A student can have a quality education in the LAUSD. That's why our schools routinely win national academic decathlons. The key is active support by parents at home. Unfortunately, with a high percentage of blacks born to unwed mothers and the low socioeconomic status of blacks in general, this is a huge problem for the African-American community. Until the family structure is repaired and the black student supported fully at home, we will continue to see a miserable state of black education.
Re: Charles Rappleye's "Good Cop, Bad Cop" [January 1420], I am amazed that Officer Ethan Cohan has been left to "hang" out there for being a Good Cop. I am further amazed that your own local media have not gotten involved. To be sure, if this happened in New York City, Officer Cohan's review board would be thoroughly scrutinized. What a frightening article!
New York City
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
On the cover of your December 1723 issue, you challenged readers to come up with a title for Paul Ciotti's excellent story on plastic surgeon John Ronald Brown. How about "The Doctor Will Saw You Now"? Great coverage of a most bizarre footnote to medical history.
Doug Harvey's art sucks, his writing has a vantage point based entirely in smug pretense, and he dresses worse than Jim Shaw. Yet despite this, his recent review of the ACME show was perfect (except where he apologized for being mean). You should give this anorexic Canadian a pay raise.
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