Letters from Readers August 18, 2019

They need help

I was “over the moon” when I read the “strong comments” from students and parents to the Board Members regarding their proposal to change how students are selected to serve on the Board.

How can these Board Members chastise the effectiveness of the ICC? Is the Board afraid these students will know a lot more about rules and regulations then they do and maybe embarrass them?

Elijah Johnson must stay on the Board and receive an apology from Ms. Ruffin. Also the meetings should be changed back to Wednesday so “a lot more students” can attend.

Who contacts the California School Board Association and the State Board of Education about the shenanigans of the AVUHSD.

This district needs help.  

Miik Miller


Enemies forever

I read Jim Gardner’s letter in the August 12, 2019 AV Press about how we should remember the words written on the Statue of Liberty.

When I was done the thing I remembered first was how recently protesters took over a ICE building, a US Government building, took down the flag of our country and raised the Mexican flag. To me that makes them aliens and enemies forever.

Ken Ford


Ideology over resistance

With alleged good intentions, some segments of our American society have always sought to create a reformed utopian culture.

But by its very nature that will demand both struggle and conflict. Such a concept therefore must of necessity be authoritarian and can govern only through suppression of alternative beliefs and an expansion of the definition of victim.

To such activists there must be a clear delineation of what is politically permissible expression and what is not. This is the dark side of Progressive thought as it has evolved today.

Many are unable to either understand or concede the ill effects of political and governmental mistakes and the resultant failures of preceding efforts at rearranging society and culture.

The history of the Johnson administration’s “Great Society” and “War On Poverty” is both enlightening and a warning. After 50 years and trillions of dollars the poverty rate is the same, or worse, but government dependency has increased. Meanwhile society has progressively become more divided over the decades.

The current fury with President Trump is not only personal towards him but also to anyone who does not see him as they do. What is more uncomfortable for the political left however is that Trump is holding up a mirror to reveal the anger and resentment that has always been present in them. Name calling and lashing out at other whole groups is a dangerous response.

Progressive ideology generally offers naïve one-dimensional solutions (Medicare for all, free college for all) to avoid unpleasant fundamental truths of human beings. You cannot escape the complexity of human nature and human societies and yield to the neurotic pressure to impose, by force if necessary, your ideology over any resistance.

John Manning


Why so quiet?

Since I have been writing to the AV Press since 1992, I have seen something that has always been consistent.

Every time there is a mass shooting regarding race, Republicans who write to this newspaper are silent. Pastor Shane Idleman wrote, “Politics that once focused largely on the economy national security, and the deficit now tackles important moral issues. These major issues have enormous implications; to remain silent actually makes a statement that we are not concerned enough.” The Day Of The Silent Pastor Is Over,” AV Press, 3 Aug 2019. His article was written before the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

The killing of innocent people is a moral issue. What does it show when the “big three” (Jack O’Connor, Skip Thacker and Jim Gardner) remain silent over a moral issue? What happens when an atheist bemoans the direction of our society when pastors here in the Antelope Valley remain silent?

The Republican that I have always respected is the one who, despite opposition, speaks the truth. For example, Shepard Smith, Fox News host, … concluded that “white nationalism is without question a serious problem in America.”

Shepard was criticized by President Trump: “Watching Fake News CNN is better than watching Shepard Smith, the lowest rated show on @Fox News.” https://www.haaretz.com/, 8 Aug 2019.

I guess that O’Connor, Thacker and Gardner are afraid that Trump will tweet about them.

Additionally, since Trump has been in office, why is Idleman silent on Trump’s racist views? How is he any different from the other pastors who are silent? Former President Obama tweeted that “…it is everyone’s responsibility to reject racism and any hateful language that comes from leaders “who demonize those who don’t look like us…or imply that America belongs to just one type of people.”

Vincent White


Plain and simple

One hundred-twenty Democratic House members now support opening an impeachment inquiry, which is in no small part because of Mueller’s testimony before Congress.

For anyone who missed it, Mueller made it clear that he did not exonerate Trump. Not in his report, and not in his testimony. His investigation found damning criminal activity and has already led to 37 indictments, and at least seven guilty pleas or convictions.

Mueller said his investigation uncovered over 100 secret communications between the Trump campaign and Russia or people working with Russia, and at least 10 episodes of obstruction of justice.

Obstruction of justice is a crime, plain and simple.

During Mueller’s testimony, Representative Ted Lieu asked: “The reason you did not indict Donald Trump is because of an OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting representative, correct?” Mueller responded: “That is correct.” If anyone else did what Trump did, they’d be in jail.

I want to hear my representative publicly voice their support for a formal impeachment inquiry. Trump should abide by the same standards as any other American.

No one is above the law in our country, especially not the president. That’s why I’m calling on our representative to support a formal impeachment inquiry now!

Brian Miller


2020 dream ticket

My dream ticket for 2020 is Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Stacey Abrams.  

He’s a Harvard grad, Rhodes Scholar, mayor of South Bend, Indiana and has the cool, calm demeanor and she has the passion and a powerful presence.  

They are both very intelligent and articulate their views in unique and effective ways. A perfect team.

While Pete can campaign on many issues, Stacey can continue focusing on her causes which are voter suppression and getting out the votes.  

She nearly won the race for governor in Georgia in 2018, 50.2/48.8, against the Georgia secretary of state who was also in charge of the election and wouldn’t recuse himself.  

Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections before winning the presidency so although she lost, she’s in very good company.  

Pete is 37 and Stacey is 45. The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44 and more than a dozen were 35 or younger.  Those “kids” did a pretty good job. Youth is not a disqualifier.  

Bill Pappas


Public opinion

There has been much said about some of the letter writers who each have several letters published each week.  

And there has been a lot of back and forth comments among some of these consistent letter writers to other letter writers who they side with or disagree with or have to once again make their point or feel they have to correct someone else’s opinion or information.

There is much to write in about in the AV but it seems as if most of the space is taken up by these writers.  They do have some interesting and sometimes good ideas and things to write about.  

But it seems as if they just go on and on about our political world. Don’t they have anything else to say? If they are so focused on their way of thinking or so determined to constantly write about the left and the right and all the political stuff,  it’s getting old and tiresome.  

If they are so determined to have their say so often; then I will make a suggestion. Maybe they should each have once a week their own column in the paper. Like Dennis Anderson, William Warford, John Stossel and others. Then they can air their comments, gripes, ideas in their own space.  What do the readers think about this?

Barbara Richardson


Editor’s note: Only one letter per week is published by frequent letter writers. We also do not allow opinion columns from the public. All public opinions must be submitted in the form of a letter.

When in doubt, blame the left

My hat is off to you Jim Gardner. Yep, those who come to disturb our peace and dethrone our laws are aliens and enemies forever.

It’s really simple to understand. But the lefties just don’t seem to get it because they don’t want to get. Making ore liberal voters and increasing the power of the Democrat Socialist Party that is destroying this country is all they care about.

David Cooper


What about us?

Just in case you’ve been living off the grid and haven’t had tome to network, allow me toupdate you.

The country is in the middle of a trade war with China. Yes, that’s right, according to the business section in the AV Press (7/28), China has an anneal surplus of manufactured goods of almost $1 trillion. That’s a lot of yuan, people.

How can I put this? We’re being ripped off. However, since Trump’s showdown with China, there’s been no shortage of complaints. If it isn’t soy beans this, its farmers that.

I get it. A lot of people don’t like Trump. But the way I see it,  w have to set aside the complaints and focus on national security. For example, if China continues to take advance of Uncle Sam on the world stage, lie they have in the past 40 years, America, well America becomes a Chinese Disneyland and those complaints get resolved with a bullet.

So let’s dust off the time machine and check out how other Americans placed America over adversity.

During the revolutionary war, Joseph Plumb Martin, an army private, wrote about the conditions of Valley Forge.

“The new winter quarters, left them, in truly forlorn condition, no clothing, no provides and as disheartened as need be.”

In world war two, citizens rationed sugar, butter, meat, alcohol, gasoline, cigarettes and planted victory gardens to defeat Nazi Germany and the empire of Japan.

So tell me, if previous generations of Americans can sacrifice for this country, what about us? Before there’s a high tech Pearl Harbor.

What will we sacrifice to keep America numero uno? Will we match the determination of our forbearers? Or will we buckle under and do a cheap Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Robert McGregor


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Not everyone is college material

I was happily surprised to read a letter in the AV Press 8/13 by Richard Stafford.

He related his experience in working with students in shop classes. I retired from an LAUSD inner city school in 2006.

When I started teaching in the early 1980s, my school was in the process of doing away with most shop classes and the reason given was that it prohibited inner city students from going to college.

When I retired there was only food classes left and only one teacher. She had up to four rosters for the same class so students could take the same class four times.

Again, I think there is room for shop classes in high schools today. Not every student will be successful in college. This was evidenced by our school have the highest rate of student enrollment in college but we also had the highest rate of dropouts. It does my heart good to learn Quartz Hill High School has a student based program.

John B. Smith


Who will pay for it?

Talk about coincidence. The article in the Monday August 12 edition of AV Press about electricity use in schools provides timely help in support of my concerns about Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their impact on the U.S. electric grid.

The article states “Edison has to design their electrical systems to our schools to meet that peak load demand”. Further, “A school might draw 200 kilowatts at any one time. However, the electrical system has to be designed to take 500 kilowatts in case all the air conditioners come on at the same time.”

At the new extra-fast charging rate being discussed to make EVs attractive enough for the buying public, 350 kW, this is now average school level electrical consumption for a home with an EV in the future. What if they had two, His & Hers? Remember, this is just for the cars alone.

The physical and monetary impact of changing the entire electric grid to accommodate this will be horrendous. Who do you think is going to pay for it, AOC and the rest of the Squad?

Barry Braman


So much for that

In a recent letter to the editor:  “… Barack Obama (had) to straighten things out and reduce spending …” after succeeding a Republican president.  

On January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was sworn in, the national debt was $10.626 trillion. On January 20, 2017, when he left, it was $19.947 trillion. Obama added $9 trillion to the debt, more than any other president. As a percentage of annual GDP, it went from 65 to 100 percent.  

So much for straightening things out.

Sam Kilanowski


Blasting off

This week the AV Fair begins. Awards will be given out to various groups, so I think it would be a good time to recognize others that need to be mentioned, too.

First of all, the Palmdale City Council gets the Knucklehead of the Year Award for agreeing to destroy a residential community on Rancho Vista Blvd., build hundreds of potentially Section 8 apartments, have 700 more cars a day on the street, and threaten the residents with worse development if the Sprouts project is not approved.

The worst governing body of the decade trophy goes to the AVUHSD Board that spent 10 minutes going over the agenda involving millions of dollars and then spent two hours talking about putting another child on the Board. The teachers, the students and the union reps who spoke deserve praise, too, for proving that being rude and unruly has not gone out of style.

A group that deserves recognition for not being nice is the AVTA management and the AV Board of Trustees. They won’t install bus benches for seniors and handicap people to sit down.  Why waste metal? A upside down shopping cart will do as a bus bench.

Another winner is the AV Healthcare District management, they have calmed down the place, but, are finding no end in finding ways to spend money. Is another bond measure coming up?

The most confused city department winner is the Lancaster City Traffic Department. They have turned whole streets into bike lanes and have the longest running traffic lights in history. I thought streets were for cars?

Congrats all! You are all awesome, but, not in a nice way.

Michael P. Rives


A poem for the

QH Class of ’79

Hey Class of ’79 – You have always shined!

We are all here as we know now, for such a short period of time

And I can say with a clear mind

That the 4 years we had back then, has always put on my face a grin

It was so fulfilling in many ways. Innocence, naiveness, shyness would be described about most of us in those days

Not that we didn’t think we knew it all back then, but truth be, wisdom was surely not our friend

To think we’ve been out now 40 years brings a small tear

Not that life has not been good

But that special 4 years of time, brings back good memories to mind, of how you all shined

So then it makes me think of time, causing eternity to cross my mind!

Could I spend it with all of you for an everlasting time?

I’d like to say, “Yes! It could be true!” I’m praying it may be so! That we all would know! That in Him, to Heaven we will go! Now that will be a great day! Don’t you know!

Your friend and classmate

Kevin Green


Ban them

The athletes that took a knee at the Pan American Games should not be allowed to represent the United States in any more sporting events.

What a slap in the face of we patriotic Americans. This goes for any sporting event when the United States and the American Flag are represented.

John Elkins


Never more important

So now, our bumbling, stumbling, confused federal government wants to sort out immigrants like so many apples.

Sounds somewhat familiar, doesn’t it? Didn’t they do a lot of sorting in the mid-20th Century Germany?

This administration even wants to change Emma Lazarus’ wonderful poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. What conceit! What arrogance! What stupidity!

Our simplistic thinking leaders, once again, take a very real problem rather than mitigate it, make the situation much worse and inhumane.

Our next presidential election couldn’t be more important, not only for the USA, but world.

Ray Carver



the Beatles

Hey Beatles fans, it’s that time again.  

On Sept. 26, the 50th anniversary editions of the Beatles “Abbey Road” will be released.

I’ve already pre-ordered everything from vinyl to Blu-ray 5.1 mixes from the Beatles store online.

I even paid $30 for express delivery, which guarantees delivery on the release date.

This is one of the finest pop albums ever made. The bonus discs of 23 demos and session recordings will contain pure gold for enthusiasts.

I was eight years old when “Abbey Road” first came out.  

I had my white transistor radio operated by one 9 volt battery with the single ear piece headphone.  

Two dials, one for volume and one for AM radio stations.

WLS in Chicago was my go-to for pop music.   

I strolled the streets of my rural Illinois town, watching some neighborhood older kids get shipped off to Vietnam, smelling the hyacinth and listening to the opening salvos of “Come Together” for the first time.

Man had just landed and walked on the moon. The world was my oyster.

When I listened to George Harrison’s “Something” and “Here comes the Sun” I thought, “This is as good as pop music can get.”

Fifty years later, my sentiments remain the same.  

With the exception of recording and playback quality, music never did get any better for me than it was in 1969.

“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”

Mitchell Seyfer


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