To The Editor,
At a time when our economy is down — jobs are being outsourced, cut back, workers don’t fit the jobs — how can Long Beach City College (LBCC) think of cutting out most of the programs that would help solve the employment problem? Our country needs auto mechanics, auto body repairmen, medical assistants and medical image technicians, carpenters, aviation maintenance workers, computer experts, etc. — everything that will help us all, while helping to relieve our terrible unemployment problem.
If the classes are “low-demand,” it is because students have no idea the classes exist, or they fear that it would take years to complete training. Why would students take out crippling loans to pay tuition for private trade schools, if they knew they could receive quality and timely vocational training through LBCC?
Many people do not see themselves as “college material” and do not want to spend years acquiring an education that has uncertain potential. They want to be financially productive as soon as possible, and they want to be skilled, and proud of what they do.
It is not right to support only traditional college courses. Preparing students for traditional college degrees will now leave them better educated, but not employed. People need vocational education, too. When it comes time to cut courses, the LBCC Board of Trustees should reconsider what goes on the chopping block.
Time To Quit
To The Editor,
After 40 years in business, I didn’t retire, I quit.
I (we, a mom and pop) received no help along the way. My business survived only by the loyalty of mu customers knowing that I was giving them an honest service, and I was always concerned in their business (if they don’t make money, I don’t make money).
Forsaking paid vacations, paid holidays, medical benefits and a pension, we did it on our own (as a brick and mortar store).
Patrick, Dorothy Coleman
DBA Pat’s Calculator Service
To The Editor,
I write to express my dismay and dissatisfaction with the way in which employees of our city carry out policies that negatively impact the quality of life for large numbers of caring citizens, and in particular residents of the area of Belmont Heights.
I refer to the construction along Livingstone Drive, east of Second Street. Without any reference to residents of the area, the city peremptorily removed a highly used pedestrian crossing including a set of stairs that has been used for generations. The adjacent bus stop and bench were also summarily removed.
A group of more than 50 residents were made aware of the problem and signed a hastily organized petition, believing the crossing at least could be saved. The stairs were demolished the very next day. Our concerns were not addressed at a recent meeting, which was timed so that persons in employment could not possibly attend, and at which a phalanx of city employees gave poor and unsatisfactory responses to our concerns.
Traffic lights at the few remaining pedestrian crossings on Livingstone Drive are not long enough for an able-bodied person to cross in one cycle, let alone a person with a walker, or in a wheelchair. And should anyone want or need to travel by bus, there are only two stops, located a distance of almost half a mile apart.
This city of yours and ours claims to care about reducing the carbon footprint of citizens. Yet it carries out a deliberate policy to reduce bus amenity, and to destroy pedestrian access for many people to the municipal pool, local businesses and to the beach. A crossing with lights at Ximeno is not a satisfactory solution to the situation. Huge sums are spent on amenities for automobiles and cyclists while the city employees demonstrate blatant unconcern for pedestrians, public transport users, and local residents in general.