Re “Coliseum ready to give USC an offer” (Dec. 6): I am a longtime USC fan and resident of Los Angeles. It is unfathomable to me that the Coliseum Commission did not jump at the USC offer. The Coliseum would be nothing without USC. No one will ever use the Coliseum in the state it is in. The only people who are about the community and area willing to foot the bill are USC alumni. The commissioners need to be realistic and consider the interest of the community rather than their personal agenda. Forget getting an NFL team. USC is our NFL team. – Nader Ghaderi AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSan Pedro MTA overstep Re “Toll roads for L.A. County?” (Nov. 30): What business is it for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to get involved in toll roads? This is Caltrans’ business. They are the experts of the California highway and free system for the public. MTA should concentrate on performing with rail transit development for the public. – Sheldon H. Walter North Hollywood Not the dark ages Gillian Gibbons, a British teacher in Sudan, was jailed for insulting Islam. It is my opinion that religions worldwide have been insulting the intelligence of the human race for more than 2,000 years, with their promises of eternal life in the mythical heaven and threats of eternal damnation in the mythical hell. Every noted writer, poet, thinker and philosopher in the past has had little or no time for this proselytizing pablum. – Alan Falconer Northridge Just $52 more? Why is it in Los Angeles that when someone wants money they always go to the property owners’ pockets to get it? I am proposing that when anyone wants that money, they go to the property owners first with a ballot. Not the homeless, renters, transients or others, but us – the property owners. I will gladly pony up if there is a majority of us voting saying yes. Otherwise stay out of my pocket. – Wynne Ritch Granada Hills Dark transparency Re “DWP’s rate hikes hit a snag” (Dec. 6): Isn’t it so telling that the decisions on the rate hikes are being pushed back until after we vote on the phone tax? Oh, the rates will increase regardless, no matter what anyone says. Eric Garcetti’s own words tell of the true intentions. He wants to create a “sense” of transparency, not true transparency. Big difference. It’s really sad that our politicians prey on the uninformed, and overtly mislead as many as they can. Remember the way they characterized the “term limits”? – Mark Armer Chatsworth At it again Our City Council is at it again, calling for a 60-day delay on water and electricity rate hikes until voters go to the polls to decide the devious telephone tax. As soon as this tax with its clever wording is voted down as well as it should be, quick as you can bat an eye the Department of Water and Power rate increase will be approved. It seems the council’s sole purpose is to figure out ways to deceive the people they are paid to represent. – Ken Thatcher Sr. Van Nuys Off the mark As a Jew, I winced when I read the letters the Daily News printed (Your opinions, Dec. 5) accusing Sharon Prefontaine of anti-Semitism for not rescheduling the state high school debate competition when it became apparent that it conflicted with Passover. It is impossible to accommodate the wishes of every minority group. If only one student had a conflict, would anyone argue that the competition should be rescheduled? Of course not. Only when the affected group is large does it become necessary to take that group’s needs into account. For example, if 40 percent of baseball players were observant Jews, I doubt that Major League Baseball would schedule World Series games on Yom Kippur. Knee-jerk accusations of anti-Semitism are off the mark. – Janet Hudson Valencia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!