Congress totally out of touch with plight of the unemployed
Normally, any letter that I have written to the editor has been complimentary to the subject. Not this time.
I'm inspired by the editorial cartoon of Sept. 15 in The Daily Triplicate, which pictured a real truth. The people that we have elected to Congress, both Senate and representatives, are totally out of touch with the plight of those caught up in the unemployment dilemma that faces our nation. They sit in session jawing about it but do nothing. Meanwhile, our citizens are losing their homes, are having to accept charity, or maybe worse.
Once these Congress people are in office, they are almost untouchable. Salaries and perks are their main objectives.
Basically, they are, for the most part, bobbleheads. They shake their
heads up and down or side to side, depending on the issue and leaders'
If there was some way to dock their pay and perks substantially, it
would get their attention. California did it on the annual budget
We can write letters or go online to express our feelings. I highly
recommend that action. The addresses are available through The Daily
Triplicate. Also, have your relatives or friends contact them. Perhaps
we could get a real movement going.
Contra headline, access restored to parkland by keeping out farm
In "Parkland, not farmland," Sept. 15, The Triplicate spun the
The real story is California State Parks finally ended the illegal
use of state parkland for private pasture.
Instead of the red "Access Denied," on the photo, the real caption
should be "Access Restored."
To infer that this was the result of outside interests acting against
local interests is backwards. This is a state park owned by and for
all Californians, not someone's pasture or a county park.
According to the story, Blake Alexandre says Alexandre ECODairy Farms
lost about $20,000 per year in "managing" this property while this
saved local farmers about $500,000, which yields a nice profit for
some. Alexandre spent money to use it for his pasture, not for park
purposes. A great deal for the farmers, but not for the rest of us
Missing from the report is the dollar value of damage and related
costs of restoration due to the grading of the land and filling in of