Negative letters have a purpose

We see the same three or four letter writers rehashing every negative rumor, headline, and story about Apple Valley Town government in these pages weekly. One could assume this is a campaign to convince and distract water using voters from the plain fact that we are being taken advantage of by our current water provider.

This constant drumbeat of negative propaganda fed to us is in preparation for the next multi-million dollar Liberty Utilities campaign to tell us all how great it is to send our money to a foreign-owned global energy company, and how bad it would be to have our own elected representatives make the decisions we elect them to make without a thought to profit.

Can we see an investigative story on where these naysayers get their information and funding for websites, Constant Contact email program, ads and promotional material? I guess the Town can’t rely on compensated minions to write positive letters because that would violate the law, right?

Apple Valley is a great little town (see Best of the Desert rankings regarding parks, golf course and best city) that is run well by a governing Council that is trusted by the majority.

Joan Walters

Apple Valley

Our wonderful President, Ronald Reagan

I received such a warm welcome re: my letter on President Nixon, I decided to send one about President Reagan.

My husband and I visited President Reagan's library in Simi Valley while he was still alive and in good health. The docent said he could walk in the door at any moment, as he did that often. But he didn't while we were there.

When they held the casket viewing, after he passed away, we decided to pay our honors by viewing the casket. We stood in line from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., through the dark night. Tears came as I stood and looked at his warm hued oaken casket and I thought of what a wonderful President and person he had been.

When Air Force One was flying his casket to Washington, D.C. for the funeral, I was watching the news when the announcer proclaimed it was leaving Ventura. Knowing it would pass over our High Desert home, I grabbed my camera and hurried outside. Shortly here came the plane, still low enough that I could make out colors on it. I took my picture, then saluted, and said "You'll be back, Mr. President." And of course he was, to be buried beside his Library.

May God bless you, President Reagan. In my estimation, the greatest President our country has ever known.

Doris Estus Gill

Phelan

The 'code'

It's amazing to me that so many mayors and governors across our great nation have the audacity to publicly proclaim their cities or states "sanctuaries," meaning they've decided to just disregard state and federal immigration laws, picking and choosing which laws work for them, and subsequently which they'll observe and enforce. Evidently, our laws are similar to the Pirates' code, more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules. Interesting.

I wonder how far we would be able to take that? Could the captain of our Neighborhood Watch proclaim our cul de sac a sanctuary block? May the head of a household decide that property tax laws don't pertain to their domicile? It could get messy.

We're fortunate here in the United States. If you disagree with a particular law, you can work to change it. It ain't easy and may be time consuming but simply refusing to recognize legal authority by doing your own thing, is unlawful and there's a word the defines people who do so. Anarchists.

Mike Sparlin

Victorville

Lies of the Christian Right

The letter writer of April 14 once again attempts to create a myth that Jesus Christ, the Lord I studied my entire life growing up in Christian schools, is somehow a God of war and wants us to "live by the sword." Not true. The teachings of Jesus are about "blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Do you have any concept what Jesus/God was alluding to when God spoke that in the Sermon on the Mount? Probably not.

The "massaging a statement of Jesus to make it more palatable" remark is a slap in the face of our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you had someone help you with your Bible studies you would see that Jesus had his sword available for those who would use the Bible to manipulate others into the Mammon ways of the Earth and not of the Spirit. That is the Republican agenda! 

Lastly, he mentions spiritual deprivation, which is the essence of the Republican platform and party agenda. The Republicans somehow try to fit the love from God/Jesus, the Creator of our entire infinite universe, into some simple political localized debate and say Jesus/God likes wars. OMG!

Dan Daniels

West Oak Hills

Medicare remains in jeopardy

Who still dreams of stripping 54 million seniors of their Medicare — evil as that sounds? Two such persons are Budget Director Dick Mulvaney and House Speaker Paul Ryan. On what planet do these men dwell?

We got lucky with the failure of Trumpcare. Its passage would have bled Medicare and Medicaid to death by defunding them. But they’re not giving up their quest to destroy Medicare. Our luck may be running out.

Now these two want to “privatize” it with “premium support." Don’t be fooled by that benign-sounding name. Under such a plan, Medicare would be replaced with a coupon — nay, “voucher,” for, say, $2,500 that we would use to buy our own health insurance on the open market. Good luck with that.

Yes, Trump promised to protect Medicare, but if Trumpcare had passed, he would have signed it in a trice and with his signature sent our Medicare to the dumper. So if you think that "they" won't ever harm our Medicare, better think again.

What’s behind these efforts to “reform” Medicare — and Social Security, too? You guessed it. The Wall Street gang would love to get their hands on Medicare funds to use as one big stack of chips to play at the tables in Casino Wall Street.

Bush tried it and nearly got run out of town on a rail. We may not be so lucky this time around.

Virgil Jose

Apple Valley