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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 2009


Published Oct 1, 2009 8:00 AM

Reader reactions to the July '09 issue

While I understand the intent of the July 2009 article about Darrell Steinberg ["Capitol Gains," page 40] was to promote the success of a fellow Bruin, I'm very disappointed by the inaccuracies and misinformation contained in this report. To begin with, it is well-documented that the incomplete budget compromise reached earlier this year contained wildly optimistic projections, reductions to scheduled spending increases that were disguised as "cuts," and led to a deceptive ballot proposition which was drafted by the state legislature. Fortunately, the voters turned down Prop. 1A. All in all, a mediocre accomplishment, as we now sit here with a $25-billion-plus deficit.

With respect to in-home supportive services, the legislative leadership is blocking attempts to wring fraud out of the system (such as collecting fingerprints of benefit recipients) and has continuously put up roadblocks to prevent real government reform.

California is rated No. 48 in business tax climate and is repeatedly cited as one of the worst states to conduct business. It should be no surprise that California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. What's more, California has the highest teacher salaries but below-average performance. California is also losing its tax base in large part because of the failed policies of the legislature.

Jim Farner M.B.A. '07
New York, NY


The very articulate letter from Joe H. Hall ["Reaction," page 6] expressed my own feelings about the missing key to this economic trauma being a lack of Glass-Steagall regulations. However, I think Joe's grandfather said, "don't let the banks loose," not "lose." That missing "o" is a big deal.

As for the July issue, I loved it, as I usually do. Keep up the splendid work.

Mary Freeland '68
Downey, CA


Thanks for the walk down memory lane in the July 2009 issue of UCLA Magazine. The outstanding article, "Golden Days" [page 36] brought back fond memories of the 16 days I spent working at the Coliseum in the track part of the Olympics. The memory that rushed back with this great flash of nostalgia was the tribute to Carl Lewis. Since our track starter's motto is to be heard (a gun shot) and not seen (messing up), I tried to stay anonymous in the track and field arena.

In January 1984, I was selected as the Chief Track Starter for the Games. This meant not only did I shoot the gun to start races, but overall I was in charge of 16 other folks involved in starting all the races. My assignment was the sprints and the relays, some 86 preliminary and final races. Of course, the highlight was starting Carl's three races, the 100m and 200m sprints and the 4x100 relay, which he anchored. All gold medal runs and in the relay, Carl and company set world and Olympic records.

I was proud to carry the Bruin tradition and leadership for all the Olympic track events, outshining the other Los Angeles college (not to be mentioned here) in their Olympic volunteer participation.

Robert L. Reeves '53, Ed.D. '70
San Diego, CA


For the Record: In our story on the 1984 Olympics ("Golden Days," page 36), we wrote that UCLA Bruin Marching Band Director Gordon Henderson directed the 736-member All-American Olympic Band. Henderson was actually one of four assistant directors. USC's Dr. Arthur C. Bartner was the director.

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