The Glendale News-Press article of Oct. 22 titled "Najarian wants to know what tunnel would cost" is creating an impression that Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian's reasoning is stimulated by the self-serving interests of the La Cañada residents. However, it is doing disservice to the city over which he presides.
The extension, bounced around for 30 to 40 years, would not negatively affect the traffic in Glendale. Just the opposite, it would improve it.
Between approximately 6:45 and 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, a heavy stream of westbound traffic from the Ventura (134) Freeway keeps spilling south onto the Glendale (2) Freeway, creating misery in slow motion. This mess would be alleviated by extending the Long Beach (710) into the Foothill (210) Freeway the logical way, through South Pasadena, whether above or underground.
Despite the protracted parochial opposition from South Pasadena through La Cañada, the 710 and 210 freeways must be connected for the common good. Then the traffic flow throughout the entire area would improve considerably.
Since our mayor is also a member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, he should take this undeniable improvement into account.
Yul B. Draskovic
It's best to stop lies before they spread
John Kerry lost the presidential election in 2004 because he did not promptly react to the slanders of the Swift Boaters, who somehow twisted things to make it sound like a war hero who had served his country honorably was a coward.
In today's environment of hyper-fast communications and lies that can circle the globe at the speed of light, only a fool of a politician would ignore the lies and slanders of a website whose sole purpose appears to twist the truth for partisan politicians it supports ("Website removes claims about Gatto," Oct. 28).
Mike Gatto has started a long-delayed push-back against the compulsive liars who pretend to be journalists. Good for him.