Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor | April 3, 2019: Driving while texting, media and Mueller report, Golan Heights

Texting while driving is like DUI

Don’t be an “intexicated driver.”

Sadly, teenage crashes increase this time of year. Drinking and cell phones are problems. Many drivers now have their eyes glued to their phone on their lap or aside the steering wheel. Is this a social norm? This illegal trend must end.

A drunken driver hit me when I was 16 in 1992 and I was seriously injured. Surgery and therapy became my teenage life. My gait, hearing and speech are damaged. Sending a text when driving reduces your abilities to that of a drunken driver. Drunken drivers weave lanes, speed through red lights and do not signal when turning, just like a driver using a cell phone.

When driving anywhere like Modesto Junior College, ditch the phone. Have people leave messages, and call when parked.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Do not drink and drive, and “X the Txt.”

Lori Martin, Tracy

Media owe Trump an apology

For the last two years NBC, MSNBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Associated Press and talk shows have all been saying they have “evidence” of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and that the boarder crisis is a hoax. Both of these have been proven wrong, wrong and wrong again. The real losers — besides people’s character and reputation plus millions of their own dollars they had to spend defending themselves and 28 million of our dollars spent searching for a false hoax — are the American people. As of today not one newspaper, TV outlet or news media has apologized to President Trump, Trump’s family, the ones destroyed by Mueller and most of all us, the American people.

If I did a “Jussie Smollett,” the same thing that the news media tried to do to our president, I would be in jail. I ask why should the editors and so-called journalists not go to jail for lying to the American public? Journalism is dead in America and they need to be held accountable.

Steven Casey, Manteca

Golan Heights move bad for Israel

The Trump administration has recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel. This seems to prove that the administration is not an honest player in the peace process. This move will assuredly help hasten the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, leaving Palestinians with no effective government.

Let me be clear: The Palestinian Authority is a corrupt organization. However, without an effective government, the peace process will be all but dead.

This will cause the Palestinians to say to Israel, “You win! Now give us citizenship.” This will leave Israel in a pickle. Allowing citizenship and giving them the vote will cause a swing in the political landscape, making Israel a multicultural state, no longer a Jewish state. Or don’t, and risk regional war.

I am sure the Trump administration has not thought this through, but is only wanting to support Benjamin Netanyahu in his bid for reelection and avoiding jail, as he is under indictment.

If I am right, President Trump is not the reincarnation of Cyrus, god-sent to protect Israel. If events occur as I suggest Trump will be remembered as the destroyer of Israel.

Gary W. Kinard, Gustine

Biased judges throw off balance

That the “blue slip” has been practiced for over a century doesn’t make it right.

Since President Trump has the constitutional authority to nominate judges without consulting Congress, he can do so at his discretion. Judicial members are appointed by the president as part of the balance of power established in the Constitution. Dianne Feinstein does not approve and says, “What goes around comes around.”

So be it. No state should be benched with one-sided judges approved by the dominant political party or imbalance will result, which is what we have in California.

Richard Tassinari, Waterford

Editor’s note: Presidents traditionally ask home-state senators’ opinions on judicial nominees, called blue slipping, a practice bypassed by the Trump administration in several cases.

Bible should guide morals

I don’t believe the General Conference of the United Methodist Church was condemning the LGTBQ community, but trying to preserve the integrity of God’s word (“ Conference vote on LGTBQ issues divides United Methodists” Page 1A, March 24).

Jesus was inclusive in the sense he loves everyone. He confronted the woman caught in adultery by showing compassion, saying, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). As a teacher of the Bible over the past 44 years, it is sad to see the Bible is no longer the guide on morals in many churches. Jesus said, “False prophets will appear to deceive even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time” (Matthew 24:24). St. Paul reiterated Jesus’ warning, saying, “Preach the word to correct, rebuke and encourage. A time will come when people will refuse sound doctrine and suit their own desires and go to teachers who say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:2-3).

Ed & Trish Erdelatz, Ripon