LETTERS FROM READERS
No longer safe
With sadness but hope I must announce that my wife and I are leaving this once great state of California and the once safe, serene and great place to live called the Antelope Valley.
As far as California is concerned this state have been virtually ran into the ground due to the liberal actions, laws, regulations, high taxes and other mismanagement ideas that have been shoved down our throats.
The current condition of our state’s infrastructure is shameful. The state has millions of hard working citizens who strive to support their families, be great role models for their kids and work hard to do these things but they’re being over taxed so Sacramento can give freebies to non deserving citizens and totally non deserving illegals.
My family and I came to the AV in 1966. At that time the AV was safe, serene (except for the wind) and was a great place to live. The AV has grown by leaps and bounds by great folks who moved here who wanted affordable housing, safety and serenity and a great place to live and raise their children.
Now we gangs, super high crime rates and it’s not even safe to go shopping due to the fear of being accosted by one of these thugs.
The east side of Lancaster and other areas are dotted with crimes on a daily basis. Lancaster and Palmdale must step up the Sheriffs patrols in these areas to get a handle on these crime ridden areas before this trend spreads even more to the other parts of the valley. Tom Walsh Lancaster
No more taxes
At the last Board meeting of the AV Healthcare District, I admonished the members of the Board of Directors and their supporters for suggesting that AV Hospital will close if the bond measure, AV, is not passed. It is not going to close.
First of all, the CEO has said that not all buildings on campus need to be retrofitted. The hospital can remain open during retrofitting even at a reduced level of service.
Secondly, Palmdale Regional is becoming a full-service hospital and they can help when AV Hospital is being retrofitted. Also, we have the county clinic on Avenue I that we didn’t have before. Remember when Community Hospital closed and we had only AV Hospital? We survived without any trouble with one hospital. We are in better shape to do so again, if necessary.
Finally, bond measures
AV, FD and Prop 13 need to be defeated. The state is flush with funds with no accountability for all they their use. Billions are being spent and no one knows where specifically it is going. Ever travel on the 14 and go to the 5 freeway and wonder what a disaster it is and where is the highway tax money going?
No more taxes until local, county, and state governments are accountable for spending our money. Things cannot continue like they are.
Michael P. Rives
t seems to me that all this concern about the crime rate in Lancaster is rather peculiar given the disregard for factors influencing it.
No mention is made of the lack of enforcement prevalent in our society. Every legislative body, whatever level, passes laws or ordinances to address some problem, then flails to enforce the law.
Look at the running-ared-light debacle. After the law was passed and enforcement started, people started screaming because they got caught and enforcement stopped. Now there are no more cameras.
Almost the same thing with cell phones while driving. Try to go anywhere and not see a driver with a cell phone up against a driver’s head.
No mention is made of gang bangers coming up here to “cool off “or hide out.
Neither is the revolving door for law breakers. We have a death penalty which is ignored. Three strikes has been watered down. Oh we don’t want to be too harsh to those poor misunderstood individuals you and I call career criminals!
In my opinion the do-gooders are responsible for encouraging a disregard for enforcing the laws. Also we have a country inhabited with people who think that whatever they want they should have and that laws and regulations only apply to other people. Kay Brickner