Counting Lies

Miguel Espinosa, Jr. wants a law against lies by politicians, (Letters, March 3) but only targets President Trump with his own lie. He starts with “the selection of Donald Trump,” whereas Trump was duly “elected” according to the current laws.

Then he relies on some “estimates” to accuse the president of telling “20 or more lies and misleading statements on a daily basis.” What are these if not your own lies, Mr. Espinosa! How did you, or anybody accusing the president, count those “lies,” which on your own “rumored estimate” (when added) reach a staggering figure of 15,800 so far? The president has no other job, or doesn’t transact any national duties, but keeps churning out lies after lies? Wow!

It’s easy to accuse anybody with lies, but to prove them as lies is hard. Yes, politicians do tell lies and make tall promises to get elected, promises they rarely keep. However, here is Trump who promised things in his campaign and in just two years has fulfilled many. He created more jobs, reducing unemployment, reduced taxes to put more money into the pockets of the common man, made the European allies contribute more money as their share of protecting them, and shifted the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as the legitimate capital of Israel — a promise many previous presidents made but never kept.

As promised, Trump is constantly trying to bring back jobs that went abroad during previous years, is set to secure the southern borders to stop illegal influx (and facing liberal/Demo opposition), and strengthen the military, both also as he promised to do in his election campaign.

Still he is accused of telling lies? Fie on those who think and say, and write, and accuse, him for lying with invented and unbelievably exaggerated and unproven figures!

Yes, I will agree there “oughta be a law” for lies and proven lies.

— for all.

~  YATINDRA BHATNAGAR

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ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Much is being said lately about the critical need for people to get out of their cars and walk to the places they need to go, places like the movies, a favorite restaurant, the grocery store, and work. Sadly, however, there are many who do not have the option of walking to work.

Years ago I had a job where I had to drive 80 miles round-trip per day to work and back, and on a freeway that was always congested, crowded and moved slowly. It took a toll both on my car and on my nerves. On the upside, the pay was more than I had made at any other job and most of the people I worked with were actually kind and decent human beings (a rarity in the modern workplace in my experience).

Eventually, my spouse talked me into leaving that job to find something else that was closer to home. I did find one, and the commute was significantly shorter. That was the only good thing about that job. The owner of the business was a complete psycho, and shortly after I started working there, I learned that she had gone through six other people in the position I had in less than a year. I lasted a year there and can categorically say it was the worst working experience of my entire adult life. Not long after my departure, I heard that she had fired all of her other employees and went to an online-only business model.

What then is the object lesson of this? The length of one’s commute is a consideration, but do not make that the only consideration. Consider other factors, such as do you like the job and do you get along well with your co-workers. 

~  CLIVE LEEMAN

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DONALD MCBAIN

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THE GREEN NEW DEAL

I’m a 24-year-old software engineer, and I am concerned that our country does not consider its citizen’s lives a priority.

Not long ago the United Nations told the world that we have 12 years to rid our civilization of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic climate disaster.

How do our political leaders choose to respond to this call for action? It seems they see two choices: 1) follow the president, who does not believe in the vast majority of scientists who have dedicated their entire lives toward the subject matter, in saying that climate change isn’t real, or 2) follow Nancy Pelosi and a neoliberal agenda in proposing a committee with no authority to make real actions just to, at the surface, appeal to the masses.

However, it turns out that there is a less supported yet substantially better option. We have leaders in our country, leaders such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have created a resolution to drafted a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress.

The Green New Deal has the opportunity to create millions of green jobs, rid ourselves of fossil fuels and become a world leader in green energy exports. The Green New Deal is our best shot at saving our species, all the while acting as a massive economic stimulus.

At the time of this writing, Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution had 10 supporters in Congress. If we are to move forward as a country and as a species, we need Congress members everywhere to support this action, Congress members such as our very own Rep. Judy Chu.

I wonder what side of the coin she will be on.

SAM BERNDT

PASADENA

THE TIME IS NOW

It’s time to change the discourse about climate change. We’re facing devastating consequences due to climate change. I support Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to create a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress. We need a Green New Deal to create millions of green jobs, move our country off fossil fuels, and protect working people of all backgrounds. Congress members should support this resolution.

RAUL ANORVE

LOS ANGELES

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