Give it a rest

I read the letter titled "Enough is enough." I could not agree with you more. This back-and-forth verbal fistfight is not only pointless and unproductive, it's frankly boring.

We all have something to say. In a polite conversation or discussion, one speaks, one listens and one waits to speak when it’s their turn. When I see a rant I pass. Rants get the writer nowhere fast and sadly they might have a valid point. But what a lot of us fellow readers hear is blah, blah, blah, or we just pass it up.

Respect is free to give. Opinions should be respected (as long as you don't beat us over the head with it). So to quote the right on letter writer "enough is enough.”

Donna Isbell

Hesperia

Plastic fantastic

The Daily Press' front-page news article ("World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan," July 20, 2017) reports that a recent study reveals that we possess enough leftover man-made plastic waste to bury Manhattan under two miles of trash.

Wow! I would like to give this idea my enthusiastic support.

Lawrence Wilson

Apple Valley

Thanks for nothing

The writer on July 18 thanks former president Barack Obama for his service. Certainly, if one sees a doubling of our national debt, from $9 trillion (which, when Mr. Obama came into office he called un-American) to $19 trillion when he left, as a benefit, well then thanks, Mr. Obama. And maybe the fact that his weak leadership reduced our former stature of strength to weakness in the eyes of other nations is seen as a benefit, our thanks go again to Mr. Obama.

Of course that threat with no teeth (don't dare cross that red line!), and his ill-advised removal of our troops from Iraq that empowered ISIS, only serves to underscore the man's innate inability to lead. For that, once again, thanks, Mr. Obama.

Far from being a force to help lead America into the future, former President Barack Obama has proven to be the one of the worst, if not the worst, president this nation has had to endure.

Mele Bond

Oak Hills

Crime/apathy in Victor Valley

I have been waiting all week for more ideas about eliminating crime in our area.

Much to my amazement, I was the only one that wrote a letter!

What is going on in the Victor Valley? Why would no one want to reduce crime? It boggles my mind to think that no one else cares to contribute the slightest suggestion to rid our cities of the criminal element.

Barricade your doors people, it is truly a jungle out there. There is a whole new world, a dangerous one.

Carol Jauregui

Victorville

Healthcare

Thank you to a writer for speaking up and applying common sense to the issue of the Obamacare mess we find ourselves in. "Repeal, don't replace," on July 23rd, was spot on. A few days ago I wrote a letter and sent it to Rep. Paul Cook, Rep. Paul Ryan, and Senator Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C.:

Repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Despite what five lunatics on the Supreme Court said, the whole thing is unconstitutional six ways to Sunday. In addition, it violates the common law principle of the right of contract. All our civil courts have always relied on this principle, and it is taught to every first-year student in law school, yet our Supreme Court Justices, even though there is a clause in the Constitution that recognizes there are rights not enumerated therein, seems to be blind to the concept of contract law.

Do not replace Obamacare. The reason healthcare is so expensive is that government has insinuated itself into every facet of it.

Get the damned government completely out of healthcare. Keep your good intentions to yourself and let us figure it out for ourselves. As Frederick Douglass said, "Do not help us! Your helping has already played the mischief with us!"

Institute legislation, such as healthcare savings accounts, purchasing insurance across state lines, etc., whatever will open the door for us to use a truly free and open market in choosing healthcare options.

Pay attention to Thomas Sowell, who said, "It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medications, and a government bureaucracy to administer it." (End of letter to D.C.)

Obama wanted single payer (socialized healthcare), but he knew the citizens of America would never stand for it. So he came up with a plan, disguised as the Affordable Care Act, which was designed to lead us into a quagmire which would have folks begging government to fix the mess, and they figured that folks would be so happy to be "saved" that they would then accept a single payer system run by government. Any attempt to fix it would still lead to single payer. A washed pig with a ribbon on it is still a pig. Everyone knows that you can't make a floor pretty by putting wax on top of the dirt and buffing it to a pretty shine, which is all Obamacare did. The wax, along with the hidden dirt underneath, must be removed completely before it can be made attractive again.

Gabriel Portillo

Hesperia

Victor Valley drivers

There is a really cool piece of equipment on your vehicle, although some of you may have not noticed. It's called a turn indicator. By activating it, this lets other drivers know which direction one is going to go. It's especially useful for those of us who are not clairvoyant.

Stop signs mean "stop," not just slow down. If you're not sure what that means, it’s the total cessation of movement.

Red left turn arrows. Yes, a red arrow means to stop, just like a regular red light. One can't ignore it because one is in a hurry.

Right turn on a red light. One must come to a complete stop, and check to make sure that it is safe to proceed, before doing so, unless there is a sign prohibiting a turn.

Solid white lines to the side of the right-hand lane. These are called "fog lines." The lane they create is not for blasting down on the right side of traffic because one is in a hurry, and doesn't want to wait for the light to change. You are not special, and you can wait like everyone else.

Thanking you in advance for obeying the traffic laws, making it safer for all drivers.

Dave Irwin

Apple Valley