Letters to the editor: Oct. 27, 2011
Arrest was handled well
I was quite disturbed reading Anne Woods’ Sept. 29 and Rick Locheed’s Oct. 13 letters regarding the arrest of a young man during the Poway Patriotic Parade.
First of all, the arrest took place before reaching the grandstand, and the deputies did not yell their demands, this was a criminal who already knew what was expected of him when he was recognized. He was a person who showed total disrespect to our fallen vet and our community.
I stood within a few feet of the entire event and it was swift and very professional and didn’t stop the parade for as long as some of the foot participants did. I doubt if the parents of our brave soldier even realized the cause of the delay.
As a veteran, you should honor the dedication of our law enforcement community in continuing to provide and protect our rights and freedoms as Americans.
Arletta Hammatt, Sabre Springs
Apply surplus to schools
I was thrilled when I read that the city of Poway ended their fiscal year with a $2.6 million surplus, due to in part by larger than expected fourth quarter sales tax revenues. My joy was short-lived, however, when I read that they want to apply 50 percent of this surplus toward the city’s pension fund. What an outrage! Why don’t they ask Poway residents what we recommend they do with the surplus?
I’m sure our area schools could use this money. Tierra Bonita Elementary hosts soccer games for the Poway Youth Soccer League every Saturday. Have you seen this field lately? It is a quagmire mess with missing grass and many deep holes; an invitation for an injury to the youth soccer players. I’m sure Tierra Bonita would love to receive extra money to replace this field with beautiful artificial turf, such as the turf at Meadowbrook Middle School. I’m sure the other schools will chime in to their needs for this extra surplus money. The council should have asked for the public’s feedback for this surplus money.
As a resident of Poway, I don’t expect my hard-earned tax dollars to be applied toward Poway’s pension system. I am sick and tired of supporting public employees (city, state and federal) with these generous pensions!
Monique Randall, Poway
A big thank you for you who returned my wallet Oct. 12 to the Bernardo Center Drive CVS.
It is so nice to see honesty and kindness in our community.
I will play it forward.
Sari Niemela, Rancho Bernardo
Class warfare working
How pleased President Obama must be when he looks out over the country to see ”occupy” Wall Street groups in many cities. The class warfare which he has been selling since he took office is working beautifully.
Roberta Anderson, Poway
Emery is uncivil
Bob Emery (Oct. 20) asks “Whatever happened to civility?” and it is a great question. However to make his point he only talks about uncivil behavior coming from one side. So he continues the finger pointing, which perpetuates the lack of civility we all are experiencing.
Karen Galbraith, Poway
Out of the pool
For many in America, the end of summer means the pools get closed. That means everyone gets out of the water and starts focusing on the upcoming fall and winter holidays.
How about us getting out of other pools like: The healthcare pool, the Social Security pool and the defined benefit pension pool.
Many of these pools were all created when we were experimenting with socialism under the FDR presidency. Over the years, other pools have been created for the lofty purpose of the “greater good.”
Now we are seeing these entities have become “drowning pools” of debt from incompetence and greed. They no longer offer any greater good, only an addiction to a failed theory.
However, there is a way out. It’s called trusting the private sector while personalizing everyone’s benefits. America now has the technology to accomplish both while taking the politics off the table. The incompetency of the public sector far outweighs any wicked profit motive of the private sector.
Maybe it’s time we get out of the pools, dry off, and get to work.
Dave Wainwright, RB Tea Party
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