The solution to illegal immigration is simple: Get off your butt and do your own yard work, wash your own car, get the family together one day a week to clean the house, raise your own kids, and pay a little more to a legal citizen who employs legal immigrants to remodel your house. Lazy Americans have helped create the illegal-immigration problem. – Jennifer Rabuchin Burbank Bush v. Carter Of course President Carter is “irrelevant.” Remember, this is the same Bush administration that claims the Geneva Convention is irrelevant. – Ray Rodriguez Van Nuys Stop complaining Re: “Future in limbo for grads without legal status” (May 20): I’m pleased that Joselyn Arroyo earned a degree from CSUN and pursued graduate school. The world needs more people who are ambitious and want to contribute to society. I don’t agree with the fact that she, and other graduates, complain about not getting a job because they are illegal immigrants. She states that she graduated at the top of her class. She became a legal adult at 18. Since she’s so intelligent, why, in the past seven years, has she not attempted to become a legal citizen? Instead of college students “pinning their hopes on some form of immigration reform,” get their butts busy on doing what it takes to become a legal citizen and stop complaining! – Jan Simmons North Hills Question … Just a thought on the newly written immigration bill: If state, local and federal governments have been thus far unwilling or unable to enforce our present immigration laws, what possible reason would American citizens have to believe these government agencies will be willing or able to enforce the provisions in the “new” immigration bill? Just asking! – Christine Lavine Moorpark Posed photo Re: “Israel drawn into Palestinian factional fight,” accompanying photo (May 18): Israelis (mostly invisible to you) must always accept rocket and bomb explosions. Rare indeed it is for your paper to show the Israeli children with metal fragments in their brains who are victims of bombs and rockets. But you amazingly have a ready supply of photos of crying Palestinian children. Is this photo meant to make a point? When you are intent on illustrating news, then keep it to news and not advertising and posed photo propaganda for one side. – E.L. Henen Santa Clarita Activist abuse Re: “Police abuse” (Our Opinions, May 21) I’m more than a little surprised, as the Daily News at least now has it about half right – “The federal consent decree was unnecessary” – but as always, the Daily News doesn’t know a thing, or just suffers from editorial ambivalence, about what actually occurred at the May Day illegal-immigrant-supported media and Mexican riot at MacArthur Park. It’s pretty simple, really. If all federal immigration laws had been enforced as written and intended, there couldn’t have been any “illegally unlawful assembly” for that purpose in Los Angeles. If blame belongs anywhere, it lies at the door of the city’s politicians, who blindly signed the federal consent decree, and who ordered that the LAPD not arrest or cause the deportation of federal immigration violators. – Richard M. Holbrook Retired LAPD lieutenant Weatherford, Tex. Driving costs Re: “Travelers get blues at pump” (May 22): Although this piece makes a good point, it vastly understates the cost of operating a car. It quotes the price of gas as the cost of getting from point A to point B. That is like saying the cost of living is simply the cost of food that we eat, ignoring the cost of clothing, medical care, insurance and housing among other things. A car should be insured, will use tires, needs maintenance and requires replacement of parts that just wear out. In 2007 the IRS allows $.485 for business mileage. This is a much more realistic cost (although low for more expensive cars and SUVs that get far lower mileage). If you do the math. you will see that for one or two people, planes, trains and buses are far more economical than cars. Even for a family of four, the costs are much closer than the article makes them appear. – Philip A. Lindenauer Granada Hills Elephant elation Re: “House homeless, not the elephants” (Their Opinions, May 17): I am so thankful and relieved that our precious Ruby will now have the chance to know what it is like to be an elephant at her new home at PAWS. It brought tears to my eyes when the media showed her frolicking in her new pad. Many thanks to all who have worked tirelessly to ensure Ruby will have a better quality of life for the years she has left. – Karen Bonadio Los Angeles The Paris obsession Re Your Opinions, May 21: Who is Paris Hilton, and what did she ever do to the legion of letter-to-the-editor writers to be so vindictive over her incarceration? I’ve read nicer things written about the late Seung-Hui Cho. Certainly Hilton deserves to be punished for violating her parole, but it seems unseemly for adults to gloat over and revel in that punishment, or express regret that the punishment was not more severe. If you want to talk got-off-easy, look no further than that pillar of virtue, St. Mel Gibson (more than twice Paris Hilton’s age, and old enough to know better), who you’ll recall received a slap on the wrist and a “naughty-naughty” for his drunk-driving rampage last year. If anyone has a right to feel indignation, it’s Boy George, who was made to pick up garbage around New York City last fall. – Kevin Dawson Tujunga Paris in the lockup I don’t believe in special treatment for famous people, but it is also unfair to use them as an example. I personally had the misfortune to end up in a county lockup. Anyone who has not experienced this situation is not aware of the hell you are subjected to. Sure, Paris Hilton will be housed in a special section, as she should be. She would not have a chance in general population. I saw many inmates (with more severe crimes than Paris’) released after doing only 10 percent of their sentence – due to overcrowding. Under these guidelines, Paris should be released in four or five days. I believe, as with myself, she will never put herself in a position to return to this house of horrors. Anyone who disregards the law a second time deserves to do a full sentence, and not a day less. – Daniel Houy Burbank Z visa bargain Why wouldn’t illegal aliens want to pay $5,000 in fees for citizenship? They can find the money to pay $6,000 to a coyote to cross a dangerous desert illegally. If they signed up for a Z Visa, they could go across the border safely multiple times and it wouldn’t cost them a peso. – Joyce Peyton Los Angeles Outsourcing prisons Think of it. If we send all the prisoners out and pay other states one-half of what it costs to imprison criminals here, we save billions. If we send them out, we don’t have to spend the $7.8 billion on new beds. If they’re gone, there is no need for 55,000 prison employees. That’s billions more saved. Without prisoners, we can sell the 33 facilities or convert them into schools – more billions! The budget problem is gone! Should I run for office or just accept a finder’s fee? – Bob Driscoll Woodland Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!