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Joe Biden’s touching: Letters to the editor, April 10, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden is joined by some children on stage as he speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers construction and maintenance conference in Washington, Friday, April 5, 2019.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is joined by some children on stage as he speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers construction and maintenance conference in Washington, Friday, April 5, 2019. AP

She’s had enough of Biden’s touching

Enough with Joe Biden. At 17, I started working for powerful men, with their associates and cronies. I was outspoken about men and their limits towards me — whether spoken or physical. Even an attempted “hug” was met with a “whoa, back off, buddy. Don’t even go there with me.” I did not wait, I nipped it immediately. Right there — right then. Ironically, I not only never lost a job, I was treated with respect. I knew boundaries and was never the touchy-feely type, until having my own children.

If someone had been behind me smelling my hair, much less planting a kiss, I would have done an immediate 180 degrees and put him in his place. No matter who it was.

I remember one especially powerful man — head of the firm — and part of my job description, after I got the job, was to get him coffee and call him mister. I never got him coffee (I had work to do) and called him “Hey, you” or by his last name only. Never Mr. That is a title earned, not required. We got along famously for years.

Linda Marie, Clovis

When the very appearance matters

Regarding campaign contributions, the U.S. Supreme Court once noted, “Of almost equal concern as the danger of actual quid pro quo arrangements is the impact of the appearance of corruption stemming from public awareness of the opportunities for abuse inherent in a regime of large individual financial contributions.” Fresno has a history of being susceptible to such conduct.

California has limits for campaign contributions for state offices, but local governments are allowed to set their own limits for city and county races. I recently learned that the city of Fresno has one of the highest campaign contribution limits of all cities within the state at $4,700, the same limit placed on a state Senate or Assembly race. And, while that is surprising, what I find more alarming is that Fresno County sets no limit whatsoever on campaign contributions for its elected offices.

It’s up to all of us to insure our elected representatives are held accountable to their entire constituency and not merely those who write the big checks.

If you would like to learn who is donating to your local representative, you can search it at California’s Fair Political Practices Commission web site (www.fppc.ca.gov ).

Brenda A. Linder, Fresno

Here’s to making affordable rents

I have a solution for the affordable housing problem in Fresno and Clovis. Inthe 1960s when I lived in Las Vegas, I found myself living in an area called "Divorcee Alley." There were blocks and blocks of single story efficiency apartments. They had a patio in front surrounded by a wooden fence and gate. It had a combination living room and bedroom with two fold down futon couches, small kitchen area with small table and chairs, small refrigerator and stove. The bathroom had a combination shower-bathtub.

The rent was cheap for one person or cheaper for two people to share the rent.

I think this is what Fresno and Clovis need more available, instead of these expensive new apartments everywhere.

Walt Van Norsdall, Clovis

Are we the intelligent life?

I once dreamed man achieved interplanetary space travel, finding intelligent life on another world.

What if they that that we, the UFO aliens, had all the right answers?

We should get busy. Therer is much to do.

Glenn Mitchell, Coalinga

Hand-picked AG helps Trump

It is amazing to me how many in the mainstream media, the overall general populace and not surprisingly Donald Trump and Fox News have taken Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary to mean that the Mueller investigation was in fact a worthless witch hunt.

There is only one person who has seen this report and it is Trump’s hand-picked attorney general. John Dean, former chief counsel for Richard Nixon, in a recent tweet wrote: “Having re-read William Barr’s June 2018 Memo critiquing Mueller’s obstruction investigation and now his summary of Mueller’s Report, it is clear that Richard Nixon would not have been forced to resign his office if Barr had been Attorney General. Barr wants a POTUS above the law.”

Stephen Sacks, Fresno