Re “Punishing kids” (Our Opinions, Nov. 6): Chatsworth Park Elementary has been at Devonshire Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard since 1888. One would assume that its mortgage would have been paid off long ago. Obviously not; its antique buildings, outdated fixtures, taped-together bungalows and inadequate parking just have not served the LAUSD bureaucrats to the fullest quite yet. Apply a new strategy to steal, charge the children and the public to use the playing fields. This is not an innovative idea; it’s a criminal conspiracy. – Dan L. Huffman AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Chatsworth The smell test Re “Company pulls LAX bid, wary of conflict; Airport: Consultant joined URS board one day after leaving post” (Nov. 5): You can argue over whether there was a conflict of interest here, but the obvious truth is that it didn’t pass the smell test. – Joy Picus Woodland Hills Alarcon responds Re “Goliath vs. Goliath” (Our Opinions, Nov. 7): If the expansion of Providence Holy Cross is a Goliath vs. Goliath struggle, as the Daily News suggests, then pushing for an EIR is a fight to protect the grass that is being trampled. This fight is about the community, not big corporations or big labor. For too long the northeast San Fernando Valley has suffered from City Hall’s poor or rushed planning decisions. The community wants Holy Cross to expand, but we want it done right, with a full environmental impact report that looks at all the potential substantive impacts of traffic, parking and having only one access road. City Hall insiders may not like us raising our voices, but we in the Valley want to be heard. It is our neighborhood and the decisions we make now will affect us for decades to come. – Richard Alarcon Los Angeles city councilman Just as clean Re “Ghetto service” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): Regarding Kim Garrett from Pacoima who asked residents in non-ghetto Northridge if they would tolerate sanitation trucks leaving debris in the street: Like her, we rarely have street sweepers in our neighborhood (after all, we are not the Westside). However, for the most part our streets our clean. We don’t wait for the government to “clean up their mess.” Our family and neighbors simply bend down and pick it up. Afterwards, it looks just as clean as when other people do it for you. – Ron Mossler Northridge A nightmare Re “Birth of L.A.’s water lifeline in the flow” (Nov. 7): If my grandfather was responsible for the demise of Owens Lake, you wouldn’t catch me looking giddy standing next to the California Aqueduct on its 75th anniversary. What is the liability of destroying an 800,000-year-old, 110 mile-long lake, which since the 1920s has become the single-largest source of wind-blown dust air pollution in the United States? William Mulholland might have been responsible for building a great waterway for Los Angeles, but he also created an environmental biohazard nightmare of airborne arsenic and other carcinogens. – Christine Pollock Palmdale Daylight savings What time are we saving by imposing daylight savings time? When we get up, it’s dark; when we drive home at 4:30 p.m., it’s dusk. Our lights go on an hour earlier than they did on standard time and stay on later. What kind of brainlessness is this? Ask Con Agra or ADM if they need extra light to milk the cows. Enough already with this arcane and useless appendage. It belongs in the dustbin of history. – Jerome V. Posell Calabasas160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!