Letters from readers, November 6, 2019

Don’t go away mad, just go away

In the many comments released by Rep. Katie Hill regarding her resignation not a single word of contrition or acceptance of responsibility for her part in the situation is uttered.

She blames everyone but herself. She blames her abusive husband for the photos of her naked smoking a bong or in compromising positions with her lover-staff member. I’ll acknowledge he’s a despicable low life but he was just the camera man in the situation.

She suggests it’s because she’s a woman and that she was singled out that there’s a double standard that this doesn’t happen to men. The following is a list of the male Rep. that suffered the same fate for their actions just since 2010.

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA); resigned 2018, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ); resigned 2017, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI); resigned 2017, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX); announced retirement in 2017, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN); resigned 2018, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA); resigned 2017, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX); resigned 2018, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA); announced in 2014 that he would not seek re-election, Rep. David Wu (D-OR); resigned 2011, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY); resigned 2011, Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY); resigned 2011, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY); resigned 2010, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN); resigned 2010, Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV); announced in 2017 that he would not seek re-election

All of these men lost their jobs for similar reasons. So for the lack of a better term man up, Katie do the right thing and go away.

Jack O’Connor


Happy as can be

We lived in California more than forty years. We did not like what the once golden state had become so we relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC several weeks ago.  Like the Palmdale-Lancaster area, the Myrtle Beach area has a population of about a half million residents. 

Even with online appointments it took us almost three hours to get temporary driver licenses in Lancaster.  Our California Real ID licenses were mailed to us weeks later.

At our DMV in Myrtle Beach (without any appointments) we were served within a half hour.  We were handed our permanent South Carolina Real ID driver licenses on the spot.

I went to Social Security in Myrtle Beach to get a Medicare card and I was assisted within twenty minutes.  The last time I went to Social Security in Lancaster the waiting room was crammed and the lines spilled outside the doors.

Lanes have been added to many roads in Myrtle Beach.  Improving and repaving streets and roads is routine and frequent.

In California car lanes were eliminated for seldom used bike lanes.  The few lanes added to freeways were for electric vehicles and car pools.  Automobiles were demonized.  Millions of dollars were wasted on bullet train schemes.

Gas prices in California are about $4 a gallon.  My last fill in South Carolina cost just over two dollars a gallon.  Much of the difference is for infrastructure taxes, yet the once golden state roads are some of the worst in the country.

Bill Pappas opined that I was an angry guy who chose to live in a state where the people are still upset about losing the Civil War.  I have not met one South Carolinian who fits his stereotype, but I am assuredly a very content and happy person in our new home state.

Bill Homan

South Carolina

Actions with no consequences?

I had high hopes for Katie Hill. She was elected to one of the highest positions in the country — freshman congresswoman to the United States Congress.

Along with several other young women, also elected to this high office, they went to their first days in the Halls of Congress with hostile attitudes and outspoken views. My personal opinion is that they should have been in awe of their new positions, and should first endeavor to learn from more experienced members of Congress.

But these ladies love the media and all the attention it brings them. What they don’t realize is that with all that media attention, even the bad publicity is big news. I am just so sorry Katie Hill didn’t understand that when she posed for naked photos — of course they would eventually come out in media form. I do respect her for stepping down from her elected position. It was the right thing to do in the circumstances.

In the parlance of today’s English language: Katie Hill made some “bad choices.” I am sure she did not expect that there would be “consequences.”

And I wish she would just “own it” and not blame it lamely on prejudice against women.

Patty Akkad


Common sense goes a long way

Thank you Tom Lackey for your letter to Public Utility’s Commission, to end immediately, power shut offs, during wildfires.

PUC is missing the big picture and turning a problem of wildfires, into an even bigger tragedy. With power shut off, people with wells, can’t water down their roofs, dampen the ground and foliage around their homes, and elderly people have difficulty opening electric garage doors with no power.  

I heard two elderly women burned in their car in a garage, unable to open the door. Had a friend, 86, that had difficulty opening his older model heavier electric garage door, but he managed to get out. Bad plan Newsom and PUC you’re endangering people needlessly.  

Our small neighborhood community has 4 wells, and a pressure tank, that would be shut off leaving fireplugs useless for fire fighters to hook up too. I suggest, Newsom and power companys do the right thing and manage our forest where high tension lines run, as Trump mentioned to them.  

Remove foliage under lines and dead brush and trees. Also use stronger power lines, that won’t snap during high winds. Only using a small amount of common sense, could solve big problems. Common sense seems to be what’s lacking in California’s leadership. Tom Lackey, I hope your letter pulls some weight. Thank you again.

Judy Watson


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