Re: “Enron execs Skilling, Lay convicted of conspiracy” (May 26): I was delighted to hear of the guilty verdicts for Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. These men destroyed people’s lives and now must pay the price. I hope that the appeal process fails and that they spend what’s left of their pathetic lives in the state penitentiary, not some cozy federal institution, though we all know that won’t happen. I say throw them in there with the murderers and rapists. They should both be reminded that you get what you deserve in life, not what you can get away with. – Mauricio W. Muraro AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sun Valley Chipping in Re: “Stars come out for farmers” (May 25): So Mr. Laura Dern (Ben Harper)laments that he doesn’t have “super, deep, stupid, dough” to buy the land outright from its legal owner – who, by the way, originally lost it to the city through eminent domain. Perhaps he can ask his wife (or Darryl Hannah), next time she’s at one of those award shows, to ask her colleagues if they would be willing to chip in. I know all those limos cost around $100 per hour and I’m pretty sure that each woman’s designer gown cost more than my car and the jewelry costs more than my house. I guess it just depends on one’s definition of “super, deep, stupid … .” – Mark A. Overturf Reseda Give it a try Re: “And a raise?” (Your Opinions, May 25): Tim O’Brien would love to have one of those highly-paid teaching jobs? What’s stopping him? All he has to do is go to college for five years. Then, during his two months off, he can work on his master’s degree so he can move up the salary schedule enough to earn that cushy salary. But he’ll have to contribute 8 percent of his salary to help fund that great pension plan. LAUSD teachers received a total pay raise of 7 percent over the last five years. Fourteen percent for this year sounds about right to me. – Michael R. Thorpe Glendale Bring him on I just examined my official sample ballot for the coming June 6 election. It does not list any Democratic candidates presumably because I am a registered Republican. My memory tells me that I had a choice of candidates in all parties in the past. Did we change our voting system? I totally despise President George W. Bush and intend to vote against any candidate who may be on his side. Please explain. – Joseph P. Gleason Woodland Hills Just peachy Re: “Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status” (May 24): So now the mayor is reviving an office to get municipal services to immigrants with the Office of Immigrant Affairs. Isn’t that just wonderful! Why don’t we just give them all jobs, houses and cars and be done with it? Has Villaraigosa ever looked up the word “illegal”? It means “against the law.” My taxpayer money is going for this? – Barbara Thunell Canoga Park Holden responds Re: “Major disappointment” (May 19): I served on the City Council for 16 years, from 1987 to 2003. I have firsthand knowledge that on any given day eight members of the council with the concurrence of the mayor can spend that money any way they choose. The trash hike is nothing more than an illegal tax because the right to vote on the issue has been denied the people. Your editorial is correct; this tax hike was not needed to hire 1,000 additional police officers. Everybody knows there’s a slush-fund buried in the city’s budget. The mayor and the council working together are aware that general managers request positions within their departments and have no intentions on filling those positions during the budgetary year. If the council has the will to be fair, they can easily find $400 million-plus in hidden unfilled positions and other hidden fat in the budget, then use that money to hire more police officers. – Nate Holden Former City Councilman Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!