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

Trump Jr.

Let’s get our facts straight, shall we? Donald Trump Jr. did not just “meet with a Russian lawyer for fifteen minutes,” he, and several others from the Trump campaign, responded to an email saying the Russian government was interfering in our presidential election to assure Donald Sr.’s election and that they had damaging information against Hillary Clinton that could be used toward that end they wanted to give the Trump campaign.

The only proper response to such an email, and what “most people” would do if they received one, is to turn it over to the FBI, not to reply “I love it” and arrange to meet with the “Russian government lawyer” claiming to have such information. Just showing up for that meeting is evidence of collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.

Now we’re learning that there were more people in that meeting from both sides than Trump Jr. and others claimed. Another yuge lie from the Trumps. We’re also now finding out that the Donald had an hour-long secret meeting with Putin we were never told about with no U.S. observers present, a dangerous break in protocol.

As evidence continues to mount that the Russian government was behind the hacking and releasing of Democrats' private e-mails, although Hillary Clinton’s “unsecured” private server was never hacked, and that the Trump campaign was aware of this if not an active participant, the fake news on the right is working overtime trying to convince us that so many members of the Trump campaign, many now cabinet members, having secret meetings with Russians that they conveniently forgot about is just a “nothingburger” and that the real enemy here is the imaginary conspiracy to bring down Trump they call the “Deep State.”

Republicans screamed “lock her up” about Hillary because she put her e-mails in the wrong place, yet they expect us to accept that all the evidence that Trump and his minions worked with, or at least knew about, Russia’s efforts to get him elected is much ado about nothing. When we look at the damage Trump has already done to our nation and our world, it’s not difficult to see why Putin wanted Trump in the White House.

James Simon

Apple Valley

Repeal, don't replace

Prior to Obamacare, we enjoyed a private sector medical insurance system that functioned for the most part successfully.  The cost of insurance and purchase of prescriptions and the cost of hospital procedures was too high, due primarily to government interference in the private sector.  Congress could have reduced the cost all of these roadblocks with simple reforms such as tort reform; placing a cap on medical malpractice and frivolous lawsuits; permit, in fact require, insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines; allow tax-exempt status for funding private citizens' medical care reserve funds; and either cover or subsidize insurance companies for treating the most costly medical procedures.

A complete repeal of Obamacare gets the government completely out of the medical insurance business. Insurance companies merely revert back to the programs they had sold successfully for many years.  Congress can then "tweak" the system by passing the above suggested reforms, thus reducing the cost of insurance.  The insurance companies could also offer a plan to cover treating the most severe conditions when necessary.

It is imperative that medical coverage must not be run by government. Government cannot run anything efficiently, for less cost than the private sector.  As I have said before, name one government program, at any level, that operates effectively within budget. Just one! Don't bother, you can't!

Lee Bell 

Apple Valley

Cull out bad apples

Concise Grand Jury investigation and report re. Apple Valley Unified School District towing of 700+ vehicles in 3 years being referred to a state agency is important and considered as very big business enterprise involving a people network.  Why did small Town of Apple Valley community allow this? Was leadership aware and did not take any appropriate Local Control actions and now the county is being gone around and over (no Sheriff, DA or Supervisor)?  Critical thinking suggests potential millions in legal process violations for resolution, restitution of damages and what about the 500 vehicles of undetermined status (felony Grand Theft Auto?)?

Town of Apple Valley is involved since the towing companies are located within the PBID area and require business licenses.  If the town recently conducted a hearing regarding a local school issue for much lesser importance, this bigger, more important, issue with potential business, legal and ethical violations should receive similar attention and scrutiny.  Town Council has frequently stated that additional Traffic Enforcement Officers are needed.

Has Assemblyman Obernolte been notified since this a community Local Control beyond the county set of problems? Who is going to get the policies, training and resources brought to this immediately and are they up to the tasks? No Blue Ribbon Committee is recommended folks, but several bobbing Apples should get rolled!

Apple Valley is included in the Wild West and has been commonly known to ignore laws and regulations, but this may have become another dark cloud in the news for months to come.

The Grand Jury should recommend a "We Tip Award" for reporting this Issue. The Town Manager is escaping now as things are trending down on many issues.

Al Rice

Apple Valley