Assumptions

My letter to the editor entitled "2016 Elections," Nov.11, brought some assumptions out of the woodwork! Because I made the statement "half of the American people went stupid, and the other half fell asleep," then asked the question "which one are you?", some people immediately went ballistic and assumed I had voted for Hillary Clinton, as though they saw my voting ballot.

Since fifth grade I have always been under the belief that elections were by secret ballot.

Some took it upon themselves to assume I had called them stupid. How do they know how I voted? Could have been asleep and not voted for either. I could have voted for Donald Trump and fell happily asleep. I could have been stupid and voted for Hillary, etc. 

One even brought out the race card, personally attacking me. Why bring up my education? Jealousy? Envy? Or ?

Some of you people just need to come to Jesus! Just keep your assumptions to yourselves if you don't know any better! Stop being so self-conscious by calling yourselves stupid. I left that all up to you!

I write the same letters to other Southern California publications, and have never had these type of letters attacking me personally. Why? Stop making a big deal out of virtually nothing, just to personally attack me!

As one letter responder said: "Just get over it!"

Felix G. Diaz LTC CACC

Victorville

Old Town

Several stories in last weekend's Daily Press are worthy of mention, but I pick Sunday's "Editor's Notebook" by Steve Hunt.

Victorville went through this Old Town revitalization effort several years ago, closing down Seventh Street for multiple projects, moving the parking to the area in back of the businesses, planting trees, etc., all to no avail. My hope was they would build something like downtown Upland with its walkways, angled parking, center kiosk, etc. No matter.

It's hard to say and harder for our local politicians to admit, but unless and until the surrounding residential areas are converted to commerce, or modern condos or townhomes, you won't see improvement in the foot traffic in Old Town. Sad, but true.

Don't blame the homeless, they aren't the problem. There is plenty of money in the hands of investors. Buy the properties, rezone, and get busy. You see it in L.A. Revitalization or gentrification, that's what it's called. Old Town's only hope.

Terri Westergren

Apple Valley

Fire aftermath responsibility

Inaction to implement effective emergency treatment of erosion and other health and safety conditions resulting in the aftermath of the Pilot Fire is becoming a very serious concern of residents in the homes adjacent to the immediate area of the fire, and also to private property in Hesperia and Apple Valley along the Mojave River.

In a recent letter I listed the actions required by the Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER), included in the BAER statement of purpose. The procedure it must follow to accomplish its responsibility to correct emergency erosion prevention required it to apply to National Conservation Resource Service (NCRS) engineers to prepare the needed erosion control plan that meets current EPA regulations. BAER has done this and the plans have been completed for some time. BAER has applied for permission from the Forest Service as required when doing work on Forest Service property, and is awaiting Forest Service District Manager approval. The present design is a fix to a known problem (on Forest Service land) that calls for the installation of a "dike" and/or "ditch" to divert the sheet flow of water away from the existing residences in danger of damage and could be installed by BAER for very little cost, as it has the manpower and resources in place and readily available to do this kind of work.

Instead, and in spite of this being clearly spelled out in its own documents... "after a fire"..."to alleviate emergency conditions," such as this, BAER has indicated that these property owners will be required to pay the cost of this improvement on Forest Service property estimated to be as much as $25,000 or more. This is just plain outrageous!

They already spend hundreds of dollars and often more each and every year in maintaining erosion control on their own property with great success. However, all they are asking of BAER is for them to do the same on the Forest Service property. The responsibility to perform this work is clearly itemized in the BAER statement of purpose outlined in my previous letter. The cost related to these requirements should therefore also be the responsibility of BAER together with Forest Service and NCRS.

That is the very reason these agencies were formed in the first place, and in my view one of the main reason for their existence.

In view of the potential for serious damage to the property owners, and the environment, this project should be started immediately and at BAER, Forest Service and/or NCRS expense, so as to be completed before the area is hit with a major rainstorm.

Lee Bell

Apple Valley

Obama exposes citizens to abuse

The Obama Justice Department has just ruled that American police departments cannot discriminate against non-citizens by only hiring citizens as officers.  US citizens now face arrest in their own country by non-citizens.  Resentment of immigrants can only increase from here on.

The globalists want to eliminate all national sovereignty, which eliminates any legal protection of citizens or workers’ rights, and exposes them (us) to international corporatists to use or abuse at will.

Larry Hoover

Spring Valley Lakes

Support for the Sioux

Your front-page article about those of us who marched in support of the Standing Rock Sioux was generally on target; however, there is more to the story. While we who marched last weekend do of course oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, we recognize that the pipeline is a symptom of bigger issues.

Our nation just celebrated Thanksgiving, commemorating a great moment of peace between the settlers and the natives. Unfortunately, as so often happens with peace, it didn't last. As everyone knows, our government has a long history of abusing and lying to the natives. The aggressive act of making room for the North Dakota pipeline by bulldozing old native burial grounds this past Labor Day is just another of the many wrongs perpetrated against our spiritual ancestors on this continent. We marched in support of the Sioux because they have been wronged for so long and it's long past time to make things right. The pipeline is just the latest incident.

Mark Shoup

Apple Valley