Paranoid letter writersThree out of four letters to the editor in the July 18 VCReporter wrote anonymously! So how in a citizenry-run governance can governing take place if citizens are too fearful to talk to each other? “… land of the free and home of the brave,” really?
Your feature story about life in county jail in last week’s VCReporter (The Ultimate Reality Show by Butch Warner, July 18) that profiled select inmates based on their “celebrity” status (then comparing them to reality television’s “bad boys,” where the inmate celebrities were to be considered the “real deal”) was tasteless and repulsive at best, and terribly irresponsible at worst.
First off, there was not one “success story” of an inmate who has turned his or her life around, nor were any jail officers, administrators or social workers interviewed for comments. All you had were inmates being profiled who had gained “celebrity status” while in custody, where such celebrity status is earned by virtue of being the “baddest boy on the block” (as it were). Or for some other ridiculous reason.
I did not appreciate the free publicity given by your paper to these criminal inmates, or the inference that it’s somehow “cooler” to be a criminal in jail than an actor on television. Or that being the baddest boy in prison is somehow “cool.” All of these messages are WRONG and IRRESPONSIBLE and should NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN PRINT!
With our prisons overcrowded and inmates being released before they have served out their full sentences, society is stressed enough with these gangster thugs roaming our streets.
To further glamorize their lives of crime with a full four-page (Editor’s note: it was actually two pages) feature story in the VCReporter was one of the worst examples of journalistic irresponsibility and editorial indiscretion that I have EVER come across in my entire life!
One would think that the least that your paper can do now is to feature any of these clowns after they get out of prison, and ONLY if they have had a few YEARS in which they can PROVE that they have turned their lives around (and I don’t mean becoming a local preacher or teen counselor).
Justin Markman is not employed by and has no formal ties to local, state or federal law enforcement, nor was he asked by law enforcement to write this letter.
Share the Road, the Laws, the Cost
Mr. Alan Sailer is certainly justified to have his own opinion on this or any other subject for that matter. (Letters, 725) It’s too bad Mr. Sailer did not read my first letter completely, or if he did he simply didn’t understand it.
First off, I have absolutely no animosity toward cyclists. What I was referring to in my letter about the right-turn problem is that on Thompson and Telephone, the bike lane is moved on the left of the right turn lane so that any car making a right turn has to pass over the bike lane. To expect the drivers of cars to have to make way for cyclists is ridiculous. Just an accident waiting to happen.
Secondly, Mr. Sailer makes the same argument about paying his fair share as most other cyclists do. “I pay license and insurance on my car and pay gasoline taxes so I am paying my fair share.” Well, Mr. Sailer, I have a car, my wife has a car and I also have a Honda motor scooter. I have to pay license and insurance on all of my vehicles in order to use the public roads, so does that mean I have paid my fair share three times? Or perhaps I should be allowed to drive my Honda scooter around without license or insurance.
There has been over $24 million dollars spent in California on amenities for cyclists in the past couple of years, the cyclist have contributed nothing directly for this cost. The state has given over almost half of the roadways, bike lanes, green boxes, bicycle racks and others which the drivers of cars help pay for.
As the sign says, “Share the Road.” They need to add a couple of lines to those signs. They should read in whole, “Share the Road, the Laws, the Cost.”
I am glad that Mr. Sailer would be OK with cyclists being made to license and insure their vehicles. I also realize Mr. Sailer was intending to interject a bit of humor with his statement about a 5-year-old girl filling out insurance forms and/or not allowing anybody below the age of 18 to ride a bike. At least I hope it was an attempt at humor.
FYI: In the city of Ventura, cyclists are allowed to ride their bicycles on the sidewalks everywhere except in the Downtown area, although on any day you will still see bicycles being ridden on the Downtown sidewalks. You will also see cyclists riding through stop signs, red lights, and breaking other rules of the road. I inquired with the Ventura Police Department about how many tickets had been given to cyclists for running stop signs or red lights in 2012, the answer from the police department was, one (1) ticket had been given in the entire year.
Not so smart
Thank you so much for printing the article on smart meters (News, 7/25). Edison has so much money to fight the truth, it is hard to be heard.
Two members of Congress (Jerry McNerney, D- Stockton; and Matt Cartwright, D- Pa.) have introduced a congressional bill (HR 2685) that would apparently require all electricity providers (including rural cooperatives and municipal utilities) to join the “smart” grid and …
This is our next battle to fight.
Loved your article on the Smart Meter. Lucky for me I saw it on the news when Marin County was in an uproar about the radiation. When my notice came I did an opt-out. I paid extra not yo have one and I pay extra every month. I also alerted my area.
Thank you for educating people on what is going on. I even learned a few things from your article.
Not the call of duty
After reading this article (“And justice for Zimmerman,” Right Persuasion, 7/25) a few things jumped out at me. First, it seems like Moomjean was not that happy to be done with the year-long coverage of the story since he chose to write about it. Next, let’s move on to the part of poor Zimmerman being sick of the police allowing eight robberies in his neighborhood. Really? I have never seen the law officials allow their citizens to be victims of any crime. Poor Zimmerman had to arm himself, to follow the trespasser. Since when does walking down a public street constitute Trayvon now being a trespasser committing a crime? No crime was ever committed by Trayvon. The only thing Mr. Moomjean was correct on was that race should not matter.
Now I will get to how my family was a victim of a few attempted robberies, one occurring while my teenage children were at home alone while I went to the grocery store at 5 in the afternoon. When I got home minutes later and called police, not only were they there in minutes, they had numerous officers’ vehicles and did a great investigation. Unfortunately, they could not find the perpetrator.
They next informed me I can buy a shotgun to protect my family. I won’t miss with a shotgun. I just got to make sure they are in my house before I can shoot. I thanked them for the advice but told them I will call them again since it is their job. The problem with the Zimmerman story is he was never threatened until he went after Trayvon. There is a big difference between self- protection and him really believing he was law enforcement to protect his neighborhood. It was not his job. They did not want him to be an officer with them. That is the difference when you are just a civilian — you make the call for the professional like all other jobs. Interesting how Mr. Zimmerman did not start grabbing garden hoses in the neighborhood to help the firefighters with their jobs, but people believe just because you own a firearm the police now need help with their job. Common sense tells you we all can’t have members of the community running around playing judge and jury. It should not matter what color Trayvon was. It is ignorant to say otherwise. What should matter is that he was a human being walking down the street. Another human being killed him. He will never make it home again to his family. The court has spoken; Mr. Moomjean is right about that but that does not mean it was a great thing Zimmerman did. It means the law has to be revised again to reflect the true intent of which it was written.
Now I am just wondering where Mr. Moomjean’s jaded thoughts about law enforcement not wanting to do their jobs come from. Did the local law enforcement unions not support him for his run for Simi Valley mayor? Kind of funny he threw them under the bus trying to support Zimmerman.