LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – April 20, 2017

San Diego wisely changes pension strategy

Dear Editor,

This week marks a historic return of power to the Californian people. In 2012 the voters of San Diego voted to not allow guaranteed pensions for government workers (excluding police). This week it was upheld in court despite a fight from government unions and even apathy by some elected officials. This needs to happen in more government, including right here in Hemet.
While asking for the largest tax increase in the history of Hemet, the city still had millions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities due to the flawed guaranteed benefit model. We currently have retired bureaucrats that are bleeding the city dry with the pensions their unions negotiated in the past. City Councils cannot be trusted to prevent such lavish benefits in the future as it is not their money being negotiated. It is time for this practice to stop moving forward.
The state government recently dramatically increased gas taxes and car license fees. This increase will allegedly fix the roads that have been neglected as money defined for this purpose has been syphoned off to pay state worker pensions. Hemet takes in $3 million in gas tax and $6 million in vehicle license fees, yet has not found a way to maintain our roads. In California, one mile of road costs $1 million dollars to repair, while in Ohio it costs less than half that. Can you find nine miles of road paved in the past year? Our current mayor has now twice made her lack of concern about roads and infrastructure apparent.  Pensions are a major part of the operating budget for our state and our city, and continue to suck away vital resources, which negatively impacts our standard of living.

Sincerely,

Galen Hammerle,
Hemet


Report on the criminality of Toyota airbag recalls

Dear Editor,

This letter is regarding The Hemet Car Guy article, “Postponing recall repairs is a deadly game.”  You should publish warnings to all drivers of previously recalled vehicles such as my 2010 Scion XB.  Toyota sent me a letter advising I could get killed in that car because of faulty Takata airbag devices.  They also said they had no replacement Takata devices.  This was a year ago and I still have heard nothing from Toyota.
I’ve checked with Gosch Toyota and Temecula Toyota.  Neither has replacement parts but Temecula Toyota offered to buy my car for $6,000. I paid them $25,000 for it.  This is the kind of reporting you need to be doing.  Any moron should know enough to take his car in for a recall, but this is a recall which explicitly warns you may die if you continue driving your car.
If you write a follow-up article, please advocate shutting down any automobile manufacturer, especially Toyota, since they can’t sell safe cars and have so admitted with an attitude. After all, they’ve admitted in writing their product could take your head off.  I repeatedly contacted Toyota and they warned it may be five years before any replacement parts are available. This is unacceptable and they need to be put out of business and/or heavily fined on a daily basis for placing millions of drivers’ lives at risk.  This is the kind of reporting I want to see from you.

Sincerely,

George Callas,
Hemet


Letters to editor are much more balanced…thanks!

Dear Editor,

Please find enclosed my subscription fee for the newspaper.  I had originally thought about canceling the paper last year due to what I found to be a depressing amount of far-right letters to the editor.
Recently though, I find it to be a much more balanced approach and I love Rusty Strait’s articles. He reminds me of San Francisco’s Herb Caen. I’m happy to be able to support local journalism again.

Sincerely,

Antoinette Hughes

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