Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor | Sunday, April 7, 2019: Electoral college, illegal immigrants, Biden v. Trump

NYC shouldn’t control presidential elections

In their infinite wisdom, the United States’ founders created the Electoral College to ensure the states were fairly represented. Here is why.

There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.

Clinton won the popular vote by about 1.5 million votes. In the five counties that encompass New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. Clinton won four of these counties; Trump won Richmond. These five counties alone accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3.8 million square miles.

Should voters who inhabit 319 square miles dictate the outcome of a national election? Should Democratic cities (NYC, Chicago, LA) speak for the rest of our country?

Samuel H. Newnam, Modesto

Who really thinks there was no collusion?

“No collusion?” Are Americans really expected to believe this summary put out by Trump’s bagman, Attorney General Barr? The power of redaction is in Barr’s Republican black Magic Marker. Trump and his cronies need not worry. All the words and sentences placing the smoking gun in Trump’s obstruction-of-justice hand will never see the light of day by any American citizen or member of Congress. Yes, the system works.

“No collusion?” Many in Trump’s inner circle have been indicted, convicted, or are doing time for their money-making schemes involving the Russian mafia, high-finance banking, email hacking, blackmail and collusion. How did they all get caught while the one man responsible is left untouched? Lucky for him Attorney General Barr is wedged firmly in Trump’s back pocket.

The tainted Russian-influenced election of 2016 opened the doors for Trump’s Nazification of America. Truth no longer matters while Trump’s daily lies form a noxious, toxic, cancerous cloud quickly gobbled up by ravenous Trump supporters bent on destroying our democracy. America is burning while Trump’s base fiddles.

Brooks Judd, Turlock

Illegals cost us big bucks

It’s becoming painfully obvious that the 10th District’s new congressman doesn’t have much financial acumen when it comes to complex issues such as illegal immigration.

Rep. Josh Harder claims he’s opposed to President Trump’s $5.7 billion southern border wall because it’s so expensive. One wonders if Harder is able to understand that reducing the influx of illegal aliens will save the American people billions of dollars.

It’s apparent that Harder doesn’t understand or care that illegal immigrants cost federal and state taxpayers more than $100 billion annually, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

So Harder doesn’t want to spend about $6 billion to reduce the inflow of illegal immigrants (now 60,000 each month, up 86 percent over last year), but he’s OK with spending $100 billion on illegal immigrants.

Harder also tells us that border walls are ineffective. He is either highly ignorant or giving us falsehoods. When Israel built a 143-mile wall to protect its southern border, illegal immigration fell 99 percent.

Democrats like Harder could care less about border security compared to ethnic pandering and votes of people here illegally.

Elizabeth Best, Tracy

No apology necessary

Re “ Media owe Trump an apology” (Page 8A, April 3), Donald Trump is a disgrace to our nation. He doesn’t deserve an apology from the news media nor anyone else.

Howard Wray, Modesto

Streets crew does Ceres proud

Who are Thomas Smith, Shawn Walker, Kelvin Franco, Omar Rebolledo and Jason Young? Not rock stars, but stars nonetheless.

They made up the outstanding Ceres public works crew that replaced the sidewalk, curb and gutter at my house.

They would arrive by 6:30 a.m. and put in a full day of really hard work. From removing the old concrete, filling and compacting the area for a new pour, forming and pouring the new concrete, to replacing the lawn . Really professional craftsmen who could do it all.

I can’t say enough good things about those public employees and the work ethic they demonstrated in completing the project at my home.

They are a credit to all hard-working government employees we take for granted.

Sal Cannella, Ceres

No comparison here...

I have a question for the lady who thinks rubbing noses with someone is sexual harassment: Whom would you rather spend 30 minutes alone in a room with, Joe Biden or Donald Trump?

Charles D. Wilkinson, Modesto

Civil grand jury needs your help

Good people of Stanislaus County: Now is the time for every able person who wants to make a difference in their community to apply for a position on your local civil grand jury. You can find online a form to fill out and submit at stanct.org/civil-grand-jury. If you have about 20 hours a month, sometimes more, sometimes less, they would like to hear from you.

I have been serving since July of last year and have found this job to be exciting and very rewarding. I feel it is an honor to be surrounded by fellow jurors who care about this county and are willing to roll up their sleeves and investigate complaints filed by our citizens, and make recommendations where necessary.

If you want a rewarding job, submit your application and go serve! You only have a few weeks left to be considered for next year’s civil grand jury.

Rick Hardy, Modesto