The toll in Bell

Los Angeles Times - - Opinion -

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.”

Christo­pher Nut­ter

Corona

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?

Robert Ban­ning

Pasadena

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