Spend more on education, pay less on prisons
Bravo! Brilliant … your editorial (8/16) “Dismantling education in favor of prisons?” hopefully will enlighten those “at home but the lights still are #not# on,” sadly. For those who do not place a top priority on education, who, I wonder, do you think will be the very future of our country? Hint … it won’t be the older generation, for which I have the battle scars of membership.
My children have long ago “flown the coop” and yet I will always have a great concern, even though my “initial investment” isn’t the ultimate reason for advocating for support for education. When did our collective priorities become so deeply selfish and screwed up? Education is the wisest investment we can make for the very future we Americans hold to be true, “ … life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Incarceration is not the solution; it only magnifies the deficit and continues this vicious cycle.
Time to think “outside the box” and help California children have more than just a fighting chance for their future. To have been ranked 46th out of 50 states illustrates that California’s glass is more than 9/10 empty. Do the math. This is not some abstract theory; this is reality.
Each year, our libraries seek donations to Stuff the Bus with school supplies, yet for weeks the bus was far from stuffed. Don’t have $10? How about $5? Or a few tablets of writing paper to help elementary school children learn how to print or write. It’s a start. It “takes a village” and Conejo Valley is our “village.” Remember Cash for Schools? Well, where’s the money? Save up your change for a week or a month and donate. The schools appreciate every little bit of financial support since it is well-known and verified that almost all teachers dig into their pockets (routinely) for #your# children. Amazing and altruistic, too, not many professions give so selflessly and anonymously. Just do something, anything, really. It is the genuine meaning of “paying it forward.”
For California to spend six times more on prisoners per year than on K-12 students should be everyone’s “call to arms.” California needs to return our dedication to giving #all# our children the very best education possible. It is their inherent right as children, and it will always be our moral and ethical call to protect and preserve that right.
“I can do no great things … only small things with great love.” — Blessed Mother Theresa.
“There is divine beauty in learning jut as there is human beauty in tolerance.” — Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel
“Ancora Imparo.” (I am still learning.) — Michelangelo
Facts, figures and lies
I just read Tom Becham’s latest attempt at propaganda, and he either thinks your staff are idiots or that all your readers don’t have Internet access. Florida’s own website says there are 56,700 families on cash aid, commonly called welfare. The drug testing costs $30 per person so if every single family was tested, it would cost $1.7 million. That $178 million figure he quoted is only found on DNC propaganda websites. This does not include food stamp recipients, which have risen 45 percent in the past 19 months due to Obama’s disastrous economy. Becham goes on to state that 2 percent failed the drug test, saving Florida $60,000. If 2 percent of Florida’s welfare budget is $60,000, then their whole welfare budget for the state is $3 million. That figure wouldn’t stand up to a kindergarten fact checker. I have to give Tom credit for having the hypocrisy to call out Gov. (Rick) Scott on crony capitalism, though. Maybe he thinks the rest of us forgot about the billions of tax dollars Obama has poured into failed green energy companies that donated to his campaign or illegally giving away GM and Chrysler to his union supporters. Try a few facts next time, Mr. Becham.
If the shoe were on the other foot
If a woman goes on a date, gets raped, gets pregnant, she’s obviously a slut for not shutting down those lady parts; otherwise she wouldn’t have conceived. Mr. Ryan says she shouldn’t be allowed an abortion. But what if she’s released 12 years of tax returns beforehand? Big difference. The thought of that would shut anybody down, including Mr. Romney.
Just a little clarification
Good article (Aftermath of the Oxnard investigation, News, 8/9). But Mr. Hughes is in error in that the supplemental post-retirement benefits paid to the retired department heads and elected officials were NOT paid out of the payroll system. They were paid out of the accounts payable system.
A difference in opinion, or style
Those Oaxacan devil masks are really cool (Feature, 8/9), but somebody needs to teach those Mexicans some respect for the flag, as in: YOU DON’T WEAR IT AROUND YOUR NECK LIKE A GODDAMN BANDANA!
Republicans’ Fahrenheit 9/11?
Congratulations on a beautiful article (“Life in Obama’s America,” Right Persuasion, 8/16)!! Too bad this could not be published in every paper in America. The movie 2016: Obama’s America betrays the real person that is attempting to destroy USA and bring in his biological father’s dream. He has almost brought us down by pursuing business owners, manufacturing industries, etc., etc., etc., to his way of thinking.
That big smile, arm waving technique, brisk walking, flying Air Force One to every part of the world has to stop! Several more months can bring this to an end!!
Again, congratulations on the article.
Ag labor shortage
Every year at this time we hear about the shortage of immigrant labor to work the fruit harvest, about how difficult the work is, and how recent crackdowns on illegal immigration (combined with added acreage) have resulted in more severe problems in recent years than in years before.
Commercial growers traditionally encourage illegal immigration in order to exploit cheap illegal labor to pick their fruit (and fill their pockets). Now they’re lobbying Congress to relax guest worker requirements now that a crackdown on human smuggling has resulted in far fewer undocumented criminals living among us, bringing children, pregnant women, undocumented diseases and illegal drugs with them by the boatload, then drinking and driving without licenses in unregistered vehicles (and committing God knows how many other crimes). All in the name of protecting corporate (and drug cartel) profits.
Now that their supply of illegal workers is drying up, the growers are bitching about the strict standards that the current administration is imposing upon them with our guest worker program, a plain case of “if we don’t like a law we’ll just have our boys in Congress CHANGE THE LAW!” (standard operating procedure when Republicans are in power).
Human smuggling is a terrible, often murderous crime (with people dying in the desert by the hundreds every year trying to sneak in). Many of those smuggled here are already criminals back home. Many are also drug smugglers. The tax money and human resources spent on border patrol operations to stem the tide of human and drug smuggling is enormous. The danger to law enforcement and border-area residents from human smuggling is enormous. All for corporate profits in our corporate-controlled country. At least drug cartels can’t lobby Congress (at least not openly).
If the growers need cheap, LEGAL labor ,why don’t they contract to use our local prison and parolee population to do the work?
I’d much rather the money went to help offset costs at our prisons, than ADDING TO THEM!