Re “State Supreme Court tells cardinal to turn over files” (Nov. 18): In light of the California Supreme Court’s decision, it is most delusive for Donald Steier to consider appealing to the Supreme Court that the files not be released. I hope reporters and the public will attack this “cover-up” of the criminal activity which the priests, and Cardinal Roger Mahony, are engaged in. The church is about truth and righteousness. Compassion is due the victims of this abuse, as well as their families. Officials of the Catholic church are called upon to stop the cover-up and cooperate with the county District Attorney’s Office. Kenneth Grissom La Crescenta He’s back Re “Reiner warns of new tax” (Nov. 19): Oh, no, he’s coming back next election with still another of his ballot propositions. No, not Arnold. It’s “Meathead” Rob Reiner, the King of Bleeding Hearts. Reiner has already picked the pockets of working Californians with a couple of forgotten propositions that never stop grabbing money and flushing it into oblivion. Too bad he doesn’t have to use his own money; then he’d leave us alone. To be fair, this one will tax only “the wealthy” – where have we heard this before? – and it sounds nice: free preschool for everybody. In fact, I’ll vote for it if “Meathead” promises to attend with the other kids. Charles K. Sergis Calabasas Happy Thanksgiving “Happy Thanksgiving” is a greeting that is part of the United States’ history. For many immigrants, this holiday has no real meaning – the turkey, the Pilgrims, etc. But it is wonderful to be able to celebrate the good things in our lives, especially having freedom, including freedom of religion. Ted Simpson Woodland Hills Not the question Re “Arnold should show mercy for Tookie” (Viewpoint, Nov. 20): I was astounded to read the claim that this matter is now a question of whether a Death Row inmate is “worth more to society alive than dead.” By that logic, a skilled surgeon or artist could murder with impunity. After a quarter-century of trials and appeals, Tookie’s victims are still dead, their families still suffer, the jurors still remember his threats against them and a legion of defense attorneys cannot overcome the evidence of his guilt. David R. Gee Van Nuys Threat to society Re “Arnold should show mercy for Tookie” (Viewpoint, Nov. 20): Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s article that the governor should should show mercy for Tookie Williams is a pathetic example of how a “con” can manipulate. Not once was there any mention of the victims. This guy “Tookie” is a reformed Crip who writes books for children – give me a break. The guy is a stone-cold, manipulative killer who is a threat to civil society – that’s why he is in jail. It’s time for Tookie’s redemption. John N. Engels Northridge Add-on hours As a former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who retired in 1990, I must respond to “Teacher’s workday” (Your Opinions, Nov. 20). Yes, I was in the classroom for six hours a day, but averaged 20 to 25 hours of homework each week (grading papers, making lesson plans, calling parents, writing reports, etc.), totaling a 50- to 55-hour work week. Count also the required supervision periods before and after school and during lunch, along with other “special” duties given by the administration, such as sponsoring an after-school club. Finally, include weekly teacher meetings after school, some Saturday workshops (most all day), and occasional evening meetings, all with no recompense. Rather than being overpaid, every teacher I have known has earned more than he or she received. Arline George Reseda AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!