Printed letters, July 14, 2011
Newcomers must respect
traditions of the valley
Once again I read the “You Said It” column with both amusement and a little anger. Where do all these people come from who want to change everything in this valley? It would seem that the minute they get their furniture moved into their new homes, they want to start changing this community to suit themselves, by way of local government creating new laws.
If life was so ideal where they came from, why not consider going back there?
This valley is a wonderful place to live, and the people who were born and raised here are some of the best. So who are all these folks who complain about the smoke from field burns and having dogs at the farmers market or their neighbors celebrating Independence Day?
All these things are what this valley is all about. Who are they to say the rest of us should change? I have lived here 14 years and I would not change one thing.
One remedy to these people’s problem, besides moving back to the Utopia they came from, is to find themselves a nice condo in a high-rise building in a large city. They should get on the condo board and then they can control their lives and surroundings to suit themselves. No smoke, no pets and no fireworks.
If they choose to stay in this beautiful place to live, they should try picking up on how the natives live and be neighborly. A few days of fireworks once a year are not going to turn their world upside down. And if they choose to stay, they should be good neighbors and shut up.
RICHARD GERHARDT Fruitvale
There was no justice in Anthony verdict
It happened again. A person, who most people who followed very closely all the testimony in a major trial believe was guilty, was declared not guilty and pronouncements were made that this proves our justice system works. But does it really? And does the thought of a guilty person going free, never again to be tried for that particular crime, really please anyone other than the attorneys who accomplished that feat, and after it is made known can cash in big time on their notoriety?
Why is it considered a victory when outrageous statements were made during the trial that were unproven or were outright lies, but were presented as evidence, and nothing is done about that afterward? Does that mean it’s all just a game, anything goes, and all that matters is who “won” in the final inning? This is justice?
Shouldn’t the point of a trial be a search for the truth, and shouldn’t it be engaged in by both sides to protect us from criminality? Just as we should be able to count on our political leaders to act in ways that protect the public good and not just a select few. Because if it isn’t, and it is just a game, the public is the real loser.
I’m sure an enormous amount of public money was spent on the Casey Anthony trial, but the public got little out of it. And little Caylee Anthony, what did she get?
She got a death sentence administered by the person or persons who were supposed to protect her. She was a little kid who had no rights, like those given to her mother. She couldn’t hire attorneys or serve on juries. She didn’t have the right to remain silent because the silencing had been done for her. She was tossed like trash in a wooded grave and no one will ever pay for that. And that is what we call justice?
‘Seven Brides’ production was one of best in valley
I am sad that only a comparatively few of us saw the theater project of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” This project is run by Creative Avenues. This performance was the best I have seen in this valley.
I’ve paid much money to see dinner theaters throughout the valley for 30 years. These unpaid performers did an exceptional, professional job.