Re “Federal appellate panel a judicial joke” (Their Opinions, April 11): As general counsel for the L.A. Police Protective League, Hank Hernandez should applaud, not ridicule the presiding judge (Fisher v. City of San Jose) for overturning an erroneous jury verdict and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding that ruling. Buying two 12-packs of beer and drinking them at home (even if it gets you intoxicated) is not illegal. Cleaning your legally owned guns at home is not illegal. Being confronted by a swarm of armed peace officers demanding unlawful orders (no warrant) under color of authority is protected under the U.S. Constitution, despite Hernandez’s opinion. On rare occasions, the 9th Circuit gets it right. – William E. Rush Woodland Hills Where’s their apology? Re “Duke lacrosse players innocent of all charges” (April 12): Don’t you think that the activists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should now issue an apology to these men? If I remember right, they were on air expressing their anger and lies on this incident, which turned out to be false. I think at the very least they should offer apologies. – Mark Gilbert Palmdale The Irish example Re “Paper or plastic or what else for L.A.?” (April 11): When I was visiting Ireland a few years ago, I was surprised when I bought a few groceries, and they charged 10 cents for each plastic bag used to carry them home. When I asked the reason, the checker said no one throws them away now so the countryside stays plastic-free. If there is one flying around, it is soon picked up and turned in – 10 bags, one dollar. This may be a simple solution to landfills with plastic and ugly trash lying around. – Irma Ajhar Chatsworth One with handles Re “Paper or plastic or what else for L.A.?” (April 11): My only objection to paper bags only at the grocery store is that most of the stores only have paper bags without handles. I live in a condo and I have to carry my groceries up to my condo and that is hard to do with a bag that has no handles. If they do away with the plastic bags, could they require the grocery stores to provide paper bags with handles? – Pat Meiner Canoga Park Be offended Let us hope that Don Imus’ vile use of what has become everyday language opens up discourse among all communities that characterizations like this are unacceptable. It takes public outcry to make changes to the norm. We cannot be biased and say the same phraseology and worse when used by one segment of the population is acceptable and glorified in music, videos, film and TV with awards ceremonies, but begets beheadings when another segment of the population uses the same words. No matter what your religion, ethnicity or orientation, be offended and by all means keep it out of your own vocabulary. – Doug McNeely Reseda Bicyclists The increased number of bicyclists on Roscoe Boulevard from Van Nuys Boulevard to Reseda Boulevard has frightened drivers as the bike riders all are on the sidewalk whizzing by pedestrians and blowing through pedestrian crosswalks at more than 10 mph. I almost hit a person traveling across the pedestrian crosswalk at more than 15 mph as I was making a right turn. We need bicycle lanes now. We need police to inform all bicyclists that the sidewalk is for pedestrians. – Lorraine Stewart Panorama City Great news! The father of Anna’s baby has been determined. Now will everyone please sit down and shut up! – Bob Peppermuller North Hollywood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!