Letters to the Editor
August 4, 2021

Second Opinion.
January 6 Hearings, etc., August 4, 2021.
Although many Congressional Republicans have stated that they will not watch the House’s January 6 Select Committee Hearing, I hope that every American will take the opportunity to watch as much of the Hearing as possible.
On Tuesday last, some of the Capitol Police officers testified before the Committee. They appeared to be nearly as upset about the way the Republican Senate has dismissed their efforts and injuries after January 6 as they were about the violence of the mob.
They had not expected the congressional Repos to minimize their exercise of duty or physical or mental injuries. There are very few men, particularly in law enforcement, who can be induced to admit mental harm in the performance of duty.
They reported seeing tactical gear, goggles, flag poles, sticks, bear spray, and fire extinguishers used as weapons. One officer reported that many guns were confiscated in DC, in the days leading up to January 6, from people who were later identified as part of the insurrection. Military tactics were used by members of the crowd to advance on the Capitol.
It was their professional opinion that the riot was pre-planned. A post-incitement-rally warm-up crowd comprised of Rep.Mo Brooks (R-AL), Don Jr. and his operatic girlfriend, and others were waiting at the Capitol and had alerted the press to their presence.
Officers reported that the mob of several thousands was almost exclusively Caucasian males, mostly middle-aged though younger people were present. A Caucasian officer said the mob was comprised nearly exclusively of Trump supporters. He recognized the goading cheers, threats, and slogans because he had voted for Trump. Officers reported that black colleagues were repeatedly called “ni*ger.” The officers saw no evidence of the presence of Black Lives Matter or Antifa.
The videos that have already been presented are testament to the actual intent of the mob, as is the testimony of the law enforcement officers present on the scene. Makeshift gallows on the Capitol lawn, the scene of the VP escaping down the back stairs to avoid capture with the military aide carrying the nuclear codes following closely, broken furniture and windows, attempts to breach the House Floor, and demands that the Speaker of the House show herself. This was later described by Republicans as a "peaceful protest" and just a "normal tourist visit." One officer suffered a heart attack when he was tortured by the crowd pushing on a door across his chest.
The Repos were quick to accuse the officers of “acting.” The Tweedle Troll Twins, AngerHam and Tucky, gave awards for the “best performance.” This is the Party of “Law and Order?” I guess that’s only true when it is invoked for their causes. Why on earth would Fox be willing to sink so low? Because they expect that their audience will believe them, no matter how preposterous the accusation. They've done it before.
Our government was challenged in our Capitol with violence from within, by our own citizens, with the encouragement and support of numerous elected Republican members of Congress, unidentified financial interests, and others as yet unidentified.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused the president of causing the riot, right after they voted against impeachment on January 13, 2021. Now, they cannot recall.
We now know that then-President Trump pressed acting AG Rosen and other top DOJ officials to declare the election “failed” even though no widespread fraud had been found, so that he and his Congressional allies could try to overturn the election results. If he couldn't win honestly Trump, as he always has, claimed that everyone else was corrupt. And he is perfectly fine with tearing the country apart to get his way.
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After reading Martin’s editorial last week, perhaps he and I should review the intent of this column as he suggested. I thought it was to raise questions about the country, Martin’s editorial comments, or comments from the Gazette's readers.
I read Martin's KKK comment as incendiary, but he has said a lot of things that have set my hair afire. He believes that my interpretation of his sarcasm was unfair. I am happy to express my regret in finding a meaning he did not intend. There is enough pain in the country as it is.
I was moved to recall a mantra in my communications course: say or write what you mean, and mean what you say or write. Once an author puts a statement into the public realm, it is in the audience's hands, and the chance at clarity expires. From experience, I have learned that the use of sarcasm is always risky. I would think double that for a comment on vigilante racism. As we have seen, reactions can be visceral.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 


 
Letters to the Editor
July 28, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion: Last Week's Letters to the Editor. July 28, 2021.
I am going to discontinue my political history series, as it has occurred to me that if a lot of people do not agree with my opinions, they are unlikely to want to know how I got them. Besides, the Letters to the Editor (LTTE) last week are too compelling to resist.
I want to thank Dave Johnson for sharing I Never Cared. I have long sought a manifesto of the Far Right’s fears and objectives, and I agree with you that the entry is as good as I have seen. I have it up on my office wall as we speak. Rest assured; it will turn up in subsequent columns.
Racism, sexism, and poverty in a capitalistic society, and how they are reflected in law, are living and appropriate subjects for discussion, certainly law students. Black people were freed in the ratified 13th Amendment and became full citizens. And now they actually want to be treated as such under the law! The gall; or as the "grim soldiers of white supremacy" would say, "so unAmerican."
Your White Guilt and Resentment was in full flower in your response to Pablo Bezan, Martin. To treat a human being as chattel is immoral in anybody's world. Slavery is and always has been an offense against humanity, no matter the era, its acceptability at the time, its long historical practice, its economic advantages, what the Old Testament says about it, who perpetrates it, or where or when. Or the color of the enslaver’s skin. In this country, slavery and racism can be attributed mostly to white people and generally it’s white people who resent the discussion and reminders; the discussion in other countries will vary. Don’t try to obfuscate the issue with, “Look over there! Shiny, sparkly gimcrackery! Something exotic or confounding that will either lead the discussion down a gopher hole, or prove we are not accountable!" "What about the Aztecs?” Ye gods.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry over Martin’s question to Pablo, “Are you saying there was nothing good about the KKK?” Yes, Martin, there was nothing good about the KKK. That you would ask the question gave me more pause than anything I have heard in…well, ever. The KKK (a self-selecting social and vigilante organization turned viciously racist) threatened and murdered people. They burned down Black houses and sometimes whole villages. They lynched people. They dragged young men by noose behind wagons through the streets until their parents could no longer recognize them. As people, the Klan may have been good to their Mamas, but nothing can save them from condemnation, not even the Republican desire to rewrite history.
Leslie: I don’t know you. I like sarcasm as well as the next person and have been known to exercise it on occasion. Your letter was either sarcasm gone awry or an inartful lament. If it was the latter, I'm sorry. However, if you were pretending to care while you were setting up a punchline of the futility of some lives, it escapes from sarcasm or irony and leaps over the fence to hostility, IMO.
You appear to say that you see the value in Planned Parenthood, unless it serves LGBTQ persons. Whatever their reason for being there, those were young people who are trying to figure out, as all young people must, who they are and how they will live their lives. Many have concerns and challenges you will never know. If you can’t or won’t help, fine, but please don’t minimize them. Fortunately, while they probably would appreciate your compassion or understanding, they do not require it.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Response to Pablo Ivan Bazan letter 14 July.
In Mr. Bazan’s letter of 14 July, heputs forward that American Christians are not being ‘Christian’ in their giving, even though the U.S. ranks #1 in the World for charitable giving for the 10th year in a row. Americans gave $361 billion last year to assist the needy&$1.2 trillion American’s tax dollars were used to assist the under-privileged& marginalized(63% of that $1.2 trillion was used to assist ‘people of color’.)Interestingly, Conservative Christians outgive their Progressive counterparts at a ratio of 6:2. It’s not just the wealthy that give, but the middle-class and the poor also give substantially.Countries that give the most in Foreign Aid are; USA, England, France, Germany. All of which have a predominately (70+%) Christian population. As for countries that are among the ‘least’ giving; ChinaTurkey, Pakistan, India(all have less than 3% Christian population. Turkey has almost none.) It looks like Christians, as a group, are not selfish.
Re ourFounding Fathers(Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams),Mr. Bazan theorizes thatthey ‘were not Christians’and that their authored papers ‘were far removed from Judeo/Christianvalues’.
It’s pertinent thatJames Madison was baptized in the Episcopal (Church of England)Church and attended a small Presbyterian Grammar School (Donald Robertson School) where he became fluent in Latin & Greek. Afterwards he attended Princeton College, where he was tutored in Bible Theology by Presbyterian Clergyman, John Witherspoon, who also signed the Declaration of Independence. [Madison’ s degrees were in Hebrew & Ethics.] It’s certain that Madison studied the Bible in its early languages of Hebrew, Greek& Latinas did all the learned men of his day. Madison had a passion for Religious Liberty and fought hard for ‘Liberty of Conscience’(Freedom of Religion, not ‘freedom from religion’). When he protested thatBaptist pastors were being wrongly jailed fortheir unconventional religious practices --he succeeded. They were released and charges were dropped. It’s well known that Madison ‘accepted Christian tenets and kept aBiblical World View’. During his Presidency, Madison & his family attended St. John’s Episcopal Church. A church where partaking in the Lord’s Super is foremost. Madison’sMemorial gravesite in Orange County, VA, is tended by The Daughters of the AmericanRevolution (DAR). Their motto is: ‘God, Family Country’.
Let’s look at Benjamin Franklin. He always viewed Jesus as the ‘best teacher of all’. Franklin was baptized &raised with Puritan / Calvinist beliefs, he later became anEpiscopalian. His favorite sister was a ferventChristian Evangelist. His long-time friend&business partner was ReverendGeorge Whitefield. Whitefield was a founder of the Methodist Church and is considered the most influential Evangelist of the 18th Century. (His preaching reached millions across 2 continents& Franklin published his sermons regularly.) Some of Franklin’s last words were, “The longer I live,the more I see convincing proof that it is God and his Truth that governs the affairs of men.” Franklin regularly attended Christ Church, Philadelphia (Episcopal) with his family. When Franklin died, he had his funeral there and was buried in the Church Cemetery.
As for Thomas Jefferson, he strongly denounced atheism. [To John Adams he once wrote, “to the God whom you and I adore.”] Jefferson regularly gave financial support to the Virginia Bible Society, that provided King James Bibles to the poor. He felt strongly that no American family should go without a Bible, simply because they could not afford one. Jefferson said… ‘there never was a morepure& sublime system of moralitydelivered to Man than is to be found by the four Evangelists” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). Jefferson was baptized in the Church of England (Episcopal) and was buried by the Church. Hewas adamant in Jesus’ core teachings and on more than one occasion, he unabashedly stated, “I am a Christian. I am a disciple of thedoctrines of Jesus.” Sometimes he would say, “I am a real Christian.” He said, “I am sincerely attached toJesus’ Doctrines, in preference above all others.” During his Presidency, Jefferson attended Capitol Church (non-denominational Christian chapel located inside of the Capitol Bldg) twice a week. While in attendance, he knelt & prayed to God, he sang Christian Hymns, did Bible readings and listened to Bible Lessons.
John Adams, happened to be anenthusiastically, self-described ‘life-long student of The Church’. He went so far as to call himself a “Church-going Animal for 76 years!”He was a life-long member of United First Parish Church (Puritan Congregationalist- later, Unitarian Universalist). That was also the Church of John Hancock (first signer of the Declaration of Independence)where his Father, Reverend John Hancock Sr. was the Pastor. In his younger years, Adams attended Harvard College where he was a serious student of Bible Theology. He had the strong desire to go into the Ministry, but later decided not to.
It’s noteworthy that the wives of each of these men were Christians. Dolley,Deborah, Martha&Abigail. Each of these women,were baptized, attended Church of England (Episcopal), raised (most, if not all) their children in the Churchand these women were buried by The Church. [Dolley Madison was raised in the Quaker Church, but converted to Episcopalian upon her marriage to Madison.] John Adams and Benjamin Franklin are both buried in Christian Church Cemeteries.Thomas Jefferson requested a ChristianMinister at his funeral as did James Madison.] In addition, each of the above Founding Fathers got their higher education from Classical ChristianColleges;Princeton, Boston Latin School, William & Mary, Harvard College respectively.
Although, we know that none of these ‘credentials’ makes one a Christian, because faith in God/Jesus is a ‘condition of the heart’ and no one can know the heart of a Man. However, it isplausible that these Founding Father’s hearts were turned toward God the Father, the Biblical God, the Christian God. One couldin good conscience, say that they were /are Christians.Simple deduction concludes that their Christian faith and/or their close association with Judeo/Christianvaluesweighed heavily in their shaping of our Country’s Declaration of Independence, our Constitution& our Bill of Rights.
And for all that, I can say that I am truly grateful. Who knew that these Deists of long ago were so amazingly godly?!
Leslie G. Marshall,
Piru

 


 
Letters to the Editor
July 21, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion
Martin, you are of course free to comment at will on my column, but this short (but getting longer) series is about how I came to believe what I do, which will become clear only when I am finished. Many people won't care, which is fine. But these are my impressions, and I am finding that the recollections are far more intense and complicated than I had realized. You can take a rest from me, for the present, if you choose.
To recap, conversely in more detail, the 1960's-70's saw three major history-changing movements in America. Civil unrest resulting from multiple assassinations (JFK, RFK and MLK) where leaders of change were shown to be fatally vulnerable, merged with the protests against the Vietnam War. The brutality of the police when the Chicago Seven demonstrated against the Vietnam War outside the Democratic National Convention in July, 1968, shocked even people who had approved The War. An isolationist movement began to take form. An "Us vs. Them," based upon political position, was emerging.
The second other huge shift was the Civil Rights Act, which addressed race as a critical issue in American society. The reaction of the South and many in the North to Brown vs. Board of Education and other SCOTUS decisions, legislation and enforcement thereof, was one of bitterness and hatred. Violence, threats, and murder, were common. High-powered water hoses, truncheons, spit, epithets and dogs were used to intimidate against and racial equality. A church with children in it was burned. But we are a country of laws, and the laws were changing to recognize that Blacks were equal partners in citizenship, and now they wished to be treated as such. "Those people" were trying to change the white America to its highest ideals on race despite resistance. "Us vs. Other" history based clearly upon race was reinforced.
The third movement was the Feminist Movement. To put it succinctly, many women in the 1950's, having survived WWII by assuming jobs men had previously done (and been paid for!) did not want to return, forever, to the kitchen. Maybe wait until the kids were grown. Or go to college and prepare for a challenging professional career, or possibly not get married at all. The daughters of these women were absolutely committed. The resistance to them was as predictable as it was futile. Women persisted. And, there were benefits: many families could no longer live on the salary of one spouse and to keep up their standard of living; two salaries were required. The male assumption of women's secondary status was partially disarmed, but the wish to control women remained.
Society was irretrievably altered when the many stresses and or cracks in our large and complex society began to show, even though the economy was generally solid, and the country settled into an uneasy re-calibrated "normal." Our expectation that we were "the greatest country on earth" began to change from a hope to an order. You weren't considered by many to be "patriotic" if you didn't insist on it. But (except for Ali) "greatness" is bestowed by the judgment of other people. If you have to insist that you are "the greatest," you probably aren't.
LBJ (D-TX) wisely declined to run for reelection in 1968 (running a war and building "A Great Society" were at financial and moral odds). He tirelessly pushed the Civil Rights Act, though he predicted that the Democrats would lose the South for generations, as they did. Hubert Humphrey, a good but uncharismatic man, was so lost in the clamor that the voters were willing to install Richard Nixon (R-CA) in the presidency.
Everyone knew "Tricky Dicky" was a charmless, bitter, isolated and needy individual, but we did not know how far he would go to subvert the law and tarnish his office to keep himself in power. He resigned in disgrace, and the humiliation caused the Republican Party to look for a savior to erase Dick. Someone who knew how to communicate and deliver the goods. Someone who had "it" and could sell it. Someone who had star quality and was a champion and darling of corporations. And they had been nurturing such a salesman at General Electric (GE) for some time.
Ronald Reagan was as highly underrated as an actor as he was overrated as a man of character. Reagan became president because of his all-American, open-faced good looks, his toned "aw shucks" half-smile, his ability to learn and recite lines and make them believable, his impeccable timing in delivery, his resolute wife, Nancy, his willingness to abandon the values of his childhood and absorb the values of his corporate handlers, and the financial doldrums of 1980. His speech on behalf of a doomed Barry Goldwater in 1964 knocked it out of the convention center. A star was born.
More Reagan, Clinton and Gingrich.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Why CRT is important:
Recently Texas legislators introduced a bill that would eliminate "the history of white supremacy", including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong." This is probably one of the most blatantly racist moves to come out of Texas in recent years. This effectively removes the mention of what the right would consider objective racism out of textbooks in Texas, and can potentially whitewash history in the rest of the country considering how large a market for textbooks Texas is. Pay attention to the last wording, "in ways in which it is morally wrong." If this isn't sounding any alarms to you, there's an issue because this implies that they consider that these have morally right characteristics. How better to combat this blatant racism than by educating on the true extent of racism in the US, especially through CRT, which teaches how laws have been used to further racist agendas. That's right ladies and gentlemen, CRT is not a grade school curriculum, rather it's a law school level course that specifically explores how laws are tied to racism, contrary to what a lot of people believe. From the actions of Texas state legislators, it is obvious the CRT must be expanded into a study of American racism as we are facing a clear erasure of such more so when reading that they consider that there is moral righteousness to racism.
- Pedro Ivan Bazan,
Santa Paula, Ca
Microbiology , University of California, Los Angeles

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To the Editor:
I enjoyed the Art Show at the Fillmore Pride Resource Fair on 27 June. The titles of some of the pieces were, ‘Anger’, ‘Greed’, ‘Gluttony’, ‘Lust’. I thought that the artist did a good job of expressing some dark emotions. I thought it a poignant ‘nod’ to the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ of which ‘Pride‘ is one. [My take away was, that the artist was asking the question, ‘Is ‘Pride’ really a sin!?]
While viewing the Art Show, I noticed that Planned Parenthood (PP) was manning a booth. It got me wondering what Planned Parenthood was offering (mostlyyoung adults) at the Pride ResourceFair. I learned that PP is pioneering a new model of Reproductive Health Services for Los Angeles County teens. They plan to open up ‘50’ clinics at area High Schools. This will provide abortion services for girls w/o parental consent or parental notification. The Clinics will also provide services for ‘GenderAffirming Medical Treatments’. For students that have a diagnosis of ‘Gender Dysphoria’ (distress of sex-assigned-at-birth, or neither identify as male or female). While PP is unable to administerpuberty blockers&hormone replacementor perform Gender Affirming Surgeries for students under age 16, they will refer students to UCLA Gender Health Program or UCSF Child & Adolescent Gender Center Clinic (which medically treats children from age 03).Their Gender Affirming MedicalProtocolconsists of; puberty blockers, mastectomies, hysterectomies, testosterone treatments, phaloplasty for birth-assigned females, and puberty blockers, penectomies, facial surgery, tracheal shaves, breast implants, vaginoplasty for birth-assigned males.
Interestingly, Planned Parenthood,along with Sexual Information & Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) has devised a curriculum for Public Schools, K-12, called Comprehensive Sexual Education. SIECUS was founded by Dr. Mary Calderon, an associate and mentee of Dr. Alfred Kinsey. Dr. Kinsey (long-discredited sexologist) was a bisexual, sado-masochist. [For research purposes, he solicited pedophiles to record sexual responses of infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, teens.]
True to Kinsey’s raison de vivre, the emphasis of Comprehensive Sexual Education (Gov. Newsom mandate by Executive Order) Curriculum is ‘how children can have sexual pleasure either with a partner or alone’. [Kindergarteners are learning the word ‘masturbation’ and learning which part of their bodies feel ‘good’ when touched. Second graders learn that this same act can be performed w/ a partner. In brief, all forms of sexual pleasure, with a consensual person, is ‘normal’ and to be ‘enjoyed’ by children].
Truly concerned about over-all well-being, I then thought to look up Health Statistics for LGBTQA+ adults. The CDC reports...suicide ideationup to 65%, suicide attemptsup to 33%, depressionup to 60%, anxiety 58%, substance abuse 46%, HIV/AIDS 67%, (Lesbian) obesity 75%, tobacco useup to 74%. [Note:Gender Affirming hormone treatment, for smokers, increases chance of blood clots, stroke, heart disease.]
I guess I should be appreciative that Planned Parenthood, such a knowledgeable &caring organization, was there that hot summer day for our Fillmore Students. After all, there is scant chance that they will ever experience a fully productive & healthy adulthood.
Leslie G. Marshall,
Piru

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To the Editor:
I received the following commentary from a good friend. Although I do not know the name of the author I find everything he says to be absolutely true. I agree completely and have had enough of the race baiting and political correctness being shoved in our face. Enough is enough.
Dave Johnson,
Fillmore

I NEVER CARED
I believe more and more people are starting to feel the way I do.
I never cared if you were “gay” or whatever acronym you chose to call yourself, until you started shoving it down my throat.
I never cared what color your skin was, until you started blaming me for your problems.
I never cared about your political affiliation, until you started to condemn me for mine.
I never cared where you were from in this great Republic, until you began condemning people based on where they were born and the history that makes them who they are.
I have never cared if you were well off or poor, because I’ve been both . . . until you started calling me names for working hard to make a better life for myself.
I’ve never cared if your beliefs are different than mine, until you said my beliefs are wrong.
I’ve never cared if you didn’t like guns, until you tried to take my guns away.
Now . . . I care.
I’ve given all the tolerance I have to give. This is no longer my problem. It’s your problem. You can still fix it. It’s not too late. But it needs to be soon.
I’m a very patient person. But I’m running out of patience. There are literally Tens of Millions of people just like me that are sick of all the Anti-American crap !
I’ve always cared about life, and all lives, but now you try to force the notion on me and other fellow citizens and patriots that certain lives matter more than others. You protest, riot, attack, burn, and loot. Your so-called “movement” has become a radical out-of-control bunch of thugs, criminals, and anarchists who are intent on destroying our Country.
The masses have had enough! America is the greatest country on Earth, and if you don’t like America then we invite you to leave. We are done caring about your misguided “feelings.”
You don’t have the right to enjoy American freedoms if you are trying to take that right away from me or other Americans.
Please pass it on if you CARE!

 


 
Letters to the Editor
July 14, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
I am not an historian. I am reexamining, through the lens of my memory, what has happened to the social and political life in our country. It is going to take more than one column to do this, probably four, and it won't necessarily be in chronological order. I hope you can hang in there with me and, when I'm through, I sincerely hope you will tell me what you think. If you are heavily aggrieved, you are of course welcome to comment at any time.
I did not recognize many events of my lifetime (since circa 1950; okay, 1945) as being significant, or I see them differently now from when they were unfolding. I did not realize that as the post-war period progressed, the bonds of relief, common purpose and experience, sometimes the memories of friends in terrible battles, as well as the struggles of families to keep the "fires burning" at home were loosening rapidly, naturally enough. In a country our size, expectable divisions arose as people pursued their own goals. But I discovered later that some of the divisions were purposely nurtured and encouraged even then, until they matured into the critical political virus that plagues our constitutional republic today.
The USA had not suffered the bombings and destruction experienced by Europe and the Axis powers in the War. Consequently, the incredible growth of our economy, following WWII, grew three generations of people with high standards of living compared to the rest of the world. We were audacious in our plans to make our country the most successful, righteous, richest, most accomplished, most acquisitive and, most importantly, the most complacent nation on earth.
In the 1950's President Eisenhower, using our taxes and labor, built a vast network of highways and then-governor Pat Brown did the same in California. Commerce and travel boomed our higher education system rivaled any other. But it costs a lot to be the super-power of the world. With our taxes, we all supported the roads, bridges, schools, dams and water systems, other public facilities and, necessarily but probably too heavily, the military..
The 1950's and 60's were a "golden age" for some, especially those who were benefiting from this historical economic boon. But WWII had not just been won; it changed the culture. Women's expectations had changed. Returning black servicemen were not about to subject themselves and their families to the racism rampant in the country after having heroically defended it. Black leaders emerged who would not make nice and accept another generation of African-Americans denied their rights under the Constitution. President Truman, a southerner and sensitive to the feelings of his fellow Missourians, nevertheless desegregated the armed services. It was clear that the time had come to confront racism in a new, truthful, and more vigorous way.
At the same general time, a series of assassinations in the 1960's rocked us, the emerging Civil Rights battles caused resentment, anger and fear in many people, and the Vietnam War caused the college-aged children of WWII veterans and others to reject the hegemony and lies of the government regarding military facts and the morality of that conflict inflicted by both political parties.
After enormous loss of life and treasure and faith in governmental transparency, the Vietnam War eventually subsided, and life was returned to "normal" for most Americans. Vietnam soldiers disappeared except when they refused to do so, College Vietnam protesters got jobs on Wall Street. The USA went to the moon! More homeless people appeared on the streets. The Great Society's plans to move people out of poverty were aborted by the costs of Vietnam and the resistance of none other than the "inspirational" Richard Nixon. And, of course, the somnolent inactivity of the Democratic Party. Presidents came and went.
People were rocked by the 1960's and 70's, but they were still optimistic or working hard at it by the 1980's. Once Vietnam was "behind us" and the Civil Rights Act signed, nothing but outrageous fashion, hippie sexual activity, and "grass" seemed seriously out of whack to the ordinary white citizen.
Next: Taxes, Reagan, Clinton, Gingrich
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the editor:
I've seen many people talk about Judeo-Christian values when the United States is far removed from being founded on them. The Declaration of Independence was mostly written by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams, none of whom were Christians, they were Deists. Looking at the Constitution, James Maddison, the principal author, was also a Deist. In fact, the Constitution contains wording that removes religion from state governance, contrasting with the theocracy of the Puritans, one of the major original colonies.
Let's look at what the Bible says about treating others:
Luke 12:33-34 - Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
Luke 3:11 - And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”
Matthew 22:39 - Love thy neighbor as thyself.
Despite what the Bible says, Americans refuse to truly help the poor, claiming that the poor have something wrong with them, that they are lazy and deserve to be poor.
The last line is the most disregarded in the United States. How many natives were killed, black people held as slaves, women treated like second class citizens? How long were people of color tormented by the KKK, and how long until one can love who they want without fear of hate? But sure, the USA is an amazing Christian country (not that Christianity has an amazing record, but that's another letter).
Pedro Ivan Bazan (Microbiology, University of California, Los Angeles)
Santa Paula, Ca

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To the Editor:
How is it that Adolf Hitler could manipulate and control the entire German population? Yet that is exactly what he did. There were a few dissenters, but they were quickly subdued by the power of the Nazis ( Nazi is an abbreviation for the national socialist party), people were encouraged to turn in anyone who disagreed, and any one of the Jewish faith.
I was born in France occupied by the Germans, while I remember very little, my dad was a prisoner of war in Germany, I heard my mother speak of the loss of our freedom, the constant presence of fear when people spoke .
I always felt America was preserved from this kind of tyranny, we are a nation who always prided itself on freedom and individuality. But all of a sudden travel was restricted, we were commanded to wear facemasks, voting laws were altered, speech censored by social media, large gatherings forbidden, church attendance also forbidden. In short our civil liberties that we took for granted were taken away. And now we are indoctrinating our children about this "cancel culture" lunacy the FBI is encouraging people to report friends, family that are "radicals" in other word not in line with the extreme leftist government of Biden. All this sounds very familiar, doesn't it?
I hope people are going to wake up and not allow this beautiful country of ours to be taken over by power-hungry left-wing radicals.
Huguette Johnson
Fillmore, Ca

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To the Editor:
Recently, the City of Fillmore sponsored and added its logo to an LGBT event on city property. It also cobranded a Zoom webinar series on LGBT Basics 101. The following are comments I made to the City Council during Public Comments on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
My name is Tim Holmgren. I’m a Fillmore resident and I’m speaking on behalf of myself and for Safeguard Fillmore. Many Fillmore residents are not pleased with the direction the City appears to be headed with regard to its support of social issues. They can't understand why the City would involve itself in, and take sides on, what are obvious political issues.
From my perspective, the City is doing what it's doing because there was a voice from some community members and the City wasn't hearing any voices from members of the community to the contrary. Hearing no opposition, the City was almost bound to comply and involve itself.
And, yes…up to now, the rest of the community of Fillmore has been silent. But a quote from history aptly describes where we are today. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the attack was intended to keep the United States from interfering with its planned military actions in Southeast Asia. It did not have the desired effect.
Afterward, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, who planned the attack, is said to have written in his diary, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
Republicans, libertarians and conservatives are the same way. We generally stay away from political fights because we're too busy paying attention to our own lives. We go through life with the feeling, “I’ll leave you alone if you leave me alone.” But, others are not so inclined. In fact, they like to use this opportunity to push and push and trample on our rights and our values
But, like with the attack on Pearl Harbor, when a line is crossed, Republicans, libertarians and conservatives wake up, like that sleeping giant, and they push back. That line has been crossed and it's my mission to motivate that giant to take a stand.LGBT is not really the issue. Neither is CRT, Advanced Sexual Education, BLM, "Defund the Police," the 1619 project or the plethora of other causes and issues.
These are all issues but they’re not the real problem. The real problem is the ideology behind these issues that uses these things as tools to divide.
When the proletariat overthrew the bourgeoisie in 1917, class was used to divide the people by this same ideology. In the US today, though, class is not enough so social issues are used to divide. But the goals are the same and they must be stopped.
Because these various issues are tools in the hands of people who are skilled at using them, this is only a stepping stone. Next month (month after month) and next year (year after year) this ideology will continue to push farther and farther.
What today is having a city sponsored event on public property, tomorrow becomes drag queen reading hour at the public library or twerking in the kindergarten classroom to show children it's OK. And people who oppose it will be called intolerant.
Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Good people tend to remain uninvolved while those who would divide and tear down a society keep pushing and pushing. But there comes a point when they push too far and that line is crossed. When that happens, the good people rise up and push those bent on damaging a desirable way of life back into their hole.
For Fillmore, that line has been crossed. More and more people are volunteering to step up and be heard. The ideology that pits one group against another in order to achieve its goals is unwelcome here. The giant is awake.
Moving forward we, the citizens of the City of Fillmore, respectfully ask that the City formally remove itself from any and all activity or ideology that seeks to divide the people.
As a side note, at the last city council meeting, after a resident spoke her mind, another speaker called that lady a racist simply because she disagreed with the first lady's opinion. When Public Comments are made by community members, other members of the public (and, of course, council members), in the name of good taste, should refrain from calling those people racists or other name calling just because they disagree with you.
I find it alarming how often this happens. And, it is bullying. It is also alarming how this bullying intimidates members of the community and prevents those who would like to speak from making public comments out of the fear of being called these names or being otherwise shamed or losing their business or having their livelihood targeted.
I would hope that the next time this happens during a council meeting, the mayor will stop the speaker and respectfully ask them to refrain from that sort of baiting.
We want to be respectful to people with whom we disagree and we would like for that to be a two-way street.
Tim Holmgren
Former Mayor of Fillmore

 


 
Letters to the Editor
July 7, 2021

To the Editor:
Re: Realities editorial July 1, 2021 (online dated June 30).
Why Pride parades? Why a Pride resource fair in Fillmore? Look no further than the mirror for your answer. A direct result of the heterosexual majority’s discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ minority.
The first Pride parade in New York was a response to repeated beatings and arrests of LGBTQIA+ people by police at the Stonewall Inn in lower Manhattan, at a time when the “cure” for LGBTQIA+ people was shock therapy, castration, and lobotomy.
You make primarily two arguments against LGBTQIA+; legal, but mostly theological.
Your legal argument attempts to redefine LGBTQIA+ advocacy as a religion for the purpose of making church-state separation arguments against their use of government facilities, public schools, etc. No. LGBTQIA+ is not a religion. No unchangeable holy book, no definition of a god, and no explanation for existence or what happens when you die. NRA, Sierra Club, US Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for Family Harmony, which offers LGBTQIA+ classes, and Fillmore's One Step A La Vez, which hosted the Pride event on the 27th, all advocacy groups, not religions.
Theology is an unreliable path to truth and morality. Thousands of different religions worldwide, 200 denominations of Christianity in the U.S. alone, all in theological conflict with each other. Catholics and Protestants cannot agree on what's true or moral.
You criticize "LGTQ group-think." Judeo-Christian group-think determined in Exodus 21:20-21 how hard we should beat our slaves (oops), Deuteronomy 25:11-12 requires a woman's hand chopped off if she interferes with two men fighting (oops), and it concluded torture and execution the punishment for anyone who dared read, what theologians deemed, a forbidden version of the Bible translated into English (oops).
You say the "fight" against LGBTQIA+ is worth "dying for." Sounds like the Islamic theology responsible for 9/11. Sacrificing yourself to kill infidels is what Allah commands, and theologically, you cannot say it is wrong or immoral, it is justified in Surah 9:5. The bloodiest behavior occurs when the pious put their theology over their humanity.
If nothing else, your screed confirms theology's core competency, defining exactly who you should hate.
If you don't want Pride parades and resource fairs, again, look no further than the mirror. As long as the pious place their theology over their humanity, asserting LGBTQIA+ people are repugnant, unnatural, abnormal, bizarre, disordered and condemned (all your words), there will be a need for advocacy.
Scott Duckett,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Dear members of the LGBTIQA community, the publisher of this newspaper cares about your safety, security and well-being. He asked an important question in his editorial last week: “Would the LGBT community reduce "bullying" if they avoided flaunting their often bizarre appearance?”
Clearly, the answer is “yes.” Members of the LGBT community, you can avoid bullying, taunting, name-calling, psychological abuse, abandonment, rejection, banishment, ridicule, beatings, torture, and murder, if you just tone it down. You know, act normal. It’s all up to you.
For those of you who identify as the “L word,” (I shall refrain from using the term, lest some young girl should read it here, become curious, and decide to ditch her boyfriend, get a crewcut, a tattoo, and a Harley), you should try to act more feminine. You know, wear long dresses, grow your hair out, marry a nice young man and have children, see a psychiatrist and wash down fistfuls of anti-depressants with a few gin and tonics before the Sarah and Skippy get home from school.
You guys who think you are “G,” should seek out and emulate icons of masculinity such as the Marlboro Man, Rock Hudson, and the original “G Man,” J. Edgar Hoover. If you can’t imagine marriage with a female, that’s okay, be a happy bachelor. Play the stock market. Take up golf. Wear jackets with patches on the elbows. Smoke tobacco in a pipe. Join a country club and yuck it up with the other fellows over whiskey sours and misogynistic jokes.
Above all, members of the LGBT community, live your life with purpose, and your purpose should be to avoid making the normal (i.e. white, heterosexual) people feel uncomfortable. Remember, conformity equals freedom, individuality equals deviancy, and some of us are more equal than others.
Art Sandford Sr.,
Fillmore, Ca

 


 
Letters to the Editor
June 30, 2021

To the Editor:
Re: Annette Sula's letter about Fillmore City Council's Proclamation to Honor & Recognize the Month of June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.
Annette, Pride Month exists to educate people who are ignorant about LGBTQIA+ people and the bigotry they face in society historically and today. No, LGBTQIA+ people are not mentally ill, they are not sexual deviants, they are not possessed by The Devil. All attributes they were once thought to have.
I'm not an expert, but I’ll try to answer your questions and make clarifications as best I can.
You seem to believe the flyer you received from the city about an opportunity to learn more about LGBTQIA+ people from the nonprofit group Coalition for Family Harmony is some kind of mandate. It's not. It's an offer you can choose to accept or reject. You are not required to do anything.
You were annoyed with the lack of explanation about the content of the classes being offered and not being told what the I, A, and + stand for in the LGBTQIA+ acronym. Maybe you missed it, but the bottom of the flyer provided the name, phone number, and email address of someone you could have contacted to get more info. I found the answers to your questions in just a few minutes using an internet search. FYI, I is for intersex, A is for asexual, and the plus is a catch-all to cover anyone not currently included in the acronym.
You question whether children being exposed to a pride resource fair is acceptable, and if Hollywood were to give the event a rating, what would that rating be. It's every parent's choice to take their children to the event. No one is forcing you or your children to go. In the same way no one is forcing you or your children to go watch Fillmore's annual Christmas parade. I went to the event, and I can report it was rated G.
You seem to be confused about LGBTQIA+ curriculum in public schools. Educating children about the fact that there are LGBTQIA+ people in the world is not social engineering. No one is forcing anyone to be gay or lesbian or anything they are not. To prevent bullying and physical harm coming to LGBTQIA+ students, education is making people aware there are many different gender identities including transgender, gender neutral, non-binary, etc. If you don't like what public school is teaching, homeschooling is always an option.
I’m no legal expert, but I think you're misunderstanding the scope of the Troxel vs Granville case. By my reading, the case seems to be fundamentally about visitation rights. I can't find anywhere where it talks about parents' rights to teach their children about sexuality. I may be wrong. If so, please provide the evidence.
You seem to be confused when you say "…our Constitution guarantees a Govt that is For the People and by the People. It does not say For the People by the Govt." In our democracy, the government is the people. The Govt is not a group of foreigners, not an authoritarian who remains in power, it consists of us, the people.
Similar to the negative behavior and attitudes towards minority groups in America, including Americans of African descent, Chinese descent, Irish descent, etc., LGBTQIA+ people continue to be treated badly by ignorant bigots. Pride Month is working to end this.
By the way, I’m in a minority group. I'm left-handed. Only about 10 percent of the population is left-handed, and over the millennia, society has thought and done horrible things to us. Treated us as if we were mentally ill, sexual deviants, and possessed by The Devil. All attributes we were once thought to have.
Scott Duckett,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
Because it's out there and those who speak of it loudest seem to be cynical or misinformed Repo politicos, let's briefly take up Critical Race Theory (CRT). It's a theory studied in law schools since the 1970's that emerged from Critical Legal Studies (lawyers-to-be turning a critical eye on their chosen profession).
During the civil rights era, CRT studied how how racism affects the legal system. Instead of addressing laws which are overtly racist (separate water fountains), the CRT theory considers laws which, when applied, are covertly racist: funding of schools based upon property tax revenues (being poor and black often go together). Or the exclusion in our history of Black, Mexican and Asian people (we can take up women's disappearance from history another time).
CRT is an evolving theory (theories always are) which considers race the product of social thought and not biology. It posits that racism is such a central issue in our country that it has permeated systems and institutions, like the legal system, to reproduce racial inequality. Law students recognized back then, and now, that the law can be used to maintain an unjust social order.
In PA, Repo lawmakers have passed a law that CRT cannot be taught in schools. But it isn't. It's a legal theory misunderstood or misappropriated by a bunch of people who know better; Ted "Daddy" Cruz for one. Interestingly, discussion of both "racism" and "sexism" (two heads of the same shrouded fear) is now illegal because PA legislators consider them "uncomfortable subjects."
Racism is well-embedded in our history and the focus on this vote-getting but ginned-up concern proves it. For Republicans, making white people afraid of "others" is a vote-getting bonanza. CRT is on fire as a subject on Fox Noose because it it inflames anxiety and fear of unwanted or unpleasant ideas. Some parents are willing to trade the ignorance of our students, their children, for their own Preferred Version of the World, making it folly to claim to be the Greatest Nation on Earth.
As always, Fear and Personal Preference are the calling cards of the GOP. If Republicans successfully misrepresent CRT, and the PA laws are adopted elsewhere, the only students who will know anything will be people of color.

 


 
Letters to the Editor
June 23, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
I’ll only take issue here with three items in last week’s Editorial:
(1) Sadly, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) was not joking, Martin. See the video on YouTube; his query was during the course of a Natural Resources Committee hearing. Moreover, Louie doesn’t have the intellectual bandwidth to concoct a joke. You, however, do have such wherewithal.
(2) So, I was disappointed at your niggle of Pete Buttigieg’s name at an attempt at humor. I get that you don’t like his politics or whatever, but to make recurring coarse fun of his name is, I think, beneath you.
(3) I agree that all information, including videos, cell phone records, and interviews, surrounding the riot should be investigated, and the courts are beginning to release additional information, much of which appears to further implicate some Republican legislators. Their Big Lie version of the attempt to prevent our democratic elections process on the floor of the Capitol is dismissed as fun-loving tourists with with flagpoles, cannisters, and bear spray, a noose on the lawn, threats to our VP, and people dead. But in was an "innocent frolic" because no guns or knives. Info: anything can be a weapon, depending upon how it is used, and not all weapons go "boom."
A new national holiday, Juneteenth, was approved on a bipartisan vote (though the Repos continue to legislate to deny the vote in many states). It commemorates June 19, 1867, when the slaves in TX (Galveston) finally learned that they had actually been free since January, 1865, This holiday is a reminder of the joy and human thirst for freedom, and the economic debt this country owes to slavery in financing and sustaining our break with England. We have all benefited from it, but at such cost to the slaves and their descendants.
President Biden returned from a European visit and G-7 meeting where there was no shoving other world leaders aside to get to the front of the line. Biden and Putin had a business-like meeting in Geneva as both are well-acquainted with the language of diplomacy and world affairs. This time, there were no smiles from our president looking anxious for an "atta boy," or Putin looking like the cat just finishing up lunch. No statement that our president trusts Putin's word over the US intelligence community. Putin did not look happy in his solo presser, and he danced around every subject he could. A steely-eyed Fred Astaire "Putin on the Ritz." (*apologies to cartoonist John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2021)
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
As a longtime resident of Fillmore, I’m concerned about our City Council’s recent meeting & Agenda. On June 8, the Council voted unanimously in favor of making a Proclamation to “Honor& Recognize the Month of June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month”. The Council then ok’d the use of Central Park Plaza (Sunday, 6/27, 4-7pm) for the ‘LGBTQAI+ Pride Resource Fair’. And just today, I received a notice in the mail, from City Council offices, asking me to… ‘Learn how to create welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ & Communities.’ Apparently the City Councilis advising me to take an Education Class called ‘LGBTQ+ 101’, then I’m to follow it up with ‘LGBTQ+ ‘BestPractices’. What I find annoying is that there is no explanation as to what any of the above means. What will be the content of the Classes? I know what LGBTQ means, but I’d like to know what ‘I’, ‘A’, means, and I’m particularly curious about what the ‘+’ stands for. [Are they just going to keep adding more acronyms of sexual practices?]
While I wholeheartedly support our Constitution’s 1st Amendment of Free Speech, I hesitate to think that minor children could be present for the ‘LGBTQIA+ Pride Resource Fair’ planned for a Sunday afternoon in the town square. Even Hollywood gives us ‘Content Ratings’ for movies, videos & TV shows so that parents can guide their Children’s viewing habits. I question what ‘rating’ Hollywood would give this event?
In addition, I disapprove of this type of content becoming part of the Curriculum in our local public schools, as it most surely is. I hope that parents know that that they can ‘opt-out’ of this (un-tested & un-proven) social-engineering subject. Is it really beneficial for our students (as young as age 4) to be taught that there are more than (2) genders? And that they can look forward to choosing to be a ‘boy’ or choosing to be a ‘girl’, or choosing to be ‘non-binary’.
I contend that it is the parents Constitutional right to teach their children about human sexuality in a way that aligns with their own conscience, their own religious beliefs &family values. In fact, the supreme court agrees, that “The right belongs to the parents to make decisions concerning care, custody & control of their children.” (case: ‘2000’, Troxel vs Granville, 530.57)
Lastly, I will reminisce about the qualities of our wonderful small town, a town that is friendly, safe, honest & respectful. I’m not against change. But I want change for the better. We all know that our Constitution guarantees a Govt that is ‘For the People and by the People’. [It does not say ‘For the People by the Govt.’] So why are we letting City Government encroach on that right?
I’m reminded of the inscription on the wall in City Council Chambers, ‘In God We Trust’. That means something to me. I know it means something to you. My question is, ‘Will we?”
Annette Sula,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
June 16, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
There are plenty of serious things going on, but let’s look for relief in the funny things that have happened of late.
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) asked the representative for the National Forest Service if they can slightly change the moon's or earth’s orbit to reduce the effects of climate change. Only with Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) Jewish Space Laser, Louie.
Trump thinks the answer to the computer system hacks is to go back to paper. Don’t educate the Congress on the problems and fix what’s wrong or unprotected. Go back to quill and ink. No wonder COVID exploded under his watch (drink bleach!).
Nothing funny about those recent hacks on our technological systems. It is, however, ludicrous and a betrayal of trust that our Congress has not seen to this. We are decades into the technology. I hope that this is part of the “infrastructure” that Buttigieg, who does understand it, is working on in Transportation.
A Republican Senate Committee report on what actually happened on January 6 (because there was no video of it anywhere!) was a joke. It did not speak to the Causes of the Insurrection, which was the whole darned point. We all saw what happened; the issue is why, how, and who? Another example of how the Relican Senate operates. Months and years on Benghazi, and kiss my patootie on the instigators, planners, and participants of the insurrection against our government.
Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pitiful if not laughable trying to explain that he insists upon bipartisan agreement on voting protection and infrastructure plans. Somebody get that boy a copy of “Waiting for Godot.” He’s either lying about his reasons, is a not-too-closeted Repo, or has suffered a lack of oxygen.
For a true LOL moment, the very smug and glossy Caitlyn Jenner R-CA) admits that her biggest draw is that she knows nothing about government and wants to go to Sacramento as an "outsider" governor and disrupt everything (she has experience in the latter). And she has a bunch of Trump rejects to show her how.
Forever the victim, never at fault, a self-absorbed child, Trump is still whining abut his election loss. And the Relicans are either scared to death of him or awaiting his Mike Lindell-inspired return to power on the pink cloud of a Second Coming. I’m not laughing out loud about this, but it is a funny image. I hope he wears “those pants.”
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
June 9, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
For too long, the Trump experience was a mystery to me. In the 1980’s he was a joke, another gaudy glitterati who pretended relevance, power, and success while he conjured repeated business failures, almost all involving lies and misrepresentations, freely threw friends under the bus, and was famous for disregard of anyone’s interests but his own.
A lot of Republicans think he’s a hollow man or even a fool. What they do admire about him seems to be his "righteousness" in disdain for norms, democratic institutions, reverence for the powerful and rich, tolerance for racism, his lack of compassion and duty toward the “undeserving” (Puerto Rico). He has glorified the selfish impulses that we all have and made of them a virtue.
Fortunately, the GOP has long nurtured, among others, a group of people for whom the conflict between good and evil is a regular tension and who eagerly consider an apocalyptic confrontation. Enter Donald Trump, in need of a zealous new congregation hungry for a civilian deity in showman's clothing.
And that, I think, is the key. It is no mistake that at the last Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), the Republicans created a “golden bull” and wheeled it around so the faithful could put their hands on it for “energy and inspiration.” So long as this "god" and his disciples spout "Christian values" they can practice all the corporate giveaways, assaults on democracy, and voter suppression they want. In this exchange, they will believe whatever voodoo canards support their plan to force-march the rest of country to the end of times. No matter that a hybrid authoritarian/religious state is a combination that has been historically disastrous.
Democracy cannot endure such a betrayal of its basic principles. American history reminds us that thousands of our ancestors left their homelands at great cost and peril and came to a place where neither king nor cardinal could impose their will.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
According to Joe Biden, "the white supremacists are a greater danger to our country than Isis or Al Quada". I found this statement which he has been saying a lot lately to be outrageous Ok....who are they? Have they been rioting, burning businesses, vandalizing, killing cops, stealing, turning our great cities into ruins? No, they have not, they are simply good Americans who believe in law and order, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and they don't agree with the far-left lunacies. They are no threat to our country; it simply exists in the feeble mind of Joe Biden and the democratic party.
When Kamala Harris speaks of PURGING the Republican party, words associated with leaders like Stalin and Hitler it's time for the American people to wake up and realize we live in dangerous times.
Huguette Johnson
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
June 2, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
When there is an issue of great national concern, or one with political implications, Individual Congressional committees should not be the ones to judge the matter. A bipartisan Independent Commission, comprised of respected individuals not currently in public office, should have a clear mission: to assemble, hear, and judge the facts surrounding the event, and to report to the Congress and nation their findings. The events surrounding 9/11 was such an issue; the Insurrection of January 6, 2021 was another.
Initially, numerous Repos laughably minimized the assault. One, Rep. Andrew Clyde likened the riot to a group of spirited “tourists.” On January 6, Rep. Clyde was videotaped scrambling to push furniture in front of the House entrance to keep the “tourists” out, amidst breaking glass and angry shouted threats from the “visitors.” Another Repo described them as a “rowdy group of misfits.” There’s no arguing that, but they were in the service and at the bidding of the then-president of the US; the Stop the Steal and pro-Trump signs, and the events before the breach of the capitol building speak to that conclusion. In fact, over 140 officers were injured, five people died, and legislators were hunted in the halls of the capitol. Horrific calls to “hang Mike Pence” were heard, even as the then-vice-president escaped down the back stairs accompanied by a military aide with the “nuclear football” containing the “nuclear biscuit,” the actual codes.
When the bipartisan House Investigative Committee voted to create an Independent Commission for January 6, the Relican leadership rejected it. Mitch and Kevin had all sorts of convoluted reasons for rejection before McConnell, when it became clear there would be some Republican votes for the Commission, asked his Party to vote “No,” as a personal favor to him. Why, you might ask? After all, McConnell blamed the January 6 riot on Trump from the floor of the Senate after the second Impeachment, before he sanded it down and painted it over.
The reason is simple: the Relicans do not want the American people to discover the length to which their Party and their Great Leader went to discredit democracy and the election. They want their base to believe what they tell them to believe, and not the clear facts and images before their eyes. As Mitch said, he has one aim and one aim only: to subvert the Biden administration. Eyes-open truth and defense of democracy is a luxury they therefore can’t afford.
“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” American political philosopher Hannah Arendt.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
May 26, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
A sure nominee for the Most Influential Human Being in History is Abraham (followed at a distance by Paul of Damascus). Considered the father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, his religious progeny eventually claimed the ancestral family home in Jerusalem and environs. If you think the tenets of faith precluded any of those religions from engaging in war, pillaging, or persecution, you don’t know your history.
No one with a conscience or any knowledge of the Holocaust would deny the Diaspora Jews the right to establish a home for themselves. The point is, they chose a place that was already occupied in the millennia since they left. They had an obligation to work it out (share) with the existing inhabitants. The western nations had an obligation to see that it was a condition of occupation, but Israel, the eldest, wants it all and the west is essentially helping them achieve that.
I suspect that our Editor is selective in advocating that people with an ancient historical presence in a location are entitled to exclusive occupation. Consider, again, the Native Americans. Here long before we arrived, their displacement occurred only because they were brutally forced out. Their conquerors (us) have been here for a mere 100-250 years. So what rights do we, as current occupants, have?
None, under Martin's argument. Residents of Seattle or Dallas, Phoenix, Boston, New York, or Ventura? Find another place to live and be nice about it. No objections, violent or otherwise. The people who lived here long before us, and were violently dispossessed, may reclaim their ancient homeland.
By the way, this current conflict in Israel was begun by the Israelis who, on the first day of Ramadan in April closed down, at gunpoint, one of the holiest sites for Islam because they thought the sound of Muslim prayers would interfere with the Prime Minister’s speech at the nearby Wailing Wall. The Palestinians did not begin the recent hostilities. Google it.
Next week, closer to home.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
May 19, 2021

To the Editor:
Second opinion.
It would be impossible to relate the problems of Israel and Palestine if I had 1000 times the space allotted here, but here are some matters to consider:
In 1917, only 10% of the inhabitants of Palestine were Jewish. Over three thousand years, most of the Jewish population had been driven from Judaea by invading populations in a succession of Diasporas. They had established homes and temples and thriving businesses in many places, including Germany. The practice of their Hebraic religion under the Torah (our Old Testament) kept their communities intact.
Following the Holocaust in WWII, for a number of political objectives and certainly for humanitarian reasons, western powers and particularly England and the US determined to give the Jewish people a separate homeland and restore Israel to them (and to provide a buffer from increasingly-troublesome Arabia).
The problem was that another people, over 700,000 Muslim Palestinian Arabs, already inhabited the area. But, as with the western hubris in carving up the Middle East to eventually create Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq (what could go wrong?), the political needs and guilty consciences of the western nations, which had generally ignored the reports of the Holocaust during the War, were paramount. So, in an act of delayed magnanimity and long-established western self-interest, the Jews were given the keys to Arab Muslim Palestine, now Israel, and the Holy City of Jerusalem.
“Zionism,” a term used a hundred years before, was resurrected and became a rallying cry for the Jewish people. The Palestinians passionately fought back for their homeland. The atrocities committed on both sides by this date should not surprise western powers.
Both the English and we should have been experts in the effects of "settlor-colonialism" by 1945. England did it to Ireland, they helped in Africa and the Far East. Just asserted power and carved up or inhabited countries with their riches because they could. We did it to the Native Americans. Without any thought as to whether the inhabitants, whose country it was, might resist to the death.
How can anyone look at the situation and condemn only the Palestinians? The saber rattling of a Netanyahu who has weaponized religion and ethnicity must be rejected. Of all people, the Jews of the Diaspora should understand the love of country and religion alive in the hearts of the Palestinians. And the fact that extermination of a people is not just.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
It seems that you have been the lone voice crying in the wilderness. I thought it was time I entered the fray once again and try to clear up some on the questions regarding our new Administration.
I read an article by Gerry Giesler this past week in the Epoch Times titled Alarming Trends Toward Socialism Developing Under the Biden Administration. I would like to paraphrase Gerry's comments for the benefit of our readers. He lists 10 alarming trends.
1. Pushing God to the Background. Removing the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance in the US House of Representatives. Did you notice the church attendance was prohibited during the COVID-19 lock-down, but demonstrations were OK? How did Christians and Jews fare under communism?
2. Defunding the Police. This insane trend can only lead to increased crime and violence which is the intended outcome. That is why California and other stated are releasing prisoners into the general population. Without funding and local support, the police will become ineffective. Then the government can justify a national police force. Sound like the KGB or Gestapo.
3. Open borders. There are two deceitful goals here. First, to increase the population totally dependent upon the government for their everyday existence. Second, to grow voters who are beholden to the government that sponsored them. This is a huge allocation of resources to illegals that should be used to help Americans.
4. Co-opting the education system to brainwash our youth. Introducing the 1619 ideology, undermining American's roots in democracy. Then canceling the 1776 Program which is trying to fight back. Promoting critical race theory propaganda. Such brainwashing was common in the Soviet Union and under the Chinese Communist Party.
5. Lying and cheating to hide the real purpose of government programs. For example, infrastructure, COVID-19 Stimulus. Most of the spending in these programs is for social programs and not for the stated purpose.
6. Federal control of the election process, usurping state authority. H.R. 1, known as "For the People Act," is anything but. It is to increase government control and represents the largest federal grab for power in history. Its purpose is to ensure Democrats stay in power for perpetuity.
7. Corporate and media support for Black Lives Matter. BLM is a Marxist organization committed to the overthrow of the U.S. government. The operative strategy is to divide America by race and other identities and "cancel" those that do not fit the socialist script. Anyone who does not agree to their terms is "racist".
8. Taxing corporations and businesses until they fail. Then having the government take over key industries. More central and control.
9. Taxing workers to redistribute wealth to those who do not work. Promoting the idea of "equal outcomes for all" instead of "equal opportunity for all" as the underlying incentive for Americans.
10. Federal control of guns, disabling the 2nd Amendment. Have you heard of the Gestapo? History has shown these trends toward more central power and control are characteristic of socialism and then communism.
We have a narrow window of time to change this within the next two to five years. Do not stand by and watch America's demise. Remember the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK47.
Thanks for listening
Dave Johnson

 
Letters to the Editor
May 12, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
Fact. Generally defined as “a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true,” by the determinant party, which is each of us as to whether the sun rises in the east. Or a specialized truth, scientists as the determinant party, such as an atom is comprised of several sub-particles. A secondary definition applies to allegations offered as truth but not verified, such as someone who insists he has seen Bigfoot. We give the court system the status of determinant party on the adequacy of legal pleadings.
The SCOTUS (with a clear conservative majority, two of whom were appointed by Trump), and many state courts, determined that Trump’s pleadings of fraud in the 2020 election did not present legal facts but raised unsupported allegations. Our Editor, however, argues that the allegations of fraud should be treated as truth, or “fact,” because several known political hacks and partisans say they are true, and because he and others want them to be true and therefore treat them as true. .
Many congressional Relicans have become proficient in delivering lies to their base (Obama was not born in this country; the 2020 election was “stolen,” Trump gives a fig about the middle class), circulating and recirculating them, and then "reporting" the metastasized misinformation as base opinion and “fact.” And the amazing thing is that it seems to work with a lot of people.
After chastising the Dems for abandoning “bipartisanship” and moving legislation forward without securing a single Relican vote, McConnell admitted that, "No Republican will negotiate or vote for any Biden proposal under any circumstance." They will, he conceded, try to do to Biden exactly what they did to President Obama. Relicans will not accept "democratic rule” from anyone but themselves; only they can be in legitimate power. That is the “Relican Plan” for our country. It has nothing to do with the needs of “We, the People.” It has nothing to do with democracy.
Consistent with their war on facts, Relicans have tried to reframe Trump’s Insurrection of January 6, 2021, as a minor dust-up for which “moving on” is the solution, despite the fact that the attack on legislators and beatings of Capitol police and others by the rioters are clearly evident on tape. Two deaths and numerous serious injuries were inflicted while Relicans sought to overturn the will of the electorate on the floor of Congress. Those are facts. In last week’s Editorial, you saw the attempt to reimagine the riot as a minor inconvenience. “Don’t believe your lying eyes. Believe the Republican variant.” They are counting on you.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
May 5, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
After reading last week’s Editorial, I can either write my Second Opinion obit, or use as few extra words to call to arms the people who understand the nature of democracy and know that ginned-up complete distrust of one of two political parties will destroy that democracy. The choice: give up or fight back by all means sans violence.
Our form of government requires a certain level of trust in each other and at least a partially shared vision of our country’s potential and commitment to opportunity for all. We may be at a point where that is not possible, where aiming slightly beyond our reach for the good of the many as opposed to billionaires, the religious right, and anti-government militias, does not compute for the Trump base (TB; I do not believe that all Relicans are so afflicted).
President Biden’s plan to lift the middle class and poor population and their children from the stagnancy of the long failed experiment in “trickle-down” economics is rejected by TB Relicans as “socialism!!!” and an attempt to destroy the country by wrenching it from the exclusive control of the rich. But it’s not just policy differences they condemn. It is the ethics, the very identity and nature of the Democratic Party members that they attack in case a stray Relican should agree with Biden’s economic programs.
Over time, no one has soiled the argument more than our esteemed editor, and never more clearly than last week: "As long as any Democrat Party members have anything to do with election ballot counting I have no confidence in a true and honest conclusion." Dems believe that government can sometimes be the best instrument of positive change. But TB Relicans, they who believe that government can or should not function at all, want to regain and keep the reins of power. What could go wrong?
If that’s the case, game over. All we have left is to play out another civil war, an option for which I have read approval in this newspaper. Forget trying to work out major national problems, forget that the middle class is the backbone of the country. But keep the low-bar ethics of the TB Relican Party and bathe in the obstructionism and nihilism they have elevated to an art. Find all the ways that Biden’s attempts to improve the lot of ordinary Americans can be sabotaged so TB Relicans can reach the dizzying achievement of “owning the Libs.”
Who cares if a novel and deadly world-wide disease killed over half a million people in this country and the resulting economic scourge devastated many who could least withstand it? TB Relicans have no plan, and never have had a plan, of their own. Don’t need one; just prevent those Libs from offering a new vision for our democracy in a new world. The rich are doing fine; their wealth increased by millions and billions during the pandemic;
no change needed, no worries there.
People, including editors, are entitled to their opinions. When those opinions dismiss and vilify any attempt to improve the lot of ordinary Americans to the point of starting, defending, and forgiving rebellion (remembering Trump’s January 6 Capitol Insurrection), it is worth noting. With no one commenting otherwise, a fundamental choice is forming. Political in packaging, but death of the republic at its heart. To give up is not an option.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Biden gave his first address to Congress last week. In the address he made the following statement, “Our Constitution opens with the words, ‘We the People’. It’s time we remembered that We the People are the government.” I’ve followed our local elected Congresswoman Julia Brownley this past year and question who she is representing. Is it her party or the people of Ventura County? I point this out as Brownley supported HR1 which, among other things, allows minors to register to vote when Ventura County said no to Prop 18 which was to allow 17-yearolds to vote. On her website Brownley made a statement on Biden’s address to Congress. In the statement Brownley said “...I am committed to working with President Biden and Vice President Harris to ensure we restore faith in our democracy, open doors to opportunity, and deliver for the people.” Guess we now know which one she represents.
Patti Walker,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
April 28, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion
Patti Walker criticized or observed, not sure which, that my opinions are not “equally levied.” Opinions, like faith, do not need to be anything in particular,’ not even reasonable, and certainly not equally levied or “fair and balanced,” the language for which Ms. Walker seemed to be struggling. It’s why Fox News gets away with the braying of someone like Sean Hannity, or the tick-tock, side-to-side eyes of a near-hysterical white nationalist, our snarling Tucky. I am not a journalist. I simply make observations and draw conclusions. You can agree or disagree. And Martin will appreciate it.
“What-aboutism” is still popular, apparently. “Trump was a ___ (fill in the blank) but Biden is a bigger one.” I have never been attracted to this line of argument. It is reminiscent of the school yard taunt of someone who doesn’t really want to argue at all but won’t concede the point. “Maybe Biden’s lies are the same “fake news”. Or maybe not. Is this a suggestion that perhaps Biden will prove to have the same low presidential standards as Trump? I think not, but time will tell.
A political situation of which you may wish to be aware is occurring in Arizona. Not content with the three prior recounts of the 2020 AZ presidential election results, none of which changed the original award to Biden, the AZ Relican Party has instituted yet a fourth challenge to be held in secrecy, no press allowed anywhere in the building, to be monitored by members of OAN (One America News), the network that makes Fox News look like a “serious, mainstream middle of the road news network.” ‘Cause truth and fairness are optional on this mission.
Governmental audits are conducted to a high level of analysis and protocol. The Yellow Book, of which I heard when I was on staff of the City of Fillmore many years ago, is not scheduled to be consulted by AZ Relicans in this process. This is a political operation with only one objective (regardless of facts) so why frustrate declaring AZ for Trump with a bunch of sissy standards?
AZ Relicans have assigned themselves the duty to “keep the Big Lie alive;” The idea that Trump won the 2020 presidential election. The idea that Trump’s January 6 Insurrection challenging the legislators who did not agree with their election fantasies was somehow an act of patriotism. Because only Relicans can rule.
Surely, this gang of politically schizophrenic junk yard dogs will soon declare their intended result (one hour into the "process' they declared clear evidence of fraud). I have to assume that some of these folks have loved ones who overlook their madness and care for them. Time for that intervention the family has been whispering about for the last five months.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
April 14, 2021

To the Editor:
I have read with great interest some of Kelly Scoles’s comments for the past year. While I respect her right to an opinion, an opinion should be equally levied. In reviewing Ms. Scoles’s letters, I fear hers are levied based upon party politics.
Case in point, in her letter of 2-26-20 Kelly said “Even more concerning is his (sic Trump’s) view of the presidency and the balance of power. Ask yourself this: if and when a Democrat becomes president again, will you still insist that when he/she exercises ‘unlimited power over government’ he/she can do ‘whatever I want?’ No checks and balances, no calling out the president for overreach.”
If one believes Trump overreached, how about the number of Biden’s Executive Orders? According to CNN it’s 50 and he’s been office for 73 days. And to quote Biden in defense of these executive actions, he’s undoing the “bad policy” inherited from Trump, especially on immigration.
In the same letter, she said, “Trump is a man who famously lies constantly. It’s as if he’s testing to see just how far afield he can go before his crowd turns on him in disbelief. So far, he can lie at will, and claim that anyone who challenges his many untruths or misconduct is perpetrating a ‘hoax’ or a ‘fake news’ story, or a treasonous attack on, not just him, but the country itself. “ Maybe Biden’s lies are the same “fake news”.
Biden’s voiced numerous lies, one this past week about Georgia’s new election law. He continued to spew the “Jim Crow” monologue even days after it was proven he was wrong. Biden voiced his disapproval of the All-Star game being played in Georgia and urging the MLB to pull the game out of the state. Which of course with his blessing, they have.
Kelly and others may continue to believe in the disproven “Russian collusion” mantra voiced during the entire Trump administration, how about Biden’s position on China? Iran has made a pact with China and then there’s China’s “New Military Cooperation Pact” with Russia. Where’s the concern with Biden’s acceptance of what’s happening internationally?
And another lie for Biden when he said, “I made it clear that no American president, at least one did, but no American president ever backed down from speaking out of what’s happened to the Uyghurs, what’s happened in Hong Kong, what’s happening in the country. That’s who we are.” The moment a president walks away from that, as the last one did, is the moment we begin to lose our legitimacy around the world.” Well, Trump issued sanctions against China regarding the human right abuses occurring in China, and Biden said the genocide is part of China’s “different norms” and has removed from the State Dept page commentary that highlight the abuses.
Or the one “the vast majority, the overwhelming majority of people coming to the border and crossing are being sent back”. Well, that’s the biggest doozy of them all.
So to those who were fearful of Trump, are you equally fearful of Biden? I’ll end this similar to how Kelly ended hers in 2020, 1,129 days into Trump’s presidency, this is how I feel 73 days into Biden’s, I don’t hate Biden, I fear him and I fear for the future of our republic.
Patti Walker,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
April 7, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
A couple of housecleaning items. Sidney Powell herself, through her attorney in the defamation suit, offered the defense that no one with any sense would have believed her arguments that the election was “rigged.” That’s what she thought of Trump’s challenges to the election results (and every last court in the country agreed with her). Some hero. Your attorney, after the case is over, tells everybody how idiotic her argument was on your behalf. Well, she and Trump do have something in common. They’ll betray anybody.
You argued that, even though it is considered improper, VP Harris should return the salute of the military in boarding Air Force Two. Who cares that people who really know say she that she should not. You sniff at her “frivolous misunderstanding of the military” and link it to Democratic “treachery.” Careful, Martin. At our ages, leaps like that can really play havoc with the knees.
In addition, a weapon can be something other than a firearm, plenty of which were found on the capitol grounds on January 6. Knives, pipes, fire extinguishers, flag staffs can also inflict harm and certainly hold the promise of it. The guy in Pelosi’s office was not “relaxing.” He was celebrating his takeover of her congressional digs. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
In case you are remotely interested, you can Google Sen. Ron Johnson’s comments about only fearing the January 6 mob if they had been black.
The only thing I will say at this point about Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is that we’ve all known jerks like that in high school or college. They’re all over everything and everybody and have no wish to control their appetites, under the influence or not, and are invariably proud of it. They are forever-boys with no character or interests outside their own (remind you of someone?). Even the Relicans, except for Gym Jordan who has significant ethics problems of his own, dislike Gaetz. He was the only member of Congress, Relican or Democrat, who voted against the “Violence Against Women Act.” Now we know why, but no one in his Party thought it odd.
I wouldn’t speak of him except he won’t zip it and he won’t go away. Former president Trump has been busy. He and the missus have offered themselves, for a price, to attend parties and glow in the dark. No policy discussions, that’s for rallies. They’ll just mingle and mug and vocalize his victimization. His organization in Mar-a-Lago (whatever it is and whatever plans) fixed it so people who donated once to his…it’s not a campaign, I guess it is a cause (him)… got hit with recurring donations without their permission. Once caught, the organization returned some of the money. He grifted, once again, his own base and they seem to be fine with that. Lollipop, lollipop.
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
March 31, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
In an argument or mere discussion, one side sometimes conjures up the most outlandish, far-fetched, and yet apparently emotionally self-soothing, arguments designed to refute an opponent (giraffes? Shaquille?). Feelings that the LGBTQ community is somehow deviating from God’s will - and that you know God’s will for them - or that gender variation or sexuality is at their option, are more indicative of fear than of reason. It is difficult to talk anyone beyond fear, especially when it is irrational or not based in fact. Fear is primal. So, all that remains is to raise and argue an objection, reintroduce the truth that we are all on a journey to what we hope will be our best selves, and carry on. Until the next time. That aside, I am once again looking for the humor in our politics.
I caught Hannity’s rant on the shocking lack of patriotism and respect for the military shown by VP Kamala Harris who, when boarding Air Force Two, “failed to return salute” the military! Legal and military historians later explained that it would be technically improper, as the VP is not in the military chain of command. The “return salute" was adopted by the theatrically-inclined Ronald Reagan in the 80’s as a regular gesture. It was amusing to watch Hannity breathlessly reporting this terrible, scandalous, non-failure of the VP.
Joe Biden, in running up the stairs to Air Force One, slipped and fell a couple of times, got up, and continued on his way. Tucker Carlson castigated the press for failing to trumpet it as “Breaking News.” Our economic challenges, immigration issues, vaccine roll out, Covid relief package, and voter suppression should be subordinate to "the fall." An older man as was the last president, and their mishaps. That Tucky. What a card!
Ari Fleischer sarcastically pointed out that President Biden, in his first press conference, used 14-point print notes rather than wear glasses! Aha! Biden is so mentally-compromised that he had to have a large, tabbed folder of information for the presser. OMG, he was prepared for accurate answers to reporters’ questions! The last guy winged it, making it up as he went along (bleach!) and that went so well. Not sorry; I laughed.
Trump proclaimed, on the day and time of Biden's first presser, that the insurrectionists on January 6 hugged and kissed (!) the Capitol police officers and posed no threat. Relican Senator Ron Johnson said he would have only been afraid if the mob had been black. OK, I didn’t laugh at the lies and racist remarks. Some in the base will give both a pass.
But the knee-slapper was Sidney “Kraken” Powell, Trump’s lawyer who got thrown out of every court in the land for her arguments that the election was stolen by election machines set to ensure a Biden win. She was sued for defamation by the manufacturer of the machines. Her defense? That her court filings and public statements were so unbelievable that no reasonable person would accept them as true. They were political hyperbole and not meant to be factual.
His own lawyer had no idea if Trump's Election Big Lie was true but knew it would be taken as such by extremists. Not laughable. Sorry.
By Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
The 117th House of Representatives have passed HR 1 “For the People Act” relating to elections. It is now in the hands of the Senate which is equally divided. Currently each state legislation has the right to make election law as afforded it by the US Constitution. HR1 changes Article 4 of the Constitution by giving complete control of elections over to the House.
Not all of HR1 deals with voter rights. There are sections dealing with monies influence on elections and government accountability.
This is what it will do to voters rights: (1) when you apply for a drivers or non-drivers license in any state, or register with any state agency, you are automatically registered to vote, thereby giving 16- year-olds the right to vote; (2) opens windows to allow for DC to become a state, taking away its impartiality and we will be left without a centralized government; (3) allows for online and same day voter registration; (4) allows for ballot harvesting and (5), no identification is required whether voting at the box or absentee.
I’m not sure how requiring an ID is the root cause of voter suppression. You need an ID to travel by plane or Amtrak, open a bank account, buy or rent a car, visit a bar or liquor store, yet when it comes to voting that won’t be allowed.
You’re required to show your ID to receive the CV test or get the vaccine. Is that now raciest?
My position is those that are in favor of HR1 believe minorities are ignorant; they do not have the wherewithal to obtain any form of government issued ID. How insulting to all who are a minority.
HR1 will do the opposite of what the House is saying; it will end social justice and equality. Don’t give in to their quest or power. Don’t be a pawn to further their own interest.
Patti Walker,
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
March 24, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion.
Well, I’ll be darned. I never thought I’d live to see the day that Martin Farrell advocated for women’s rights. True, he limited it to sports. Give those athletic little gals a chance, he argues. Don’t let born anatomical males take anything away from those hard-working darlin’s. I agreed with his statements supporting girl's and women's opportunities, and I was impressed with his insight. However, Martin soon revealed that his true advocacy is against men who, while retaining their special "body parts” are allowed by sports authorities to compete with women "...in order to palliate some guy who can't make it with real men and facilitates a new subspecies in the gender wars." Uh oh, it was not about women's or girl's rights; the "evils" of Title IX were referenced. It was about transgender women betraying their manhood. Oops.
I can't speak to the biology and chromosomal facts of adult transgender athletes; I just don't know enough about the data around the issue. I can understand that it is of great interest to the women competing against them. But to speak of a "new subspecies" in gender is a clear indication that the speaker is way out of his lane. I will speak here of primary and secondary school athletes in light of Title IX so as not to exceed my competence level.
LGBTQ, or any other term used to label human experience of sexuality or gender, is inadequate to define the experience of the individuals so described by self or others. These are people, first. Many of us have some challenges in understanding, appreciating, or recognizing the burden that much of society places on them, or anyone, for lack of “compliance.” I don’t know how many people labeled in that context would choose it. But what they can do, must do, and we must support them in this, is to accept and take joy in the person they are becoming. That is our lifelong personal mission, too. Anyone striving to become their full self when the world is so clearly resistant to such an aberration, loving and encouraging conformation as it does, we should all take notice and support their human quest.
Especially if one is a believer in a benevolent and intelligent Creator, it is hard to think how one could reject persons for the way they were made in the deepest part of their being. Generally speaking, primary and secondary school sports abilities do not vary widely between younger boys and girls. Girls have been known to play high school football. Young people, including athletes, who were born biologically inconsistent with their hearts, minds, and souls - whether as male or female - should be welcome to engage in their chosen activities as their true selves.
I would ask that people who take issue with Title IX offer an alternate statement giving girl's sports the same opportunities as are given to boys and to boys as are given to girls. It is a constitutional issue. There can be cases where an inequity is occurring. There are ways to deal with challenges. But I’m with Martin. Let’s give those girls a chance. All the girls.
By Kelly Scoles
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Last Thursday was a big day for the California State Board of Education. They adopted a model curriculum for ethnic studies classes in California public schools. In the curriculum students are encouraged to chant to Aztec gods - Tezkatlipoka and Huizilopochtli, to name two. Human sacrifices were offered to these gods - hundreds per year to Huizilopochtli - the sacrificial victims being captive Indians from tribes subjugated by the Aztecs. The victims were taken to the top of the temple where their hearts were cut out, they were dismembered, and their torsos were thrown off the side of the temple. The priests then ate parts of their bodies, the prized part being the victim's heart. The victims' blood was thought to strengthen the god.
This is all part of the Dept. of Education's plan to foster unity with "marginalized" segments of our society and to elevate the culture and beliefs of "pre-colonial aboriginal indigenous" people.
Of all the things that school children could glorify, these Aztec gods are among the worst. The Board of Education must think that human sacrifice and cannibalism are things to glorify. Ironically, with the adoption of this curriculum school children will be encouraged to chant to these pagan gods but will be forbidden from reciting the Lord's Prayer.
This is what happens when you elect progressive liberals to office. They come up with evil things like this. They don't know God (the real One, that is), so they encourage children to commit idolatry. They are tools of Satan to draw people away from Jesus, and what better way than to have school children seek enlightenment, power, unity, and strength by calling on the gods of the Aztecs?
You can find a good, short article on this new curriculum by searching the following online: "City-journal.org - Calf. ethnic studies curriculum (revenge of the gods)".
Pastor Leslie R. Lanier
Wayfarer's Chapel Lutheran Church
Fillmore

 
Letters to the Editor
March 10, 2021

Tothe Editor:
Second Opinion.
Your poetic appreciation for the mighty bird nearly brought tears to my eyes. I did not realize that your only-sometimes-crusty exterior housed such a sensitive soul! I appreciate, too, your agreement on “Relican Party” as an apt nickname for the formerly-GOP. True, it is not repugnant or insulting, as is the four-letter word you called the Democratic Party, but then I have not had that much experience with vermin. I kid Martin.
I am hoping that a Relican will explain something to me. What does your Party stand for? It looks like it stands for Trump, with all the manic, vengeful, and self-interested energy that implies, and for his “beautiful people” who stormed the Congress in Trump’s War on the Capitol, who are eager to swallow The Big Lie that he won the last presidential election. Apparently, they believe that every court in the land, and many Relican elections officials, conspired against poor Donald to deny him his prize. But Donald has always thought that it’s a conspiracy if he doesn’t prevail. And, miraculously, failure is never his fault.
To correct the "fraudulent election (The Big Lie) and ensure future elections for themselves, Relican legislatures are introducing bills to suppress the vote, and they freely admit they can't win otherwise. In GA, there is a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to offer water to people waiting in line to vote. This is the kind of country Relicans want?
In an all-night session, Democrats passed S-1 (HR-1), which includes a new round of up-to $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of Americans, $350 billion for cash-strapped cities and states, $130 billion for schools, and other sizable sums for a wide array of programs including food and rental assistance, coronavirus vaccine distribution, and $300/week in unemployment payments until early September. To keep people going until the virus is under control and make schools safe. We’ll see if the progressive House will accept the compromise win. I hope so.
Following passage, Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) complained that the bill was not passed "honestly" because, in reconciliation, a Relican minority could not block the legislation.
Last week, the “golden bull” of CPAC filed a “cease and desist order” to stop the RNC from using the Trump Name in their political ads if the intended recipient has voted for his impeachment or criticized him. He purports to be the “head of the Party,” but they can’t use his precious, potentially money-making name-recognition for the benefit of the Party. Why does the Relican Party put up with his peevish displays of avarice and ego and that of their congressionals?
So, GOP, what makes the Trump Act compelling? That he will incite to riot against our country to “save it” for people like himself, wealthy, white, Americans? That the only things that excite his attention are people who dispute him? That, in a democratic republic, only one voice should be heard, and it should be the one who doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about his fellow citizens or even fellow Relicans? What is the fatal attraction?
Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore