Shame on Orange County Board of Supervisors: Letters

Re “O.C. Chief Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick resigns amid mask controversy, threats” (News, June 9):

The League of Women Voters of Orange County is beyond frustrated and disappointed with the Orange County Board of Supervisors for their refusal to support our now-departed chief health officer Dr. Nichole Quick.

Not only did the supervisors refuse to support her professional advice regarding wearing of masks, they did little to discourage death threats that surely were central to her decision to resign.

Dr. Quick is a public health scientist who based her policy on data and facts, including the fact that OC numbers have been going up. In fact, June 6 and 7 saw the two highest numbers of new cases in the county by a considerable margin. The number of hospitalizations continues to rise while the number of tests is disgracefully low.

The board also refused to endorse her recommendations for wearing masks when out in public, continually focusing on whether wearing a mask protects the wearer. That is not the point.

Masks should be worn to protect others (and, by extension, all of us), as it is possible to have and shed the virus before you know you have it — and to actually have it and not exhibit symptoms — which means folks who feel fine may, in fact, have and be spreading the virus. That is the basis of the public health mask requirement.

It is shameful that the Board of Supervisors continues to disparage the recommendations of health care professionals during the worst pandemic in over 100 years.

Sue Guilford,

The letter writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Orange County.

Voting for candidates endorsed by unions

Re “Lawmakers in denial over budget realities” (Editorial, June 9):

You have your answer in a nutshell: “… thanks to their closeness with the state’s public employee unions.”

But we have only ourselves to blame. Voting for candidates because they are endorsed by the public employee unions is a choice. The endorsements are politically valuable because we make them so.

Sometimes it’s just money. Sometimes it’s more teachers who shouldn’t be teachers and cops who shouldn’t be cops. Something to think about in November.

M. J. Knudsen, Trabuco Canyon

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Federal government must not bail out cities, states: Letters

Re “We can’t let cities and states go under” (Opinion, May 4):

How predictable that two big-spender California representatives would write a piece trying to make a case for the federal government bailing out cities and states who were already in financial trouble before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Never let a crisis go to waste, right? Reimbursement for virus-related expenses? Yes. However, would that money go toward those expenses? Perhaps.

Why should the taxpayers in responsibly run cities/states have to bail out those that are not? Nothing would change in the bailed-out entities; those state/local governments would simply be given a clean slate so they could stay on their current course of deficit spending and raising taxes.

Not until we voters decide we’ve had enough of these tax-and-spend representatives and local officials and elect people who will respect and follow responsible economic policies will things ever change.

Politicians pass unsustainable benefits and huge tax increases, then go off the stage into a comfortable retirement. They are never around when the consequence of their actions are realized.

Gil Cinsneros and Harley Rouda, just how much longer are you going to continue to insist that we kick the deficit can down the road? At some point, the piper must inevitably be paid.

— Dolores Storme, Costa Mesa

Some have selfish attitude

Re “Open the country and get the economy going” (Letters, May 10):

I am so impressed with how many are willing to “let nature take its course” and doom many of my closest relatives, including my wife and, of course, myself. Then there’s my immune-compromised daughter and nephew, along with dozens of dear friends and relations in my age bracket.

Forty million Americans are over 65. If you listen to thinking business people, they say they can’t survive if they lose 20-80 percent of their sales, which is probably all they’ll get if we reopen too soon. Even worse will occur if we court a second and third wave of infection.

Tragically, we lost our chance to minimize the damage due to lack of national leadership. Of course we can’t stay completely closed up. Now, we should look at how the most successful countries have dealt with this crisis, follow the best science as we learn more, and adjust course as needed.

— E. J. Parker, Long Beach

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Simplistic and short-sighted to ignore ramifications of shutdown: Letters

Re “Stay home, stay safe to protect public health” (Letters, April 23):

The letter writer, speaking of the coronavirus, believes “saving lives is more important than the economy” and further adds: “We are all in this together. Let’s stay united.”

As quaint and altruistic as that sounds, this coronavirus is not about lives vs. the economy. This shutdown is about lives vs. lives.

Millions of lives have been affected by the shutdown. It’s very simplistic and short-sighted to ignore the ramifications of the harm this shutdown has done to the lives of millions of people.

Domestic violence, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide and untold stories of people losing their jobs and businesses should not be overly simplified as to call the shutdown the economy vs. lives.

We are not all in this together, either. At least not equally. Our leaders, the decision makers and experts, continue to be paid.

When one’s social, mental and physical health and financial livelihood is disappearing before one’s eyes, one tends to see things a little differently than the aforementioned writer.

Jeff Sebek, Irvine

U.S. can’t afford to offshore vital commodities

Re “Tariffs are just tax increases on Americans” (Editorial, April 22):

You are undoubtedly correct that tariffs and protectionist trade policies can be harmful.

But is it wise to offshore vital electronic, manufacturing and pharmaceutical production to areas of the world simply because of significantly lower costs? Lower costs attained by lower labor costs, poorer working conditions, less restrictive safety and environmental regulations.

Further, to nations that may not be totally friendly and may subsidize specific industries for strategic and political purposes? How else can this challenge be addressed and corrected? What tools are available other than tariffs?

My hope is that one lesson from the COVID-19 epidemic is we can’t afford to offshore vital commodities no matter how attractive the economics may be.

If we are to remain free, one price will be a higher cost of some goods. As someone said: “It is one thing to purchase cheap jeans and sneakers; quite another to find that vital medicines aren’t available.”

— John Mitchell, San Juan Capistrano

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Charter schools act more like private schools: Letters

Re “Let parents choose their children’s school” (Letters, Sept. 12):

Telling detail from charter school advocate Chuck Trout’s letter to the editor. He says charters are great “compared with public schools.”

Aren’t charter schools supposed to be public schools? Therein lies the problem with many (not all) charter schools: They want the benefit of public funding, but essentially operate as private schools.

— Jeff Marbut, Fountain Valley

Let’s talk about ‘Responsibility for All’

Re “Bernie’s latest bailout proposal” (Editorial, Sept. 9):

Before we have a national conversation about “Medicare For All,” we need to discuss “Responsibility for All.”

For instance, if your doctor tells you to stop smoking, stop drinking, lose weight, eat nutritious foods, curtail certain activities, and so on, but you ignore your doctor’s sage advice and then have medical issues because you continue to make unhealthy choices, why should fellow Americans foot the bill?

— Robin Itzler, Cypress

Pay attention to what Trump does, not says

To understand Trump, first stop comparing him using old politician standards. Politicians make all kinds of promises before getting into office, none of which they plan to keep.

Politicians do not solve problems, they only manage problems, most of which they have created themselves. Any solutions they do come up with usually create two more problems to take their place. Politicians do not take into account the law of unintended consequences, only if it “feels good.”

President Trump is a businessman, solving problems, not managing them. He does not sanitize his comments or couch in political speak terms. He has succeeded in many of the programs called for in his election campaign despite the fake media and deep state bureaucrats.

He has lowered taxes, reduced regulations, new trade agreements, reduced unemployment, growing stock market and etc. Making some progress on border security and health care.

Unfortunately, the Democrat House would rather work on impeachment than take this opportunity to clean up the corruption in Washington.

I do have something in common with “Trump haters” in the left-wing media — I have not met President Trump nor do I know him personally. I am more interested in what he does than what he says.

— Grover Havens, Orange

Effects of population growths on infrastructure

Re “Broadway concerns turn into shouts” (News, Aug. 29):

I have lived along the mid-east end of Broadway for my entire 76 years. I have walked, roller skated, biked and driven the length of it for those many years. The real change I have seen is the gigantic population and resulting car growth that are overwhelming our infrastructure and resources in general.

I was born when the world population was 3 billion and Long Beach about 165,000. Now the world population is 7.5-plus billion and Long Beach’s population about 470,000.

Broadway was there then and is there now, so you can parse the traffic lanes any way you want but the core problem is simply that there is just too much demand. Forget the “Road Diet,” what we need is a “Population Diet.”

— Bob Hoffman, Long Beach

All children suffer

Re “U.S. watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma” (News, Sept. 5):

I have a heart for children that are suffering. This article only addresses illegal immigrant children’s trauma.

This trauma can be found with thousands of American kids whose parents break the law and are hauled off to jail to leave their kids in the hands of the system.

This is a painful reality for children’s parents who decide to break the law. I would put the onus on these parents, not American policies. I would never do this to my children.— Shawn Ferguson, Westminster

Kudos to Girl Scout

Re “Girl Scout playwright helps take homeless man’s life to the stage” (News, Sept. 2):

You, go girl!

— Michelle Chilvers Murphy, Orange

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President Trump not afraid to stand up to China: Letters

The recent announcement of another round of tariffs on China and their response appears to be a further step in our full-fledged trade war. And this has provoked the predictable round of criticisms of the president’s policy.

What always seems to be lacking, though, is the offer of any credible alternative. By credible, I would not include the economic Armageddon of total cessation of trade between the two biggest economies in the world.

It is illuminating that China is fighting so hard against, among other things, giving up the practice of intellectual property theft in the furtherance of their goal of world economic domination. Of course, we could just roll over and let them take it, but President Trump has taken the courageous step of standing up to them, which other presidents have either failed or declined to do.

The point is that we are all in this together and our economy is stronger now than at any time in recent history. So the question we must answer is: “If not now, when?” If we present China with a more united front in this war, we will stand a much better chance of ending it sooner and on better terms.

— Ed Klopfenstein, Brea

Build the cemetery

Re “Paperwork for another ballot measure filed to change veterans cemetery location in Irvine” (News, Aug. 12):

I think it is shameful that Larry Agran and other politicians who avoided serving their country, militarily, can delay a veteran’s cemetery for so long.

I am an 88-year-old Korean War vet who does not want any family members who wish to visit my grave, have to travel over two hours each way. Please push the project forward and stop the nonsense and delaying tactics. Build the cemetery.

— Art Schlosser, Laguna Woods

Carnage will continue

Re “Looking for answers after mass shootings” (Editorial, Aug. 8):

With a racist and hater in the White House and the NRA in his pocket, nothing will be done. We need to ban the sales of assault rifles. Period. No citizen needs that kind of rifle, except to kill people.

We, as Americans, need to ban together to outlaw assault weapons. Until that day comes, the carnage will continue. Next time it will be in your hometown or mine. I don’t want to wait that long.

— Carrie Chotiner, Laguna Niguel

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Is the Squad good for the Democrats?: Letters

Our Question of the Week asked readers, Is the Squad good for the Democrats?

Trump, Squad dividing our country even further

I am a moderate. I believe in moderation and compromise. Currently, there is no political party for me.

I don’t believe this country has ever been as polarized as we are now. Both Trump and The Squad are taking us deeper into polarization at either end of the spectrum where there is no possibility of compromise.

Being an American now means being associated with all the hateful rhetoric via social media. It reminds me of high school where one is self-centered and hasn’t learned the art of compromise and fairness yet.

When will our government grow up and get something done?

— Kay Vickery, Irvine

The New Kids on the Block

The political pendulum continues to swing freely from the Democratic side. New faces, new generation. The Old Guard is nonplussed at times to understand in their entrenched view of American politics.

The Squad is the face of the future, more politically acute than prior generations. They have taken their protests to Congress unlike our demonstrations and peace sit-ins during the ’60s to end an unjust war. Our generation was instrumental in that effort and the resignation of a sitting president.

This Squad will have to accommodate old school philosophy and inculcate many of their precepts in their platforms. It will not be easy. This country was built on equality and opportunity from people throughout the world community.

This new order of politicians are the “New Kids on the Block” and maturity will bring them a sense of pragmatism with future success.

They are a force that will grow among the younger generations at an alarming rate. The Old Guard had better get on board or be ousted at the voting booth.

— William Lewis, Irvine

The Squad’s agenda

The Squad has an agenda to socialize America. These ladies are not helping, they are hurting their party and America. If the Democrats want this then they are in trouble.

Most Americans love their country and do not want government controlling their lives with socialism. The Squad can only criticize, they have no useful ideas to better our country. How did they fool people into voting for them? I wonder, who is pulling their strings?

— Leslie Bass, Mission Viejo

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Sanders’s student loan debt proposal a bad idea: Letters

The proposal to eliminate student loan debt by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is nothing more than an audacious attempt to buy the youth vote by promising future monetary rewards in exchange for supporting his candidacy.

College students are among the best and brightest that our country has to offer, and some of the recent graduates profiled in the paper have accomplished so much. They all clearly understand compound interest and hopefully have enough of a moral compass to understand that borrowed money must be paid back.

For students that come from lower income families, two years of community college (while employed and saving money) followed by two years at a university gives you the exact same outcome: a degree. This approach is affordable. Working while attending college gives the students either valuable experience or the necessary motivation from lower paid jobs to complete school.

Under this system, universities will have no reason to control spiraling costs. Students need to earn their way to degrees, not have their education paid for by others.Sen. Sanders, you do have good ideas. This is not one of them.

— Erik Wendehost, San Clemente

Here’s what’s offensive: Nike pulling flag shoe

Nike gets a call from Colin Kaepernick regarding its sneaker that displays the Betsy Ross flag from the American Revolution. He is offended by what the flag represents.

Kaepernick is a has-been former NFL quarterback who couldn’t get a gig because no NFL owner wanted to take a chance on him. They knew he would be booed out of every stadium in the country for his lack of respect for the American flag.

So Nike then decides to pull it from the market and discontinue the sneaker out of fear of offending someone. Now, Nike has offended me. Unless they reintroduce the Betsy Ross sneaker, I’m done with them.

— Charles Hunt, Mission Viejo

Electoral College protects small states from tyranny

Re “Time to get rid of the Electoral College” (Letters, July 4):

Letter writer Bob Hoffman’s call to end the Electoral College is unjustified. The concept is simple. The majority of voters of each state elect the president. A similar concept is senators from small states have the same power as the large states. That’s why we are named the United States. The Electoral College empowers small states against the tyranny of a few populous states.

— Jim Sorensen, Trabuco Canyon

Long Beach failed in reducing illegal fireworks

Before the city of Long Beach reports on this year’s Fourth of July illegal fireworks enforcement results, long-term residents also need to be heard. This was another year of epic failure in reducing the use of fireworks in our city.

The only data that matters is the number of citations and confiscations made from residential abusers. The number of service calls is irrelevant after years of disappointing response results.

Surely, patrol units did not need a citizen call to find the spectacular aerial displays in our neighborhoods. Perhaps next year a city campaign to encourage those who spend their money breaking the law with illegal and dangerous fireworks, could instead direct that money to funds for the homeless or animal shelters caring for lost and traumatized pets.

— Rhoda Cassell, Long Beach

Dems crazy policies

Re “California leaders propose rewards, fines to spur housing” (June 28):

Let me make sure I understand the last part of the of the article: “They (Sacramento Democrats) also agreed to tax people who refuse to purchase private health insurance and use the money to help families of four who earn as much as $150,000 a year to pay their monthly health insurance premiums.”

So if a family of four making $75,000 a year does not purchase private health insurance because they can’t afford it, they are then fined and the money given to another family of four who makes double that amount to help pay their monthly premiums. Wow. It’s scary to think what the Sacramento Democrats will come up with next.

— Ed Bjork, Fountain Valley


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Lawsuit in retaliation for not caving in to sanctuary state law: Letters

Re “Gov. Gavin Newsom targets Huntington Beach with lawsuit over affordable housing” (Jan. 25):

Not even in office a month and Gov. Gavin Newsom along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing the city of Huntington Beach for failing to build a little over 500 low-income houses for low-income workers.

If the housing quotas aren’t met, Newsom has stated he will withhold funds through taxes that the city residents and businesses pay the state.

Let’s not forget that Huntington Beach is not part of the sanctuary state, that we still abide by the Constitution and federal laws of the United States.

This is a way for the governor to get back for not caving in to being a sanctuary city. When President Trump wanted to stop the flow of federal funds to sanctuary states there was uproar from the Democrats.

I hope Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates takes this court case to the Supreme Court if need be.

It seems like this state can break federal laws and get away with it. A country that doesn’t believe in the rule of law ceases to be a country.

— Tony Barone, Huntington Beach

Armed FBI raid for white-collar crime was excessive

Re “Stone indicted by special counsel” (Jan. 26):

You failed to report the truth in the article. Roger Stone was arrested at 6 a.m. by 29 FBI agents with bulletproof vests and guns drawn.

Stone has been indicted for what is basically in the same category as a white-collar crime. He posed no flight risk and is not dangerous. If he had been a liberal Democrat, the FBI would have called him and asked him to be ready for a limo to take him to FBI headquarters.

Guess who was there to record all of the happenings? CNN of course. Now how did they know when and where the arrest was to take place? Do you suppose the Trump-hating FBI would have leaked this information to CNN?Another example of the newspaper managing the news rather than reporting it.

— Paul L. Sandoval, Mission Viejo

Dems and spending money

The Democrats are willing to spend money for all types of border security. Just so long as it is not effective.

— Roxy Foster, Long Beach

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The decline of unions has hurt the middle class: Letters

Re “Teachers have a choice: kids or picket lines” (Opinion, Jan. 5):

Rebecca Friedrichs’ victory in Janus v AFSCME is just another nail in the coffin of unions in American.

Having all but destroyed private sector unions over the last 60 years, conservatives have added Janus to their tool belt in their quest to also destroy public sector unions.

It is no coincidence that the middle class has disappeared at the same time and at the same rate as private sector unions have lost influence and voice. Without a reversal in direction, teachers and other public servants will soon lose their place at the table, too.

Being a “public servant” will take on a new and quite literal meaning.

— Robert Welborn, Long Beach

Dems must lead the way by passing good legislation

With the Democrats taking control of the House, they have an opportunity to show Washington what the American people expect from their representatives.

Unfortunately, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, used an opportunity in front of constituents to lower herself to the level of the current Republican Party by using the impeachment process laced with profanity to show the direction they are moving.

As a Democrat re-registering as an independent, I want everyone in Washington to know that the midterm elections were all about bringing civility back to Washington and changing the direction of the current Administration.Democrats, use your power by passing good legislation, working in a bipartisan manner. That’s what the American people want.

— Bob Lazarus, Anaheim Hills

Stop blaming Democrats for failing to build wall

Re “What is wrong with building a border wall?” (Letters, Jan. 9):

Letters writer Bob Torres states that the only reason the Democrats don’t want the wall is because they don’t like the current resident in the White House.

If that is the case, then why didn’t he get the money for the wall when the Republicans still controlled Congress? President Trump states over and over about the support he has in Congress, but apparently not enough support from his own party.

Quit blaming the Democrats for failing to build the wall until the Republicans are willing to step up.

— Linda Vosberg, Yorba Linda

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We must see homeless people as human beings: Letters

Re “Pushing hard to change public perception” (Nov. 11):

Regarding this article about whether or not the hearts and mind of people could be changed in order to support housing homeless people, I strongly believe that they can be changed.

In my hometown of Anaheim, I have seen an increase in homeless people, especially after the closing of the riverbed. The homeless had to find new places to live and most relocated to nearby parks like Boysen Park.

I believe that a homeless person has not chosen to be in that situation, but there are so many other factors that make it difficult to find affordable housing. I believe we can change the mind of society by informing them and educating them on the issue.

I have dealt with the homeless on several occasions and they are human beings just like the rest of us. They are looking for an opportunity and a way to change their lives just like we all do.

There should be information meetings that offer more information about homelessness and what we can do as a society to help and not see the homeless as a problem or burden.

Also, having classes in both English and Spanish will help get the message out clearer and make people informed.

— Ruby Felix, Anaheim

Thank you for defending judicial independence

Re “Chief justice, Trump spar in rare scrap over judges” (Nov. 22):

Thank you, Chief Justice John Roberts. For the longest time I have felt that too many judges seem to go well beyond interpreting the law to creating or amending it for ideological purposes.

To discover that it is not so is a great source of relief to myself and many others.

— Tony Wolcott, Newport Beach

Gavin Newsom’s tweet

People, get ready. Our new entitlement Governor-elect Gavin Newsom is just warming up with this tweet about the southern border invasion:

“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas. Women and children who left their lives behind — seeking peace and asylum — were met with violence and fear. That’s not my America. We’re a land of refuge. Of hope. Of freedom.”

How many of these lawbreakers is Newsom putting up at his home? It’s going to come from your wallet, not his or his elitist backers’.

— Arnold Gregg, Anaheim Hills

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