Judge, 2017
“On your mark…get set…”

Trump’s election should be declared illegal

Dear Editor:

We protest this election and declare it illegal because:
Donald Trump lied about Obama’s birthplace, which catapulted him into the spotlight. He is no doubt behind Hillary’s email, lying and other hateful attacks on her character. When asking why Republicans wouldn’t consider her vote, they just said they hated her and she deserved jail time. Please give me concrete instances where she committed these crimes. I call all these allegations lies, whereas Donald says that is how he interprets them. What a dance is that!! It is still a lie.
He won’t disclose his income taxes for the past several years, let alone this past year. How are we to know from which countries he receives money or to which countries he owes money? Does he pay any income tax at all? He parades around with his children like he is already King Trump of America. He does just what he wants, when he wants, and will not obey any laws we have. How can any Electoral College declare him president while he received so little of the popular vote? He has no intention of divorcing himself from his business holdings, or expelling his children from meetings or business transactions.
The easiest and quickest way to get rid of this parasite on our lives is to call the entire election void. We can reinstate President Obama to full capacity until a special election can be held that only permits truths, not lies.


Katie & Jerry Dickinson

El Patron’s insurance should allow them to reopen

Dear Editor:

This letter concerns the El Patron Restaurant and specifically the letter recently written by Emmett Campbell of Hemet. First, let me say that I too am heartbroken that such a tragedy happened to hardworking business owners. I am particularly saddened that so many employees are now without any jobs or money to survive on. Hopefully the owners can help all of those employees with their unemployment claims so they will have a little bit of money coming in. The owners of this restaurant surely had insurance and should be pressing their insurance company for quick and timely payments, if they do plan to rebuild.
If the owners, with their insurance agent’s knowledge and recommendations, properly insured the building, contents and loss of income at replacement cost, then the owners should be in a good position to rebuild and eventually reopen. If they tried to save on premiums and under-insured the value to rebuild, then that is on them. And concerning Mr. Campbell’s letter, there were several facts that he stated which were wrong.
First, this restaurant is not a Hemet “landmark.” It is not in the city of Hemet. It is in the County of Riverside. Taxes and building permits are to the benefit of Riverside County, not the city of Hemet. Also, the owners of El Patron have not had that business for 17 years. Within the last 25 years that building has housed at least four different restaurants; El Patron is just the latest.
Mr. Campbell, I am in full agreement that it was a nice restaurant serving good food. At this point, losing it (maybe temporarily) is sad and very disruptive to the lives of those (owners and employees and families) who were so financially dependent on it. I sincerely hope the best for all of them.

L. Ramirez

Alzheimer’s research is paramount

Dear Editor:

As we enter the start of a new Congress and a new Administration, I will be looking for leaders on Capitol Hill to maintain our progress in the fight to end Alzheimer’s because we cannot afford to lose any ground.
According to an election eve survey conducted by Lake Research Partners, 89 percent of respondents favored or strongly favored “increasing federal investments in medical research for Alzheimer’s disease.” I count myself as one of those Americans as I am a caregiver for my mother, who has been living with Alzheimer’s since early 2013. I’ve experienced firsthand the emotional and financial toll of this devastating disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016 – with more than half of that coming from Medicare and Medicaid. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by mid-century, the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s disease are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion.
Despite the sobering statistics, I feel a great deal of hope in our battle against this disease. The fight against Alzheimer’s has been a source of unity among Democrats and Republicans. Congress came together to pass the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act of 2014 and, in 2015, Congress passed a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Health.
Importantly, a $400 million increase was pending before the 114th Congress for FY17, and will now need action by the 115th Congress. That’s a great place for Democrats and Republicans to come together to start the New Year with hope and optimism for the millions of Americans living with and affected by this disease.
I want Rep. Mark Takano to prioritize this action on Alzheimer’s disease and I encourage my fellow Californians to remind President Trump and Congress of their commitment to continue the progress we’ve made against this disease.


Angelika Pittet

We could be learning much from our past

Dear Editor:

In reviewing some of our leaders form the beginning of this nation’s founding, starting with Thomas Jefferson, it appears they have left us valuable tools, i.e., pearls of wisdom, if only we would stop, look and listen.

1.- Thomas Jefferson
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion or in philosophy as a cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

2.- President John F. Kennedy
“Let us not seek the Democrat or Republican answer, but the right answer.  Let us not seek to fit the blame for the past, but let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

3.- Rev. Martin Luther King
“The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great MORAL crisis.”

Moving on to our present day opportunities for healing and uniting:
Perhaps focusing on healing, repairing, uniting, giving of our time and talents to others, as opposed to concerning ourselves with “how much more can I take from the system and others”, would go a long way to mending fences and bring together a people more divided than at any other time in our history.

Bob Haunschild
Hemet, Ca 92545

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