EDITOR: How is it OK for our vice president to go to a foreign country as our representative at the winter Olympics and be rude and dismissive of the sister of North Korea’s dictator?
How is it “treason” when Democrats don’t applaud Donald Trump’s every statement at the State of the Union address, but it’s OK for Mike Pence to refuse to stand and honor the combined North and South Korean athletic teams?
Where he could have taken the high road and been gracious and tried to spread a little goodwill, Pence instead was rude and petulant and added to the negative image North Korea already has of us.
Is this really the image we want to portray to the world? Are there no adults anywhere in D.C. who can put this entire childish administration in a time-out and bring some sanity back to our government?
Hooray for moderates
EDITOR: The budget bill passed with significant majorities in both houses of Congress. The government will stay open — at least for a while (“Budget deal ends short-lived shutdown,” Saturday). How did that happen? Simple. The moderates of both parties got together for the benefit of America.
Republicans and Democrats each gave a little. The antis were almost all from the far left and the far right. I say a pox on both of them. Let’s hope that this is a harbinger of good things to come in the future.
I watched some of Nancy Pelosi’s marathon speech touting her support for DACA recipients. I’ve got news for her. DACA doesn’t have anything to do with keeping the government open or the budget. I then watched Rand Paul make an equally idiotic speech in an attempt to shut down the government due to “its fiscal irresponsibility.” I’ve got news for him. The government has been fiscally irresponsible since entitlements were invented. If he thinks shutting down the government is going to fix that problem, he is smoking something now legal in California.
EDITOR: So the county is going to consider building 30,000 housing units (“Supervisors mull big housing goal,” Wednesday). My response? You have got to be kidding.
The county has systematically disregarded the urban growth boundary ordinances passed by voters in the 1990s, hoping no one would notice. Most of us who live here want to preserve the rural character and natural beauty, not pave it over like Santa Clara County did in the 1970s and ’80s. If the supervisors want to build 30,000 units within existing city limits, that is fine. But please start respecting our urban growth boundary laws.
Now, as to asking taxpayers to pay for it with a housing bond. You have got to be kidding. Those of us who did not lose houses were absolutely affected by the fires. It’s not just about paying higher rents. It is overall more expensive than ever to live here. Claiming that building housing will lower rents is a big lie.
If the supervisors believe that a developer can’t make money in today’s high real estate market, then they can ask PG&E to help pay for it. Then maybe PG&E will stop destroying neighborhoods and ruining lives as it did in San Bruno and other places, possibly including here.