Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor | Sunday March 31: Trump, McCain, Baer, death penalty and socialism

Democrats: just too dangerous

I really dislike Donald Trump. Didn’t vote for him in 2016. Gonna vote for him in 2020 no matter who the opponent is.

Why? Because this is an election about pure ideology. Never in my years have I seen one party get so extreme and openly adopt admiration for an economic system the world has shown clearly does not work, as the Democrats have with socialism. There are myriad social issues too but none as important as what our basic economic system should be. The extreme left wing of the Democrats has become socialist and they are in charge.

Look around the world. Venezuela adopted socialism in 1998. In 2018 it had 80 percent inflation. Almost all of the country has gone without power for weeks now. Venezuela is non-functioning.

In the last 30 years since the fall of the Soviet Bloc each one of those countries has adopted capitalism. None has gone back. Even North Korea has tip-toed into capitalism and started to allow open markets and citizens to retain profits. China is state-run capitalism. Russia is cowboy capitalism.

Our leading Democrats are pretty people who think you can do away with overseas air travel by building floating railroads on top of ocean water. Each and every working American should beware. Now they are floating the idea of taxing all inheritances. A couple have said that all property should revert to the state after death. It’s simply too dangerous to vote for a Democrat in 2020. This is an election of ideologies and nothing else matters, including the face on top of the ticket.

Art Rossetti, Manteca

McCain and Bush were real leaders

Last year America lost two fine men, John McCain and George H.W. Bush. Both men fought for our country in wartime. Bush as a young aviator flew over 60 combat missions against Japanese forces in World War II. He was shot down but later rescued. McCain flew air strikes against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese positions during the Vietnam war. He was shot down, captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese as a POW for six years before his release in 1973.

Both men entered politics. Bush served as a congressman, ambassador to the U.N., the liaison office in China, CIA director, vice president and president. He oversaw the fall of Communism and a highly successful Desert Storm military operation in Kuwait and Iraq. After leaving office in 1993, he embarked on humanitarian work. He was a gentleman.

McCain became a congressman in 1982. From 1987 he served as the senior senator from Arizona until his death last year. McCain was his own man and did not always vote with his Republican colleagues. He was well respected.

And now Trump. With at least five deferments, he avoided military service during the Vietnam war. As a business man he and his companies were involved in over 4,000 lawsuits and several bankruptcies. He is a habitual liar. Tony Schwartz, ghost writer for “Art of the Deal,” said that Trump “lied strategically.” Fact checkers have discovered numerous fabrications since he became president. He is a narcissist without compassion or conscience. He has attacked our judicial system, the press and any detractors. He shows little knowledge of history or concern for the environment. Trump is a disgrace to the memory of John McCain and George H.W. Bush.

Allen R. Mitterling, Modesto

CEO gives Giants a black eye

The headline in the Bee Sports section read “ CEO of Giants is suspended without pay for fight with wife“ (Page 3B, March 27) What a joke. Another wealthy person getting by with a slap on the wrist. Baer’s salary is $5 million a year and he is part owner of a team worth $3 billion and the few months he will be without pay is chump change.

Ah, to be wealthy and guiltless and without shame. Truly an American phenomenon.

Alan Seliger, Turlock

Death penalty stance is hypocrisy

On March 12, Governor Gavin Newsom made a bold stand for life when he signed an executive order suspending the death penalty in California. The governor took an action based on his conscience. In his statement, Newsom said he “cannot sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing that among them are people who are innocent.”

The American Solidarity Party is puzzled by this action. While we acknowledge that the death penalty is a flawed mechanism for the delivery of justice in this nation, we question the governor’s logic when he is a member of a political party that supports abortion on demand and without restriction.

The human beings whose lives are terminated by abortion are all innocent.

The American Solidarity Party calls upon Governor Newsom to repudiate his party’s stance of supporting abortion. To not do so reveals that he has more concern with those convicted of a crime than those persons alive in the womb.

We beg him to work toward providing the support pregnant women need so that the choice to abort their child is not one they feel the need to make.

Leslie Shaw Klinger, Modesto

Everyone should register and vote

There is much discussion these days about voter suppression, about how some jurisdictions make it difficult for people to cast ballots. I often wonder about people who choose to not vote, even in places where they are relatively unhindered.

For example, in California, the secretary of state’s report for the 2016 presidential election shows that 24,875,293 people in California were eligible to vote but only 19,411,771 registered, and only 14,610,509 actually voted. Only 58.7 percent of those eligible voted and 75.3 percent of those registered actually voted.

The question is why don’t people vote even when they are eligible? What will it take to get people to exercise their citizenship rights? All of us who are eligible should register and vote, regardless of our heritage, social status, income or political persuasion.

Paul Rigmaiden, Modesto

We earned these payouts

I recently read a comment that said Social Security and Medicare are socialism (“ GOP misleads with socialism rants,” Page 2B, March 24). That is not so!

I entered the workforce at age 21 and retired at age 65. I paid into Social Security for 44 years. I paid into Medicare from the time it was enacted until I retired, some 37 years. I paid for these benefits throughout my working career, as most folks do.

That is not socialism. We paid for what we get.

James Young, Modesto

Missing a class act

A light went out when Darleen Buffington Lewis passed away on Saint Patrick’s Day.

A high school classmate at Modesto High, Dar was a lifelong friend and class act. She and her late husband, Don, were successful entrepreneurs, pioneering Lewis Plumbing Supply in Turlock.

Dar was a self-thinker and advocate, a staunch supporter of the Methodist Church; was involved in Spring Creek Golf and Country Club, local government and bridge; and was a devoted mother of two daughters, grandmother of two and great-grandmother of three.

She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest in Peace, beloved Dar.

William Wetmore, Modesto