EDITOR: I was glad to read in Monday’s paper that President Donald Trump is traveling to the San Diego area to view examples for the design of his wall. However, one important option for the design isn’t being considered: Russia. Trump should subcontract the entire project to Russia, based on its experience with the Berlin Wall, which was a huge success, standing from 1960 to 1989. It provided a canvas for all kinds of innovative artwork — on the free side only, of course. The new wall on the border will function similarly. In this case, the free side will face Mexico.
An implied message
EDITOR: Your Friday editorial (“County takes lead role on pension reform”) states, in part: “.. retirement costs are expected to eat up nearly $50 million a year ... That’s money that could be and should be going to parks, road maintenance, housing assistance and other programs.” The implied addition is, “not to retirees.” Oh, those horrid retirees. Why don’t they just die? Get out of the way. They offer nothing and are useless drags on the county (health care and whatnot).
Just because they spent their lives working for the county and contributing to their own retirement doesn’t mean they’re entitled to it.
What this county needs is a good, strong euthanasia program for old people.
Get rid of them.
The proximity effect
EDITOR: Gun lobbyists claim, “It’s not the gun, it’s the shooter,” which is misleading and ignores human nature. The availability of guns influences owner behavior. Guns provide an option for action that doesn’t exist where guns aren’t handy. Easy access increases the possibility of use in response to real or perceived threats. Examples of a “proximity effect” abound in life, but they are ignored when considering gun control. Gun lobbyists purposely discount basic human nature in defending their positions.
A Valentine’s Day box of chocolates illustrates how the proximity effect influences decisions and actions. I think about how good a piece would taste every time I pass by the box, how little one piece would affect my diet plan. If I resist, I can treat myself to one chocolate for dessert at dinner time. Remorse follows, and I ponder the other possibilities I could have chosen had the box not been there. Who can say for sure that the box’s proximity wasn’t a prime factor in my thoughts and actions?
Proximity provides convenience, the desire for which is built into our daily existence, in our decisions and actions. Lock up the chocolates? Buy a smaller box? Give flowers instead?
Are guns like chocolates?
EDITOR: Hopefully someone will come forward to mention that Donald Trump used imported steel in some or all of his buildings. It’s time for him to take some responsibility.
EDITOR: I find it amazing that public schoolteachers, folks who play an important role in children’s lives, are paid so little. Yet a football coach can make $100 million over 10 years, and pro athletes make millions to play a game and entertain the masses.