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Regarding the June 30 editorial "Helping or enabling?": I am in complete agreement with the last line, which says, "Don't hand them cash."
I happened to receive this opinion survey about the Modesto Irrigation District, unfortunately. It was the most ridiculous survey I have ever received.
After touring the new science building on Modesto Junior College West Campus, and the science building and other buildings at Columbia, I am in awe of these world-class buildings and facilities, which could attract the brightest and best students, in addition to fulfilling obligations as community colleges.
After reading about the first lesbian couple getting married in this county (July 2); I'm left asking: Does anyone care about the rule of law? First, the fact that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris refused to defend Proposition 8, a citizen initiative, should make citizens shudder.
On July 3, 2012, The Bee printed a letter to the editor warning readers that if they elected President Barack Obama to a second term, last year would probably be our last Fourth of July. I want to congratulate that letter writer on being such a poor prophet of doom.
In regards to "Get back to the moral basics" (June 24, Letters): As a woman, "my rights" mean I can vote, work outside the home, control my own money, divorce if I choose, have control over my own body and a lot more.
I see that a federal judge has sent the Hobby Lobby case back to the trial court for reconsideration of the decision that this for-profit business must provide birth control options to its employees under the Affordable Care Act or pay a fine.
The June 27 editorial "Same-sex marriage rulings appropriate" stated that "The Modesto Bee did not take a position on Proposition 8 when it was on the ballot in 2008, largely because we believe gay marriage to be a personal not political issue."
I'm a little perplexed about Modesto's status as the car theft capital of the United States, again. I clearly remember a meeting I attended last winter about reducing crime when a question was asked about that very statistic and a Modesto Police retiree explained that it was only because "Modesto plays by the rules."
On June 26 homosexuals, lesbians, and bisexuals in California gained a wicked, sketchy victory for gay marriage by the Supreme Court. This opens up a lot of questions. Can a man marry his mother or father? Can he have five wives? Can he marry his sister or brother when they turn 18? Can he marry his dog, horse, cat or aardvark? Can he marry his great grandmother or his niece when she turns 18?
Maybe a good story to look into would be about why the people who work at the Modesto Irrigation District can use their work vehicles for personal business, especially when the MID is trying to always raise the rates. Maybe we should install GPS in all the vehicles and then monitor them. Do these people punch out and in when not on the job? Fuel isn't free, either.
Again, the will of the majority matters not. Our inglorious elected and appointed officials have bowed to the wishes of a few.
What can we expect next from the Supreme Court, legalization of polygamy, child brides, mail-order brides?
It was with great sadness that I heard of the deaths of the 19 firefighters in Arizona. People involved in fighting forest fires are real heroes. When they are dropped off, they usually have no idea if the winds are going to change and blow the fire back on them or if sparks will be blown past them and allow the fire to burn back.
In response to "CSU gets low grades in review" (June 21,Page A-1): Several political, bureaucratically driven entities have snaked their way into schools. A company called "Data Works" walked through classrooms to see how many students were working on grade level. "This student shouldn't be working on this" or "that's not hitting a standard" were just a few things said. Maybe the child was receiving pre-instruction on concepts that must be mastered before moving on. These are people that haven't been in the classroom for 20 years, left the classroom because they couldn't handle it or people who've never taught.
The letter "Give the homeless a place to stay" (June 28) smells a little bit like a political campaign slogan to ride on. The La Loma neighborhood does not need another place for the homeless to congregate. You are delusional if you think this will reduce panhandling, theft, drugs and violent attacks.
We don't use the words "honor" and "humility" as often as we should. Perhaps there are not as many occasions that conjure them up. June 24 at the Camp Taylor- Colin Kaepernick Golf Tournament, they presented themselves in their truest definition.
I'm a senior citizen on fixed income, with a disabled wife. When I rose Thursday morning I discovered someone had come onto my patio and stolen my bicycle. It was my only transportation. I called the police to report it, as it's distinctive-looking and might have been found if I could have gotten the word out in a timely way.
I respectfully disagree with the overall opinion of the writer of "Selling pot is still against law"(July 1, Letters), but would really like to know what "good reason" there is for marijuana to remain classified a schedule 1 illegal drug.
My opinion Vote? Why?
I am appalled at the callous statements made by the Stanislaus County attorneys about the murders of Glendon Engert and deputy Bob Paris.
Stanislaus County attorneys contend that locksmith Glendon Engert was to blame for his own death seriously?
Total amazement. Whoever decided on this defense tactic should be ashamed of themselves. If this defense tactic were to become policy and procedure, then every one of us is at risk.
Maybe I have too much time on my hands. I was just wondering something. When I was a kid, all the stores and places of businesses were closed for holidays, except for maybe a few mom-and-pop stores.
This is far greater than the debate on the definition of marriage. How does it work?