Letters to the editor for Sept. 2, 2011

Union Democrat staff

Democratic party has led

California down path of ruin

To the Editor:

In response to Domenic Torchia's Letter on Aug. 29, "The myth of Reagan's presidency lives on", it reminded me of how many Democrats choose to bring up the past to mask the problems their own party has created both in California and in the United States. Oh yes, I know Mr. Torchia will jump to Barack Obama's defense and say "it's all George W. Bush's fault". In truth, nearly three years into the Obama Presidency, this administration's failed policies continue to mount.

I work in the construction industry for an association that represents 23,000-plus companies. These companies are not the 400 wealthiest Americans Mr. Torchia mentions, but hard-working men and women who own companies from five to 1,000 employees. More than ever, the Obama Administration is stacking the deck against these companies. From a runaway National Labor Relations Board bent on paying back Big Labor (i.e. the Boeing Decision), to ever more burdensome regulations on business, this administration has come to represent the most business unfriendly administration we have had in a long time.

The real crime, though, is what the Democratic Party has done to California. Governors from both parties come and go, but one certainty remains, a Democratic Legislature. Most real power in our state government rests in the legislature, and for decades the Democrats have been in charge. How many more years do we need to see the Democratic Party lead California down the path of ruin? How many more anti-business regulations? How many more out of control budgets? How many more sweetheart deals with public employee unions (and their bloated pensions) do we have to endure? The problems in California can be laid directly on the doorstep of Democratic Party county leaders and their elected Democratic state officials.

John S. Robinson


Abolishing the death penalty would be a major mistake

To the Editor:

There's talk in Sacramento about abolishing the death penalty. That to me would be big a mistake.

Look at the mess our society is in. All the murders, kidnappings, rapes, home invasions, robberies and crime in general. It's out of control.

Some people will say the state hasn't the right to kill someone, maybe so, but did that person on death row have the right to kidnap, rape, or murder? No.

Some people will say the death penalty isn't a deterrent to crime. Well, it wasn't meant to be. The death penalty is meant to be the ultimate punishment for the ultimate crime. Just as simple as that.

Other people say it costs more to execute someone, than to keep him in prison for life. This is true, but, only because of the way the appeal system works. It needs to be reworked. Other words, speed up. Take away the huge profits for the appeal lawyers, that's taxpayer money. Also, once the appeals run out and the governor denies the last appeal, no judge should be able to step in at the last second and overturn the will of the people.

It seems our politicians and judicial department has forgotten the purpose of the prison system. Prisons are for punishment, for crimes committed against society.

To give you an idea, go to the California department of corrections/death row inmates, click on "condemned inmates." There is a list, printed on 2-28-2005, of 640 death row inmates.

On that list are three inmates that have been there since the late 1970s, over 30 years each. Wonder why it costs so much? That's your tax money.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled lethal injection is not cruel and unusual punishment. Recently Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and now Delaware have used it, but in California it's against the constitution. Why?

Alfred Temple


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