Faith of a Founding Father

In response to the June 5 letter entitled "To believe or not to believe," your letter, sir, reminds me of Thomas Jefferson’s words, “It does me no harm if my neighbor does not believe.” Jefferson did some great things for our country by writing the Declaration of Independence and securing the Louisiana Purchase at 3 cents/acre. However, he also did not believe. He felt that our nation would suffer greatly and had great fears for its future because of slavery. Yet he would not free his own slaves, and fathered children by at least one of them. His indecisiveness contributed ultimately to the Civil War and death of 605,000 Americans. If you do not believe in the ultimate judgment of Almighty God, go to Gettysburg. That battle was a horrible mess.

Sir, I would like to bring to your attention another founding father of our nation, John Jay, who was appointed first chief justice of our Supreme Court by President Washington in 1789. In a letter dated April 12, 1816, John Jay wrote, “No human society has been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty, apart from the precepts of the Christian religion. Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance we then will be surely doomed.”

Our nation has surely forgotten these precepts, and therefore we have reaped the whirlwind. A lack of belief in the God of the Bible has been leading us down a terror-ible path.

Richard Miller


The real verdict

In response to Richard Reeb's op-ed column, calling Democrats snakes will not change the truth. President Trump was not elected by a "verdict of the American people." He lost the popular vote by millions of votes. That was the verdict of the American people.

You made the point about this nation's crucial fight against terrorists. Islamic extremism has been and will continue to be exported by Saudi Arabia, a country beloved by the current administration.

What this country needs so desperately is an intelligent administration that governs not by Tweets, but by an experienced world view and an ability to work with others, including mainstream, progressive Muslim leaders who are the best hope in turning their fellows against extremism.

Fred Wilkens

Apple Valley

Hatred in America

Thank you for printing the Victorville woman's amazing letter on June 8. She said what a lot of us are thinking.

Great letter girl. My hat's off to you.

Donna Isbell


Trivial hobby

Since the funnies are a form of trivia, I've a report of extreme importance to those of us tryin' to lose weight, and to the "engineers" out there designin' digital gadgets: Guys, you just hafta try out your new gadget by letting one of us victims-of-technology try it out before you rush it to the Production Line. The pertinent issue is illustrated June 9 in F Minus, where husband is about to use his bathroom scale, and wife advises, "Oh you don't need to step on it. It just guesses your weight like at a carnival."

Very close to absolute truth: Mine doesn't necessarily register my weight, but just repeats the last reading, as if too lazy to compute a new value. So I get up one morning and forget to check 'til after donning underwear and shirt. Oh well, I reason, it'll be close; but then it isn't. So of course I take 'em off and weight again: Same reading!

Since it's tellin' me that my clothing has no measurable mass, for reasons of protectin' the guilty I won't reveal its maker, Health'o'meter. Thus I have a solution for the scale-maker intent on a sneaky display of perfection: You should make two models, one giving actual weight each time and the other like mine. You can advertise two models, Meter for the Stupid, who expect exactly the same reading every time, and Meter for the Erudite.

That's not to say, of course I'm at all learned, only that anyone dumb enough to buy one like I have, won't know the meanin' of the word, and will be impressed by getting exactly the same reading every time.

 …Or maybe it was all a dream, last night I indulged too liberally my hobby, Taste of the Brew.

 Dale Hileman

 Apple Valley

Lose/lose situation

Apple Valley voters, by approving Measure F, will in addition to an already huge unfunded employee retirement liability, a $1 million+ annual loss  running the white elephant golf course and country club, not enough funding to maintain the streets and roads, as well as parks and recreation facilities and programs, and will, at some point be required to replace the $7 million they pilfered from the wastewater fund, have now given the town approval to borrow $150 million to purchase Liberty H2O.

Win or  lose, the cost to us, the taxpayers, will be staggering. First and foremost, it is not a slam dunk that the town will be successful in its hostile takeover attempt.  If the town fails to win in court, we, the taxpayers, will be required to pay all of Liberty's cost to fight this hostile act. If the town wins, rules of eminent domain allows Liberty to add its cost to defend the hostile takeover to the purchase price, so we, the taxpayers will pay their costs in this event as well.

The town cannot cover its cost of the hostile take over with proceeds from the revenue bonds, so, therefore those costs will have to be added to the general budget.  It cost the city of Claremont +/$14 million to lose its (gamble) in its attempted hostile takeover of their H2O company.

When you consider that the total population of Apple Valley is only +/-70,000, any common sense economic review should determine that there is no way the town can afford the amount of financial liability presently on the books, let alone adding the cost that will be incurred due to passage of Measure F.  If any of you readers know of a business or service run by a government agency at any level that provides that service better and less expensive than the same business run by the private sector, please let us know.

Of the two possible outcomes of the pending court battle, I hope the town loses. Either way, we, the voters, lose.

Lee Bell

Apple Valley