Letters to the Editor – Issue of Nov. 29, 2012

Thanks to Woody’s friends

You were kind to recently include the photo and article about my dad, Woody Beard, having his 100th birthday. So many people sent cards and notes and even photos of earlier days they had shared. Two cards came from far away, Sedona and Ashburn, Va., in response to friends in Rancho Bernardo and Poway  spreading the news.

Dad and I read a few at a time to better absorb them and to stretch out the celebration time.

Just wanted you to know how pleasing it was and that many people are reading your newspaper carefully. It was a good way to measure that.

Carolyn Benefiel, Wichita, Kansas


Comment draws laugh

In reference to Bob Emery’s Nov. 15 piece on “Afterthoughts of Nov. 6,” I had to laugh out loud when he stated the best candidate won with the message that “Americans’ votes still are not for sale.” Really?

What does he think bailing out big banks and auto industries, extending unemployment benefits for up to two years, promising amnesty to illegals and extending/expanding entitlement programs is but buying votes?

Well, since I don’t fit in those categories, I voted on the issues and it wasn’t for Mr. Obama.

Gail Heard, Poway


How much for the welcome sign?

Wow, $50,000 will be spent on designing, building and installing a sign on Rancho Bernardo Road, (Nov. 15). That seems to be a bit excessive.

It makes me wonder what the objectives are for the sign. Is it to show people they are in RB? You would think the freeway exit sign that reads “Rancho Bernardo Road Next Exit” would be a good clue.

The business people are involved in the design decision so, is it supposed to indicate to passers-by this is a classy place so they will say, “I think I will just stop and buy some stuff.”

Or, could it be a nice sign is an easy and cheap way to instill pride in the citizens of the community? Now that is a noble cause and I would definitely support it if I lived in Rancho Bernardo. I will appreciate being able to drive by a classy sign as I come home to stodgy Poway. We will probably never have one as nice. It probably wouldn’t pass the Poway sign ordinance.

I want to compliment those responsible for allocating money for the sign. Now, if they could just find some to fix their pot holes I would really be happy.

Tom Yarnall, Poway


A little more volume, please

I attended the ceremonies at the Poway Veterans Park this past Veterans Day as well as last year. Both were wonderful ceremonies, however, the sound systems used did not carry to the crowd of people who surrounded the center area of the memorial service. Quite a few of those in the outside area were vets and I think it is important for them to hear what is being said.

For future ceremonies, I think that setting up a good sound system with a volume that carries further would be a great project for the Boy Scouts or maybe someone looking for a different type of high school community project. To truly honor all vets, this would be a wonderful gift in the years to come.

Denise Welsh, Poway

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12 Comments for “Letters to the Editor – Issue of Nov. 29, 2012”

  1. EducatedThinker

    Ms. Heard:

    It was Governor Romney that was trying to buy votes, with his promises of tax cuts, mostly for the wealthy, in a time of huge deficits. The poor and middle class, particularly minorities, voted for Obama in large part because history shows their incomes and standard of living improve far more under Democratic Administrations. A recent study by a UCSD professor (Zoltan Hajnal) and doctoral student (Jeremy Horowitz) documents this, the results of which are reflected in an article on page A15 of the 12/3/2012 LA Times – see http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la...

    They voted on the issues. They just voted intelligently and correctly, as did a majority of Americans thankfully.

      • Clariece

        Ditto the gag.

        What Educated Thinker has failed to grasp is that never in our history have we been able to tax ourselves out of a recession. Increasing the tax burden on the middle class – which is precisely what is about to happen – will cause a double dip recession and result in more jobs being lost and the under-employed, low income, etc. suffering more, not less as cuts to programs and private sector support will be substantial. As to Americans being smarter this time because the majority voted for Obama – with the exception of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, Americans historically elect presidents for a second term regardless of the successes or failures of the president. We're just dumb that way sometimes.

        • EducatedThinker

          Ms. Tally:
          There are countless things which I fail to grasp. Macroeconomic policy is not one of them. Moreover, I believe you will find it is President Obama that wants to keep taxes low on the middle class and it is the Republicans in Congress that want them to go up unless historically low tax rates on the wealthy are preserved. I suspect the President will win that fight, thankfully.
          But I do fail to grasp how your comment is related to Ms. Heard's letter, echoing Governor Romney's sour grapes post-election remarks, that many voted for the President's reelection because their votes were bought, and my response pointing out that not only was that less true of Obama than Romney, but a thorough study of the empirical evidence suggests that the poor and middle class, particularly minorities, recognize that their lot improves substantially under Democratic Administrations as compared to Republicans, which might be a better explanation for the way they voted and the President's convincing victory.

  2. Tom Yarnall

    EducatedThinker, you are absolutely right poor people and minorities recognize their lot improve substantially under Demo. Admin. You just made the point raised by Romney that entitlements and hand outs can buy a lot of votes. Add that to the 72% of Latinos who support amnesty and open borders and you can easily win an election with the liberal vote.
    Do you think their vote was based on ideology and personal responsibility?

  3. EducatedThinker

    Mr. Yarnall:
    Part 1 – You either did not read the article or the study it describes, or you choose to be intentionally disingenuous. There is a big difference between suporting Democrats because you recognize, as most Americans do, that their policies result in better opportunities, stronger wage growth and a brighter future for all Americans, vs. supporting them because you might get "free stuff" (which is exactly what Governor Romney promised in the form of further tax cuts for the wealthy). I suspect, based in part on a substantial amount of both empirical and anecdotal evidence, that a majority of those getting "free stuff" actually voted for Romney. But that is another debate for another day.

    • EducatedThinker

      Part 2 – As for your other point, undocumented aliens hoping for what you call "amnesty" cannot and did not vote; American citizens of Latino descent who could and did vote, like most non-Latinos with any degree of understanding of this complex issue, recognize both the folly and the impracticality of "self deport" arguments like those made by Governor Romney and other right-wing idealogues, many of whom are simply racist. And few Americans of Latino descent, or for that matter "liberals" in general, support "open borders" (President Obama has done more to secure the borders than all of his Republican predecessors combined, unless you count the effects of the Republican-caused great recession).
      Yes, I think most who voted for the President understand quite well the concept of personal responsibility (far better than those who voted for Governor Romney), and voted for the President because he was the candidate most likely to solve this country's vast problems and thereby improve the quality of life for them and their children.

  4. Tom Yarnall

    E.T. thanks for the sermon, but please boil it down and tell me why 91% of blacks and 72% of Hispanics really voted for Obama. While you are at it, please tell me why Obama's performance, by all measures has been dismal, at best, over the past four years. How high does the unemployable rate have to get before you recognize a problem? How many people have to be on food stamps before you recognize a problem? How high does the deficit and debt have to get before you recognize a problem? How much money has to be wasted on stimulus programs before you recognize a problem.
    Are you a party loyalist who says any Democrat is better than no Democrat.

  5. Tom Yarnall

    E.T.,I'm sure everything is Bush's fault.

  6. EducatedThinker

    Mr. Yarnall:
    Part 1 – You're welcome, although it was not a sermon.
    I did (as did Professor Hajnal), to the extent that one can distill why millions of unique people voted the way they did. You just don't want to accept the facts no matter how much evidence is provided. What's your proof that they voted for "free stuff?"
    Respectfully, the President's performance has been guite remarkable under the circumstances, given the obstreporous tactics of Congressional Republicans, whose no. 1 goal was not to help solve problems (which they largely created) but to cause Mr. Obama to be a one-term president.

    • EducatedThinker

      Part 2 – We both apparently recognize the danger (I certainly do) posed by continuing deficits and the accumulated debt. You just refuse to accept that it was Republicans which were mostly (but not entirely) responsible for it. Tax cuts and two wars (one based on lies) that were not paid for, and the interest resulting from that accumulated debt, is the primary reason for our current debt level, plus to a lesser extent the extension of unemployment insurance benefits, payroll tax cuts, and other deficit spending recommended by virtually all economists to help pull out of the recession caused primarily by Republican policies.
      Further discourse with a person in abject denial about the primary causes of our problems, and who vehemently (and emotionally) disagrees with the will of the American electorate, particulary in this limited forum, would not seem to be a productive use of my time (or yours for that matter). Happy holidays.

  7. Tom Yarnall

    Thanks ET. You have fortified my assertion you are a party loyalist.
    May you have a very merry CHRISTMAS.

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