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Letters to the Editor: February 21, 2014
Submitted by West Valley View on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:00am
Separation wasn’t Navy’s fault
Your staff writer Ms. Yodis makes it sound like Jacob Vasquez was ripped from his family and not allowed to see them for 6 years. This article failed to disclose that every member of the armed forces of the United States gets 30 day leave every year. Jacob could have come home for all or part of the six months worth of leave (vacation time) during his six years. He also had no expectation of being home at any other time unless conditions allowed which he knew when he enlisted.
The next exaggeration told by Ms. Yodis is that the reason he did not return home was because of the high cost of airfares. While airfare is high when traveling on commercial carriers, traveling on military carriers is free. He would have had access to this mode of transportation during his six year hitch any time he wanted it.
The next exaggeration is that he could not go home during his “several years” being stationed at Pearl Harbor. He could have had his wife and children live in Hawaii if they had wished it. While getting base housing may have been difficult, booney housing (civilian housing) was available. This goes for his posting in Nebraska as well.
The next problem with this article was that Ms. Yodis says he missed his mother’s funeral presumably due to his being in Hawaii or some other Navy posting. This is not true. It has always been the Navy’s policy to allow bereavement leave for any close relative’s death (parents, sibling, spouse or children).
I resent the implication by Ms. Yodis that the Navy caused these non-hardships. I would like to see an apology written by Ms. Yodis prominently placed on the front page in the next issue along with this letter.
Stop slaughtering ducks
I was stunned and heartbroken to learn that ducks are being drowned and killed by a local HOA. This is terribly cruel and inhumane. We attract these wonderful birds by building perfect habitat for them — beautifully landscaped lawns and ponds — and then we kill them because their poop is unsightly. Are we really so heartless and selfish? Ducks and geese are loveable birds that bring my family great joy. We love having them around. They can help teach our children compassion for wildlife. How can anyone want to kill them, especially in such a cruel way? What does that teach our children?
Let’s live in peace with the animals among us. Let’s enjoy nature rather than destroy it. Let’s realize that the value these animals bring to us greatly outweighs the minor cosmetic problems. Our lives would be happier and fuller as a result.
Impeachment is a fallacy
Every President of the United States has been asked to resign or someone wanted them to be impeached from office. It appears and I quote “cases of impeachment may be undertaken only for “treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors”
I do not know how some minds in this country think, because they never carry their thoughts any further than he should be impeached. Tell me how?
If any President could be impeached our legislators of the opposite party would have him removed long ago and this has not be done in my lifetime.
I am unhappy about so many things being done in this country as many of you are. I have never seen the hate as bad as it is today by people that want President Obama out of office, claiming everything one can think of including he only became President to ruin our great country.
Do I need to explain the working of what this would take. I jest “(Obama wakes up and calls Government Officials to discuss how to turn this country over to the Muslims or some other county.)” Think about it will you.
As long as I have been on this earth I believe that every President has had the best intentions to be the best President this county ever had. This just never works out for any of them.
Once a man is voted into this high office and since there is nothing we can do to oust him from office how about if we all try to work with him?
This does not go for you haters of the opposite party, your disillusionment with your party goes too deep keeping us at the level we have with each incoming President.
Sleep well America.
PC is nonsense
They’re at it again, those fanatical politically correct Progressives. They are hell bent on destroying anything traditional about our culture, so they can replace it with a touchy feely don’t hurt anyone’s feelings society.
It was recently reported that Senator Maria Cantwell, a State of Washington Democrat, who chairs the Senate committee of Indian Affairs, (Now there is a surprise, a Democrat from Washington state being a Progressive) wrote a letter to the NFL demanding that storied football team known as the Washington Redskins change their name because Redskins is a slur to native Americans. Senator Cantwell said the Washington Redskins are on the wrong side of history. I would suggest to Senator Cantwell that she and her fellow Progressives are the ones who are on the wrong side of history.
Which team will be next on the Progressives “to do list “? Maybe the Atlanta Braves? Got to get rid of those racist tomahawks their fans wave. The Florida State “ Seminoles”? Surely that great Seminole warrior Osceola would not approve of using the Seminoles’ name. Or maybe Senator Cantwell would like to change the New England “Patriots” name just on general principals. Patriots sounds too pro American, and might hurt the feelings of those who hate America. Why offend those who hate us? That’s not nice. What about the Chicago Blackhawks? The Blackhawks even have an Indian Head for its team logo. Sorry, I mean they have a native American’s head for a logo. Please excuse my lack of sensitivity and correctness.
I think perhaps this wanting to mess with tradition is what John Flynn was talking about in his recent letter. That thing he called a matter of degree.
A different drug problem
Reading the following brought back memories as it says: A Methamphetamine lab had been found in a farmhouse and I was asked a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”
I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday mornings, drug to church for weddings and funerals. Drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather. Drug by my ears when disrespectful. Drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds from my parents gardens and fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help some poor soul mow, repair the clothesline or chop wood, and if I ever accepted a dime tip, I was drug back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin: and if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.
God bless the parents who drugged us.
Did ducks deserve to die?
RE: “Bird Removal in Estrella Raises Questions” in the West Valley View, 14 February 2014
I was saddened to read of the slaughter of ducks in the Estrella community, not only for those beautiful innocent ducks but also because I was once again reminded that humans are capable of being so cruel.
Whatever reasoning the perpetrators had for such an act does not mitigate the callous indifference they demonstrated toward these creatures. And reasoning humans that they are, surely they can design a more humane and caring way to deal with whatever “problem” that duck overpopulation may cause.
Estrella coot removal
The Estrella Homeowners Association had gone to great lengths to get a community consensus on the coot issue. That consensus was that the coots needed to be removed. We are not talking a few birds we are talking hundreds of birds that have done extensive damage to lake parks area for months on end. They have ripped out entire sections of grass that has had to be replaced each year. The potential for pets or children getting sick, because of the dropping, is not a risk the community should have to take. Also, the coots have brought bobcats and coyotes into the park.
The HOA received the proper permitting and contracted the removal of the coots per all applicable: local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
Those of us that live in the community enjoy our wildlife, outdoor activities and lifestyle. Walking, running, or biking around the lakes should not have to include dealing with these unsanitary conditions.
The whole story of drowning the coots was inaccurate and the West Valley View in an effort to “make news” never gave the HOA sufficient time and opportunity to set the record straight. As with most of today’s media meeting a deadline is more important than accuracy.
As a reminder to those living outside of the outstanding Estrella Mountain Ranch Community, the use of the grounds is only for residents and their guests. By law, all others would be considered trespassing.
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