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Sus­pi­cious minds

Two sto­ries dur­ing the week of Fe­bru­ary 3, 2020 to Fe­bru­ary 6, 2020 are sus­pect.

The first front page story on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, 2020, con­cerns a Pro-Trump group dis­rupt­ing an Is­lamic Fo­rum the pre­vi­ous Satur­day. The en­tire story does not smell right. Seven to ten pro-Trump pro­test­ers in­ter­rupted a meet­ing of four at­ten­dees for the 25th Con­gres­sional seat. Among the at­ten­dees was Cenk Uygur who, you may re­mem­ber, was largely re­spon­si­ble for the elec­tion of Alexandria Oca­sio Cortez.

Al­ways seek­ing to dis­rupt tra­di­tional po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns, it is not im­prob­a­ble that mem­bers of this group en­gi­neered the dis­rup­tion for me­dia at­ten­tion. I do not re­call any pro-Trump group dis­rupt­ing any meet­ings any­where in the United States; Democrats and An­tifa yes, but Trump sup­port­ers no.

The sec­ond item from the AV Press came on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 6, 2020 and con­cerns an AP story try­ing to as­cribe the cur­rent as­cen­dancy of the Amer­i­can econ­omy to former Pres­i­dent Obama. The AP re­porters are, ap­par­ently, grad­u­ates of the Barack Obama Univer­sity for Eco­nomic Pros­per­ity with many classes taught by those eco­nomic ge­niuses know as the Squad.

If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, the stock mar­ket closed out 2016 at 20,000 due, it is thought, to the stim­u­lus of the up­com­ing Trump Pres­i­dency in 2017. The stock mar­ket to­day is nearly 30,000 or 50 per­cent higher. Each 1000 points rep­re­sents about $1 tril­lion dol­lars added to the econ­omy.

This story should have been printed on the comic pages or a spe­cial sec­tion deal­ing with fan­tasy. Wil­liam Guild

Lit­tle­rock

Which would you sup­port?

Thurs­day’s com­men­tary on “Un­cle Sam’s spend­ing ad­dic­tion” by Veronique de Rugy was both eye pop­ping and fright­en­ing. She wrote that each year our elite Congress is spend­ing $1 tril­lion more than we are tak­ing in. Ob­vi­ously, this is un­sus­tain­able.

I was left with this ques­tion. What if China and Ja­pan sud­denly can­celed our credit? Do you sup­pose Washington has a back up plan? Prob­a­bly not. They have be­come as ac­cus­tomed to this “for­eign aid” as they have to the air they breathe. When we need money we bor­row it ... when some­one else needs money we give it away. We the peo­ple not only pay them to do that, we keep vot­ing for them. Hon­estly though, we are sel­dom of­fered bet­ter choices at the bal­lot box.

How­ever, if this credit in­ter­rup­tion were sud­denly thrusted upon us, re­ac­tions from our il­lus­tri­ous lead­ers, the ones that helped cre­ate the mess, are al­most cer­tainly pre­dictable. The Democrats would vote to raise taxes while the Repub­li­cans would vote to cut spend­ing. Which would you sup­port? Harold Ho­lifield

Palm­dale

‘OJ’ Trump

Sen­ate Repub­li­cans openly ad­mit To Traitor Trump’s ob­vi­ous guilt.

But no wit­nesses, no doc­u­ments,

And no real trial was al­lowed?

No pro­files in courage amongst

This cow­ardly con­ser­va­tive crowd!

Ex­cept for Utah’s Mitt Rom­ney and

Alabama Demo­crat

Doug Jones.

Trump’s half of the U.S. Sen­ate

Might as well quit and go home.

Blue Tidal Wave on the way in Nov.

GOP goes home re­turn to sender!

No co­in­ci­dence that Don­ald Trump,

Jef­frey Ep­stein’s part­ner in crime,

Hired Ep­stein’s de­fense at­tor­neys

Alan Der­showitz and Ken Starr

To spin, ob­fus­cate and lie, lie, lie!

Even if Pres. Orange Julius Cae­sar

Got in a white Ford Bronco

With Al Cowl­ings and fled the cops

Headed straight to­wards

Mex­ico,

The GOP-con­trolled U.S. Sen­ate

Would sim­ply refuse to con­vict.

Don­ald Trump’s gloves did not fit,

So Sen­ate jurors must acquit?

Where have I heard this all be­fore?

Any­one else re­mem­ber

1994?

Then O.J. Simpson’s trial in 1995?

For­ever here­after he’ll be known as

Putin’s pup­pet Don­ald O.J. Trump

The guilti­est un­jailed crim­i­nal alive!

Jake Pick­er­ing

Ar­cata, CA

You’re in­vited

Hear-ye, hear-yea, the Not-So Honor­able Moscow Ad­di­son Mitchell (“Mitch”) McCon­nell Ju­nior, re­quests your at­ten­dance at the Corona­tion of His Im­pe­rial Majesty, Em­peror Don­ald John Trump of the United States of Amer­ica.

On this spe­cial day, Don­ald John Trump will be anointed, blessed and con­se­crated by the Not-So Honor­able Moscow Ad­di­son Mitchell (“Mitch”) McCon­nell Ju­nior, prior to the plac­ing the crown the United States of Amer­ica on his head. I just hope his hair comb-over does not get messed up when the crown is placed upon his head.

Af­ter the corona­tion, there will be an­other cer­e­mony where the White House will be re­named Trump Palace in honor of the new em­peror.

Ge­orge Jung An­te­lope Acres

HR-5

Sev­eral points in David Wheeler’s let­ter (“Hope­fully IQ Pre­vails”, 2/05/20) re­gard­ing HR-5, Equal­ity Act 2019, were fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect.

HR-5 would amend the Civil Rights Act to pro­hibit dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of the sex, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity, or preg­nancy, child­birth, or a re­lated med­i­cal con­di­tion of an in­di­vid­ual, and sexbased stereo­types. Re­sults of a 2017 Pub­lic Re­li­gion Re­search In­sti­tute sur­vey found that 70% of Amer­i­cans sup­ported laws to pro­tect LGBT peo­ple.

Rep. David Ci­cilline (DRI) in­tro­duced HR-5 in the House on 3/13/19; spon­sored by 237 Democrats and three Repub­li­cans. On 5/01, the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee voted 22-10 in fa­vor, with all Repub­li­cans op­posed.

On 5/17, the full House voted 236-173 in fa­vor. Mr. Wheeler’s claim that “not one sin­gle Repub­li­can voted for it”, was false. New York Repub­li­cans Brian Fitz­patrick, Tom Reed, Elise Ste­fanik and John Kotko voted in fa­vor, as did Su­san Brooks (IN), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), Greg Walden (OR) and Will Hurd (TX).

Con­trary to the vit­ri­olic anti-gay/trans rhetoric spewed by the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, Fo­cus on the Fam­ily, Amer­i­can Fam­ily

As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Al­liance De­fend­ing Free­dom, pro­hibit­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against LGBTs would not oblit­er­ate re­li­gious lib­erty or pro­mote “ho­mo­sex­ual agen­das,” what­ever those are imag­ined to be.

HR-5 would con­fer on an oft-ma­ligned group the civil rights pro­tec­tions that were em­bod­ied in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and af­forded to classes who suf­fered dis­crim­i­na­tion based on ig­no­rance, re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance, and ha­tred. Re­gret­tably, HR-5 will not pass in the cur­rent GOP-con­trolled Sen­ate. Scott Evans Los An­ge­les

Be afraid

Apro-Trump, anti-Mus­lim group dis­rupted an educationa­l fo­rum for can­di­dates run­ning for the 25th Con­gres­sional District seat. Their prob­lem was that the meet­ing was spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Is­lamic In­sti­tute and held at the lo­cal mosque.

Shout­ing “you are not an Amer­i­can” at the or­ga­nizer, call­ing Mus­lims un-Amer­i­can, one ag­i­ta­tor try­ing to re­move a woman’s hi­jab! Un-Amer­i­can? There isn’t too much more Amer­i­can than hold­ing pub­lic meet­ings about po­ten­tial can­di­dates run­ning for of­fice. What in­cred­i­bly un­e­d­u­cated rab­ble-rousers.

Why didn’t the Sher­iff’s Dept. re­move these big­oted, hate mon­gers? Isn’t try­ing to grab a women’s re­li­gious head scarf bat­tery or pos­si­ble as­sault? This be­hav­ior has to be stopped no mat­ter what party or re­li­gion these un­ruly, un-Amer­i­can ag­i­ta­tors be­long to.

Racial ha­tred is not new to the An­te­lope Val­ley. Fly­ers were stashed un­der our busi­ness doors in 1992 ask­ing “What are we go­ing to do about the N----- prob­lem!” Hav­ing moved from Los An­ge­les 3 years ear­lier, I won­dered, “Had I made a mis­take com­ing to this area?”

If this episode at the mosque doesn’t con­cern you, re­mem­ber the 1946 poem, “First they came..” re­gard­ing the Nazi’s purg­ing of cho­sen tar­gets: Com­mu­nists, trade union­ists, Jews. The writer, a Lutheran pas­tor did not speak out at the time be­cause he wasn’t a Com­mu­nist, trade union­ist, or Jew. When the Nazi’s came for him, there was no one left to speak for him.

Churchill said, “Those who fail to learn from his­tory are con­demned to re­peat it.”

We should all be very afraid.

Marie Silva Palm­dale

Mak­ing changes

Dear AV Press editor,

As the di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices (DCFS), I share many of the same con­cerns ex­pressed in the opinion piece “The kids aren’t al­right.”

Over the last sev­eral months, DCFS has worked to es­tab­lish a Con­tin­u­ous Qual­ity Im­prove­ment Divi­sion to con­duct ad­di­tional case re­views to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and sup­port the depart­ment’s qual­ity im­prove­ment ef­forts. In ad­di­tion, we have also ap­pointed a new Deputy Di­rec­tor to pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive over­sight for the Palm­dale and Lan­caster Re­gional Of­fices and forge new com­mu­nity part­ner­ships to sup­port chil­dren and fam­i­lies in the An­te­lope Val­ley.

Be­cause we be­lieve our com­mu­ni­ties de­serve highly skilled and trained staff, DCFS has re­duced An­te­lope Val­ley so­cial work caseloads by hir­ing ad­di­tional staff, im­ple­mented bonuses to sup­port re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion ef­forts, en­gaged nearby col­leges to re­cruit lo­cal tal­ent, and pro­vided lo­cal staff train­ings to re­duce travel times. With the launch of In­vest LA – the DCFS strate­gic frame­work to pro­mote sys­tem im­prove­ments in safety, per­ma­nency, and well-be­ing for chil­dren, we are now fo­cused on three in­vest­ment ar­eas: Strength­en­ing Chil­dren, Youth and Fam­i­lies, Work­force Ex­cel­lence, and Com­mu­nity and Cross-Sec­tor Part­ner­ship.

While we are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress, this is just the be­gin­ning. Through In­vest LA, DCFS will strengthen the safety net for chil­dren and fam­i­lies by col­lab­o­rat­ing with other county de­part­ments and com­mu­nity part­ners to make our vi­sion of safe chil­dren, healthy fam­i­lies, and strong com­mu­ni­ties a re­al­ity.

Link to In­vest LA in­for­ma­tion:

https://dcfs.la­county.gov/ the-of­fi­cial-launch-of-in­vest-la/

Bobby Ca­gle Los An­ge­les

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