The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on July 23, 1995 · Page 378
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · Page 378

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Sunday, July 23, 1995
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n n b Commentary on local issues, viewpoints of residents and community leaders, and letters. LETTERS - County USC County Just the Sight of the Facility Comforts - Those Who Have Been Helped There County-USC Medical Center was built in 1928 when it was known as General Hospital, and it is still one of Los Angeles' greatest landmarks. When approaching Los Angeles, it can be seen from as far as 25 miles away especially when driving in-to Los Angeles along the 5, 10 and 110 freeways. It can also be seen from Dodger Stadium and many other popular places. This view of the hospital while traveling, either to work or on an out-of-town trip, gives one a happy feeling, a feeling of gratification: that comes from knowing you will be reaching your destination soon.' if I iF'fl i , J 'I . ' i : j 'H il ii ... n o ;; .. 1 ""wiB,IMI,lWIMMfcMMMi(r H 1 1 fw - -- - ----- i . - - - . . AliANDUIGNAN Ia Angela Timet Medical Center, a Los Angeles landmark since 1928, may be in danger of closing. USC Needs to Stay Alive But as a native daughter of Los Angeles, I see my birthplace being gradually demolished, devastated and destroyed. And now, the pro posed closure of USC Medical Center. Forty five years ago, my mother gave birth to me there. I underwent major surgery there. Because the private hospitals were unable to prop f - "CP Addie Miller erly diagnose my condition, I was transported to the center. I am terribly grateful for USC Medical Center. I see the government eliminating more and more services. The majority of people that live in Los Angeles have no voice or recognition as far as government spending ? for necessary services out of the funds allocated for Los Angeles County. Recently, the media gave a breakdown of the $6 million spent on the O.J. Simpson trial, which many will agree has become a one-ring circus. Two days after the announcement, it was disclosed that USC Medical Center was scheduled for closure. I do not understand why millions of dollars can be spent for high-profile trails (i.e., O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, etc.) and yet there is no money available for this much-needed medical center and other needed services. It is totally ludicrous and most of all sad that our government will spend millions of dollars on the lives of the rich and famous, and not spend a portion of that to save the lives of millions. Most of the government budget information concerns the cutting back or elimination of medical and other needed social services. How ever, not only the poor will be affected by the closing of County-USC. Many times, even when individuals have hospitalization insurance, if there is serious trauma involved, they are transported to USC Medical Center. The center has more research, services and equipment thair,private hospitals. You never know when you or your loved ones, whether rich or poor, may need the services of the center. Anyone who has resided within Los Angeles County for some time more than likely either has received services, or knows someone who has received services at USC Medical Center. Funding for USC Medical Center must be restored. Addle Miller, a community worker. Teen-Ager's Story Touches Many lives Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my story with the world "Faith Is Helping Teen-Ager Win Fight of Her Life," City Times, March 12. So many good things have come because of that story, it's unbelievable. Many people tell me that I'll never know how many lives I have touched or encouraged, but it's because of you that many of those people even know about me. Thank you. You're in my prayers. RACHEL NIXON Los Angeles (Editor" a note: Rachel, who nearly died from complications of leukemia last year while attending Crenshaw High, will enroll at USC in Vie fall as a biological sciences major. ) One Strong Vote for a New Justice System : As the saying goes, justice is blind. How sad. When this concept first became part of my social education, it was in junior high school. I had a problem with it then and even more so now. It is not that I am is disagreement with its theory of judicial equality. One's race, culture or sociopolitical prerogative should be a blind spot in the judgmental eyes of the criminal justice system. It seems as though the system of laws under which we are governed has lost its vision and purpose. They have blindly wandered into a wilderness of economic favoritism controlled by political benefactors. For once, let justice open its eyes and see what is happening to society and the eroding respect for the criminal justice system. It is a well-known fact of history that when justice is violated and its pillars are shaken by the hands of corruption, both society and justice are brought to ruins. The life and energy of any society are rooted in justice and unprejudiced laws, plain and simple. When there's a biased sense of injustice, society grows to hate the system under which they have to labor. Not to mention the legislators under whose hands the heavy scepter of injustice rest Such conditions cause society to group in sociological darkness, and the people to make their own laws (laws of the jungle). Without vision, the people perish. For once, let justice open its eyes. WILLALI Los Angeles PAGE 12 SUNDAY, JULY 23, 1995 CITY TIMES LOS ANGELES' TIMES '

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