Neanderthal pride

My letters to the VCReporter regarding Paul Moomjean’s Op-Eds have mostly been critical, but his current “Football frenzy” (Right Persuasion, 1/30) submission I support wholeheartedly. Is the caricature of manhood shown of Super Bowl Sunday really that established in our psyche? If so, why is being called a Neanderthal so pejorative?

Duane Waln


The SAGE Act

On Jan.1, I sent more than 100 emails and faxes to California politicians from the City Council level up to the U.S. Senate level, asking them to pass a law or measure that would help stop the heinous practice of age discrimination during the hiring process. This is a practice that is rampant in California.

I sent them the five tenets of a proposed law that I call The SAGE Act (Stop Ageism and Generational Exclusion) and asked them to help me get these tenets made into law.  To say I have been disappointed with the response I have received is an understatement.

Of the four politicians who have responded, only two seem the slightest bit interested in stopping ageism; and the other two gave me the classic answer of all politicians: It’s not my job.

This attitude seems to be one that is common to all politicians. The city says it is the county’s job, the county says it is the state’s job, and the state says it is the federal government’s job. If that is the case, it is time to fire them all because none of them are doing their jobs.

The SAGE Act is a pretty simple idea and would be easy to implement because it asks employers to do less work instead of more. The five tenets, which can be read on our FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-SAGE-Act/1425215644357700?ref=hl, prohibit potential employers from asking for any information that would provide a person’s age or help give them a reasonable supposition as to what it would be. The act is meant to shield all age groups from the practice of ageism, not just seniors, though older workers are the most likely group to run up against ageism.

The SAGE Act makes sense for all Californians regardless of their current age because no matter how old you are now, if you plan to live a long life and work at the same time, you will need its protection someday.  Also, allowing people to work for as long as they like keeps people from being forced into depending on Social Security and Medicare.  Instead of using these dwindling assets, they would be contributing to them.

The really sad part of all this is that the average age of the politicians I sent my letter to was 61 years old even though a few were in their 30s and 40s.

I guess the only way an old person can get a job in California is to get elected.

John Darling

Editor’s note: This letter has been published in other print media.


Ill communication

Other than just venting, I don’t understand letters Like Brian Beian’s “Fringe leftism” in the Jan. 30 edition of the VCReporter! How in the world are you going to engage those who disagree with you if you start off assuming they’re idiots? They’ll just assume you’re an idiot right back, all a pointless exercise, hardly a venue for learning from one another, exploring directions that hadn’t occurred to one before or, if we don’t stop just yelling at each other, determining our own democratic affairs!

Just who’s profiting from citizens who don’t communicate, and how do these entities manage to keep us so totally at each other’s throats, especially since the Citizens United Supreme Court case gave corporations full citizenship? Having answered my rhetorical question, isn’t it clear just who loves the strangleholds we sappy individuals have on each other’s throats? The likes of Apple, Monsanto, our devouring big banks and energy corporations have ever more license to keep us in thralldom!

Either we stop just venting, or we surrender meaningful citizenship!

Duane Waln


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Some excerpts from Ted Cruz's brilliant speech at the CPAC Convention yesterday:

"Good morning. God bless CPAC. Now I do have to start with a bit of bad news this morning. I’m sorry to tell you that by virtue of you being here today, tomorrow morning each and every one of you are going to be audited by the IRS, so I appreciate the courage of your convictions."

"Hope and Change [laughter]. You look at the last five years of President Obama and hope has diminished across the world. The people of Ukraine has seen Russian tanks move into their sovereign land as the nation of Israel has been left without its friend and ally, the United States of America."

"Under President Obama, we’ve had five years of great stagnation, no economic growth, which means one generation, after another, can’t find jobs. You know economists are referring to this generation of young people as a ‘lost generation.’ ObamaCare, one of the easiest ways to understand it, it’s a massive wealth transfer, from young healthy people to everybody else. And then our national debt from $10 trillion dollars to $17 trillion — who the heck do you think is going to pay for that?"

If you're interested in the text of the full speech, I'd be happy to post it here upon your request.

posted by rasta_man on 3/07/14 @ 07:07 p.m.

Ted cruz is a known teabagger. As stupid as they come.

posted by bobjohnson on 3/15/14 @ 10:19 a.m.

Ted Cruz speaks the truth. Bob Johnson has his head up his a$$.

posted by rasta_man on 3/15/14 @ 11:56 a.m.

Fact: Ted Cruz is a teabagger. REAL Americans do not listen to him.

posted by bobjohnson on 3/15/14 @ 01:18 p.m.

Fact: Ted Cruz is an extremely popular Republican politician who has a growing following among Party loyalists.

Fact: President Barack Oblunder is an extremely unpopular Democratic politician whose disapproval ratings are growing by the day, thanks to the disastrous Oblundercare and various other screw-ups and follies of his Administration.

posted by rasta_man on 3/16/14 @ 03:35 p.m.

FACT: Ted Cruz has a FAAAAAR lower approval rate from the American people then does Barack Obama. He is a known tea bagger.

posted by bobjohnson on 3/19/14 @ 11:18 a.m.

Fact: Ted Cruz is extremely popular among Republican voters and his popularity is growing by the day.

Fact: Barack Oblunder's approval rating is hovering around the mid-30's. Not exactly a Reaganesque presidency.

posted by rasta_man on 3/19/14 @ 10:54 p.m.
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