Re “Mayor rates Arnold low on reform” (Nov. 1): Mayor Villaraigosa complains about Gov. Schwarzenegger and our state being “locked in budget gridlock.” What a hypocrite. Who was one of the people in charge of our state government when the politicians spent us into financial ruin? Antonio Villaraigosa. R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Role models Re “Schwarzenegger stumps for four ballot measures” (Oct. 31): Too bad that Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Republican role model was President Richard Nixon. If he had selected President Lincoln, Arnold would have understood “you can’t fool all the people, all the time.” Jerold Drucker Tarzana Libby’s sacrifice Re “Cheney aide indicted” (Oct. 29): He “has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country.” President Bush about “Scooter” Libby? Yes. But, the same thing could have been said about Bill Clinton. And the Republicans impeached and tried him for lying about a private, sexual matter. Is lying about a private, sexual matter worse than outing a covert CIA official for political “payback” purposes? I’m not sure I would propose that “turnabout is fair play,” but there is an interesting irony here. Fate, indeed, does work in strange and wondrous ways. David M. Galfond Palmdale Egregious criminal act Re “Cheney aide indicted” (Oct. 29): The outing of Valerie Plame is an egregious criminal act and the special prosecutor deserves our support in getting to the bottom of the whole sordid affair. Any spin by the administration to paint this indictment and any others that might follow as disagreements over legal technicalities is a ruse. Treason in the White House is the story line here _ plain and maybe not so simple. Brian Levy Simi Valley It is treason Re “Cheney aide indicted” (Oct. 29): The cover-up and lies by Lewis Libby are just the tip of the iceberg of the total cover-up of this current administration. The people must know that the outing of a CIA agent is more than covering up lies and the distortion of the truth, it is treason. Martin Schiechl Woodland Hills Adjusting, waffling Re “Ducking Miers fight saved Bush” (Their Opinions, Oct. 31): Rich Lowry will look at an issue and if it suits his cause, he will stand up for it, even if it means making a fool of himself. Lowry said, regarding Bush, “not to persist in an error for persistence’s sake, Bush adjusts.” He then gives some examples of Bush adjusting: The Michael Brown bonehead decision to head FEMA, and endorsing Homeland Security after opposing it. Nowhere did Lowry use the phrase “waffling” as he did regarding John Kerry in the presidential election. Any Kerry change was “waffling.” Nowhere did he give Kerry credit for a legitimate change of mind. What’s the difference, Lowry? Gene Cofsky Tarzana 30-second ads Voters need to be more sophisticated and not believe all that the Democratic Party and the unions tell them in 30-second ads. The propositions that the governor is proposing are good public policies. The arguments that the unions and Democrats are using are very shortsighted. If passed, these policies will help the state for decades, long after Gov. Schwarzenegger is gone. Carlos Valdez Van Nuys Eerie reminder The Oct. 28 photo on the front page of the Daily News graphically displayed a Palestinian with “bloodied hands.” It is an eerie reminder that Palestinian suicide bombers themselves have hands drenched with blood by committing revolting and heinous murder aimed at innocent civilians. Vernon Rusheen Woodland Hills AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!