Scams

Beware. I am a local contractor. I got a phone call Monday wanting to know if I did electrical work. I answered yes, there was a lot of background noise, she asked if I could hear her OK as she said she was in her office and again wanted to know I could hear OK. I did not like the way it was going as I remembered the scam warning about asking if you could hear, wanting you to say yes, so I said no. She hung up and I checked caller ID and it was blank.

I'm worried because when asked if I did electrical work — I said yes.

Warren Gill

Phelan

Mr. Trump and Twitter

In his “Notebook” column (2/5/17), Editor Steve Hunt expressed the opinion that Donald Trump’s tweets are “refreshing” because he “tells you what he thinks.” However, I would think that as a journalist, you would be focused on the accuracy of Mr. Trump’s tweets. For example, you quoted Mr. Trump’s tweet from 2/1/17, which included his statement that “…the Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia…” On 2/2/17, PolitiFact reported that Mr. Trump’s tweet mischaracterizes the deal. First, the actual number of immigrants involved is 1,254. Second, these individuals would not be illegal immigrants, they would go through the legal refugee system and be vetted prior to being allowed legal entry to the United States.

Also, it is not always in the best interest of the executive office to have a president who tweets “what he thinks.” For example, in the same issue of the Daily Press, Eric Tucker’s article, “Court blocks Trump’s travel ban,” includes Mr. Trump’s tweet in which he calls U.S. District Judge James Robart a “so-called judge.” As the article points out, “Trump’s rhetoric could put government lawyers defending his order in a tough spot." The article quotes law professor Arthur Hellman: “Either they (government lawyers) have to defend the statements that Judge Robart is a ‘so-called judge,’ which they can’t do, or they have to distance themselves from the president, who is their boss."

Mr. Trump holds the office of President of the United States and thus, his tweets have a national and international impact. With that in mind, Mr. Trump should express his thoughts with tweets that reflect the gravity of his office.

Margaret Valentine

Hesperia

Offering a template ...

Many would like to write to the editorial staff, but simply don't know how to put their thoughts down in writing. I've come up with a simple form letter that readers can use to write the editorial staff. I've distilled all the essential elements of a standard letter that gets published — so if you use my form, you're destined to make it into the paper!

[Subject goes here. Try just calling somebody stupid.]

[Antagonistic and bold claim goes here]. [Name-calling of your opponents or those with whom disagree goes here]. [Almost unrelated and confusing brag about yourself goes here]. [Use this space to put down a litany of unsupported allegations and conspiracies]. [Don't stop with the allegations and conspiracies — really flesh that part out]. [Proposal that your opponents go back to wherever they came from].

I hope this helps. Once you get confident and have sent in a few, take some time to really make it personal. Garnish with unique unfounded claims. This is your time to shine!

Aaron L. M. Goodwin

Apple Valley

Trump and God

As one of the 65 million-plus Americans who voted for the highly intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced and qualified Hillary Clinton to lead our nation into the future, I cannot fathom how anyone who calls themselves a Christian could even entertain the notion that the idiot they helped put in the White House and is now destroying our country was “God’s candidate.”

Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything we’ve been taught that God wants us to be. I cannot imagine Jesus Christ saying, doing or endorsing the dangerous, racist, sexist, bigoted things Trump voters cheered as “candor and brazenness.” What has Trump said or done that reflects spiritual faith? There’s no evidence that he ever went to church and he can’t even properly quote any scripture.

Would Jesus take health insurance away from millions of low-income people with the empty promise of giving them something better some day? Would Jesus incite prejudice and hatred against certain religious and minority groups and then exploit it to gain power? Would Jesus vilify refugees fleeing war and persecution? Who would Jesus ban? Would Jesus cheat on his wives and brag about his sexual conquests while telling us how much he respects women? What would Jesus grab?

Jesus was a carpenter, would he cheat carpenters and other working people out of money he promised them? Would he swindle them out of their hard-earned money with fake universities, institutes and foundations? Would Jesus surround himself with greedy, selfish, dishonest, deplorable and unqualified people and take advice from a neo-Nazi? Would Jesus condemn helping those in need as socialism?

These people could not relate to an intelligent, educated, rational, respected and admired leader, a true man of God, and other people who moved our nation and our world forward, so now they’ve stuck us with a “president” as ignorant, bigoted and detached from reality as they are and so far the results have been terrifying.

James Ferguson

Apple Valley

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