There is no money to stop gangs, fix streets, sweep streets. How come they can come up with this kind of raise for the school board? – Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills Cop stress Re “Coping with cop stress” (Feb. 18): While a trainee at Rio Hondo Police Academy, I don’t recall any training on suicide, depression or things of that nature. No one asked, “How are you gonna feel after you shoot someone or get shot?” I remember being advised to stay in shape after we left the academy for the physical confrontation that was sure to come – the moment of truth, as it were. But there was no training on the mental or emotional side, which affects officers in their careers, or on how to handle stress. Maybe the instructors felt that what we don’t know will not hurt us. – Mike Mathis Canyon Country Not the first time Re “Bush lying – again” (Your Opinions, Feb. 20): What if some Middle East “lethal weapons” fabricator is lying – again? The prewar’s most notorious Iraqi liar about weapons of mass destruction, “Curveball,” has seemingly gotten away with it unscathed, so why wouldn’t some would-be Iranian counterpart think that the same free ride would happen to him if his own perfidious prevarications about – you got it – Iran’s weapon development and distribution patterns started Bush hellbent down the “Let’s invade another Mideast country” path as a consequence? – Harvey Pearson Los Feliz A good shave Re “Meltdown in the Valley” (Feb. 20): Britney’s recent haircut/shaving may be just that. For a cosmetologist, it is not so odd to hear clients complain of wanting to shave their heads out of frustration over their current hairstyle. Also, what people may not know is that Britney was wearing hair extensions, and for anyone who has ever worn extensions, they can become monotonous and painful over time. This may be a manifestation of a new beginning for Britney. Sometimes a good shave can be liberating. – Valerie Jackson Pasadena You asked for it If I have to look at or hear about Britney Spears or Anna Nicole Smith one more time, I am joining the Taliban (just kidding). But, seriously, with all the world problems and serious stories that don’t get coverage, why are we seeing narcissistic bimbos? They are rich, spoiled brats who don’t deserve our sympathy. And why are we seeing them? Because we ask for it, America. Wonder why the rest of the world hates us. People are starving to death, and we are contemplating whether to forgive Britney “Bimbo” Spears for not wearing panties. Grow up, America! – Craig S. Hawley Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vice president Transit Coalition The domino effect Re “600% raise for LAUSD board?” (Feb. 20): OK, they want to pay the school board members $171,000 a year. That’s as much as our do-nothing City Council members get, so they will want to get a raise above that. Then the county supervisors will want one, too. When is this political welfare program going to stop? Where is this money going to come from? Take a guess – that’s right, from taxpayers. Re “Freeways run short of funds” (Feb. 20): Why are we wasting our breath on a solution that will get congested the moment it is built? What should be looked at is building a rail corridor as an alternative to the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass to get between the isolated islands of the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport. Imagine the Purple Line. Once it reaches UCLA/Westwood, it turns northward through the pass, reaching Sherman Oaks from Wilshire Boulevard in under eight minutes. Then this line continues through the growing Valley down Van Nuys Boulevard, finally giving the Valley the additional mass transit it needs instead of another Curitiba Busway. – Jerard Wright
Pumas v América Pumas UNAM vs. Club America: Live stream, team news, kick-off time, & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:57 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Schemidt Pumas v América Liga MX América Pumas Both Mexico City clubs are undefeated heading into Sunday’s Clasico Capitalino Two of Liga MX’s most famous teams, Pumas and Club America, play their first rivalry match in 2018 and both are off to strong starts.Pumas sit atop the table with two wins in two matches but will face a big test against America, which also is undefeated after a win over Queretaro and last weekend’s draw with Pachuca. The Mexico City clubs each are eager to prove to their fans and themselves that the hot start was no fluke. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Pumas vs Club America Date Sunday, January 21 Time 1 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Watch Monterrey vs. Club Tijuana live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Pumas players Goalkeepers Saldivar, Magana, Castillo Defenders Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Mendoza, Fuentes, Garcia, Jaquez, Gonzalez Midfielders Escamilla, Cabrera, Gonzalez, Jurado, Zamudio, Gallardo, Diaz, Calderon, Formica Forwards Barrera, Guerron, Alustiza, Figueroa, Asprilla, Acosta, Castillo Alejandro Arribas came out of Pumas’ win over Atlas with a knock but has been training this week. Potential starting XI: Saldivar; Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Fuentes; Cabrera, Diaz; Barrera, Alustiza, Gallardo; Castillo Position Club America players Goalkeepers Marchesin, Pineda, Jimenez Defenders Vargas, Alvarez, Aguilera, Valdez, Aguilar, Cedillo Midfielders Rodriguez, Da Silva, Uribe, Dominguez, Corona, Arce, Orrantia, Paredes, Ibarra, Lainez Forwards Romero, Marin, Diaz, Martin, Peralta, Quintero Right back Paul Aguilar is out because of a left hamstring injury that took him out of the match with Pachuca while William Da Silva’s leg infection has not cleared up enough for the Brazilian to get into the squad.Jeremy Menez is eligible to make his Aguilas debut, but the Frenchman likely will come off the bench rather than debut as a starter.Potential starting XI: Marchesin; Alvarez, Valdez, Aguilera, Vargas; Ibarra, Rodriguez, Uribe, Dominguez; Peralta, MartinGAME PREVIEW For the first time in several meetings, the Clasico Capitalino feels important again.Pumas have struggled in recent tournaments but are off to a fast start under manager David Patino.Nicolas Castillo’s four goals is tied for the most in Liga MX at this young stage, and the Chilean has helped reignite a Pumas attack that had stagnated.Now, Pumas come in having scored three goals in each of their matches this season, scoring three unanswered in a furious Jornada 1 rally to beat Pachuca and dominating Atlas 3-1 last week. America made several moves in the offseason to improve its attack including bringing in French striker Jeremy Menez and Colombian winger Andres Ibuarguen. It was a Mexican strike partnership that helped the team earn a 2-2 draw with Pachuca as Henry Martin scored his second goal of the season and Oribe Peralta added another.Historically, America has the edge. Pumas haven’t beaten America since the 2015 Apertura and America manager Miguel Herrera has a seven-match winning streak as America coach against Pumas between his two spells at the club. But Pumas look to be a strong side who will fight to reverse that trend and stay atop the table.