Gas tax gives heartburn

"County expects $37M more yearly after gas tax hike." What a travesty! $37 million more money taken out of the private sector economy going to one of the notoriously corrupt and inept government agencies in the state of California.

This will have a very negative impact on the High Desert economic recovery. Quoting another letter to the editor, "What a sorry state of affairs we have in California."

Lee Bell

Apple Valley

I guess Colbert is the winner!

Surely there’s no one who will try to top Stephen’s rant of Thursday night! (Or will they?) Personally I cannot picture Lucifer himself coming up with anything more vile, offensive or obscene than the left’s favorite comedian — Mr. Stephen Colbert.

Admittedly, I’m a bit thin-skinned, I guess. I wrote to the FCC back in the late 1990s during the Clinton/Lewinsky affair — when a certain sex act became common knowledge and front-page news in every paper. I was not a grandfather then, but would be some 10 years later. I remember wondering how one would go about explaining what some of our elected officials chose to do with and to a paid subordinate? Hmm.

President Donald J. Trump, on the other hand, is (relatively speaking) untarnished by deed or crime — and yet ALL of the haters on the left make him their daily and their nightly whipping boy. Is it merely childish jealousy, because of his wealth? Is it because he was self-made, and legitimately entitled — instead of being required to fake entitlements — like so many of the wannabes on the left.

Donald Trump, for whatever his faults and shortcomings, IS the President of these United States for, at least, another 1,360 days. Every time I hear someone, or see someone, like Cher, Rosie, Madonna — or Michael Moore, who recently decided it would be better to die at the hands of a North Korean dictator — then to have to respect Donald as our president. Poor, poor Michael.

I have had a chance — like most everyone else, I imagine — to see those who are both espousing and proliferating the hate — and doing so in ever-increasing filth and depravity — and they are becoming more vile, more blatant and more easily remembered as time marches on. I, for one, will remember these vocal haters — and it’s because of them that my loyalty, love and support of Donald Trump has increased. I was on the fence for awhile before the election, but not anymore. The haters have made a new and stronger man of me — while they continue making ever less and less of themselves. So sad, too bad.

Philip D. Pederson

Apple Valley

Tragedy of the Commons redux

In 1700s England an unknown poet penned this:

“The law locks up the man or woman

Who steals the goose from off the common

But leaves the greater villain loose

Who steals the common from the goose.”

Three hundred years ago that poet was giving voice to the anger of citizens toward their government’s gift of public lands to the rich, powerful or connected. They called it “parliamentary theft.”

If that sentiment seems present-day, it may be because the Trump administration has pledged to “review the use of monuments and public lands.” Translation: “Let’s see what we can give away — or sell — to corporations, developers, and mining, gas or oil companies.”

The 1906 Antiquities Act gave the president authority to preserve land without waiting for laws from Congress. This law was a bipartisan law. G.W. Bush and Obama each designated more than 200 million acres as monument lands. And, in fairness, let us not forgot the wealthy who have donated millions of acres for public use.

I predict this “review” will be a charade and large segments of public land will be given over to millionaires much as the British gave away public land to their wealthy 300 years ago.

The wealthy owners of formerly public lands have always used them in their own self-interest and to the detriment of the land — actions that became known as "the tragedy of the commons." It happens everywhere in the world when corrupt governments possess the keys to the kingdom.

Virgil Jose

Apple Valley

First gay United Methodist Bishop

The Daily Press ran a story on April 29 about the first self-avowed gay bishop in the United Methodist Church. Bishop Karen Oliveto attended a hearing of the United Methodist Church Judicial Council, along with her wife, regarding a challenge to invalidate her election as the denomination's first openly gay bishop. Arguments as to church law that do not allow gays to become ordained pastors, much less bishops, versus the pressure from the LGBT Methodist community were the topic of discussion.

I’m a Christian woman that has been a member of the United Methodist Church for many years. Anyone who knows their bible, and you would think a Methodist Bishop would be well versed on God's word, should know exactly what God has to say on the subject of homosexual behavior!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a homophobe, but I do believe the bible is the sovereign word of God! As an ordained pastor or bishop, I fully expect my church leaders to adhere to God's laws — all of them! You either believe in all of God's word written in the bible, or you don’t believe any of it! You don’t get to pick and choose which of God's laws you wish to follow. You can’t stand at a pulpit and preach God's word when you know that God says homosexual behavior is a “detestable sin.”

In my opinion, gays in the United Methodist Church who wish to be pastors or bishops should splinter off from the traditional Methodist Church and start their own church. They can pick and choose from the bible which of God's laws they wish to follow. Write their own mandates, but be fully prepared for God's judgment. But this isn’t what they want. They want the Methodist Church to look the other way, bend the rules, and ignore the sovereign word of God and give in to the demands of the LGBT community!

Gay rights have NO place in the Christian church. Pastors seldom preach on the subject of homosexual behavior for fear of offending any of their parishioners. If homosexual behavior is in the bible, and God says it is a sin, shouldn’t it be addressed from the pulpit? Does that mean pastors shouldn’t preach on the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” because maybe someone in the congregation has committed murder and they might be offended? I don’t know, what do you think?

Connie JuLaine Ramos

Victorville