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The Bottom Line: Educate the Children

The quasi-censuring editorial "Sad Day for US Education," Feb. 2, appears to ignore some seemingly vital issues. First, a person of Bill Honig's intellect must have known that his acts were either illegal or at least highly questionable. Second, had the judge ruled as "admissible" the evidence of Mr. Honig's motives and of the financial benefits resulting from his errant actions, wouldn't this acquiesce to the dubious theory that the end justifies the means?

And finally, reform or not, the worth of any educational system has to be measured not in its innovative nature but in the education of the children of California. Sadly, the statistics indicate that SAT scores have made little progress out of their dismal abyss during Honig's eight years, despite the unparalleled dollar-to-student expenditures of his tenure. Roscoe S. Hungett Jr., Gold River, Calif. Transportation for the '90s

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Regarding the front-page article "L.A. Residents Jam New Subway, But Some Call It a `White Elephant,' " Feb. 8: If Los Angeles can build a successful subway system, there is hope for other cities. The Detroit metropolitan area is even more dependent on automobile transportation than Los Angeles, and the results have been devastating to our community. With no public rail or subway transportation and only minimal bus services, car ownership has become a virtual necessity for employment. Unfortunately, 35 p ercent of Detroit city residents do not have transportation to get to suburban jobs.

In addition to reducing pollution, rail systems save billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on car maintenance, fuel, insurance, litigation, road construction, and parking facilities. More important, the fact that automobile accidents kill nearly 50,000 Americans each year shows that we need safer alternatives to driving.

The Los Angeles subway is a necessary investment in sensible transportation. Steven J. Philips, Royal Oak, Mich.

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