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Letters to the Editor - January 11, 2017
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:00am
All gas in U.S. is unleaded
Gas stations advertise “unleaded” and “premium” gas? This seems rather silly. All gasoline sold in the United States is “unleaded”. By 1996 the United States had fully phased out “leaded” gasoline. I realize there are various octane ratings. However, all octane ratings are still “unleaded”. Consequently why don’t gas stations just advertise by octane ratings, and that they also supply diesel fuel as applicable?
Original intent (EC1)
Now that the actual presidential election has been held (on December 19th), it’s time to address some of the uninformed comments about the Electoral College expressed here in the weeks before. Because this will take several Letters, I ask people to wait till I’m done before replying.
Why do we have an Electoral College at all? What was the “Original Intent” of the Founders when they created it? We don’t have to guess, since they told us! The Federalist Papers (literally a series of “letters to the editor”) were written by three of the Founders (who helped write the Constitution) for the very purpose of convincing Americans to support and ratify it. The Papers plainly state what the Founders had in mind.
In Paper #68, Alexander Hamilton observed that the President should be chosen according to “the sense of the people”. But that didn’t mean the people would directly make that choice. Instead, they would vote for a group of Electors, who would then make the decision on behalf of the people! (Much as Congress makes decisions as to our laws on our behalf — in theory anyway.)
It’s important to note that the Electors were to use their independent judgment in making that choice, and not simply, slavishly, follow the vote in their State (let alone the vote in the entire nation). The decision was to be based on their analysis of what was needed in a President, and was to be the product of their deliberation, which was to be conducted in a judicious manner.
John Jay (in Paper #64) also emphasized that the members of the Electoral College, rather than the voters, would decide who’d be President. That’s why the College exists.
P.S. — There’s more, some of which will be in on-line Comments accompanying these Letters.
Gordon P.R. Posner
Don’t blame progressives
Roy Azzarello characterizes Progressives as the problem with this country in his 12/28 letter. He criticizes our core values, says we control the Democratic Party (citing Clinton, Obama, and Pelosi), and he objects to protests of trump.
Historically, Progressives have fought for things like ending slavery, weekends, Social Security, overtime, and equal rights. Currently we’re fighting for things like ending endless wars, a living wage, the right to healthcare, keeping our environment safe for our kids, and ending money’s influence in elections. Trump even ran to the left of Clinton on military intervention, trade, and banking reforms. So what’s wrong with our values? The vast majority of Americans agree with them.
Obama, Hillary, and Pelosi aren’t Progressives. They support more war, fracking, TPP and unlimited bribes/donations. Hillary ran to the center and tried to get moderate Republicans, not Progressives. Obama’s signature Obamacare was a conservative Heritage Foundation idea. It required that we all pay insurance companies without a control on cost. If Progressives controlled the DNC, Bernie Sanders surely would’ve been our next President.
Republicans questioned Obama's citizenship/legitimacy from day one. They protested and said many of the same things Hillary supporters are saying. McConnell vowed to obstruct Obama from day one and they did. Instead of fixing Obamacare, Republicans tried to repeal it more than 60 times. They shut down the government to protect tax cuts for the rich. And what did Obama do? He folded and made Bush tax cuts permanent, not Progressive.
So don’t blame Progressives for the Democratic Party. Our Party is ran by corporatists like your’s (see trump’s cabinet). Every year no matter what side wins, the people lose. Because when we lose, donors win. We have to come together on shared values and reject the false dichotomy of two corrupt parties.
View loses reader over letter
Yes, thank you for showing your real color with your “Trump and Nikki Haley” letter to the editor. Your attempt to make america great again by allowing men to relive the area or dearm of one to come when women were seen as objects to grab! Your viewpoint choice is as disgusting as the man who said it! You’ve lost a reader — believe it or not I’m a woman who can read! And decide to not spend my dollars in any of your advertisers stores.
Obama never cared about us
Patriotism is wonderful but should not be excessive or more important than international considerations. I’ll grant you, for years under Obama, we’ve been the forgotten people. Now Obama’s first lady voiced, all have lost hope?? Liberals wear blinders! The very air is electric with positive vibes, from everyone we encounter.
The very people who fawned over the unqualified acorn coordinator Mr President Obama actors, progressive professors, democrats, wore blinders to be pressured by the white house to change the Electoral Vote under the premise Trump is unqualified to be president. Thankfully it failed. I hate to deflate your libido, Mr President Obama, but you would not have won a third term.
President Obama missed 70% of his advisory intelligence meetings except when it was with his Sheiks. I’m sure his last meeting involved his traitorous action (The insult to us and punishing our Ally Israel).
Obama’s interest was never with our people. His fixation was on Nationalizing America and all our resources our land, waterways and seas thru the EPA government, then Globalization thru the United Nations which he, Obama, hoped to be a power within at our expense.
Have you given more thought to all those attacks on our people? All Muslims involved were in security job positions (the throat cutter, San Bernardino, the Florida slaughter and etc); Placing Muslims in Security positions is questionable at a time when turbulent hatred for Christians and Jews were being slaughtered in their countries of origin. Many were placed in these positions over Americans.
There was another betrayal 2000 years ago and hear O Israel, millions hearkened to his teaching. Israel’s heart belongs to those millions also.
The prestigious and renown Jewish organization, Simon Wiesenthal Center, stated that the recent US abstention from a recent vote against Israeli settlements at the UN Security Council topped its list of top 10 antisemitic and anti-Israel cases. They further stated that the vote was facilitated by President Obama which the Israeli government says they have “iron clad” proof of.
Secretary of State John Cary in a recent pathetic speech tried to give reasons for this dramatic shift in historical US policy that defended Israel’s possession of land obtained in the defensive Six Day War of 1967. His speech was essentially a diatribe against Israeli policy and Israeli government. This obsessive concern about new Israeli settlements was just an excuse for President Obama’s real desire to implement a two-state solution that would force Israel to give back land that would undermine it’s national security.
The two-state solution proposed by President Obama is in reality a blueprint for Israel’s destruction. It allows for a hostile nation, consisting of the West Bank and Gaza, to be essentially formed within Israel’s borders. It demands that East Jerusalem, site of the sacred Western Wall and holy Temple Mount, be the new capital of the State of Palestine. It makes no mention that Hamas, a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel’s annihilation, controls Gaza and has never indicated any departure from it’s goal of Jewish genocide. It makes no demands on Palestinians to stop teaching their children to hate Jews and to stop honoring and rewarding terrorists who kill innocent women and children.
Until the Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist, stop conducting terrorist attacks, and cease preaching hatred toward Israel, peace will be impossible.
Avondale P.D. is the best
Our Avondale Police Officers are one of the finest. My husband and I are foster parents of an ADHD child and were not quite prepared for some of the violence that we encountered when he first came into our home. Once, we had to call the police because he was throwing objects at us and we could not get him to calm down. Officer Eric Lady responded to the call. He was able to calm him down. He encouraged us to be patient with him, explaining that he understood what it was like for a child to be destabilized and living with strangers. He offered to reward our son with a visit to the police station upon good behavior. Our son actually wants to be police officer, so that offer made a huge impact on him. The next month, there was peace in our home, he was a model child. We visited Avondale Police station and we had a blast. He was treated like royalty and was showered with a lot of presents. I was so impressed by the visit. I have never experienced such goodness from police officers. Officer Eric continued the conversation by checking on our child and promised more rewards for good behavior.
Long story cut short, our son has improved a lot! He won a Principal award for honors in all subjects and we are in the process of adopting him. Thanks to the kind intervention of Officer Eric who went beyond the call of duty to help our child. To all the police officers at Avondale — Kathy Lanieri, the Chief Officer, who talked to him, encouraged and made him feel like one of them. You are the best!
A foreign government interferes in an American election. Congress, the CIA, and the FBI all review the evidence and agree; it’s Putin and Russia. Only Trump disagrees, and he has no support for his doubts. All he can see is how this impacts the perception of HIS election result. He wants us all to just move on, and can’t even be bothered to be briefed about it until after his vacation. Then we have Trump surrogates stating that Obama’s timing in taking action against Russia is suspicious. Really? Didn’t Russia/Putin choose the timing when they did a hack and leaks right before the election? Mitch McConnell and company refused a bipartisan announcement or actions until after the election. They’ve known about the hacking almost as long as Obama. No one is mentioning that timing. This week Russian malware was found in a computer of a small utility company. What if it found its way into a major power grid? Given the implications, how could Trump still be crushing on Putin?! All Americans should be considered — no matter what party they belong to, or if they belong to no party at all. Looking at everything in terms of how it impacted his election is unserious, un-presidential and shallow.
Reader is right
Marge Meggers hit the nail on the head (Parents on Naughty List, letter to West Valley View, dated December 21, 2016). She mentioned attending an elementary school program to watch her grandson. During the program the parents in attendance behaved like noisy spoiled brats (my description). Well Marge, it does not, I repeat, does not get any better. I worked at a high school and after twenty-eight graduation ceremonies and countless requests for the audience to be respectful towards each other and the graduates, it didn’t work, no matter the make up of the audience. I came to the conclusion that in most cases, the parents were so shocked that their “little darling” graduated, they couldn’t hold back their enthusiasm, forcing the rest of us to endure.
While attending my daughter’s college graduation, I almost came to fisticuffs with a gentleman sitting in front of me that would not stop talking or sit down so that I could watch my daughter walk across the stage to get her diploma. Of course, his child had already walked across the stage so he could care less about anyone else.
Once upon a time, a pastor at my church commented at a Sunday service. He said, “Crying, talking and misbehaving children are like good intentions. They should be carried out immediately.” If we could just apply that little bit of wisdom to unruly parents.
So, Marge, brace yourself for the future. It sounds like you have a lot of school programs, graduations, and other ceremonies in your future. Good luck!
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