Ignoring the will of people

The Apple Valley Town Council ignored the obvious will of the people and kept deliveries of marijuana illegal, thus denying access to the medicine of choice for the vast majority of people that spoke at Tuesday night’s Council meeting, ignoring the desperate and teary-eyed pleas of several of the senior citizens who explained how medical marijuana helps those that are unable to be helped by opiates. Even the major opponent of marijuana admitted that marijuana does help people suffering from epileptic seizures.

But, the Council again decides what is best for the people despite the obvious support for medical marijuana deliveries to the patients residing in Apple Valley. And the Council heard a presentation by a supposed expert who presented numerous laughable statistics as demonstrated by the laughter that resounded throughout the chambers frequently while he spoke. That presenter made it sound like everyone that uses pot becomes schizophrenic or indulges in criminal behavior, in direct opposition to the fact that 7,000 people attended a “Hash Festival” over three days in Victorville recently that resulted in not one arrest nor medical emergency of any kind, much to the chagrin of people like Angela Valles that deem marijuana to be an evil rather than a beneficial substance.

Isn’t the purpose of the Town Council to facilitate the wishes of the people? It seems as though the Apple Valley Town Council’s desire is to keep their thumb on their constituents in order to dictate behavior on something that the people of California voted favorably on 20 years ago: medical marijuana.

Isn’t democracy supposed to be for the people? Apparently not in Apple Valley, as 80 percent of the people spoke in favor of, and in need of, allowing access to medical marijuana in our town, yet the Council denies it. Why?

Put it to a vote of the people, please.

Jim Blackburn

Apple Valley

Hillary's grueling schedule

I make no excuses, watch Special Report each day on Fox News and in an hour get a good comprehensive news account from Washington, D.C. The hour wraps up each day with a political discussion by a variety of Washington journalists and commentators. The fair and balanced has always been pretty good, maybe a little to the Conservative (I like that) but of late, we are seeing changes, even with Charles Krauthammer.

His latest outburst had him repeating the Democrat mantra, “Hillary’s grueling schedule,” making her out as such a hard working candidate and of course, she is fatigued by “her grueling schedule.” But wait a minute I thought, she lives in the suburbs of New York (up the Hudson a short drive from New York City), she has staff in her home to handle every detail, she has a Secret Service detail (at our taxpayer expense), that lifts her into her minivan and ferries her to either her airplane at White Plains Airport for one of her rare campaign events or perhaps down to New York City to raise more money with Wall Street or Hollywood types.

In searching for her three-month schedule I finally came across the August report showing eight campaign events in 14 days (two in Florida on the same day). This is not a “grueling” schedule Charles, and the mainstream media.

In further searching I found her website where the whole top tier of the Clinton campaign is listed for September into October. From today’s (Sept. 15) one event, through October 19th, 34 days, Hillary is slated for only six events, three being the Presidential debates.

No modern working woman would accept the label of grueling on their six in the morning to eight at night daily schedule, they’d just suck it up as part of what it takes to make ends meet, what is expected in our inflationary age of 21st Century living, especially if you are in process of raising a family to boot.

Touring America through the years I have collected coffee cups at Presidential homes/libraries. I am reminded of President James Buchanan, who, according to the docent giving the tour, was nominated and ran for office on his front porch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the 1850s.

So don’t be bamboozled by the media, even the Charles Krauthammers of the world. Hillary Clinton may be fatigued, worn out, unfit, but it is not from any “heavy schedule” in her run for president.

Tom Pinard


MIA from Transparency Report

Your account of the presentation of the so-called "Transparency Report" to the Apple Valley Town Council omitted some pertinent facts ("Apple Valley’s water transparency report reveals price tag at $1.5 million, Daily Press, September 15, 2016).

First, it wasn't a 10-page report, it was a one-page report. Previous similar reports did used to have additional pages, but not this one.

Second, the slide of Liberty Utilities President Greg Sorensen does not say what Assistant Town Manager of Finance & Administration Marc Puckett says it does. This is the fourth time town representatives have falsely characterized this slide, despite being corrected both by members of the public and by Liberty Utilities.

Third, the rates in Apple Valley are not twice those in surrounding areas, once you take in account all the hidden charges found in municipal water systems. Eric Larsen of Liberty Utilities did an excellent job of explaining this very point later in the meeting, and his comments should have been included in your report.

Fourth, many if not most of the expenditures in the so-called Transparency Report have zero to do with the acquisition of either Ranchos or Liberty Utilities. Rather, they appear on this report so that if the town ever obtains a bond for the takeover, it can recoup millions not spent on the project and leave the ratepayers on the hook for that amount plus interest.

Fifth, the reason Liberty has had to threaten the Town with legal action over the recycled water issue is because many years ago the Town granted Ranchos the exclusive retail water rights for its service area. The town is unilaterally trying to renege on its deal. Tom Piper mentioned this in the public comments section of the meeting, and his insights should have been included in your report.

Sixth, Liberty has no obligation to release documents to the town, and is probably not inclined to do so given the toxically adversarial relationship the town has created. Liberty does, however, release numerous documents to the CPUC, which makes them available to one and all via the Internet.

With that said, I wish to thank the Daily Press for not repeating any of the many other misrepresentations made by Mr. Puckett at the Tuesday night meeting.

Greg Raven

Apple Valley