Coffee with a cop

I'm really sorry to hear that Coffee with a Cop has been cancelled. Truly, it could have been great.

Does the Victorville PD even care about improving relations, communication, and interjecting life, back into the area where we live? I suppose it's good to ask what can we, the citizens, do to help you make that possible? Would you have any alternatives in mind?

I do hope that you will reconsider and bring back Coffee with a Cop or something similar. It takes time, and constant dedication to the same thing, to make it improve and get better. You don't just quit after one failed attempt!

I hope you will hear my words!

Kristine Quick

Victorville

Religion letters 

The first page of the High Desert section of Daily Press on Tuesday informed we readers that from now on "MOST RELIGION LETTERS MOVING." Letters to the Editor regarding religion are going to be published on Saturday's Religion pages.

All I can say is THANK GOD!

John E. Douglass

Apple Valley

Fools

To those liberal writers who frequent this column: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” — Abraham Lincoln

Tom Jahnke

Apple Valley

MSM hates Trump

Your front page teaser headline "Mainstream Media Hates Trump" for John Stossel's column on 7/13 was right on the money. Of course they do. Who wouldn't hate this moral and ethical reprobate who does everything in his power to impugn the integrity of the media? Except for Fox Noisome News, the Teflon Don hates any news medium which wants to reveal the truth about his constant stream of noisome lies.

So, who do you suppose will expose the truth about the Teflon Don? Not Fox Noisome News. Unlike CNN, Fox never fires anybody for a breach of journalistic ethics. Why? If it did, there would be nobody left to report its constant stream of lies. Therefore, the job of reporting the truth falls squarely on the shoulders of the rest of the media.

Meanwhile, Teflon Don likes to get all cuddly with the Rooskies, specifically with a tyrant named Putin. He admires a strong man who doesn't have to "take it" from dissidents, political opponents, and reporters who write unkind things about him. He just has them summarily assassinated. Poor Donny, if only he could do the same, he would feel so much better about things. In the meantime, he can sit back and vicariously enjoy the supra-legal antics of all the strong men of the world who can thumb their noses at democratic institutions as they send death squads to impose vigilante justice.

In the meantime, the Don can watch Fox Noisome News 24/7 to reassure himself that no matter what he does, he is loved and adored as a god. All Fox needs to make their despicable toadying complete is a hologram of Lesley Nielsen repeating his famous movie line "nothing to see here" whenever they report another assault on American institutions and sensibilities by the man who would be king. Thank goodness the rest of the media will not let this pathetic, compulsive, habitual liar get away with anything.

Edward Weinberg

Barstow

Free speech during public meetings

According to CALCRIM No. 2681, the Jury Instructions for a PC 403 Public Meeting Disturbance trial, the jury must be told: “You may not find the defendant guilty of this crime unless you find that the defendant’s acts themselves, not the message or expressive content of the acts, substantially interfered with the conduct of the meeting.”

At the Jan. 26 Hesperia City Council meeting last year, the Council procured the arrest of a man for substantially disturbing the meeting with a 1.8-second cogent remark challenging a rostrum speaker's statement believed misleading.

At the June 6 Hesperia City Council Meeting this year, lasting less than 52 minutes of its scheduled three hours, the Mayor lacked Brown Act authority to impose a time limit on rostrum speakers to “ensure” all wishing to be heard could be accommodated in the time set aside for the meeting.

Yet one second after one of the three speakers at that meeting exceeded a three-minute limit imposed at every meeting, his microphone was turned off and when he declined to yield the rostrum the Council procured his arrest for substantially disturbing the meeting (at 19 point 34 on the website-archived meeting video).

And at the June 20 Hesperia City Council meeting, lasting one hour and 38 minutes of the allotted three hours, the Council believed a man substantially interfered with the conduct of the meeting by continuing to occupy the rostrum for 14 seconds after being told his three minutes were up before the Mayor Pro Tem signaled for his arrest and removal (at 29 point 45 on the meeting video).

Less than two seconds? One second? Fourteen seconds? Substantial meeting disruptions?

Hardly. But absolutely gross abuses of the Brown Act, the First Amendment and honor oaths of office.

What we really need is a free press.

Bob Nelson

Hesperia

Something to ponder

Cannot recall where I saw this or heard this but here goes… “the flower of common sense does not grow in everyone’s garden.”

Imagine if common sense was widespread, just imagine. Will it ever happen? Never.

Bob Craig

Apple Valley

Unsettling or 'unsettling'?

I am writing regarding Richard Reeb's column on July 18th, "Influential liberals ‘out’ themselves: Western civilization is ‘racist.’"

I find "his" use of "quotation marks" a bit "unsettling."

Aaron L. M. Goodwin

Apple Valley

Rest in peace ‘occur’

Some of you more mature readers may remember the day when some events "occurred." Now-a-days everything just seems to "happen." Nothing occurs anymore — the accident happened, the earthquake happened, the fire happened, etc.

So what did happen to "occur"? It appears that just as old words fade away, like an old word, "occur" just faded away. But whatever the cause, I think it had a good, useful life, and will be missed by many who think that not everything "just happens."

Skip Bond

Oak Hills