Dealing with thieves

In response to "When I was a child" June 30, this is another very good letter and a point that should be well taken. But, when it comes to an all-encompassing government from the local and state levels to the federal level, "sharing" is not what is taking place.

There is absolutely no justification to force charity from someone and take something that doesn't belong to you. I had a small experience at Stater Bros. regarding this issue. The man behind me in line grabbed my change out of the machine at the checkstand whilst I collected my groceries that I paid for with my own money that I worked and slaved to obtain and he put it into the little charity jar there and gave me this "what are you gonna do about?" look.

I smiled, I laughed, I wished him a good day. I also shook my head. Apparently he never grew up and I would assume he was a registered Democrat. No harm done. I'll be at work again the next day and make more money for him to steal from me in broad daylight. Now put that action on the federal level and ask me how much abuse I'm willing to take before I strike back?

Well the strike was struck, President Trump is in office to the absolute shock to the true rich-beyond-belief leftists and they are burning down whole cities over it and destroying cable television. Hmmmmm. Seems they would have done well to have just said, "well played, we will meet again next election." But such maturity is lost in this nation.

Jamie Post

Apple Valley

Mr. Speakah

"Mister Speakah, Mister Speakah, in the rebuttal to my letter "Olde Tyme Religion," the gentleman in Victorville has grievously impugned my spiritual and political integrity and I demand redress in these editorial pages. But, first off, he seems to have selective amnesia when it comes to Christian-inspired murders and genocides throughout the millennia. Here is a very partial list of the crimes he forgot: 15-100 million indigenous people slaughtered or worked to death; the Atlantic slave trade, 5 to 20 million; the Christian religious wars in Europe 1500-1800, 25 million; the Napoleonic Wars, 5 to 10 million; Christian King Leopold and his Belgians, 8-10 million Congolese slaughtered or worked to death; tens of millions of civilians knowingly killed in bombings by Christians Churchill and Roosevelt. And, shouldn't we add to the list 20 million innocents killed by Hitler's German Catholic and Lutheran soldiers? Hitler never killed anyone. These monsters killed lovingly and willingly in spite of their Christian upbringings.

But, the genocides of Mao, Hitler, Stalin and all the other secular and religious monsters of the ages are amateurish compared to God of the Old Testament. Shall we count the bodies? His creation, man, displeases him, so he floods the earth, killing everybody but Noah and his family. Depending on his mood, he slaughters the Jews or their enemies by the millions. Then, there is Leviticus 20: kill the adulterers, kill the homosexuals, kill children who disrespect their parents, kill fortune tellers. Is there anybody left to kill?

But wait, there's more. Create cancer, malaria, polio, smallpox, leprosy, the flu, the plague, etc., etc. Since His reign began that's about 500 million to 1 billion people killed by His diseases alone. As Isaac Asimov said, "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived. "

Edward Weinberg

Barstow

Get on with it

Response to "Pay to Play." ... I read your letter on Sunday, July 2. I have a few things I'd like to say about this subject. Before I begin, I'd like you to know I respect your opinion. What our country needs now is to respect our differences, listen to each other and take the best parts of each opinion and work with it. I thought I'd throw out a few things to think about .

The way I see it the big GOP donors are telling the Republican "fence sitters" to get on with it. As Republicans they should back our President. To my way of thinking these "fence sitters" are too concerned with which way the political wind is blowing and they need to make a stand.

The mega rich create thousands and thousands of jobs for the American people. These tax breaks are incentives to keep their companies here in America, thus keeping the jobs here in America. There's no crime in being rich. I wouldn't turn my nose up if somebody offered me mega bucks, would you?

The big donors of the Democratic party should be putting the screws to them too. They took an oath to keep our country on track. All this ranting, foot stomping and refusing to work together is getting us nowhere fast. When President Trump took office he thought that both sides would sit down together and work out the issues that our country faces, especially health care. He was, I think, naïve in thinking both parties would put their best heads together and come up with something they all could agree on.

I think we, as Democrats, Republicans and Independents should stop "right fighting" and tell our elected officials to get over it, move on and get busy protecting our people, our country and our economy. Or, we can just keep banging our heads against the wall and see if that gets us anywhere. Personally I'm getting a headache just watching this whole mess unfold.

Donna Isbell

Hesperia

A little notice, please

The Daily Press printed a notice regarding the Apple Valley Library book sale on the first Saturday of each month. This information had to have been provided by the library. Two of us went to the sale Saturday, July 1. We asked at the desk about it. No one knew anything about a sale. Finally, someone came up and said that it had been cancelled for July because of Children's Reading Program.

It would have been most thoughtful for the library to have provided information for a retraction in the Daily Press, re: July book sale cancelled. The two of us who went had arranged our morning so we could attend this sale.

The Hesperia Library has a 50 percent off sale on the last Saturday of the month. It is much farther away, but they will get all of my business from now on.

J.A. Messinger

Apple Valley