EDITOR: My wife and I went to the Apple Store in the mall, and a wonderful young man helped us with a problem with an iPhone. He was a teacher but left education because he was able to make more money at the Apple Store. This says a lot about the priorities of our society. If we want the best and brightest to mentor our children and grandchildren, then they must be respected and paid well for their service.
Wake up, America. Our children are the future. Thanks to all the educators for the contribution to our youth.
FRANK and BARBARA INSELL
Out of the doldrums
EDITOR: The backbiting and hateful innuendos by the left that pour into the paper are nothing short of sour grapes and are about as tiring as the Russian collusion rabbit hole to nowhere.
Michael M.J. Girard is perplexed at “this individual still sitting in the White House” and “his lurid behavior” (“What does it take?” Letters, Aug. 30). I welcome his warped observations, as he obviously is blind to the achievements of this administration and clearly suffers from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
Donald Trump has achieved more in his term to date than Barack Obama did in eight years. Obama accomplished little, although he did a good job hiring entertainment for the White House between his apology tours.
Trump has achieved the best economy in decades. It continues to grow at a pace left-leaning economists said wasn’t achievable, let alone sustainable. Employment is at the highest levels across all groups in U.S. history, consumer confidence is at an all-time high, regulations are being rescinded, and overseas money is pouring back into the country, creating even more jobs. Responsible trade agreements will help America, not bankrupt it.
What Trump has delivered cannot be denied. He did what he said he would do. Ask the American workers who will vote for his choices in November to maintain the momentum.
Eight years in the doldrums was what was perplexing to me.
MICHAEL S. GEORGE
No on Proposition 6
EDITOR: Proposition 6 has us heading in the wrong direction. Look around you and it is obvious that much of our infrastructure is in a shamble, including our transportation systems. We have not had any real state gas tax increases (not indexed for inflation) since the 1990s. In the meantime, we have experienced tremendous growth, aging, inflation and wear and tear on our facilities.
California has 1,600 bridges and overpasses that have deteriorated to the point of no longer being safe. Look at the bridge in Italy that recently collapsed partly due to poor maintenance.
Our roads closely resemble those in third world countries. You cannot get something for nothing. There is not enough money to properly take care of them. We do not seem to think much if gas prices increase several cents per gallon (which is what the gas tax costs). But for some reason, if it is not for the petroleum companies, it is not OK.
The “no tax” people are convinced it just is that the money is being used poorly. They are wrong. Proposition 69 assures that gas taxes are not diverted to non-transportation purposes. Vote no on Proposition 6.