Dems are spin masters

If you feel like a chump then you should of voted Trump for president of the United States of America. Long live Donald J. Trump!

If people only knew that the Democratic party is the racist, not the Republican party. The Dems always spin things their way to convince people of the other. It's called lying and they are very good at it and it gets a lot more deceitful the higher up you go. In 1928 the KKK was strong in politics and they still are. Mark my words how they will try to provoke Trump into doing something wrong. I just hope he has the brains to not bite because it is the illegal immigrants and their families who are caught in the middle. It will have an impact on all of us.

E.T. Snell

Apple Valley

Polling data

It was just reported on The Blaze that Gallup says their poll tracking the presidents' approval ratings shows President Trump achieving majority disapproval in record time — during his first week in the White House.

In spite of all the polls taken that led everyone to believe Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the presidency, apparently Gallup still brazenly promotes the notion that their polling is still an accurate and credible mirror of the American people's thinking.

I suspect Gallup executives believe, perhaps, it is better to go slithering out of business from irrelevancy than admit they were misleading the public on purpose or from incompetence.

Larry Hoover

Spring Valley Lake

Time for a second opinion?

Best Best & Krieger is the Town of Apple Valley city attorney, charging handsomely for handling the routine business of the municipality and then again as attorneys for the litigation it recommends, such as the current eminent domain action against Liberty Utilities. It was the main player handling the public assassination — oops — relations campaign during the run-up to pursuing eminent domain, and has already collected over $1 million of town funds for the filing of the now-delayed eminent domain litigation.

Is the fox guarding the public coffers' henhouse? Should not our Town Council be getting a second opinion about the wisdom of pursuing a theory of eminent domain that failed miserably in Claremont, especially considering BB&K’s involvement in both cases? Shouldn’t the BB&K billing be scrutinized for common billing practices such as double attorney time, value billing, or failing to set forth tasks adequately?

As the Town Council members have little to no experience in eminent domain, shouldn’t they challenge the recommended position advanced by the attorneys they are paying, and debate the issue? Even one second opinion from learned eminent domain counsel would assist in balancing the information provided to the Council. The current situation cries out for a system of checks and balances.

As a former city councilmember and mayor who inherited horrible employment litigation on taking office, challenging legal costs was our first course of business. To the chagrin of the litigation attorneys, we settled the lawsuits. Why? Because the money of the city, in this case our Town, should be spent on the community, not padding the pockets of lawyers who may find a city an easy mark for high billing.

Diana J. Carloni

Attorney at Law

Victorville

Lack of tech innovations

SCE and Tesla announced a new large battery storage site innovation project in Ontario. The Town of Apple Valley plan is to incur millions in more debt for use of an old electric grid distribution system and accept the risk of setting rates for questionable public profit. Why are changes in electric system now? Maybe new innovations including more solar on rooftops with on-site storage capabilities should impact decision.

Tech innovations are coming also in the making of water and its on-site storage/distribution as it is being developed in deserts with no water sources. This will result in less reliance on current pipe distribution infrastructure. Changes are coming in this large bureaucratic industry. Has the Town of Apple Valley considered any tech innovations which may reduce the value of Liberty Utilities in a few years in their increasing eminent domain commitment expenditures?

Al Rice

Apple Valley

Draining the swamp

As promised, President Trump is in the rapid process of draining the Washington swamp of former President Obama’s political snakes and alligators, beginning with the resignation of the State Department’s entire policy team and the forced resignation of the Border Patrol Chief.

Next, President Trump will slash the workforce of EPA regulators and intimidators following his approval of the oil pipelines and restoration of clean coal mining and generation of electric power, along with the exploration of coal, oil and natural gas on federal lands.

Indeed, as expected, President Trump will surely do the same with swamps of the Departments of Energy, mis-Education, Treasury-IRS, Commerce-SEC and all other agencies that have preyed upon the American people and businesses in the United States of free America!

Daniel B. Jeffs

Apple Valley

Lack of knowledge

Recent opinions on the electoral college, and popular vote, reveal either a lack of proper education or repeat of "socialist/liberal/Democrat talking points." Political demographics at the time of the country's founding were not too different than they are today. At that time, one or two states had populations far greater than the other states combined. Those one or two states (and possibly only one) would have been able to control any subject, proposal, or candidate that would be voted upon.

As a result of the founders' foresight, states rights were preserved, as well as consideration of population and still providing equal representation for/and to the less populated areas of the country, developing the electoral college method for determining the winner in national elections.

Each state, regardless of population, was allowed two Senators. At that time Senators were to be appointed by the governor of each state. The Congress was allowed to have a number of representatives based on population, which also determined the number of Electoral College members each state was allowed.

That system (present to this day) takes into account "population" (the popular vote) by allowing each state more congressional representatives (based on population), more Electoral College members votes (based on population), and now state senators are  elected  (by population), rather than being appointed by the governor.

It is obvious that the popular vote is very much taken into consideration when determining the winner of the national election, without compromising the interest of voters in the less populated areas of the country.

We are a Republic, not a Democracy. We choose our Representatives, and have the ability to remove them periodically if they fail to properly represent us, the people — voting citizens. Don't let anyone convince you that we need to change the Electoral College system.  It has been successful for over 200 years, providing a peaceful transition of power in America, and has served us well.

Lee Bell

Apple Valley