Cigars, anyone?

The crude remarks by Donald Trump only reminds me of Jack Kennedy (Marilyn Monroe and others), his brother Teddy (Chappaquiddick), Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King and Bill Clinton (blue dress and cigars, assault). Now those men were certainly respectful of women and retained their jobs.

I also remember the dust up regarding George Bush and whether or not he used marijuana. President Obama wrote a autobiographical account that revealed his was a child of the '60s and no angel. Double standard.

This diversion is just that. To suggest Trump should step down is ridiculous. Look in the mirror before throwing stones at glass houses. I will.always vote for crude over corruption.

Nancy Oswald

Silver Lakes

Sending a message

After the performance of our two presidential candidates over the past few months, up to and including Sunday, Oct. 9's debate, I can't imagine myself voting for either. Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have demonstrated that they aren't up to the job either. It seems that I have a few choices: hold my nose and vote for one of the two major candidates — not an option, don't cast a vote for president, or come up with another way to send a message.

Both candidates have major liabilities. I have been told that it would be foolish to "throw my vote away" by casting it for someone who can't win. In life we have to make decisions based on our moral and ethical beliefs — to take a stand that the direction of politics in our incredible country has gone far astray. While my vote may not elect the next POTUS, it will and must reflect my personal beliefs and values.

So, who to vote for? I will be writing in the name of the vice presidential candidate of the party I support — in this case the Republican or Libertarian party. I would urge all who are as distressed as me to do the same. Write in the name of the VP candidate of your party of choice. Send a message to the two major political parties that you are tired of the corruption, political favoritism, and that our system must change if we hope to regain our position as leaders in this world.

Gordon Soholt


What has happened?

Remember when planes would seed the clouds and we would have rain? Remember when the Indian tribes would perform their rain dances? Now, when we desperately need the rain, I long for those days when they did that. And it worked!

As I am one-fourth Cherokee, I perform the rain dance and the chant in my kitchen, but it doesn’t work!

Perhaps I’m not Indian enough.

Doris E. Gill


Why Trump?

Trump is the rebellion of everyday people against the elitist academics and politicians' heavy handed use of politically correct speech. These elitists know that they are morally and intellectually superior to everyone else. Our media is working hand in hand with the liberal Democrats. Control what people say and you control what they think. Be sure to belittle those that you cannot bully. This pertains especially to those in "fly over" country. After all the have-not had the benefit of Ivy League colleges and the socialist education they impose on their students. These unwashed masses do not understand the importance of "trigger warnings," "safe spaces" and "fair trade" coffee.

Obamacare is spiraling to its death, the Mideast is in shambles with Russia making a bid to take over in Syria and China is attempting to take over large areas of the South China Sea. Yet we have Trump's 11-year-old comments ruling the news cycle. Men and women trash talk when they think they are in a safe place. Yes, women trash talk, I have been present on several occasions and heard what women say and they are just as bad as men.

Trump is the answer to elitist and intellectuals who have done more to divide the races in the last eight years than we have seen is several decades. They also belittle patriotism and those who believe that this country is exceptional. The black population is being slowly suppressed by the very people that claim they want to help them. The Democrats must keep the minorities just poor and undereducated enough so they cannot move up. After all, if the left does not have victims, they do not have voters.

Remember, vote for freedom and opportunity will be there for those who will put in the work to achieve success! Be loyal to your country, not the government.

James Jacobs

Apple Valley

Where's the money gone?

I don't understand the Fire Protection District (Apple Valley Fire). They have been receiving money for years from a tax that was passed almost 20 years ago. Yet they have closed three stations while still receiving our tax money, now they want more tax dollars and they say they will open up the closed stations.

What are you doing with the money we have been paying you for these stations to be open? And now you want us to pay almost double what we have paid for years in a tax and you will reopen the stations?

This makes no sense to me. Where is the surplus of money beside lining your pockets?

Randy Kluey

Apple Valley

Owes everything to shelter

Before I came to A Better Way (Domestic Violence Shelter), I was in a bad situation. I had two kids and I was 7 months pregnant. I was trapped and had no family and no way out. I was scared. I needed help.

When no one else was there, A Better Way was. I got to A Better Way with a bag of bleached clothes and house-shoes with holes in the bottom; while with A Better Way I learned so much, I learned what was acceptable, how to be treated, I learned how to set boundaries and about red flags so I don’t end up back in a similar situation.

My kids and I not only have a home with new things, but we’re now safe and are learning to bond and live a violence-free life. We owe everything to A Better Way for our new lives and a second chance.


High Desert

Note: Name withheld to protect this victim of domestic violence.