Letters to the Editor

Nixon and Trump: Letters to the editor, April 29, 2019

President Richard Nixon resigns during a speech to his Cabinet and staff at the White House on Aug. 9, 1974.
President Richard Nixon resigns during a speech to his Cabinet and staff at the White House on Aug. 9, 1974. NYT file

Key difference of Nixon, Trump

With the release of the Mueller report, the talk of impeachment is once again in the air. Political writers are drawing parallels between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon. While the two men have commonalities, there is an important contrast between the two that is worth considering.

Nixon felt that it was important for him to present himself as an innocent man. For Nixon to be able to govern, he had to convince the American people that he was not a “crook.”

Donald Trump carries no such burden. With all of Trump’s moral, ethical and even legal failings that have been documented, it would be pointless to try to “clean up” his image. What Trump is counting on is the indifference of the American electorate. If Mr. Trump is correct, if a significant portion of voting Americans don’t care if Trump is a “crook., then we have truly elected the president we deserve.

Sam Hagen, Kingsburg

Humans, weapons of mass destruction

We were introduced to chemical WMDs during the First World War. Nuclear WMDs became a reality in the aftermath of WW II. One result of our awareness of WMDs was the international agreement that they must not be allowed to proliferate. This has come to mean that any "bad guys" should certainly never have them, and also that our "good guy" allies don't need them either. (No one has suggested that the world would feel safer if our allies has ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads.)

This philosophy does no extend to our control of WMDs locally. No survivor of a mass shooting will ever be convinced that an assault rifle is not a WMD. On an individual basis, the loss of a single loved one is a horrifying experience. The only significant difference between an atom bomb and an AR-15 is a matter of scale: one claims 30 million victims and the other has 30.

Our hypocrisy in dealing with WMDs is a problem that must be resolved. If we fail to do so, we humans and the world we know will surely not survive our own ingenious ability to create the means of our self-destruction.

J.C. Bigler, Visalia

Cyclist trying to live dangerously

Recently when I was driving on Herndon Ave., I saw someone riding their bicycle on this busy road while cars blazed past them at speeds of 50-60 mph. This person is not the only person to put themselves in danger in this way because I see people walking or biking on Herndon many times per week.

This road is not meant for pedestrian and bike traffic, and there are plenty of other roads to use, such as Alluvial or Sierra if you need to go in the East-West direction.

Using an alternate road might add additional travel time to your trip, but that is better than ending up severely injured or killed.

At the same time, this would give the cities of Fresno and Clovis an additional source of revenue so they will not have to tax law-abiding citizens for more money.

Jordan Edginton, Fresno

Utility bill jumps, thank Sacramento

Electric bills are going to rise and there's really nothing anyone can do about it and there's a reason.

For 40 years California has not managed its forests, and the end result is dead trees by the millions, overgrown brush, and closed logging roads.

Of all the fires that hit California after years of drought, you can see the results. The Paradise fire was supposedly started by PG&E. With all the overgrown brush, dead trees and years of neglect, let's blame PG&E. That's just what the great state of California did. They have other projects like high-speed rail, bad roads, dams that need rebuilt, so lets blame these fires on PG&E and make them pay. California is not going to pay and PG&E has no choice, so who gets to pay? You do every time you pay your PG&E bill; as it gets bigger, you can thank California.

Robert Hill, Madera Ranchos