Also the Los Angeles Police Department from West Valley and the firemen from Roscoe Boulevard were also so kind. I may look like a very tired bloodhound right now, but I am a very grateful one. – Carol Mallonee Woodland Hills Wildlife threat Re “Protection for mountain areas OK’d by House” (Dec. 5): Lisa Friedman’s article about the Rim of the Valley Study Act identifies yet another reason why Las Lomas, a massive 555-acre, 5,500 unit development proposed at the junction of Interstate 5 and State Route 14, should be stopped. Along with the negative impacts on traffic, air quality and infrastructure, Las Lomas would jeopardize the same wildlife corridor that the Rim of the Valley Study Act will help protect. The Federal Rim of the Valley legislation seeks to secure an important Los Angeles County wildlife corridor. Each of the 326 Congress members who overwhelmingly passed this legislation need to know that the proposed development endangers the same priceless natural resources they voted to guard from municipal encroachment and urban sprawl. – Andrew G. Fried Agua Dulce Not mainstream Re “Romney addresses Mormonism, more” (Dec. 7): Mitt Romney said, “Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.” Huh? Apparently Romney, the flip-flopping prophet of GOP profit, doesn’t understand the U.S. Constitution or that the U.S. is still a secular nation with freedom of religion. Romney is trying to convince the far-right Christians that he would continue to carry on President Bush’s intolerance, torture, war, greed and the abandonment of the poor, the middle class, the law and the Constitution. Bush’s far-right Christians and the Cheney/Rove neocons have never represented mainstream American values. – Jerold Drucker Tarzana Paul’s the man Re “Ending war will take courage” (Dec. 9): Walter Cronkite and David Krieger correctly argue that the Iraq war has eroded our rights, and we should bring our troops home now. A “conservative” presidential candidate, Ron Paul, has also opposed the Iraq war from Day One. He opposes the Patriot Act attack on the Bill of Rights, and opposes preemptive wars against countries that are no threat to us. I urge you to remember Dec. 15, the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, and register as a Republican so you can vote for Ron Paul on Feb. 5. – Bruce K. Bell Moorpark Shameful act Condoleezza Rice shames both Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks by sponsoring a so-called Mideast Peace Conference at Annapolis, but barring Israeli Jews from entering through the same door as Arabs – when Jews were foremost in fighting for the rights of African-Americans. – Aaron L. Kolom Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Animal deaths rise in L.A. shelters” (Dec. 7): The article provides a reasonably fair snapshot of how our animal care centers increasingly try to meet the challenge of treating injured or ill animals. Except for one important thing: outrageous allegations by a couple of activists that a substantial, though unspecified, number of dogs are dying because of fighting and/or illness due to overcrowded conditions. One blatantly false claim is that there are eight or 10 or 12 dogs in a cage. This charge can be immediately refuted by simply walking through any one of our six centers. Animal Services has implemented a program of “secret shoppers” to inspect all six centers and never once has a shopper found more than five small dogs in a kennel run, and almost always far fewer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIf more than a handful of dogs have died as a result of fighting in our kennels over the past two years, I have yet to see any documented evidence, and that’s out of more than 47,000 that we have cared for during that time. – Ed Boks General manager, Los Angeles Department of Animal Services Thanks to all On Nov. 30, I was involved in an accident at Victory Boulevard and Woodlake Avenue at about l0:30 a.m. I suffered a concussion and was a little “fluffy,” but I would like to thank the two ladies who stopped, contacted my family and stayed with me.