Dreamers Against Children of America (DACA)

To the Editor:

It is wrong when the rights, privileges and needs of American children are placed on the back burners to promote the “dreams” of illegal/undocumented aliens. If the ads I see on TV are correct, this country has 15 million kids going to bed hungry every night of their young lives. The children of homeless families struggle in our education system because they are hungry and sick. An illegal alien child walks into this country and they are provided with food, shelter, education, and health care. Bilingual classes are mandated to help the illegals without concern about how this will affect the learning progress of American children. The child of a single parent is adversely affected because her father or mother cannot qualify for a school loan. However, check the “dreamer’s” box on the application and they are given a grant that doesn’t need to be paid back. I have seen this happen multiple times during my years in the education system.

I am sure there are many Native American children who would appreciate the same amount of empathy that is given to the illegal children. Yes, something does need to be done. However, before we deplete our limited resources on illegal aliens we need to take care of our American and Native American families and their children first. The Democrats had eight years to address this problem and did nothing. Now that the Republicans are trying to do something they continue with their name calling, doomsday, obstructionist approach. If we only had to pay the politicians for their job performance, we could use the unspent funds to pay off the national debt and give all children living in America an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Thomas Neiderer

Sonora

Walk in truth

To the Editor:

A reminder is needed on occasion to those who chose to walk in truth and for those who deny truth. Every idle word you will be held in account for but even more for those who cause others to go astray. We have been blessed with truth by the one who was hung on a cross simply for claiming to be the Son of God. Don’t run away from the creator and sustainer but seek real truth and you will find your help in time of need. We were warned and given his word, Be Blessed.

Mark Rice

Sonora

Do we need an advice nurse?

To the Editor:

I found out the other day that our area has no advice nurse. Good grief, why not? Even the VA has one. Kaiser has an Internet site and you can send pictures and get real answers.

It seems to me that the Prompt Care would be less packed. The ER wouldn’t have patients stacked in the hallways. Yes, the Internet is available, but there is no way I know how to make those judgment calls. I would like readers to share their thoughts on this idea.

R.J. Sweatt

Sonora

Relocate the cell tower

To the Editor:

AT&T’s proposal to build a massive cell tower in the immediate neighborhood of the Sierra Waldorf School on Dante Road is in violation of local ordinances, will negatively impact the financial future of Sierra Waldorf School, but most seriously, it is playing Russian roulette with our children’s health.

There is a growing body of evidence for the dangers of very low exposure levels (non-thermal levels) to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation. California Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Karen Smith, concedes the health risks, while the International Association of Firefighters have fought to keep such technology away from their firehouses, claiming “digital cellular antennas can have serious health effects on cell cultures, animals, and people.” They cite strong evidence for increased danger of cancer, lymphoma, tumors, DNA breakage, leukemia, disruption of sleep patterns, headaches, and a grim parade of neurological changes. If our firefighters refuse to have cell towers near their firehouses, are we going to risk the health of our far more vulnerable children at Sierra Waldorf?

The FCC has buried its head in the sand and not performed complete safety studies. We do not want our children exposed to hazardous environments until the FCC determines with absolute certainty there is no potential for harm.

Our firefighters have taken the lead in protecting themselves from unhealthy exposure to cell phone tower radiation. Let us listen to them and take the same measures for our far more vulnerable children.

Robert Tindall

Sonora

Trump’s economy

To the Editor:

Now, it's Trump's economy, so what does that mean to you?

For those in the stock market, it has been good. How could it be bad when recent tax cuts gave most corporations up to a 17 percent increase in profits?

For many, tax reform will be negligible. Bottom line is your share of the additional $1.5 trillion debt created will far exceed any gains.

Jobs added: 2010, 1,061,000; 2011, 2,091,000; 2012, 2,1142,000; 2013, 2,302,000; 2014, 2,998,000; 2015, 2,713,000; 2016, 2,240,000; 2017, 2,055,000 (Source: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

As you can see, job growth was great during the President Obama years. But as we reach full employment, things do slow down.

Some of Trump's "2,140 lies he told in his first year" are now negatively impacting many American workers. For example, Carrier workers have lost 550 jobs and those coal workers’ jobs, no dice.

But pay attention, Trump just imposed tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. Now you have to do some homework, look up the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.

Tariffs, along with reckless speculation, a sinking dollar and our historic wealth and income inequality, are some of the factors that slammed us into the Great Depression. We now have all of these risks in our economy, and more.

Some more warning signals: Only one out of three of us have enough to pay for a $500 emergency. When Trump took office, oil was $57.34 a barrel, today $66.15 (that's 25 cents/gal). Our credit card debt is well over a trillion dollars, and interest rates are on their way up.

There is more, but digest this first — our economy turns slowly.

For now, "America's Greatness" appears to have ended last year.

Domenic Torchia

Columbia

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