Put yourself in their shoes before criticizing
This letter is in response to Nancy Eller’s comments in the Aug. 24 issue of The Valley Chronicle.
I would like to suggest to Nancy that she run for a position on the Hemet City Council. There is no quicker way to understand what the real problems are than to put yourself into someone else’s shoes. It is much easier to sit back and criticize everyone else than it is to do something constructive that may help.
I commend those who are currently serving on the City Council for hanging in there to accomplish what they can. Nancy, if you were to run for office, I would seriously consider casting my vote for you. I have actually agreed with some of the comments you have made in your past letters to the editor. However, this time I think you went way over the top. Forget about a recall – I speak from the voice of experience.
The city in which I resided before moving to Hemet recalled the entire active city council, leaving the community without any active leadership. Replacements are not easy to come by as individuals become reluctant to serve once they realize the same fate could be theirs.
The Bible has assured me the day will come when this broken world we now live in will come to an end. I pray that day will be soon. In the meantime, I will do my best to help make this a better world to live in now.
Marian Schwacofer, Hemet
Denounce racism and bigotry in all forms
It is a very sad state of affairs when the President of the United States cannot, in no uncertain terms, denounce the despicable racist white supremacist group marching in Charlottesville to supposedly defend the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
While President Donald Trump states there are fine people on both sides of the dispute, I certainly see no evidence of any fine people in that group openly wearing KKK attire, waving Nazi flags, doing the Hitler salute, and chanting offensive and derogatory slogans about minorities and non-whites.
While there is realistically no chance such an offensive group would ever attract a following of intelligent and reasonable people, it is my opinion they do not deserve to be identified in any way as “thoughtful” Americans. I acknowledge that in any public disagreement, there will be opposite ideas presented, but it is reprehensible for any person to promote and display the Nazi swastika flag, disrespecting the honor and memory of thousands of Americans who gave their lives to defeat that so called Nazi super race.
I plead for all of us to reject racist theology in every form, to recognize that we become what we are trained to be, and that we can deny evil actions and make our corner of the world a tiny bit better.
Russell Jacobs, Hemet
A point of order concerning the Jewish religion
Judaism consists of four main divisions, Orthodoxy, Conservatism, Reform and Reconstructionist. There is no division of authentic Judaism called Messianic Judaism. That is a euphemism for New Testament Bible believers whose churches teach that Jesus was the Jewish messiah, hence the term “Messianic Judaism.” These churches try to convince Jews that the messiah has already come and his name is Jesus, but this is not the belief of real Jews.
Every division of authentic Judaism believes that the Jewish messiah, known as Moshiach, has not come and when he does, the third temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and there will be peace in the entire world. Clearly, this has not happened.
To be sure, no division of authentic Judaism has any problem whatsoever with Christians believing that Jesus came to save the world or that Jesus is the Christian messiah; he is just not the Jewish messiah.
There are New Testament churches which seek to convince Jews that they can both believe that Jesus is the Jewish messiah and that they can still be a practicing Jew; significantly, this is not the case.
The Torah, the Jewish bible, teaches that if a Jew was under threat of his life he could temporarily put aside many of the teachings in the Torah in order to stay alive so he could return to his beliefs when not threatened.
There are three things that an authentic Jew must never do, even under threat of imminent death. They must never kill someone and there are of course exceptions for wars and someone pointing a gun at you. They must never commit adultery; if someone points a gun at you and tells you that you will only save your life by having sex with that person you must not do that even at the cost of your life.
And, of tremendous importance is the biblical first commandment that you shall not worship false Gods. A Jew accepting Jesus as his messiah is worshiping falsely even though that is absolutely correct behavior for a Christian. A Jew who worships Jesus condemns his soul for breaking one of the three commandments, which he should accept death rather than do.
Chabad of Temecula will be having Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services to start the Jewish new year 5778 and Jews are welcome to contact the synagogue. Chabad welcomes all Jews from secular to Ultra-Orthodox.
Bracha Sarah Meyerowitcz, Hemet
How is this miracle of low pricing possible?
I just read that San Jacinto hired All American Asphalt to repave San Jacinto Avenue from Midway Avenue to 7th Street. This cost is only $512,400. I found that the average two-lane road repaving cost $1 million per mile. Recently, Riverside County and Hemet repaved Columbia Street, a two-lane road. This project cost $1.1 million for a 1.3 mile stretch of two-lane road. This is right around $850,000 per mile. The cost was shared by Hemet and the County of Riverside.
San Jacinto Avenue is a four-lane road. If the math was linear it should cost $2 million for repaving. It sounds like Riverside and Hemet need to get quotes for service from All American Asphalt.
Galen Hammerle, Hemet
Protect the public health – enforce vaccination laws
The recent article, “Active TB at Tahquitz” was a self-serving Public Service Announcement, a disservice to we the public. In 1946 at age 7, three hours later in class, two masked people in white took me from school to the Henry Ford TB Hospital isolation ward, where I remained for five months. Next was one year at a special school with a strict regimen of food, rest and exercise.
I did not have TB, but it was suspected. My parents and home were quarantined. Have we so lost knowledge of history we no longer remember a flu pandemic, TB, diphtheria, whooping cough and polio? Millions were killed and billions of dollars were spent eradicating these diseases from America. I had family entering through Ellis Island that were returned to Europe. Have none of the public seen leprosy, polio, cholera, elephantitis, small-pox or black lung victims? I have! It’s not pretty. We quarantine food, animals and skins to prevent diseases. It is not cruel or unusual to expect the same of people.
Here are the bigger questions:
Do all students and staff at public schools have inoculations and health cards? Can the public waste recycling facility strain, screen, destroy these diseases, opiates, antibiotics and exotic parasites? All human waste from diseased, infected, druggies or persons from other countries should be treated as toxic waste and should be contained at home and in public!
The public should expect children attending a facility to be health and security safe. Many waste facilities nationwide cannot contain these contaminations. Many people have compromised immune systems due to chemo, radiation and drug regimens. For others, these diseases overtake the body, making you terribly sick – you may even die.
Why is the identity of a diseased student more important than the public welfare? If that student did not have inoculations and a health card, who approved their attendance? What about the stores, activities, home? Are they not to be protected and warned? Will that individual be held personally responsible for all financial and administrative expenses?
How many want to eat bread or tortillas made from grain shipped in containers filled with rats? How many want to sit on a bus, airplane or train seat that was occupied by people overrun with lice, fleas, cough and sweat with diseases? How many love to have their children play in a park on grass filled with contaminated needles, human waste, lice and fleas? Your religion, prejudices, legal status does not rate above the need for public health. If these people opt out of public health they should not move freely in public areas and wear large signs, saying “unclean.”
Larry Griffith, Hemet
When will City Council make the right decisions?
Another good read of The Valley Chronicle newspaper.
TVC reported on Hemet’s seven city managers in the last 10 years and I started to wonder. How many times did the Hemet Chief of Police step into the city manager’s job, collecting both salaries? I wonder which city council member(s) has been on city council for 10 years and allowed the turnstile of city managers. I wonder if the city will promote from within Hemet as recommended by the State Auditor. The Hemet City Council has had over a year and a half to make changes. With all the current city employee vacancies due to people quitting, it suggests the problems persist. I wonder what happens to Hemet if the State finds Hemet still is “at risk” in the August review?
We enjoyed the Karlee Mayer article telling us when and where we can interact with our District One City Councilwoman. We first met Karlee in her front yard when she hosted a “meet the candidate” for District One. She talked about helping the homeless when she and her family actually go to the parks and interact with the homeless people. Before she was a councilwoman, Karlee was “doing” something about making Hemet an even greater city.
I hope to get some answers to the above questions. It is easy to write letters criticizing what somebody else is doing or insist what somebody else should do. Making a difference in Hemet is doing something like our District One representative, Karlee Mayer, is doing. Go to council meetings. Clean up the trash. Find out how to get Hemet water bill fees reduced. Get involved. Read TVC cover to cover regarding State Audit of Hemet!
Sue Savage, Hemet