Letters to the Editor: Thoughts on McKinley, Trump and other pressing matters

Leave McKinley alone

I have watched the statue of William McKinley be trashed and mocked for no good reason and for years on end. McKinley became President in an era when Irish workers were greeted with signs  saying “No Irish Need Apply.”  Thank you for noticing that he deserves better.

Julie Timmons

A slice of the pie

“Government is instituted for the common good: for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people, and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men.”  – President John Adams, Founding Father.

Our government is the antithesis of what John Adams describes. We, the people, are increasingly now in the position of fighting the government for our safety and protection, our hopes of prosperity are threatened and with that so is our happiness.

And one man, one class of peoples and private interests, are the sole beneficiaries of our governments actions.

The agencies created to safeguard our health and well being are being cut to the nib.

Trump has decreed that the EPA be cut by 31 percent and that no new regulation be put in place unless two existing regulations are cut. EPA regulations take years to research before being put into place, this is not a casual process and each regulation has import and can affect the health of many.

Hogtying the EPA is very good for big business like the makers of pesticides that in the past have caused animal and human illness and death, or pharmaceutical companies which will now be able to slip their products out with greater ease.

The food we eat will be less safe but big business will be much richer and that’s all that counts when big business is running the country. Cuts will eliminate grants that help states enforce environmental laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act. Too bad Flint, but, let’s face it, no one’s been helping you anyway. Numerous compliance dates have been delayed affecting water and waste management.

Head of the EPA, Pruitt, has long hated the EPA and has already dumped half of the Board of Scientific Advisors, he doesn’t think scientists know anything anyway.

Defense is 54 percent of the budget even though we have had no threat to this country since WW2 and even that war did not necessarily pose threats to us. The endless wars we’re embroiled in all have to do with enriching the rich even though we are told we are bringing democracy to a country or their leader is bad, etc.

All lies, it’s all only about oil, minerals, a path for a pipeline (Syria) as well as being all about “support” companies like Haliburton making millions, as well as the makers of aircraft. ships, arms and more raking in the dough. We, the people, are working (at very low wages) fighting and dying to enrich the rich.

In areas of social welfare we are penny pinchers. The slices of the pie for Medicare and Health, for education and for community and housing are each 6 percent. Energy and Environment and Social Security, Unemployment and Labor get a rousing 3 percent for each of those two.

The upside of the proposed budget is increases in defense, the border wall and school choice. Biggest cuts go to EPA, State Department and Agriculture. Ag cuts include Water and Wastewater loan and grant program and Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program. The next tier of cuts go to Labor, Health and Human Services, Commerce , Education, Housing, Transportation,  Energy, Small Business, Justice and NASA. Nothing very important, right? Food Stamps will be cut by 29 percent, Children’s Health by 19 percent and Medicaid by 17 percent as well as some nasty little nips off of unemployment insurance, SSI. SSD and Assistance for Needy Families.

Every single cut will cost jobs but Capitalism with no restraints requires a large unemployed sector. That keeps wages down and guarantees lots of people in the armed services without having to have a draft.

If you go back and look at the boring figures I’ve listed the values of the ruling junta become clear. They’re rich, they don’t need social services, they can pay for anything they need. The rest of us can scrabble for our needs, we’re worker bees who are being trained to work and die for the hive and they’ll give us no more than they absolutely must in order to keep us grateful and in an unrebellious state.

What I’m saying here, folks, is that we’re in big trouble. We’ve been the victims of a coup by some very selfish, powerful people and they are being backed by many members of both parties who are owned and put in place by a corrupted election system. They are the swamp and the swamp needs to be drained.

Sylvia De Rooy

Welcoming new students

Arcata Main Street thanks all those involved with our Explore Arcata/Pizza Feed. On Saturday, Aug. 23,  about 300 new HSU students came downtown to see the Farmer’s Market, shop, and eat pizza at the Hotel Arcata.

Arcata Main Street printed coupon books with offers and discounts offered by downtown merchants. The HSU Lady Jack’s Softball Team picked up the pizzas, served them and cleaned up afterwards. The Jam and Westside Pizza generously helped out and made this possible.

The Hotel Arcata donated the Banquet Room for us to use. The HSU Housing and Residence Life Staff were a great help, especially Dr. Steve St. Onge, Rico Hernan, Donyet King, Yashvin Madhak, and Jenesy Gabrielle Burkett. We look forward to a good school year for everyone.

Again, thank you again to everyone involved.

Victoria Joyce
Arcata Main Street/President


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