Letters to the editor - Issue of Sept. 26, 2013

Unions serve purpose

Regarding Dick Lyles’ statement in his Sept. 19 column: “...we must stand up to the unions.”

Without unions we little people are in a big against little situation. Big always wins — meaning keeping compensation so low that life is a struggle. The purpose of unions is to get the best deal it can for we little people. Apparently, unions have been doing a good job. On the other hand, the government has not bargained well enough for you. What we need is better people in government who will bargain harder — not no unions. Those are the “we” people, not you and me.

Charlie Podvin,

Poway

Writer wrong on Realtors

Tom Moore’s Sept. 19 letter to the editor is so representative regarding one of the biggest problems we are currently facing in this country, and for that matter, the world. It is always much easier to blame somebody else for a problem we are facing than taking personal responsibility.

Mr. Moore pointed out that during an Aug. 19 Poway Unified School District board meeting, Superintendent John Collins suggested that Realtors should be held accountable for the creation of a misunderstanding regarding which school a child will attend within the PUSD district.

In the next paragraph, Mr. Moore goes on to state that Realtors should advise our clients regarding this situation.

I’m sorry, Mr. Moore, but that is not our job. If a client has a concern about which school their children will attend, they should go directly to the proper authority in order to get the most current and accurate information. If the client doesn’t know who the proper authority is, then we should assist in getting that information for them. As Mr. Moore’s letter implies, sometimes changes are made at the very last minute, so why would the client want to rely on an outside source when they need to go directly to the proper authority, which is not the Realtor.

Robert F. Weurding,

Rancho Bernardo

Opposes voter ID cards

In the Sept. 12 issue, William Stamos postulated that Democrats are against voter ID cards because they fear losing illegal votes. He seems to equate progressive voters with the “47%” made famous by Mitt Romney. Mr. Stamos suggests that if Democrats can get to “the welfare office, food stamp office, hospital, Planned Parenthood, bank, grocery store, court house, casino, DMV, doctor’s office, VA, or the polls”... they can get to wherever the voter ID would be issued. He also states that “Most of these offices” require ID.

Not only is his assumption that progressive voters are indigent, lazy and out for government handouts, he’s mistaken about most of those offices requiring ID, other than a driver’s license, a student ID, or a military ID. He makes disrespectful assumptions about blacks and poor whites while he’s slamming progressives in general.

My Aunt Helen is 93, disabled by a stroke, and her driver’s license expired years ago. Her son lives with her, but he does not drive. She has home health aides who give her good care, but not transportation. Friends drive her to church when she is able, but it’s a huge effort. Her son wheels her to the polling place each spring and fall, in her wheel chair. She has never missed voting in an election, and is rightly proud of that record. The need for a voter ID card would “negate her legal vote” and “disenfranchise” this loyal American, DAR member, and lifelong Democrat.

Kate Baker Tilton,

Poway

Signs ‘rubber-stamped’

The newly approved Martincoit all-way stop signs at Stone Canyon were approved in what can only be described as a rubber stamping exercise.

It was my first appearance at a traffic safety meeting, and it became clear that a few vocal retired residents who long for the old Martincoit Road represented the entire population of drivers who use the intersection.

There have been so few incidents at the corner that they couldn’t be used as evidence. The only testimony supporting the new stop signs came from a few who find the corner “scary” and drive well below the speed limit to punish those who drive the speed limit.

The decision should be challenged by a vote of all the residents, not just a few who can attend a 2 p.m. weekday meeting.

Gary Holden,

Poway

Bad behavior

Walking out on hearing the families who have lost loved ones in Benghazi is unconscionable. How rude and insensitive these representatives were to those who have paid the ultimate price for defending every U.S. citizen. Please keep this in mind when voting for the re-election of any San Diego Democratic House representative.

Solomon Pinczewski,

Poway

   
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