Sept. 11 Cartoon

Robert MacDonald, in an effort to explain why bicyclist shouldn’t have to pay fees for their bikes, essentially made David Stilwell’s argument that they should pay too. MacDonald said that he already paid taxes on his “car, truck and motor home”, indicating that it is standard to pay for each vehicle you are putting on the public thoroughfares. Seems logical to me that bicycles fall into that group as well.

Additionally, most other vehicles use the same road space, so the monies paid are pooled to provide all contributors with avenues of transportation. Bicycles, on the other hand, will sometimes share that road space but also get special lanes just for them. These are expensive in two ways, the dollar cost to construct and maintain them, and the lost road space all other vehicles suffer to provide these bike lanes.   

Bike lanes do make sense, but when they significantly handicap other traffic, they need to be limited.

And to expect all motor vehicle owners (including trailers, etc.) that pay DMV fees (taxes) to cover the entire cost without the actual users of the bike lanes kicking in their share as bike owners is unfair.

The reality is that if bicycle registration fees fairly reflected the expense of bike lanes, only the rich could ride them.

Asking the cyclists to pay a reasonable fee is the right thing to do.

Glenn Miller


Nooses, war and water

Glad to see the case of the “noose” in the school district is done.

The two whiners on the front page look like trouble makers. They took the whole thing out of context, just like the actor in Chicago saying he was attacked by two white men — fake news, and the Confederate statues that have been standing for generations (historical/not related to slavery).

I foresee Hong Kong being invaded by troops eventually. We know how the Chinese settle disputes and protesters. We just received a notice about water rate adjustments.

In the notice the Department of Labor and Department of Statistics are mentioned as being supporters of the five year adjustment.

This water increase is most likely for covering future wild fires and homeless housing rates.

Antelope Valley should get a break, seeing we are in the desert and need that little extra water to have some green in our area beautification (gardens). Have a nice week.

Jon Elkins


The ultimate goal

In a recent letter the dean of CSUB AV has correctly and proudly reminded us that the completion of selected bachelors and master’s degree programs are available in our community under the auspices of CSU Bakersfield and Long Beach. Indeed my wife is the recipient of one of them. In addition AVC has awarded their first bachelor’s degree with plans to further develop others.

But that is exactly the challenge I am referring to in reference to establishing a four year CSU-AV.

We in this valley have been the grudgingly tolerated stepchild for far too long and that needs to change. Perhaps those other fine institutions can combine their efforts to teach conjointly at the Guidance School site in Palmdale with the ultimate goal of an independent college without the further attachment to another city; even if in name only.

John Manning


Two thumbs up

Re: AV Press Commentary 9-1, “Children’s safety...first”, by Assemblyman Tom Lackey.

Two thumbs up for writing and trying pushing AB 1450 through his public safety committee.

The bill makes needed communication improvements between LA’s Dept. of Children and Family Services, law enforcement and other state counties. And more importantly updates  the County’s outdated abuse reporting systems as well as establishing online cross-agency reporting databases. Unbelievably, the bill has been stuck in Committee for a couple of years.

Lackey says 11 children have died between 2015 and 2018 while under DCFS supervision, three of which were here in the AV. Utterly shameful! How those committee people justify sitting on their hands and doing nothing to protect young innocent’s lives is unfathomable.

Assemblyman Lackey, your commentary piece was very good. Also, what would be additionally helpful is for more public pressure. Everyone is always eager to see greater transparency. One way, publish in the LA Times and all local papers in the county an editorial piece with the names, email addresses and phone numbers of public record of all resistant committee members with an urging for their constituency to contact them.

Accountability is always good and hopefully effective enough to move a morally correct bill out of Committee.

What act is greater than that of protecting human life, particularly of an innocent young helpless child from torture and possible death?

Dave Walker


That’s their story

Unbelievable how somebody today can not be aware of the significance of a noose. That’s pretty scary for a teacher to be that ignorant.

Of course we all know that this is just a lie to keep from being fired, which they should all be. To have educators in the system that stupid and racist is beyond belief.

How did they get hired in the first place? Did anyone bother to look at their resumes and experience? Apparently not.

Brian Emch


Ignorance is bliss

The five Summerwind teachers claimed they were unaware of the historical significance of the noose.  

Well, you are either lying so you can use ignorance as an excuse or you were truly ignorant. Either way, you have no business being educators.    

Francis Chen


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