Re “Arnold plans no new taxes” (Jan. 11): I am appalled by the language used by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez in stating, “This time around, (Democrats) are not going to stand idly by while the poor take it in the shorts.” Crass terms like these have become common in our youths’ vocabulary, and, unfortunately, society allows that to happen. Parents should teach their children respectful English, and the Assembly speaker should take Public Speaking 101. Max S. Duran Acton True lies Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s State of the State speech demonstrates, once again, the stream of hypocrisy we see flowing from the Republican Party. The words do not equal the actions. Last year, Schwarzenegger ignored all common sense and plowed forward with the costly special election, spending $80 million while preaching fiscal responsibility. His first step as governor was to increase college tuition, and he reneged on his agreement with the education establishment. Now, he’s preaching the pro-education sermon and committing more money, but he still is not keeping his promise. He vetoed proposed increases in the minimum wage twice, and now suddenly he supports it. He vetoed two bills that would have given Californians access to lower-cost drugs from Canada and other countries. Now, suddenly, he seems to support this concept. It doesn’t take a Mensa mind to understand that the governor is now fighting for his political life, and he’ll say anything – anything at all – to restore his approval ratings. Michael Andraychak North Hollywood Calm down Re Your Opinions (Jan. 9): Reading these letters reminds us once again how easy it is to get the public worked up over things that haven’t happened. So far, Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty of defrauding his clients – mostly Indian tribes – and attempting to bribe a congressman. To my knowledge, no congressman is under investigation for having been bribed. More likely, Abramoff probably got into trouble because one reported his attempt. And, so far, I haven’t heard of anybody’s rights actually being trampled by a provision of the Patriot Act. Has nobody noticed that Occupational Safety and Health Administration employees can enter a business and search for whatever OSHA wants without a warrant? The Los Angeles Health Department can do the same in any restaurant, delicatessen or supermarket. The FBI can search anywhere it wants without a warrant if it suspects gang activity. Van Snyder La Crescenta Alternate headline Re “Judge refuses to bend” (Jan. 12): How about, “Judge shows fitness for Supreme Court, displaying patient judicial temperament while swatting away inane questions from arrogant, bloviating, vastly intellectually inferior senatorial inquisitors?” Pauli Carnes Woodland Hills Lapses of memory Re “Judge refuses to bend” (Jan. 12): In his scathing attack on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Sen. Ted Kennedy stated that Judge Alito “can remember all 67 dissents … in detail, but can’t remember anything about the conservative Princeton organization.” This is ironic in light of that Kennedy’s lack of memory on July 18, 1969 – when he reported a drowning incident seven hours after the fact, telling authorities he remembered nothing. This was a classic act of convenient loss of memory. Shirley Rusheen Woodland Hills More than overwrought Re the letter from James F. Glass, “Wiretap hysteria” (Public Forum, Jan. 12): I currently have a wife and daughter who both live in Russia and with whom I converse daily. I am hardly “overwrought” in being alarmed about the monitoring of my conversations with my wife and family. In fact, I am infuriated, not overwrought. Until the National Safety Agency and President George W. Bush disclose the extent of wiretapping and a list of who exactly has been spied upon, I am going to continue to be completely upset about this. If it were acceptable for any president to spy without warrants, as Glass suggests, there never would have been a special FISA court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to begin with! Dayvid B. Franke Chatsworth AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!