Your stupid assertions
Raymond Freeman is at it again with his “Republicans bad/Democrats good” schtick. He really could save himself and his unfortunate readers a lot of time if he simply plugged in the quoted words in the preceding sentence. The VCR’s editors — who imagine themselves serious socioeconomic and political commentators — really should be embarrassed at the garbage they allow onto their rag’s pages. The stated goal in his bio is hilarious, though. I’m not gonna attempt to have a sane and rational debate with a Leftist ideologue who apparently missed that whole collapse of socialism thing during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Instead I’ll tear apart his assertion that All Things Bad since 1975 (Reagan and the GOP being blamed for things PRIOR to them being elected is something only a lefty hack could concoct) are the fault of Reagan and the GOP.
• 1975-1981/1987-1995/2009-2013: Democratic control of the Senate. [Editor’s note: Majority but not 2/3)
• 1975-1995/2007-2011: Democratic control of the House [Editor’s note: Majority but not 2/3)
• 1981-1987/1995-2001/2003-2007: Republican control of the Senate.
• 1995-2007/2011-2013: Republican control of the House.
• 2001-2003: Senate tied, Republicans have Vice President tie-breaker.
• 2007-2009: Republicans and Democrats tied in Senate with two Democratic-siding “Independents.”
• Gerald Ford (R): President 08/09/1974-01/20/1977
• Jimmy Carter (D): President 01/20/1977-01/20/1981
• Ronald Reagan (R): President 01/20/1981-01/20/1989
• Bush I (R): President 01/20/1989-01/20/1993
• Bill Clinton (D): President 01/20/1993-01/20/2001
• Bush II (R): President 01/20/2001-01/20/2009
• Barack Obama (D): President 01/20/2009-Present
Gerald Ford had a Democratic Congress for his brief term. Jimmuh Carter had a Democratic Congress throughout his term (four years’ total control of government). Reagan had a split Congress for all of his. Bush I had a Democrat Congress throughout his term. Clinton had a Democratic Congress his first two years (two years’ total control of government) and a Republican Congress the rest of the time. Bush II had a Republican Congress for all but the last two years of his term (six years’ total control of government). Obama had a Democrat congress his first two years (two years’ total control of government) and a split Congress since. So, since 1975 Republicans have had the Presidency for 22 years and Democrats for close to 17 now. Democrats have had total control of government for 8 years since 1975 and Republicans for 6. The remainder of the time it’s been split — which means for the VAST majority of the time since 1975 each party has had the power to check the other’s. Please do tell us, Hack Freeman, how this equals “Everything since 1975 Is The Republican Party’s Fault”?! Hack Freeman: Reagan could do NOTHING without the support of House Democrats. Democrats have had AT LEAST as much political power as Republicans since 1975. My letter kinda makes your assertions look stupid, doesn’t it?
Referring to the “Sharper Focus” article from the Aug. 1 issue, I do not believe I have seen a more politically biased and spun article in a long time. To blame the current economic situation solely on Republicans is ludicrous and without merit. As our current president is finding out, we have a two-party system and it takes a consensus to get laws passed. It is a truly rare occasion when one party can pass anything without support from members of the other party. Obamacare did not get one Republican vote and was passed against the public sentiment because of what I believe was the arrogant opinion by the current administration that what the people wanted did not matter. They knew what was best and, like dictators, went against the will of the people they were elected to serve. We are now seeing, and will continue to suffer, the effects from this, and I believe the young and less fortunate will be the ones hurt the most. Oh, they may have some form of health care, but not the full time job needed to feed the family and live the American dream. The young will have to pay much more for health care and also face the strangulation of job creation that this new solely Democratic law has created.
I am offended by this article as it only continues to divide people when we should be working together to solve the country’s problems. We are in this together, folks, and we need to work together, and much harder, to solve our problems, not just whine and blame somebody else.
Back off, Moomjean!
I think Moomjean is going to give me a heart attack one of these days with his ongoing ignorance. When I was younger, I could work for minimum wage, rent an apartment at the equivalent of a week’s salary and live comfortably. Today, it is impossible for anyone to live on minimum wage, unless like so many, the “kids” have come home after graduating from college and have unable to find a “living wage” anywhere. Where on earth does he get his information? He asks if “ ‘W” shouldn’t be the holder of a degree, earning $40K per year and working at a “decent” corporation?” Really! And where is the line for that opportunity? It would stretch around this country!! And he condemns our neighbors and friends as being uneducated, unmotivated, ungrateful ad nauseam, who believe they should have the same “perks” as those who climbed the corporate ladder. And just exactly where is that ladder? That line would be equally long. I don’t know, but doesn’t Moomjean read the papers, listen to the news, read the statistics and, basically, just look around himself to see what is happening in the real world? As a volunteer at FOOD Share, I encounter, every single day, the real people of this world, who are not asking for something for nothing, but who are struggling to survive because nothing is available to them. The world is a large and difficult place to navigate; some of us find it easier than others. But for those who are having such a difficult time making ends meet, and just surviving, especially those with children, they don’t need people like Moomjean looking down on them, judging them, condemning them, and essentially making life more difficult for them. Back off, Moomjean! It’s hard enough out here without you!
Urgent need for U.S. EPA action to complete cleanup at Petrochem
The former Petrochem Refinery, which is highly visible from Highway 33 north of Ventura, has been a deteriorating eyesore for 30 years. Worse, hazardous materials from the refinery have leaked onto the ground and underground, and potentially threaten the adjacent Ventura River. Shuttered since 1984, the site is long overdue for clean-up and removal of rusting facilities.
When the County of Ventura exhausted its legal authority to have the Petrochem owner cleanup the property in 2012, the county called in the U.S. EPA with its greater enforcement authority. The US EPA promptly entered the fray, and soon succeeded in getting the Petrochem owner to enter into a consent order requiring cleanup of the site, prevention of polluted runoff and removal of equipment.
Cleanup of hazardous materials and spills has been proceeding steadily since the EPA order. However, the section of the consent order that requires removal of equipment from the site has not yet been enforced by the EPA. This section of the order required the removal of much of the on-site equipment by February 2013.
The EPA’s efforts to force the cleanup of this environmental hazard are much appreciated. However, part of that cleanup must be the removal of remaining equipment as specified in the signed consent order. After all these years of nonuse, the environment and the community deserve the prompt removal of the dilapidated and hazardous equipment from the Petrochem site.
The property owner owes it to the community to clean up the mess that he has left behind, and the U.S. EPA must continue to require him to comply with the terms of the consent order that both parties signed.
With the EPA office located in San Francisco, it’s undoubtedly difficult for EPA to work on this project. We are now six months past the date when equipment should have been removed, and the community’s patience is running out with Petrochem. It is time for the EPA to take aggressive steps to enforce the terms of its order requiring removal of equipment and the schedule for cleanup.
The County of Ventura Environmental Health Division has been voluntarily conducting monitoring of Petrochem compliance on behalf of the U.S. EPA, and will continue to do so. At this point, the best hope for cleanup of the Petrochem site lies in aggressive enforcement by the U.S. EPA.
This site lies adjacent or nearby to homes, businesses, the Ventura River, the Ojai Valley Bicycle Trail, the Ventura River Parkway, and in full view of the entrance to the Ojai Valley. Now is the time to insist that the EPA make completion of the cleanup of the Petrochem site a high priority. The citizens of western Ventura County deserve nothing less.
County Supervisor, First District
Sharper Focus stated in “RIP, USPS,” 8/15, that UPS and FedEx had made “contributions of $100 billion to the Republican Party.” This was typographical error. It was supposed to read “$100 million.” According to the website opensecrets.org, however, the actual number seems closer to $50 million.