Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Before I begin my praise on a wonderful online section, I really have to comment on the La Verne Police Department [“City offers warning, not welcome,” Sept. 15]. It seems that once again those officers trained to “serve and protect” have let the resort that is the La Verne city limits bore them to find activities-such as parking enforcement-to justify their paychecks. And yes, it is a resort, ask Christian Slater.

I can’t believe the power play the coppers and the City continue to use against the University and its students year in and year out. One year, the “powers that be” add 20-minutes spots; the next, it’s a permit parking; the year after that, a sign that reads “Parking Laws Strictly Enforced.” Call me crazy, La Verne, but the cat has already been let out of the bag on that one – everyone is already fully aware of the legend of the Parking Police.

I think what that flashing sign really signifies is the giant ego that swells from that department. Maybe the officer with the most parking tickets and/or speeding tickets at the end of the month gets a gold star on his locker or a 12-month subscription to the jelly donut of the month club.

Anyway, fight the power.

E.I.C. Brice Nixon has overlooked a great issue, and it was great to see him continue the tradition of writing sports columns. I also enjoyed reading Ryan MacDonald’s coverage of Orientation – at least one of those MacDonald boys can handle good, hard news.

For the La Verne football team: Good luck against Azusa Pacific and for the entire year. It’s wonderful that the roster is approaching the century mark; that’s what college football is all about-intimidation with numbers.

I’ll end this mission statement with a suggestion for all University of La Verne students who wish to avoid parking tickets with ease – park your car in a garage. I’ve been parking in my garage for the first week and a half of the academic year, and the La Verne police have yet to catch me for a parking violation. However, I’m graduated and live in Azusa … but I still don’t put it past those enforcers.

Greg MacDonald
Class of 2000
via email

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