The real answer
This is in response to “The Answer” letter on 6/11/17.
Jesus radically saved me 45 years ago. It took a tragedy in my life for God to get hold of me and save me for His kingdom. Following Jesus has been the best thing that ever happened to me. Many well-educated people in the past have tried to prove that the Bible is not true, but could not. In fact they ended up becoming Christians. (See Josh McDowell’s book “Evidence that Demands a Verdict.”)
Jesus is not dead. He rose again and is alive and well; working in our world through His Holy Spirit. God doesn’t send anyone to hell. God is a loving God and wants everyone to go to heaven when they die. People go to hell or heaven because of the choices they make to either accept, trust and obey Jesus and or reject him. God gives us a choice and it is up to us to make the right one.
It’s wonderful that you do many good deeds to help others and try to make the world a better place; however, doing good deeds does not save us. The only way for us to be saved is to have a personal relationship with Jesus the Christ. (See John 6:28,29.)
As for riches, they are neither good or bad. Many people in the Bible were rich people. You have mentioned two well-known men of God and their riches. I know one in particular who uses his to help people in this country and those all over the world. Some rich Christians tithe 90 percent and keep only 10 percent.
The Bible tells us if we seek Him with all our heart we will find him and if we believe, trust in and obey Jesus, He will reveal himself to us. (Jeremiah 29:13 & John 14:21.) Jesus is the answer!
Advice to haters
I hate turnips.
But I cannot prove watching television is better than cooking.
I eat what is prepared, otherwise my cable may be cut.
You may hate Trump.
But, if you cannot prove your agenda is better than his you had better support him.
Otherwise your bridges may fall.
Crime in Victor Valley
Lately there has been a lot of talk about crime in our local communities and issues with homeless people. Even one city discussing giving one-way tickets back home. One local elected official is calling for a summit of other elected officials to talk about crime running rampant in our neighborhoods, which brings me to something disturbing I heard today.
While visiting my local barber who happens to be a 73-year-old grandmother and has owned the shop for over a quarter of a century in the heart of downtown Victorville, she begins to tell me as I sat in the chair that on June 5 at 2 p.m. five homeless people, men and women, sat down in front of her doorway and began smoking crack cocaine from a glass pipe. When she asked them to move one of the individuals told her to "shut up" and a few other words not printable in a paper. This person also told her to mind her own business or they would kill her.
At this point she is scared and locks her shop door and calls 911. She is shocked when the 911 dispatcher yells at her not to use this line for "non-emergency calls." The dispatcher then gives her instructions to call the main line and hangs up! The owner keeps her doors locked and business closed for over two hours while waiting for a deputy to respond. Prior to the deputy's arrival, all five wander away down the street. When the officer arrives he said there was not much he could do anyway because they only committed misdemeanor crimes and would only get a ticket.
So when is threatening to kill a 73-year-old woman not a felony? Look up Penal code 422. The deputy then tells her to apply for a CCW permit. Well you don't need a CCW to have a weapon inside your business. Maybe a summit with the Sheriff and his staff would be more fruitful. Tell him to train his staff in the law and work for us taxpayers!
City needs new legal counsel
City Attorney Eric Dunn, during the May 2 Hesperia City Council, at 00:50:34 on the website-archived meeting video, declared that “The Council meeting Chambers are not an unlimited public forum for the exercise of all free speech rights. They are for the conduct of the city’s business. … The reason for its existence is that the public can watch their local governments conduct business.”
Actually, the Brown Act preamble identifies the five City Council members in attendance as “public servants” there to “aid” the “sovereign” Public Assembly in conducting the city’s business.
And at the June 6 City Council meeting, after two deputies, on order of the Mayor, were unable to convince a rostrum speaker to leave the meeting without being arrested and finally arrested him, the Assistant City Attorney stated, at 00:22:02 on the meeting video, “I just want to make sure the public understands the grounds for removing a person. The Brown Act says that if a person is disrupting the meeting and not allowing it to go on they can be removed from the room. It does not say arrested. It says they can be removed from the room.”
A flat lie.* Not even legalese untruth. The Brown Act makes no mention of any justification for “removing” an individual from a public meeting without arrest, which authority would grossly violate the intent of the First Amendment!
Like Hesperia’s last City Attorney James Markman, its present city attorneys are counseling the Council on how to get around the Brown Act.
Which evil counseling garnered Markman a Black Hole Award in 1999 from the First Amendment Coalition for suppressing First Amendment-protected speech during public meetings as keynote speaker at a League of California Cities Convention in Monterrey.
* The Brown Act does empower the meeting gavel to order the entire Public Assembly removed from the Hearing Chambers without making arrests when the activity of speech of multiple members of the Assembly is substantially preventing the effective continuation of the meeting.