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Dear Editor,

Kudos to those who write letters and express their opinions to the Long Beach public and to our public officials — especially the mayor and local councilperson.

Larry Wright expressed exactly what we have been thinking regarding scooters but have not made the time or effort to write. Maria LaDuca and Mark Meglothern expressed valid observations about the problems with the Broadway "road diet" and the justification local police action in the May 23 edition of the Grunion Gazette.

We all need to let our elected officials know how we feel about our local issues. The more public comments and private communications, the more we may have some influence on what is happening in our city and in our neighborhoods.

Jim, Toni Morford

Long Beach

Shore Business

Dear Editor,

Well, while walking down Second Street the other day, I noticed another shuttered storefront. Who knew?

Belmont Shore is starting to look like downtown Detroit. While navigating between the ever-increasing homeless population and dog poop on the sidewalk and increasing graffiti on abandoned newspaper racks, I began to think.

Take the Acapulco Inn (when will the truth come out on that?), Baja (Fish) Taco and Belmont Shore Pizza — property owners own the properties outright for years. They don’t care about the economic downturn in our community.

2nd & PCH is coming. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Residential property values are next.

Jerry Aldini

Belmont Shore

Letters Policy

Gazette Newspapers encourages letters to the editor, and will try to print all letters received. Submission of letters constitutes permission to publish in both the print and online versions of Gazette Newspapers.

Please keep in mind that letters to the editor are the opinions of the authors, and in no way represent the views of the staff of Gazette Newspapers. Readers should also not assume letters are statements of fact. The editorial staff will attempt to verify or correct purported facts in letters when possible.

Letters should be 300 words or less, and may be edited for taste or space considerations. We will not print letters that may be libelous or slanderous, or letters sent to other publications. Letters must be signed, and must include the author’s address and the telephone number (for verification only).

Email letters to editor@gazettes.com or mail them to 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803.

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