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Comic ‘relief’

As summer is upon us, tensions are high on many issues, folks are stressed out on many topics, and sadly, even more Socialcrats are jumping on the idea that they could be president.

In that spirit, we need to relieve stress. One way is to laugh, example, my first paragraph. Another is laughter with understanding, example, my first paragraph, not one who has “declared” will beat Mr. Trump. Another is to laugh out loud, examples to follow:

• Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. In face, leave me alone.

• Sex is like air, it’s not important unless you’re not involved.

• No one is listening until you fart.

• Remember that you are unique. Just like everybody else.

• Never test the water depth with both feet.

• If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

• If you lend someone $20 and never see him again, it was well worth it.

• A closed mouth gathers no feet.

• There are two excellent theories for arguing with a woman. Neither one works.

• Good judgment comes from bad experience, most of that comes from wrong choices.

• We are born naked, wet, hungry, then slapped on the booty. It goes downhill from there.

• Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Skip Thacker

Mojave

The poppies

get no respect

Children on a sunny spring day, frolicking through a field of poppies!

Looks like idyllic Antelope Valley scenic life, right?

I am horrified and disgusted to see that there was no thought to protecting the fragile poppy fields — especially this year, it seems. We were blessed with lots of rain, and therefore especially lovely poppy displays.

People visited from far and wide — wonderful. Those same adults and children, along with lots of their dogs, were allowed to trample and damage the flowers, which will now be compromised for growth next year, no matter how much rain we get.

Shame on the City of Lancaster and their Lancaster Outlook Magazine for publishing a cute photo on the cover of their magazine this month.

Cute? Yes, but so destructive and damaging, and only encourages the same behavior next year.

What’s next? Throwing plastic waste and other trash on the poppy fields?

No respect. Just no respect.

Patty Akkad

Acton

The last word

In response to my assertion that the Venezuelan government is a Bolivarian government rather than a socialist government, David Cooper wrote, in part, “Even the Venezuelan government says it is a Marxist government.”

Although Nicolas Maduro did in fact state that Venezuela is building “socialism of the 21st century,” the vast majority of Venezuela’s means of industrial/economic production are privately owned. Ergo, Venezuela is a capitalist society.

Too, irrespective of its enlightened wording vis-a-vis human rights and participatory democracy, the Chavista constitution provides remarkable protections for private property (read: for privately held means of production).

Indeed, from 1999 to 2011, the Venezuelan capitalist class’ share of the economy grew from 65% to 71%. If Venezuelan society were a manifestation of socialism, then none of that country’s means of production would be owned by capitalists.

The “mistake” made by Venezuela’s Bolivarian government was that, in 1999, it began to use its nation’s oil revenues for the betterment of its citizenry rather than to continue to allow the majority of those monies to be expropriated by U.S.-based oil capitalists.

This type of thing is known as “a threat of a good example” — one that the U.S. political state cannot and will not tolerate. Accordingly, the U.S. government and its lapdog corporate media will stop at nothing in their quest to convince the American people that Venezuela is something it is not.

Should he wish to have it, I’ll give Mr. Cooper the final say with respect to this subject.

Guy Marsh

Lancaster

He’s offended

Liberals talk about tolerance. It seems to be a one way street. The gay pride flag flying over the Wisconsin state capitol building is inappropriate.

Whether or not you support that lifestyle, government buildings are not the place to make your statement.

It offends me, just like the phrase “in God we trust” has offended so many liberals.

In God we trust is being removed from government buildings in some areas, so as not to offend. This flag should not be allowed either. Will the ACLU help me get it removed? I doubt it.

Steve Pittinato

Palmdale

Thanks for

the clarification

Thank you, Alice Rice for your fine letter about the real Venezuela.

Like you, I’m hoping Guaido comes into power and saves them from Socialism, too.

And I also hope that Mr. Marsh and others like him learned something very important from your letter.

David Cooper

Lancaster

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