Re: “Celebrities compete to sway state” (Oct. 14): If one attends a movie, does that make them an actor? Apparently so. California actors are qualified to become politicians, if they played the part of a politician, read for the part of a politician or thought about reading for the role of a politician. Our current governor played the part of a fireman and that made him a comrade in arms with firefighters. Maybe we should have one more elected official, a real politician as the stunt double. They have a place for actors/politicians, the cutting-room floor. – Gary E. Skogen Littlerock And, a group must begin a fourth petition attempt to restore the cross to the county seal because not enough of us have the guts to stand up to three cowardly county supervisors. Note to all L.A. Jews: The ACLU will be after you next for the Department of Transportation’s accommodation of your High Holy Days when it comes to altering crosswalk signals. – Dink O’Neal Burbank Foxy maneuver Re: “Prop. 77: Races would be more competitive” (Oct. 14): Gerrymander: Arrangement of political districts to give one political party an unfair advantage in elections. According to Harrison Sheppard’s Oct. 13 article: “The California 23rd Congressional District is 200 miles long and 5 miles wide.” Until now redistricting has been the responsibility of the California Legislature, a predominantly Democrat group. Seems like the fox has been guarding the chickens. – William H. Link Northridge Extremists Re: “The rest of us” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): Geri A. Mellgren-Kerwin seems to believe that I speak for only conservative extremists when I stated the idea that maybe the American people would rather have a conservative “imbecile as president” (for two terms) instead of another liberal extremist the likes of Al Gore or John Kerry. Well, Mellgren-Kerwin has omitted the fact that an American majority elected President Bush, not just conservative extremists. Of course when you’re as far to the left as she obviously is, anyone near the middle must surely look like a conservative extremist. – Scott Hewes Castaic Change from within Re: “Right to choose” (Your Opinion, Oct. 13): Extending the logic behind Bill Zelenka’s statement, “If you don’t believe in something, you should not be forced to pay for it,” how about the percentage of my taxes which fund the Defense Department and, by extension, the war in Iraq? What is the Defense share of our federal budget, somewhere around 50 percent? I would hope he would back me if I chose to withhold the correct percentage of my taxes, and specify to the IRS that my deduction is to be withheld from support for the war. However, I think the solution is for those public-employee union members who favor Prop. 75 ought to run for union leadership positions, and make the changes they seek from within, not seek the $70 million special-election route. This stinks. – Arnie Moore Sherman Oaks 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week No religious test? Re: “Bush defends injecting religion into Miers choice” (Oct. 13): Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust.” But Bush continues to pander dangerously to evangelical extremists about Harriet Miers’ as-yet unproven qualifications. No litmus test, huh, President Bush? – Mike Laskavy Oak Park State of society The Oct. 12 front page summarizes the sad state of society: Eric Boden is offered a plea-bargained sentence of less than one year. Note to cowardly Deputy D.A. Robert Foltz: Boden’s DUI actions killed a 7-month-old baby. L.A.’s archdiocese trickles out sanitized personnel records for some, but not all, of its priests/workers accused of pedophilia. Note to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony: The victims here were children.