You take a chance with your vote


Well the big day for the voters is just around the corner. Voting isn't for some people because they don't want to take the time to participate. Others have lost their privileges to vote or never had it. So it comes down to the rest of us to get out there and take care of business. How you vote isn't my business or anyone else's, that's why it's such a gift made possible so many years ago.


Now I know we have heard so many times from the mouths of those running that "change" will come if we vote for them. Truth is "change" will happen no matter whom we vote into office. Change will happen even if some retain their office. Change is just a natural thing associated with new faces or new conditions.


The thought I have is we are playing with "chance" more than change. We're talking a chance on whomever we pick. We are expected to think that all the smiling faces in the media and flyers sent to our homes means this is the right person to choose. Remember if you didn't grow up with them, have them as a coworker, neighbor, or relative, then you don't really know them. You're taking a chance on the publicity others have put together to sell them. If we could know how the person was from 12 years old to 30 then we probably would have a better idea of the type person they are. Did they work a paper route or were they a couch potato? Did they do their own homework or did they pay someone to do it for them?


Did they make it through college the first time at the door or did they have to come back later after the partying was over and get serious? Did they serve our country and stand up for Old Glory?


So, I like you, will use some other formula and made a choice. When it comes to all the propositions , well the only one I know how I will vote on is dealing with marijuana. It's a big no for me. They can't offer compelling reason for me to ruin the health and well-being of our people. See you at the polls.


Ron Paddack, Barstow


 


New Yermo shopping center a bad idea


Well now in this depression time, it's another pie in the sky scheme.


In Yermo near Irwin Road, we have another shopping mall planned. Right in the middle of turtle habitat. This will cause 20 auto wreaks a year, as it is right on a turn to I-15 and the Irwin traffic is thick and way too fast. There is no level land and will require destroying 40 acres of hills and canyons. What will happen when we get a hard rain? What will they use for sewage? This is all up stream of the entire Yermo valley supply.


When a Nevada company wanted to build a tract of new homes in Yermo the county said no unless they put in a sewer treatment plant. Now this shopping mall, truck stop, cafe's, etc., directly up stream from the town. Where will they get their water? Both Yermo and Daggett can't supply it. Plus it will destroy the view of the entire area.


Joe Golden, Yermo