To the people who say let the market decide without any
regulations and interference, that argument has been rejected by most
Nobel-winning economists, because when we talk about economics we
don't talk about theories any more, but about human lives. By the
time it takes for the market to adjust itself, there will be families
with children in distress because of the moving around they have to
Finally, I say to those who say "Hey, I'd like to live in Malibu,
but I don't because I can't afford it," that if they lived in Malibu
and all of a sudden their rent was doubled and they had to move to
South-Central L.A., they would tell a different story. It's about
moving from the place you've been living in; it's not about where the
idyllic place is where everyone would love to live. Remember,
capitalism is not just a subject offered in colleges, it's peoples'
'Shield Protectite': Art, or boondoggle?
I totally agree with Meda Wardrobe-Payne (Mailbag, April 7)
regarding the police memorial "Shield Protectite."
This is so ridiculous! I have been following this story since its
inception, and have been just amazed that more citizens have not
spoken out. This statue conveys absolutely nothing about the police,
firefighters, etc., but only a weird conception by the sculptor.
Where she came up with this is beyond me.
But the thing that really upset me was the fact that not only was
this approved for the staggering amount of $350,000, it has grown to
$600,000! For what? I think the Police Officers Assn. and staff have
been hoodwinked. Do we have this kind of money to spend for some
piece of "art" that is nebulous, at best?
I have been a resident of Glendale for 42 years, and I think the
public should have had more input, especially since it's our money
being spent. I would suggest that anyone wanting to see a fitting
tribute to our valiant police officers drive by the Burbank Police
Headquarters and check out the wonderful memorial-statue in front. It
is truly inspiring and conveys the true spirit of our police and
This "Shield Protectite" (what a name) does nothing. I'd like to
know who approved this.