A nation under God?

We say we are Christian nation under God. Are we? Again the Senate intends to revisit the health care bill. It appears that few in the Senate are Bible students. In Matthew 25:32-46 Jesus sets out to define a Christian nation that will pass Jesus' final judgement: Come you who are blessed by my Father take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared since the the creation of the world: for I was hungry, and you (the nation) gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you (the nation) gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you (the nation) invited me in; I needed clothes and you (the nation) clothed me. I was sick and you (the nation) looked after me; I was in prison, and you (the nation) visited me.

I am 80+ years old and I have always been paid a living wage defined by Isaiah 58 where I received sufficient funds to obtain shelter, clothing, food, transportation and insurance for me and my family. In the '50s per Huffington Post my employer earned 20 times my income. Today the American worked does not receive a living wage and the employer earns 1,000 times his income.

Bruce E. Young

Apple Valley

SB 649

Did you follow the hearings today regarding SB 649, the implementation of 5G communications technology rollout?

Apple Valley Town Councilwoman Barb Stanton, along with numerous other reps from California cities, wanted it to fail, but Assemblyman Jay Obernolte voted to pass it from committee.

The lengthy hearings involved about 100 people from across the state with about an even for/against split with most cities against it because of revenues, lack of local control. Numerous disabled spoke to their loss of hearing from using cell phones over time.

Al Rice

Apple Valley

Thankful for Obama

From the day Senator McConnell of Kentucky stated: "It is my singular mission to block anything President Obama tries to do,”  from day one of President Obama's presidency the Republicans fought him until his last day in office.

The conservatives always claim to have the economy in their pockets, they know best. Well, Obama started off with the Dow being at 7,949 points and left office with it being at 19,900 points.

Obama saved the auto industry. General Motors and Chrysler were about to go bankrupt and Ford was really close behind, along with all of their supply chains. Obama gave them an $80 billion loan, they have flourished and the loans were paid back in full.

Obama reduced the federal deficit from 9.8 percent of GDP down to 3.2 percent of GDP.  Welfare spending under Obama went down. For every 100 poor Americans, 24 now receive cash assistance, down from 64 in 1996.

Under Obama the "opening doors" program for veterans has led to a 47 percent decline in veterans homelessness. Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. We had 73 straight months of private job growth under Obama. Our dependence on foreign oil has been cut in half under Obama. 

Lastly, credit card companies no longer charge hidden fees or raise interest rates without advance notice.

Thanks President Obama for your service!

Dan Daniels

Oak Hills

Climate deserves attention

At the G-20 meeting in Europe, 19 of the 20 members affirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. The United States was the only country that didn’t. That is sad and possibly could cost us in many ways especially in leading the world in dealing with climate change.

There are some very positive things, however, that are happening in the U.S. First was the formation of the Congressional Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in February of 2016.  The caucus is now up to 48, 24 Republicans and 24 Democrats.  The only way to join the caucus is two at a time, one Republican and one Democrat.

Second there are now 357 mayors of mostly the largest cities in the U.S. that have signed a statement to adopt, honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals. Please Google Climate Mayors.

Third is the Climate Leadership Council (www.clcouncil.org). They are a conservative organization whose mission is to mobilize global opinion leaders around the most effective, popular and equitable climate solutions.

Forth is Citizens Climate Lobby (www.citizensclimatelobby.org).  CCL is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to a free-market approach to address climate change, which will not grow government.  They are proposing to place a fee on fossil fuels as they come out of the well, mine, pipeline or into our ports.  The money raised from this fee would be returned equally as a dividend to every citizen of the U.S.  If your fossil carbon use were average your dividend money would cover the increased costs.  If your carbon footprint is below average you get to keep the extra money. This approach will reward those who use renewable energy and conserve on fossil fuels.

Come join our local Citizens Climate Lobby organization and help to ensure the health of our planet and environment for present and future generations.

Susan Stueber and Quintin Lake                                                                                           

Phelan

Protect national monuments

In April, President Trump issued an executive order directing the US Interior Department to review the designations of 27 national monuments, six of which are in California. This unprecedented attack which could lead to drilling, mining and other harmful development on our public lands included the opportunity for Americans to voice their opinions. June 10 marked the end of the comment review period, and over 2.7 million comments were submitted, the vast majority of which were in support of protecting our national monuments. It is clear that the Trump administration and Secretary Zinke are bowing to corporate interests instead of the American people.

It is therefore vital that we continue to fight against these attacks on our precious lands which protect our ecosystems, history, culture and endangered species, including San Gabriel, Sand to Snow, and Mojave Trails. We must continue to make our voices heard by contacting our representatives and senators.

Phoebe Sauter

Environment California