Do I miss Mallard? Absolutely, what amazing humor. So I did some research. It seems there was a group of people that were angered everyday by Mallard. I used to read Doonesbury but I found it to be humorless so I quit reading it. What an amazing idea if you don’t like something just move on. What a poor pathetic life these people must have that they wake up angry everyday and then look for something to try to make other people angry. You can just put one cartoon on the opinion page. That would leave more room for highly intelligent diatribes.
Back to Mallard, apparently there is not enough satire to go around because 90% of this alleged humor that replaced Mallard is pathetic stabs at individuals. At least put something in that is intelligent. The current run of cartoons detract from the other caricatures on the page. Scroll on.
Raymond Schindler, Victorville
City Council seat
In regards to the filling of the open Victorville City Council seat, we just had an election. Why spend a ton of taxpayer money that could be put to better use when we already have the results of the people’s choices?
Simply appoint the top vote-getter in succession after the winners. That way there is total transparency and leaves out any appearance of favoritism that could occur when choosing some to interview and leaving others out. After all, those votes were the people’s votes. We have already spoken.
Council member Leslie Irving states that no price is too much to pay for democracy. Easy to say when it’s not your money being used. A noble but unrealistic outlook. Maybe Irving could pay for the special election out of her own pocket. I prefer $800,000 of taxpayer money being spent to fix city infrastructure.
Here’s a novel idea: Create a city charter rule that whenever a council vacancy occurs, the highest vote-getter in succession from the last election gets appointed. If they refuse or are unavailable, then the next candidate gets it.
Naw, that would never work. It removes the egotistical, favor-seeking, back-door political nepotism that politicians prefer in their quest for power.
John Martin, Victorville
Societal suicide thrives in Georgia
I recently opined about the societal suicide of America. To illustrate my point, the Georgia Republican legislature just became the nation’s first, authoritarian-seeking party to restrict their citizens’ right to vote — voter suppression. They further dictated as a misdemeanor the offering of food or drink to anyone waiting in line to vote, making it a crime to provide sustenance to those willing to brave the elements while waiting to exercise their constitutional right.
Tell me this Republican-approved law isn’t a precursor to dictatorship on the horizon. You are witnessing the result of the teachings from their false prophet. Falsely preaching voting fraud, blessing the insurrectionists, praising wrong-doers and inciting the gullible. Their false prophet and authoritarian-seeking party were out-thought, out-campaigned, out-smarted and out-voted — and they can’t stand it.
81 million voted to turn away from the path leading to idol worship and restrictive, authoritarian rule. It marked a return to the sensibility of democracy, and they know it. 74 million voted for an authoritarian ruler and authoritarian rule, whether they know it or not. The resulting evidence of their votes are the voter suppression bills in 43 states. Votes that will likely put the country on a path to societal suicide, and they know it — and they don’t care, as long as they regain power.
After all, isn’t that the purpose of authoritarian rule, satisfying one’s craving for power over the populace and, in this case, the American people? Their aiders and abetters are willing to keep their ruler happy by any means, legal or otherwise. Why? So their mini piece of the power pie can continue to flourish. Thus, the current American society, under these Republican, authoritarian-seeking, legislatures is setting the clock back decades, if not centuries. Yes, it’s American societal suicide.
Ed Jackman, Apple Valley
Gun or human control?
What’s it going to be? Here we go again. Another senseless act of violence, and the Left goes ballistics over gun control. As a competitive rifle and pistol shooter for over 60 years, I can assure you that what occurred in Boulder, Colorado had nothing to do with the control of the gun, but rather the lack of control of the perpetrator, who, as it is surfacing, once again had a history of antisocial behavior. The Left refuses to acknowledge that fact there are tens of millions of law-abiding citizens who own various kinds of firearms — rifles, revolvers, pistols, and shotguns — and never harm a soul. Firearms used for recreation, competition, hunting and self-defense are covered by our Second Amendment. Moreover, to show just how hypocritical the Left is about gun control, consider their faulty logic: If someone like the Boulder shooter uses a gun, it’s the guns fault, but if a police officer uses a gun, it’s the officer’s fault! Go figure?
William Cash, Victorville
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