The toll in Bell
Re “Bell leaders hauled off in cuffs,” Sept. 22
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called the case unfolding in Bell an example of “corruption on steroids.”
The defendants stand accused of essentially raiding the town, using various tricks to enhance their already grotesque salaries. Each act of official malfeasance weakens the city, the state and the nation just as much as the death of a soldier or police officer.
I propose that we meet this egregious case with the equivalent “justice on steroids.”
The political hacks who are so energetically beating up on the Bell officials have been standing by for ages while this went on. Only when The Times slapped it on the front page did they wake up.
William A. Pace
Rolling Hills Estates
The Times is to be congratulated on its coverage of the Bell fiasco. You uncovered the story in the summer and, more important, followed it up to what could be a satisfactory conclusion. The outcome will depend on the citizens of Bell; will they now assume responsibility for governing themselves?