Postage to military troops

To the Editor:

Crying Out Loud!

A prominent resident of Groveland, stated he could not believe The United States Post Office charge postage (soon to go up), to send care packages to the military troops overseas.

Immigrants come here to the United States, with their hands out, and we fill them. Yet we treat the troops terrible. In one of the thank you notes, they wrote “It is sure good to know that they are thinking of us back home.”

Shame, Shame on the post office.

Jackie Baker


Back-to-school food

To the Editor:

With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies, and school food. Yes, school food!

More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama’s 2010 school lunch rules calling for whole grains, fat-free milk, and reduced salt content. The rules had an 86 percent approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools. Entering “vegan options in schools” in a search engine provides lots of useful resources.

Cornellius Everhart

San Andreas

Fake news

To the Editor:

Can we trust the news media? Was there a hurricane in Texas or was that fake too?

Gary Linehan


Let’s talk about morals

To the Editor:

About Mark Shields column from Aug. 23, The president is also a moral leader:

That’s what Republicans and conservatives were saying during the JFK and Clinton White House years. Boy, did we get the thought police after us for daring to question presidential “morals” during those times.

The “morals” umbrella covers a number of issues that had to be re-defined as civil rights issues so they can be rationalized then touted-taught-promoted as moral.

And, if you don’t agree with the re-education of that issue, you are mocked and scorned as a truly deplorable person. A loud clamour can be made about a moral issue but rarely is it for the benefit of the law of God it might represent.

Judy Olson


Military accidents

To the Editor:

This in reference to my last opinion piece about why the navy is suffering so many “Accidents”.

I explained that it was because young officers for a generation no longer had to go to Surface Warfare School.

This is the Solution:

Restart the class, but make it longer. Make it a requirement that officers, when going to the school, must remove their rank insignia. They aren’t officers till they prove they are. Get senior CWO’s (chief warrant officers) from engineering departments who have been in charge of DCC (damage control central) and make them the instructors. At the end of training let the CWO’s have a closed hearing on the class of officers to see if they are FIT to command. If they aren’t then they cannot be in line commands (a line command is one where one can command personnel, unlike dentists, doctors, etc.)

This judgment should be without appeal and those CWO’s who make the decisions should never be revealed as to who made what judgment to which officer.

This is the only way to fix it.

Immediate Remedial Surface Warfare Training for all those officers who haven’t taken the older style school.

Otherwise these “Incidents” will continue to occur and the navy will continue to fire people as scapegoats and nothing will change but young sailors dying for no reason but negligence.

Dwan Seicheine


Cost-of-living adjustments

To the Editor:

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my Representative and Senators oppose any proposals that would reduce COLAs for federal retirees.

The annual COLA provides protections against inflation, but even the current calculation is inadequate because it understates the impact of health care spending, yielding lower annual COLAs. Reducing or eliminating my COLA further threatens my health and financial security.

This proposal would diminish the value of my hard-earned annuity by allowing inflation to erode the benefit over the course of my retirement. With the cost of goods and medical care on the rise, I will not sit back and allow this attack to gain a foothold.

Margaret Shore


Thomas Jefferson

To the Editor:

I find it interesting that that the letter-writer referring to Thomas Jefferson as the architect of religious freedom in America. Jefferson was one of the 40 or so founding fathers, and his opinion was only his and possibly a few others. Separation of church and state meant that the state would not sponsor any religion. Nothing was said about a wall between the state and church.

We need to remember that Jefferson was a slaveholder and a rapist of his slaves. He and Madison were the founders of fake news in America. Jefferson and Madison spent the last four years of the Washington and Adams’ administrations sabotaging them in order to gain the presidency.

Mike Sturtevant