aggressiveness” and Di Francesco’s tactics and pointed out that Roma could now be considered one of “the top four in Europe”.La Repubblica, a Rome daily, talked of “nights on which the impossible takes shape”.Another Rome paper, Il Messaggero, ran stories on the “joy of fans” and estimated the semi-final place was worth more than 10 million euros ($12.4m) to Roma.– ‘A big thing’ –Roma’s victory was not the only upset of the round, but it surprised the man behind the other, Liverpool’s 5-1 elimination of Manchester City after a 2-1 second leg victory at the Etihad Stadium.“I came up the stairs and someone told me,” Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp said.“I really thought it was a joke. Not that I don’t respect Roma absolutely the opposite, they are a fantastic football team. They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semi-finals. That is quite a big thing. I didn’t expect it but I know it was possible.”“I think a normal final could be City-Barcelona and now they are both out. But there will be two other really strong teams in plus us and Roma.”Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
3 “It would be 0-0,” says the player, laughing, when we ask how he thinks he would get on in a Champions League game alongside ten clones. “I would not score a lot of goals. But I have played in nearly every position. When I was young, I started as a striker; afterwards, I played on both wings and even in midfield with the under-19s for the national team. So I’ve played more or less everywhere, but I’ve always tried to improve in every position to be a better player.”Always learningWith Serbian Branislav Ivanovic occupying the right-back berth at Chelsea, the right-footed Azpilicueta found himself playing on the opposite flank – and performing well enough to displace longstanding incumbent Ashley Cole. “I tried to learn from him in every training session,” says Azpilicueta of Cole. “The same with Ivanovic as well – I try to learn from everybody.”The signing of left-back Filipe Luis provides him with another player to learn from, but also a threat to his place – although the Brazilian didn’t start a league game until Azpilicueta had to serve a suspension for getting sent off against Crystal Palace. It was the first straight red card of his career, and only the second dismissal for a player who, as a defender, picks up surprisingly few bookings (just two last season, in 45 appearances for club and country).Azpilicueta insists the presence of the £15.8m signing isn’t troubling him, though. “My job is not to think about this,” he says. “It is to work and to be available for the manager. I have played against Filipe Luis before, and he is a very good player. So now we are a stronger team.”The team has been strengthened with other new signings, two of whom – Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – are familiar to Azpilicueta from a tough summer with the national team. “It was the end of an era in which they won everything,” he says of his first major tournament experience with Spain, who crashed out in the group stages of the World Cup. “It didn’t work, but not a lot of players can say they have experienced playing in a World Cup. We expected to go further, but sometimes in football you get beat. You have to accept this.”Despite their travails in Brazil, both Costa and Fabregas have hit the ground running in west London. “I knew they were good additions to the team,” says Azpilicueta. “They’re getting very good goals and assists and making the team play better. “Costa is a strong player. He holds the ball, he can shoot with the right foot and the left foot. I think he is a complete player who can make the difference at any moment. You cannot give him any space.”Century cityAzpilicueta reached 100 games for Chelsea in the London derby against Arsenal recently, but feels he still has a lot to learn. “You see the dressing room, the names we have – a lot of them have won the Champions League; they have played important games,” he explains. “I’m trying to learn from them, and to play as many important games as possible.”He cites the positive influence that the return of Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba has had on the dressing room, but saves his highest praise for Mourinho. “He has changed everything, I think,” he smiles. “The first year was difficult, but now we have the stability he brings. He’s one of the best, and I think both as a club and as a team we are improving. I think we go step by step, though, game by game. It’s a long way until May.” 3 3 Cesar Azpilicueta This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad edition from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukWhen Cesar Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2012, he quickly struck up a close friendship with the other Spaniards at the club: Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Oriol Romeu. “We were close,” he says. “We were always together, but football is like this – you cannot keep thinking about what you had before.”The defender is the only one of the four still at the club – Romeu and Torres are out on loan, while Mata was sold to Manchester United in January. For a time, it looked like Azpilicueta might be in the same boat: the full-back didn’t start a league game until the October of Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge. Now, however, the man the Chelsea fans call ‘Dave’ is an integral part of a squad that remains unbeaten and top of the Premier League.“Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot,” said Mourinho ahead of a Champions League tie in February. “I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas could probably win the competition, because football is not just about the pure talent. Football is also about character and personality, and Azpilicueta has all those traces of a winning personality.”
Stuart Pearce believes Manchester City should stick with Manuel Pellegrini.Sunday’s humiliating defeat to rivals Manchester United was the latest low in an underwhelming season for City, and Pellegrini is being widely tipped to exit the Etihad.But Pearce insists it is the squad that needs shaking up, not the coaching team, and hopes Pellegrini is given the chance to turn things around.“The club is at a stature now where they look to continually be in the Champions League and win Premier Leagues. The club will have a good look at themselves in the summer, but I’m not a big favour of turning managers over quickly,” the former City boss told talkSPORT.“I hope the manager stays in place. He has been around the block long enough to realise the squad needs freshening up drastically this summer.”Pearce believes City’s poor form – they have lost five Premier League games since the turn of the year – owes much to Yaya Toure’s fading influence.The powerful Ivorian midfielder was outstanding as City claimed the title last season, but has struggled to hit the same heights this term.“Where City have suffered historically is when Toure has either lost form or been away on African Nations tours,” said Pearce.“Manchester City have suffered in regards to his driving force within the team. Some of the best ever performances City have put on you can probably pointy directly to him and say, look, this is the guy that has driven the team and put in performances which have been outstanding.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Bonuses swell pay for police, firefighters” (March 21): I am always amazed when City Council members make it sound that police and fire uniform/equipment allowances are some kind of a “vacation bonus.” Interesting how this seems to happen at the same time police labor contract negotiations are beginning. Police officer uniform pants are $90, shirts $50 and boots can run up to $200. That’s not counting leather gear for their gun belts and other expense (dry cleaning, shoe polishing, ammo for practicing). This will be a great recruitment tool. While other departments give their officers up to $1,500 for a uniform allowance, we can say, “Join the LAPD, we can offer you nothing!” – Andrew Garcia Simi Valley Wrong target Re “Say anything” (Editorial, March 20): You state: “The council ought to explore the larger cost of using overpaid Water and Power workers.” For your information, Water and Power only supplies power to traffic signals; we don’t maintain them. As far as overtime goes, sometimes I’m asked to work and sometimes I’m told to work, always due to problems (severe weather, earthquake, etc.) or for someone on vacation or sick. The lights don’t stay on by themselves. I guess those of us who get called at 2 a.m. in the morning to come work because 10,000-plus people are without power should just say “no.” – Chuck Fowler Van Nuys Cut them slack “Overtime abuse” (Editorial, March 21): How can you be so hard on those poor overworked people at the DWP? After all, the operation of their plants is 99 percent automated so they have to fill their days with intraoffice rap, having coffee, having lunch, having siestas, visiting the water fountains and restrooms and telling jokes about those stupid taxpayers. You can’t really expect them to get all that done in regular time. Won’t you please cut them some slack? – Ralph Smathers Newhall Shouldn’t shock Re “Comet samples shock scientists” (March 14): Why the shock at discovering materials made with heat in the returned sample from a comet? Wasn’t the material subjected to heat upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere? Were precautions taken to keep the sample cold during that phase of the trip? – Irving Leemon Northridge Keep the law Re “What would Jesus do for immigrants?” (Viewpoint, March 19): Many Catholics are incensed at the behavior of Cardinal Roger Mahony. Writers such as Domenico Maceri are not able to conceal his wrongdoing behind a trendy expression of “What Would Jesus Do?” Apart from the immigration issue, he is protecting the “rights” of so-called priests under the guise of separation of church and state. It is significant that the Daily News’ editorial of Oct. 13, 2005 urged the obstinate cardinal to “come clean” with the public. In the passing of Proposition 187, Maceri does not delineate that the majority of taxpayers chose to withhold benefits from undocumented workers in the entire state, not just in Los Angeles County. This strong voice came from rational people who practice the keeping of the law, not defying it. – Kenneth Grissom La Crescenta High achieving Re “Balboa’s tops in LAUSD” (March 16): While not wishing to detract from the outstanding accomplishments by Balboa Gifted Magnet School in achieving an API score of 978, please understand that 100 percent of the student body represents a “select” group of students who have tested gifted/advanced academically before they were granted acceptance into the school. If you are ever again looking to recognize a high-performing school, visit Castlebay Lane Elementary School. Our school consists of a cross section of students found in most neighborhood schools, complete with English-language learners, resource and special education students. Our dedicated and passionate team of teachers, support staff, administrators and parents, along with our hard-working student body, generated an elite API score of 904. – Sandy Dorfman Porter Ranch Bull by the horns Re “The teen who snuffed out smoking in Calabasas” (March 17): The city leaders of Calabasas took the bull by the horns and threw him off the cliff! A smoker is a drug addict who cares nothing about the rights or needs of others, let alone his own. – Gary Beane Longmont, CO Bravo Calabasas Re “The teen who snuffed out smoking in Calabasas” (March 17): When this city passed their sensible smoking ordinance, they gave their citizens a most precious gift – additional years of life. California has always led the nation in “the good life;” now if only the rest of the U.S. will follow before the smokers kill us all. – Yvonne Grant Houston, Texas Big difference Re “Smoking ban” (Your Opinions, March 15): Dante Rochetti likens the Calabasas smoking ban to the Gestapo. He wonders if next the city will ban, among other things, brown eggs. There is a big difference. Rochetti can eat three dozen of them a day if he wants – it won’t give me a heart attack. But secondhand smoke kills people besides the smoker. Smokers don’t have a right to pollute my life in a public place. If they try, they deserve to be arrested. – Mike Kirwan Venice Our best interests Re “Sophomoric” and “Smoking ban” (Your Opinions, March 19): It’s funny how silly individuals frequently lament the loss of a freedom to do something stupid. Society will continue to place restrictions on personal freedoms when in its best interest. We have speeding rules, drug rules, drinking rules, etc. Your right to drink stops when you get behind the wheel drunk, as it should be with smoking and my health. As to the carcinogenic 101 Freeway, do you really think we should all walk? Cars have some of the most restrictive rules around. They require tune-ups and smog tests, annually. Where’s my right to drive a smoke-belching clunker? Just don’t drive behind me. So, who’s being sophomoric, your irrational bad habit, or society’s collective desire to increase everyone else’s safety and well being? – Peter A. Bodner Thousand Oaks Horsey cartoon My late husband was fond of saying, “There are those that God uses and those that use God.” In the case of David Horsey, it’s obvious he is the latter. In his political cartoon “A Brief History of Religion” (Portfolio, March 20), he puts his negative spin on religion itself without noting that there are billions of people who have allowed God to use them for the good of humanity. I laughed in his face when he tried to liken the U.S. with Iran over the birth control issue. Now, all I have to say about this cartoon is Horsey manure. – Maureen C. Wiggins Lake View Terrace It evolved Re “Bigger question” (Your Opinions, March 16): Regarding the question of evolution vs. intelligent design, Wilma Bennett asks, “If an intelligent designer created everything, what created the intelligent designer?” Well, with tongue in cheek, I’d like to respond. In a nutshell, no, Wilma, it did not just pop up out of nowhere: it evolved from a lesser intelligent designer. – Anita Work Sylmar Divine revelation Finally, I have been convinced. I have changed my mind and have decided to believe in the idea of an intelligent designer. The true benefit of my new belief is that I can now think of most politicians as planned obsolescence. – Michael Smith Tarzana