Get real, Rocky Re “I’m sorry” (June 19): According to City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, he was unaware that his wife had her license suspended, he was unaware that under city policy family members of employees are not allowed to drive city vehicles, and he was unaware that he was financially responsible. I wonder if Delgadillo is also unaware of the concept “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” To me, this story sounds like a cross between “The dog ate my homework” and “I did not inhale.” Get real, Rocky. – Kevin Teller Woodland Hills Re “I’m sorry” (June 19): The chief legal officer for the city of Los Angeles did not know about a city regulation prohibiting a family member from driving a city vehicle and did not know that his wife’s driver’s license was suspended – and several years ago? The city attorney cannot read a city regulation and does not know about other personal legal matters. How is he qualified to be city attorney? – Myrna R. Richardson Van Nuys Don’t litter Re “A world without love” (Your Opinions, June 19): Ellen Patterson, please do not worry there will be no animals because of AB 1634. Breeders are exempt from the requirement to spay or neuter their animals. Before breeding his dogs, Bryan Page should volunteer at a shelter where he can see what happens to animals that get “too old,” have medical needs that are “too expensive,” have owners who move and “don’t have room” or are victims of one of the other reasons given to justify throwing away a life. Implementing spay/neuter law will reduce the number of animals killed each year (now in the millions in the United States) and reduce taxes paid to support shelter animals. – Lillian Davis Santa Clarita Obstructing justice? Re “I’m sorry” (June 19): It seems to me that Rocky Delgadillo’s favorite saying is “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do.” Unfortunately for him, by protecting his wife, the city attorney has obstructed justice, hasn’t he? Hasn’t he committed a crime, too? Isn’t it a felony? Isn’t it a violation of the canon of ethics of the California Bar Association? Shouldn’t he resign from office? – Jean Strauber Encino Do something I am writing on behalf of myself and all adolescents under the age 16 who have my same beliefs or views on this topic. I believe that the news has become biased and not a tool to inform, but now is just a show or a form of entertainment. Why is it that we continually hear about Paris Hilton in jail? Why is it that, though the people ache and anguish to end the war in Iraq, the authorities continue the war? The death toll increases every day, people starve and have no homes, and yet the news and government do nothing about it. Something must be done. – Jimmy Quintanilla, 14 Sylmar The wall The border wall is behind schedule. President Bush should do what another president did when the Panama Canal was behind schedule: He went to the Army Corps of Engineers and got a West Point grad on the job. That West Point grad brought the Panama Canal project in ahead of schedule. So, Mr. President, go to West Point, get a grad and get the border wall finished ahead of schedule. Your base would be revitalized, and some Republicans may even be voted into office in the next election. – Carol Milton Woodland Hills Sorry about that I love it when persons who are apprehended say “I’m sorry.” That pertains to politicians, criminals, aggrieved individuals – you name it. Of course they’re sorry. Sorry that they were caught. And if this sounds as though it pertains to any celebrity or politician – I’m sorry. – Frank Barron Van Nuys160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsA teacher or student can touch the screen with an electronic pen to write on it. A finger can be used to move objects around. Highlands’ fifth graders all use Palm Pilot PDAs to do their work. About half the fifth-graders use Palm Pilots purchased by their parents, but the school also has enough of its own to make sure all others have access. “I love that we don’t have to write everything down anymore,” fifth-grader Diorella Dizon said. “It’s cool. It turns the work into a game,” said Aidan Danahy. Using the smartboard, DeAmicis conducted a place-value lesson for her fifth-graders on Monday morning. DeAmicis wrote a math problem on the screen using electronic markers, then used a free downloaded program to work on the math, made readily available by the universities who design the programs. DeAmicis dragged representational cubes to represent decimal-point values and quickly erased her work with a fingertip. The youngsters sat in a circle, quickly raising their hands for a chance to come up and use their interactive computer system. The Palm Pilots are also out and about during the lecture, with children writing down notes and typing text with foldable infrared keyboards. DeAmicis downloads the free programs to teach her interactive lessons, finding Web pages and Internet images to supplement her lectures. DeAmicis sends homework assignments to each child’s Palm Pilot, sometimes assigning the child to continue working with parents at home on the programs used in class. But DeAmicis said pen and paper are still not obsolete. She does not accept an excuse that a child could not do homework because a Palm Pilot crashed. “Well, if their software fails, they can still grab paper and a pencil and do it,” she said. She said teachers need to realize that computers are not only attractive to kids, but also instruments on which they are at ease. “These kids are digital natives, and we are the immigrants,” DeAmicis said. “They are already using computers while playing video games or surfing the Net. This is a way to get them to use these tools in a way they would need to in the workplace.” While the Palm Pilots are in use only in fifth-grade classrooms, the smartboards are in 13 classrooms and expected in all the rest, except for kindergarten, by the end of the school year. Each costs about $2,200. Money to buy them has come from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the city of Santa Clarita and the U.S. Department of Education, which also helped pay for the Palm Pilots. Highlands’ Parent Faculty Organization has promised to provide an additional $19,200, and the rest of the funding will come from the Saugus Union School District’s modernization money, set aside for technology.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – At Highlands Elementary School, the classrooms are changing with the times. Four years after installing the first computerized touch-screen “smartboard” and handing out the first Palm Pilot, the school for children in first through sixth grades is preparing to fill the rest of its classrooms with the interactive boards to help prepare youngsters for the future. “Kids need to not only be comfortable using computers, but they need to know how to use these tools effectively in the workplace,” said fifth-grade teacher Bonita DeAmicis, who was among the first teachers to use computer tools in the classroom at Highlands and now trains other teachers on using them. Smartboards are used like chalkboards or marker boards, but instead of chalk or erasable markers, teachers use computers on their desks, and the screen itself is computerized.
Charles Williams was arrested on charges of Conspiracy to Deal with Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine, both felonies. Autumn Officer was arrested on felony charges of Conspiracy to Deal Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine as well as misdemeanor charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Device to Defeat a Urine Test, both misdemeanors. The investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala on I-65 Northbound near the 43-mile marker south of Seymour, Indiana. During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious of criminal activity. He deployed his Indiana State Police K-9 Jinx, who alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located drug paraphernalia and a container of suspected urine in the vehicle. Both Williams and Officer were incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail pending their initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court. Trp. Miller was assisted by Trp. Seth Davidson and jail officers with the Jackson County Jail. Two Jackson County residents were arrested Tuesday on drug charges during a traffic stop on I-65 near the 43-mile marker. A passenger in the vehicle, Autumn N. Officer, age 38, North Vernon, Indiana was found to have approximately 170 grams of suspected methamphetamine concealed on her person. The driver of the vehicle, Charles F. Williams, age 38, Seymour, Indiana and Autumn Officer were both arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail.