We the people must take control
“We the people” must never allow a demagogue like Donald Trump to be elected to office again. Because of an archaic electoral system and clever gerrymandered districts in state after close-call states, plus a strident and relentless campaign of demeaning attacks and outright baloney designed to appeal to the dissatisfied masses, he “won.” I don’t think anyone was more surprised than Trump himself.
As president he has tried to rule his new political domain like a fiefdom, as he was used to doing at the top of his economic empire, employing those willing to act as lackeys and toadies, like serfs of old who benefit from the “system.” Our democracy has suffered much from this divider-in-chief, this daily liar-in-chief, this demeaner-in-chief who panders to some of the rankest elements among us, and who knows all the wily ways of demagoguery.
The way forward is to see through this miasma of bombast and false rhetoric. Let the blind see and the deaf hear! Please! This is our only salvation. We, the citizens of this great and promising society, owe it to ourselves to turn this fraudster out and elect someone of good character and ability.
Jim Cooney, Fresno
FUSD should back Sunnyside school
As you know, discussion for Measure X funding projects will be presented and discussed at a special meeting Friday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Education Center by the (Fresno Unified) Board of Education. Full funding of the Juan Felipe Herrera Elementary School in the Sunnyside region is a most dear goal for the Sunnyside region families.
This most inspired and eager community came out, voted and comprised 71.6% of the total votes for Measure X. They are a model for taking positive steps toward flourishing educational resources for their children and their environment at large.
I am familiar with the pioneering spirit of these families. First I must tell you that the school is being named after me. Born in Fowler to migrant farm workers, and my father and mother, Central Valley trailblazer laborers of the 1940s and ’50s — until their bodies could no longer withstand the heat, hours and backbreaking work. They encouraged me to speak, read, write, and to cast my voice for the benefit of others — and to value the limitless possibilities and ample resources of school. Later on I attended UCLA and Stanford.
Here, we have an opportunity to consider the Sunnyside region in this manner — tough working families, participants of a hard-to-realize vision — they ran out of their houses and cast their 71.6% ballot.
Let us fully fund their school, for Fresno, for the Valley.
Juan Felipe Herrera, Fresno, poet laureate of the United States
Broad brush and young black men
Regarding Senate Bill 1421 that took effect Jan. 1st, transparency of police shootings. Allows public access to investigations. Senior staff attorney ACLU, Kathleen Guneratne, is disappointed in Fresno’s response, which denies all public records requests.
Chief Dyer says, “it’s important we not paint our employees with a broad brush.”
Oh? As in the “broad brush” which has been painted on young black boys for many decades?
Donna Hudson, Fresno
Mims should resign like Nielsen
Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims shamelessly stood next to Trump and his HHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when he called humans seeking legal asylum “animals” at the California border. Even though his wife's parents had used that law to get her family into the U.S., Neilsen was forced to resign two days later. Mims should resign, too.
The autopsies of both children killed at the border have come back and shown that mishandling by HHS contributed to their deaths. These — and the families protected under international treaties — are not animals, should not be treated like animals, and should not die as caged animals.
Mims has acquiesced in Trump's illegal and cruel treatment in real human beings. She has to resign, or face that voters that will not forget she sided with not only the wrong side of the building of the wall, but the wrong side of the law.
Patricia Brown, Fresno
Time to fold the race card
I often wonder, with all this racist accusations going on with the Democrats, every time they run for some kind of office accusing the Republicans of being racist, have they forgotten that the Obama administration used the race card in order to divide this country.
And since then, it still is about race. If the American voters stop and really think for a moment, just think, we have famous black movie stars, football stars, a black president, black special senators and government reps, so someone please tell me where is the race problem.
Come on people, let’s leave the race card game behind and really concentrate on the more important issues at hand.
Jess B. Hernandez, Fresno