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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – July 19th, 2018

Broken Dream Once upon a time We had a system most sublime. Where has all the caring gone? Being politically correct is the new song. At one time, this was the land of dreams; It is now a nightmare—nothing sacred, or so it seems. We still have hope that all will Wake up! And put a stop to all that’s made up. Once-held beliefs ignored, trashed. Systems dismantled—brought down with a crash. Bipartisan infighting, name calling – Atmosphere of tension, emotions roiling. Please, please resolve these issues in timely way; Listen to the people, we have a lot to say. Our voices are loud, so Hear what is being said in (more…)
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Chaos or community in immigration policy

■ By Andrew Moss / Contributed If you scan the Internet for immigration-related news stories following the Trump administration’s May 7 announcement of its “zero tolerance” border policy, you’ll find the word “chaos” coming up time and time again. Here, for example, is a July 10 headline from my hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times: “First wave of migrants is reunited: amid chaos and legal clashes, U.S. returns 38 of 102 children to parents but misses deadline set by judge.” In this headline, the Times editors used the word “chaos” to allude to several kinds of disorder depicted in the news story: the suffering of 64 families with children under 5 (more…)
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America’s spirit is under siege

■ Richard S. FloreS Latino Political Organizing Committee / Contributed As we celebrated the Fourth of July holiday, which marks the signing of a document that announced the creation of a free and independent new nation, it is fitting to assess where we find ourselves in regards to the state of our nation today. A country we call America. The Founding Fathers of the United States embarked on a governing experiment that they capsulated as “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.” In their divinely inspired wisdom, they did not give us a monarchy form of government, not an oligarchy government and surely, not a authoritarian (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – July 12th, 2018

Dear Editor, This is in response to your “Editor’s Note” on July 5. I did not agree with your interpretation of Nancy Eller and Citizen Bob’s letters. I believe, as they do, that anyone coming to this wonderful country, for whatever reason, must do so LEGALLY. Once in our country they should learn English, become productive members of our society, obey our laws and embrace our ways and customs. Too often they want to bring their laws and lifestyle with them even if it conflicts with our laws. I don’t understand when or why “ILLEGAL” became okay and concerned citizens like Nancy Eller, Citizen Bob, and myself became “Hate-Mongers.” We are (more…)
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America’s Political Amnesia

■ By Bob Franken / Contributed Here’s a pop quiz: What is the name of North Korea’s capital city? If you said “Pyongyang,” you probably have an above-average recall. I didn’t want to make it too easy. The name Kim Jong Un still should ring a bell, but if the details of his much-ballyhooed meeting with President Donald Trump have faded, don’t worry. That was sooooo two weeks ago, and we Americans have the memory span of a gnat. Since that historic Trump-Kim negotiation to defuse the ticking nuclear time bomb, we have moved on. All the glaring images from Singapore (the location of their get-together, in case you’ve forgotten) have (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – July 5th, 2018

Dear Editor, While we are in the process of deportation, could we please add Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters? If we can’t deport them, can California recall them since they are more interested in doing harm to America rather than serving their constituents? Nancy Eller Dear Editor, Illegal aliens – listen! This month we are celebrating the 4th of July. That’s the day we have freed ourselves of oppressive invaders forcing their will onto us. We are a free nation of free Americans and we will continue to free ourselves of illegal invaders, unlawfully eroding our hard-earned freedoms. You are delusional to believe that you have the right to unlawful assembly (more…)
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Reporting in crisis: The Capitol Gazette massacre and the fate of journalism

■ By Mark Sarll Jr. / Contributed Did you think the Parisian satirical publication Charlie Hebdo was the only one? You’re wrong! Speaking as a freelance journalist myself, with this publication and many others, reporting the truth can make you some friends – and plenty of enemies. The idea of journalists being murdered seems like something conjured up from a war zone in Darfur or Kabul, but it’s happening right here on western soil, and it looks like it’s getting worse. The recent massacre that occurred at the Capitol Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., is a strong reminder that we shouldn’t ignore the possibility of horrible attacks occurring from the “inside” (more…)
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Tariffs will lead to higher consumer prices

Trump likely won’t take responsibility for tariffs’ negative effects ■ By Tom Hastings / Contributed Now comes the Trump Trade War, his “bellum omnium contra omnes” – war of all against all. It is the most spiritless, cynical, pessimistic perspective on human nature and international relations imaginable. It is also doomed to simply amount to an alienated attack on American consumers and workers. I’m an old man who developed a hearing problem over the decades. I’m well into my senior citizen years and on my fourth generation of hearing aids, each improvement changing my life, saving my ability to work, and rescuing me from what would be increased social isolation. Trump’s (more…)
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Net neutrality repeal will likely hurt small business

■ By Rivera Sun / Contributed Pretty soon, we’ll all be paying a whole lot more money for Internet service. The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality went into effect. If nothing is done, it easy to see the handwriting on the wall. After a waiting period of no changes (intended to diffuse public outrage), it’s expected that the telecom giants will broker deals with massive companies like Google and Amazon, giving them the virtual version of a bulk shipping discount while the rest of us pay premium rates to download, upload, and stream. It’s a death knell for struggling small businesses. There’s still hope for the supporters of net neutrality, however, (more…)
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Trump’s reputation as a deal maker is about to be tested

■ By Mel Gurtov / Contributed “Peace and prosperity,” “lasting and stable peace,” “peace regime,” “denuclearization,” “new US-DPRK relations”—these fine words and phrases dominate the joint statement of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Yet it’s difficult to describe in a concrete way what they agreed to actually do. The joint statement stands as one of hope, nothing more, similar to the tone of the Pyongyang Declaration between Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. The Trump-Kim statement has nothing of substance to say about denuclearization, a Korean peninsula at peace, normalization of US-North Korea relations, economic or military incentives, verification of promises, and schedules for implementation. Whatever substantive agreements were (more…)