Wasted talent

A response to a letter of Dec. 28, marijuana may be a money maker in taxes for the state but it will spell disaster to our community. The last thing we need to add to the list of druggies is potheads.

Maybe the writer should try to figure out why he has to take drugs to escape life.

Marijuana makes a person stupid. We have enough wasted talent in our country.

Anita Deleon

Barstow

Bursting Clinton supporters' bubble

Fact No. 1: Far more people voted against Donald Trump than against Hillary Clinton. Trump told far more lies than any other candidate, Republican or Democrat, as his supporters are starting to notice.

Fact No. 2: The Electoral College has not worked well for most of our nation’s history. Today it serves only to give our nation bad presidents the people did not elect, as it has now done twice this century. Its supporters claim that without it a few large states would choose the president, but with it a few small states do, against the will of the people. President Obama overwhelmingly won the popular vote in 2008 and 2012, and there was no voter fraud. He was also smart enough to compensate for his lack of experience in certain areas by surrounding himself with people highly knowledgeable and experienced in those areas he could learn from in important positions. Trump has chosen to pack his cabinet with people as dishonest, corrupt and out of touch with reality as he is.

Fact. No. 3: Most of Hillary Clinton’s “baggage” is fictional, outlandish allegations that endless investigations have proven are unsupported by credible evidence. Trump has a long visible trail of real baggage, cheating on his wives, housing discrimination, bankruptcies, cheating workers and "college” students, hiring undocumented workers, etc. While Trump bought his way out of the Trump University scandal, many of the other cases against him are still pending.

I have seen a lot of presidents come and go in my lifetime. Some I liked, some I didn’t, but I’ve never before seen one that truly scared the hell out of me. Trump got his presidency with a campaign of lies, fear and bigotry. He’s the first presidential candidate in modern history to be endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and the Russians helped him get elected. I’m horrified by the hateful things he has said and terrified by his actions since his election, which have done nothing to quell my fears. His obsession with nuclear weapons is particularly scary.

Donald Trump is an obnoxious, spoiled brat who has no clue what he’s doing and shows no interest in learning, who embarrasses himself and our nation with each new childish tweet. By allowing him to become president despite all of the reasons to prevent it, the Electoral College failed miserably in its obligation to assure that “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” Hillary Clinton possesses these qualifications, Donald Trump does not, and I fear that the results of a Trump presidency will be catastrophic to our country and our world.

Robin Carstairs

Lucerne Valley

It is not about you

Why do we have these stories about people saying they can't abide President-elect Trump? The latest is the woman who resigned from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir so she does not have to appear at the inauguration. Just as in 2008 and 2012, it is not about you, but about America. We have survived these 250-plus years because we overcame our selfish personal interests and moved forward.

Life is not perfect, our desires are not perfect, and outcomes do not always go our way. We must stand and look to the future while working to make a better America.

Richard Rorex

Apple Valley

Hacked the election?

Billionaire Donald Trump lost the popular vote in this election by nearly 3 million votes but won the electoral vote and thus the election. This anomaly also occurred in the 2000 election when George W. Bush also lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote. This can’t happen without raising a lot of serious questions.

In this election the Republican Party answered these questions by saying the Russians hacked our election. And people seem to accept this without question. It is a red herring the Republicans threw to the people, which the Democratic National Committee swallowed whole and, according to a recent poll, half the Democrat voters also swallowed. Left unanswered was just how the Russians did this. Hacking elections is common. We have done it repeatedly in elections all over the world for decades. But just what is hacked? Voting machines? Did they hack Election Systems & Software, the NGO that counts 93 percent of the vote? The answer is Russian hacking did little to affect the vote.

Here is what did: What dumped the election into Trump’s lap were two dubious decisions by the Supreme Court in Washington — Citizens United and the reversal of the Voting Rights Act; corruptible voting machines and the counting of the vote by ES&S; voter suppression by eliminating probable Democrats from the voting rolls; and a corporate media who somehow forgot about equal time for candidates. And last, but not least, a Democrat Party which has wandered off and gotten lost since the Clintons came to Washington bringing with them corporate-financed political campaigns.

I am a Roosevelt Democrat. I was born in the winter of 1934 and I am sure I would have died before spring of the next year if Franklin Delano Roosevelt had not offered the country a New Deal.

Tom Freeman

Pinon Hills

First baby isn't good news

First baby of the year in Victorville, Daily Press front page Jan. 2, this should be good news?

This young girl is only 19 and this is her fourth child. Do you think this is good news?

Where or who is the father? Could there also be a husband involved?

Who is going to pay the hospital bills; it won't be her or her family, the taxpayers will.

Did she ever graduate from high school?

Is there any mode of a work-related income from anyone in the family?

I guess that welfare and other handouts that are paid for with my taxes will be supporting her and her kids for a long long time.

The trend just continues. How does anyone think this is acceptable? Don't get married you will lose income if there is a second parent involved, four kids will get you about $800 a month. That's a lot of free money.

Tired of the useless drain because of the poor life values and ethics these people burder our system with.

TD Jones

Helendale