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California’s problems | Letters to the editor, Nov. 17, 2018

Water from Millerton Lake fills the Friant-Kern Canal below Friant Dam. A state water bond that would have helped repair the key canal was defeated by voters in the Nov. 6 election.
Water from Millerton Lake fills the Friant-Kern Canal below Friant Dam. A state water bond that would have helped repair the key canal was defeated by voters in the Nov. 6 election. Fresno Bee file

California is no laughing matter

Did gas, homeless people and sick kids kill California’s water bond? No. I don’t think just these things killed a water bond that was like other propositions on the ballot. You really have to read every proposition on the ballot because of the way they write them. No can mean a yes and yes can also mean no. That said, what killed this water bond is what it was supposed to do for California. You have a gas tax which nobody voted for, roads that are in terrible shape, dams that are in need of repair, and forests that have not been managed for 40 years. All this could and should have been addressed years ago, but the leaders of this used-to-be-great state had other agendas. A whole community of people who worked, lived, and made a living in timber harvesting are gone. Farmers need water to grow food, but don’t have it, yet you can still build new homes by the hundreds and water is not a problem. The roads are in need of repair, but wasn’t that the reason for the gas tax? Dams are crumbling and you need a proposition to fix them?

You have all of these problems in this state because these things should and could have been fixed a long time ago, but evidently other things were more important. The one thing that everyone can see here in the Central Valley is this wonderful high-speed rail. I have never talked to anyone who voted for this, but here it is, just like Easter Island in California. Do people really realize that all that wasted money on something that nobody needs could and would fix all the problems that need to be fixed. High-speed rail has gone 14-16 miles since its beginning and only has 200 miles to go.

Nothing in California is going to change because the same people are leading this state that everyone else in this country laughs at, except it’s not real funny anymore — it’s a disaster.

Robert Hill, Madera Ranchos

Forgivness needs to be extended

Following her husband Barack Obama being sworn in as our 44th president, then first lady Michelle Obama addressed the General Baptist State Convention and eloquently stated:

“I come here today as a Christian, a person of faith who believes we’ve all been called to serve our fellow men and women and to honor God’s creation. We want our girls to know right from wrong, to always tell the truth, to treat people no matter who they are with dignity and respect, no matter how different they may seem ... because we want our girls to know we are all God’s children and there is so much more that unites than divides us.”

Fast-forward to the present, wherein, according to The Washington Post, in her forthcoming book, “Becoming,” Mrs Obama is quoted as saying she would never forgive President Trump for “putting my family’s safety at risk” by pushing the birther conspiracy theory.

In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus warns: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Perhaps Mrs. Obama should also consider reading Luke 6:46, which is what Jesus would ask her.

Sam Lukes, Visalia

Story display shows a liberal bias

Your liberal bias is very apparent . Your ran an article near the editorial page concerning Jim Acosta of CNN and his rude, inappropriate behavior at a presidential news conference. I saw this live on TV. The suspension of his White House credential was the right thing to do. Your article claimed that a video of this action was edited.

Then we have the Tucker Carlson story. He is a newsman for Fox News. A gang who said they were antifa rioted at Carlson’s house, sprayed their logo on his driveway and car. They also attacked the front door, which broke the lock while shouting that they knew where he lived and he would not be safe at night. Tucker’s wife was the only person in the home and she was terrified. She thought it was a home invasion and took refuge in the pantry, then called 9-1-1. This was a genuine act of aggression against the Carlsons. But where in your paper was this reported? It was with the entertainment news in the sport’s section of the paper, tucked between the advice column and the weather report! Shame on you!

Bonnie Lindgren, Kingsburg