Re “Bloodbath” (April 17): Why don’t killers ever commit their atrocities at police stations or other places where the people might be armed, instead of at schools and other mandated “gun-free” (sitting duck) zones? – Glenn Haugen Los Angeles Attack of the NIMBYs Re “Homeless women” (Your opinions, April 15): Many in Lopez Canyon, just as in Kagel Canyon, agree with Evelyn Catron about NIMBYism over a proposed women’s shelter. When is the Board of Supervisors going to say yes to Hope Gardens? Instead, the conditional use permit hearing is again postponed from May 9 to May 23. A few NIMBYs from Kagel Canyon have hijacked the process by barraging Supervisor Mike Antonovich with multiple e-mails. If the permit is denied and the elderly women who call Hope Gardens home are once again homeless, the responsibility will lie with Kagel Canyon and county officials who who sit astride the fence instead of doing the right thing. – Linda Azzarella Lake View Terrace Biking sidewalks Re “Bicyclists” (Your opinions, April 13): Lorraine Stewart’s letter concerning bicyclists on the sidewalks cries out for a response, and I, a 73-year-old bicyclist, hear that cry. She writes, “we need bicycle lanes now.” I suggest she watch how vehicles drive near bike lanes – many one or two tires in the bike lane. The sidewalk is a better and safer choice. Many streets are so rutted and full of potholes that if one has a loose tooth, it sure beats the price paid to a dentist for extraction. Stewart writes, “we need police to inform all bicyclists that the sidewalk is for pedestrians.” The police will tell her, as they have told me, that the sidewalk can be used to ride a bike as long as it does not interfere with pedestrians. – Samuel Kohn Canoga Park Doubting percentages Re “State voters support path to citizenship” (April 11): Results from this Associated Press survey found that 80 percent of California’s registered voters support legalizing the status of illegal immigrants already in the country. I realize that amount of people who are suppose to vote and don’t is way too low, but for the Associated Press to print an article stating the above is just wrong. Only 570 registered voters took the survey. How is this fair representation? – Debbie Rizzoti Chatsworth Mad about taxes For the first time in more than 60 years of paying taxes I am livid about sending in this money. This is the most corrupt administration I have ever seen. I was always happy to pay my taxes, as it assured my living in the greatest country in the world. Now my money will be used to line the pockets of contractors who are given no-bid deals, senators and congressmen. Everyone from the president on down to the lowest city official has their hands out. Perhaps, it is time for a tax revolution. – Gilbert Smith Encino Threat to democracy Re “Campaign finance on table” (April 12): Los Angeles Councilmen Richard Alarc n and Dennis Zine are smart to question the wisdom of taxpayer-funded elections. The problem, though, is not limited solely to subsidizing politicians at the expense of needed public programs. The less known problem is that taxpayer-financed elections allow government to interfere with a candidate’s First Amendment rights by restricting their ability to speak. It is essential in a healthy democracy that candidates are free to speak their minds without government limits. Taxpayer-funded campaigns can also harm democracy by protecting incumbents who enjoy increased name recognition and other advantages. Challengers are often only on equal footing when they can outspend the incumbent, which would be prohibited under taxpayer financing. – Mike Schrimpf Center for Competitive Politics Arlington, Va.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!