LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – Jan. 12, 2017

New Laws for Drivers 2017

By Margulies
Cartoon of the week

Dear Editor:

The speed limit can be different depending upon where you might be driving, and in some cases what you may be driving in the state of California. For example, on the freeways any vehicle with a trailer is only allowed in the right hand lanes and can’t go over 55 miles per hour. It is even possible to get a ticket for going one mile over the speed limit in any vehicle in California. Furthermore, you can get a ticket for driving the speed limit if the weather conditions are bad as in fog, rain, wind, snow or even crowded roads.
Having worked as a Traffic Violator School Instructor for many years for several schools including Mt. San Jacinto College. I have found that one of the reasons drivers get ticketed is simply because they aren’t aware of or clear on the traffic laws. Added to that is the fact that “new laws” appear every year, and 2017 is no different.
It is your responsibility to know and understand the laws of driving in California. Striking up a barroom conversation about traffic laws may not be the best way to learn of new laws. Check with the DMV and get the new driver’s handbook, and please put your cell phone down and drive safe.

Rocky Zharp,
Hemet


 

My heart goes out

Dear Editor:

Undoubtedly there must be quite a few individuals that yearn to set up their own business, people that want to be independent, provide a product or service, create employment opportunities, contribute to the tax base and of course generate a profit – but It takes a special type of person that is willing to jump into turbulent waters, risking time, personal health and financial resources, individuals that will dedicate their entire life and fortune working to develop a successful enterprise.
Establishing a business of any size requires strength of character, readiness to sacrifice, creativity, unbending willpower and an undying desire to succeed. Only those exceptional individuals possessing these attributes will achieve their goals.
Overnight success is a rarity. Only after constant effort over the years to acquire all necessary equipment, train personnel, perfect a product or service, and build a customer base that will distinguish their company from others, can it be said that the enterprise is successful.
Whenever any business, regardless of size, generator of wealth, goes up in smoke in a matter of hours, leaving nothing but charred ruins, an entire community in a domino effect loses the economic and social benefits represented; suppliers of goods and services, utility companies, reduction of the tax base at all levels of government, but most importantly the employees that are left without a job. The exact immediate and ongoing amount of dollars lost to such a calamity is difficult to quantify, but it can easily be assumed that it’s in the millions.
In the course of 17 years, the owners of El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina have paid the price for their success, generating upwards of 40 jobs, and pleasing thousands of satisfied customers from Hemet and beyond with their Mexican fare and old-country atmosphere. My heart goes out to those directly affected by this terrible tragedy hoping that the proprietors find the will and determination to rebuild this important landmark in the city of Hemet. The skills, know-how and excellent reputation that the El Patron owners and managers can bring to a negotiating table should guarantee a viable partnership with financial backers and/or other restaurant businesses, as well as tax breaks at the city level, knowing full well that the many satisfied customers of this restaurant would welcome the opportunity to show their support, helping to restore a source of prosperity for the entire community.

Emmett Campbell
Hemet


All Veterans are not treated equally

Dear Editor:

“The Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment”
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
I took this oath in 1976 and in 1980 was discharged from the United States Army after being stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, which included a 30-day stint in England. In June 1971, President Nixon had declared a “war on drugs.” I did my best to burn all the marijuana I could put my hands on to help with this war while enlisted. To my knowledge this “domestic” war continues yet today. Makes me wonder why do we call it a “war on drugs” when alcohol and tobacco are the cause of many more deaths and are both drugs. For some reason America is OK with that. Truth is more people will die today from prescription overdose then have died in the past 5,000 years from pot. But I digress.
Having performed at many VFWs and American Legions over the years, I decided to join the American Legion. I was told by the post commander that Congress passed a bill that states that to join the American Legion, you must have served at least one day on active duty during any of the following periods of conflict:
April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause – Panama)
*August 2, 1990 to today (Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Iraqi Freedom)
I am not a Veteran of a Foreign War, but here are the requirements to join anyway: To be eligible to join the VFW, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, a person must be a U.S. citizen who has served in the military honorably in an overseas conflict, received a campaign medal for overseas service, served 60 nonconsecutive or 30 consecutive days in Korea, or received imminent danger or hostile-fire pay.
This is not the end of the world kind of thing for me but it is something to take note of. As any club or organization would like to build up their membership, I am one of many vets that cannot belong to the American Legion because I guess domestic wars don’t matter.

Rocky Zharp,
Hemet


Falling behind in national security

Dear Editor:

Most may agree that making America a more secure nation, as safe as possible for all its citizens, is a worthy objective.

1. America being hacked into by any foreign nation is generally unacceptable, for whatever reason. We are now aware from experts that we are more than vulnerable and about 20 years behind the curve compared to those wishing us harm.

2. Can we as a nation be hacked for years, say by the Russians, and then draw national attention to it and complain about it when it is convenient?
Can we be hacked by the Chinese, or our government workers at the highest level, the White House, and remain silent? Can we pick and choose who’s hacking that seems to bother us?

3. Can we as a nation interfere with other nation’s elections, like Israel in 2015, and think no one will find out, and then be horrified when we are messed with?

In 2015, the Obama administration sent 270 strategists (v 15) to work with the ONE VOICE V, far left group in Israel, to defeat Prime Minister B. Netanyahu.
They received a grant from our U.S. State Department of $350,000 taxpayer dollars.

The State Department is listed as a partner of One Voice on their Website.
They failed, not because our government did not try, however.

4. So now, when America could help Israel with voting against Hamas taking of their land through the U.N, you see the pay back: “We sit this one out.”

5. Last, airport security. Have you ever walked into an airport baggage claim area to greet a family member, friend, or had such an individual enter that area to greet you? What type of security did you or they have to go through?
Answer is NONE!

The point is that the shooter in Florida the other day could have pulled up in front via taxi, Uber, walked into the baggage claim area with a briefcase, and started his carnage. He could have had a dozen others there and in 50 other airports–same time, same thing. Most any day there are millions of Americans standing around baggage claim, completely unprotected, why?

When you enter Lambeau Field, you are very, very carefully screen checked.
[There is] more security at an NFL game, than at our airports. You take nothing in. You cannot leave and re-enter under any circumstances.

Our airports, huge security for boarding planes that carry 200-300 people–the terminal baggage claim with thousands–almost ZERO!

Hope someone is awake.

Bob Haunschild
Hemet

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