AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBig deterrent Re: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): When you add 6,000 National Guard to assist in patrolling the border, it should be a big deterrent, especially if the media will report the stops that are made. And one must remember that with every coyote caught and all those people stopped, the funds necessary to have them take people across the border will also start to dry up. -Barry Levy Redondo Beach Re: “Injunction puts exit exam on hold” (May 13): I read with interest the comments about kids graduating from high school who can’t pass an eighth-grade math test. The question everyone seems to be asking is: Why did they graduate from the 12th grade? A better question: Why did they graduate from the eighth? -Stephen Booth Simi Valley Border Band-Aid Re: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): With Karl Rove’s help our president always says the right thing, but he never does the right thing! Sending those National Guard troops down there as support for the Border Patrol is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed limb. -Bernard Lehrer Ventura Deal with the devil Re: “Parkman deal first in LAUSD” (May 16): As a retiring teacher from Granada Hills Charter High School, I am disappointed with the outcome of the charter movement and Parkman Middle School. I think Parkman’s teachers have made a “deal with the devil.” They have settled for less than they should have. Why not push the envelope and go all the way to becoming a charter school? I think they will find that the LAUSD does not mean to give them any more freedom. Eventually they will have to take the step to become a charter school or stay and be part of a system that does not believe in giving anything. It is a sad day when a school that was so close to escaping backs down for less than it wanted. -Stephanie Schwartz Canyon Country Beyond disgusted I am a Republican, and beyond disgusted with Bush. In his speech, he mentioned that illegal immigrants should not have an automatic path to citizenship. In that, he implies that some could become citizens eventually. Foreigners breaking our laws to come here for money should never be allowed to become voting citizens. Stay here, maybe, but citizenship, never. I no longer contribute to the GOP; instead, the Minutemen get my donations. -Glenn Victor Northridge Spanish only Re: “Latino students take issue with limited classes” (May 15): My condolences to the high school students who feel cheated because Spanish is the only foreign-language option available to them these days. Isn’t it ironic how illegal immigration hits everyone? Financial constraints are felt everywhere. Couple the extra expense that the LAUSD fields from educating illegals with the hefty pensions and salaries of all the employees, and cuts have to be made. And, goodness knows, Roy Romer isn’t going to take a pay cut. -Kim Greene Studio City Smith responds Re: “Fiscal restraint” (Our Opinions, May 16): As a member of the City Council’s Budget Committee with a record of strong fiscal constraint and advocacy for government efficiency, I am certainly not “loath to see public funds not be spent.” It is that very fiscal philosophy that has guaranteed Los Angeles the highest credit rating of any large city in America. Neighborhood councils receive public money specifically to spend on projects for public benefit. The unused money goes back to the general fund because their use of funds is subject to oversight and transparency, just like all public agencies entrusted with taxpayer money should be. Despite being so new, neighborhood councils have done some wonderful projects, and I want to encourage that. That is why I authored a motion to allow neighborhood councils to “save up” their funding so that they can use it for more ambitious projects that benefit the public, as long as there is a proper and transparent review process. -Greig Smith Los Angeles city councilman Image problem My brother, visiting from Chicago, saw the headline “Phonies flocking to L.A” (May 15). Baffled, he commented, “This is news?” -Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!