Lies, the truth, and political payback
The guy sitting in the Oval Office is obsessed with “illegal aliens” coming across the southern border and accusing them all of being murders, rapists and drug dealers. There are more people in fear of their lives in America due to death by guns. Not once have I heard it mentioned by this president about guns owned by Americans committing slaughter in schools, churches, entertainment venues; could it be that he is owned by the gun lobby? This country needs to focus on solid background checks for gun ownership and removal of military-style weapons from the street.
Take a look at the news each night (not fake). The man with road rage who got out of his car with a loaded gun and shot, twice, a schoolbus driver for bumping his car in traffic. There is more danger from death on our streets from guns than foreigners seeking asylum.
Because this president is known to tell more lies than truth (”I try to tell the truth when I can”) and repeats his lies so often, there are those who believe those lies to truth. Isn’t that what happened in Nazi Germany?
Diane Woody, Fresno
Need to make a shutdown illegal
Using the government shutdown to force your agenda is wrong. Our government should not negotiate with anybody trying to use government services as a bargaining chip to get their way.
If this is allowed to continue, what issue will be next .... and by whom? Make it illegal to not fund the government. This approach is like shooting yourself and saying “I’m not going to the doctor until you agree to my demands.” Lack of services provided by the government hurts everybody.
G.L. Stewart, Fresno
First the explosion, then the help
On Jan. 2, at 5:30 a.m., an explosion in my home caused a fire, and the home is a total loss. I was able to get out with just my shirt and pants. I lost everything, even my beloved dog Sophia.
I want to thank the Fresno Fire Department, which responded rapidly, Engine Companies 12. 20, 5, 16,11 and 9. The firemen who put out the fire gave me coffee and saved my neighbors’ homes.
Also thanks to Fresno City Fire Inspector Richard Perez; the American Red Cross, which contacted me immediately after and was very helpful, especially Debbie and Theresa. My neighbors at Westlake Mobile Home Park, family and friends have been supportive with help of clothing and money and I thank them as well.
A neighbor has set up a GoFundMe.com account and has given me shelter. Again a big heartfelt thank you to all.
Dennis Francesconi, Fresno
More on the U.S. Electoral College
Another letter by a disgruntled voter doing a not-so-slow burn over the last presidential election and the Electoral College process. “Make your best argument, and let’s put it to a vote, if that side wins, let’s salute it...” it states. Yes, let’s make certain that the very reason for the restriction to prevent the tyranny of the majority be removed by the tyranny of the majority!
Montana has one representative in Congress; however, it does have the required two senators. But really, compared to states like Ohio, Florida, New York and California, it is politically impotent. The framers of the Constitution had enough intelligence to realize that to put together a union , they had to “sweeten-the-pot” by throwing a bone or two to the less significant states to get their approval.
Away from the Constitution, laws and policies have been part of the nation’s agenda to provide a “level playing field” to less academically qualified students to attend colleges. This is done in a spirit of fairness.
I get the feeling that California sees itself as a god among states, and has an arrogance to go with it. Wasn’t it Oregon who had a sign: “Californians, welcome. Now go home.”
Ted Messerlian, Fresno