Your Letters: March 7, 2021

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Defund the police?

When we have police officers like Deputy Corie Smith looking out for us, there should never be any thoughts of defunding the police. Thank you Deputy Corie Smith!

C.A. Meschter, Victorville

Voter suppression & authoritarian rule

Dictatorship 101. The Republican totalitarians are desperate for power. They have watched their king dethroned. They are feeling weak, angry and in a state of disbelief. Result? Their oath of office and desire to represent the people of the land are no longer paramount. What is? The servitude and worship of a golden idol. 

They are blinded by the reflection from the enormity of its perceived stature. The party extremists have tasted the blood of the kill, from four years of dominance. Their thirst for power is no longer about representing their party or the people. It’s all about their loss of power, nothing more, nothing less. They see their only way of another successful bloodletting/kill, is to cull out their opposition, by reducing the number of voters.

What is happening in our country because of Trump, is much bigger than all of us. Dictatorship 101. The Republican Party is now defined by Trump worship instead of party values. Trump is a cult of personality, defined as “a situation in which a public figure (such as a political leader) is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved.” GOP extremists have fomented a personality cult around Trump, similar to authoritarian regimes, aka North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

Republican extremists within the various states that are legislating the removal of voter rights are pawns in the hands of the Golden Idol. Or is their attempt to suppress voter rights a sign of a more deadly cancer growing within our country? The erosion of our national ethics, morality and a democracy, that has lasted for over two centuries.

Ed Jackman, Apple Valley

LeBron James (part I)

I have long been a fan of Lakers basketball, all the way back to Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich and Jerry West. But now I just don’t feel the desire to watch as much anymore. My lack of enthusiasm is due to the character (I should say the lack of) shown by its lead player, LeBron James. 

The problem stems from his biased social justice activism. The hockey player is right. Sports celebrities are celebrities because of their excellence in sport. Their role in sports is public, and it would be wise to keep the focus of their public life on their sport. 

I find it frustrating that James tarnishes the shine on his own superb record of accomplishments in basketball. One can’t help but wonder why he chooses to do this. A full page in the March 3 issue of the Daily Press’ (top half of page 1B and bottom half of page 3B) Sports section by Jeff Zillgitt, columnist for USA TODAY, provides a window to the answer. (See part II in next letter on Tuesday).

Gabriel Portillo, Hesperia

Guard deployment

The Press left a glaring omission on the National Guard deployment during the Jan. 6, Trump-fueled, MAGA siege of the U.S. Capitol. It was Gen. Charles Flynn, younger brother of disgraced convicted felon Michael Flynn, who said optics would look bad. It was OK to use gas and flash bangs against peaceful protesters at LaFayette Park at Trump’s urging, but white supremacist Trump supporters should have free rein to lay siege in an attempt to kill Mike Pence and disrupt the certification of the 2020 election. Go figure. Country first!

Marty Torok, Apple Valley


In spite of my pantheism considering other ‘ligi’s disparities, disunity and muted mutual rejections, excellent mate and caregiver, Enerval, and me were surprised and delighted by our recent visit to Corwin Road St. Mary’s, cuppla weeks ago, for our First C-19 shot. Driving into its vicinity, we were guided about the local streets for a short time, by brightly uniformed fellas helping us through it ’til we reached the church parking lot. Here we were immediately met by a friendly and efficient lady who advised us where to go…

…that is, to the church’s theatre, where on stage officials [bless ’em] were enjoying brekkie, while a dozen pretty girls [wearing masks, ‘course] went about shooting us.

Then, afterward, we were sat down for 15 minutes’ discretionary wait [n case of rare side effect], and released with instructions when to return for the second shot. We simply then drove back home to Apple Valley, the entire operation requiring only an hour and a half.

‘S’nuff to make you believe in God.

Dale Hileman, Apple Valley

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