Letters to the Editor, June 15

Thank you Valley Convalescent

To the Editor,

My wife was in Valley Convalescent for about six weeks, she received such wonderful care. The staff, nurses, food director were great and the therapy, you could not get better anywhere else. All of the personnel had smiles and was very soft-spoken. I know I could of not gotten better care anywhere in this county.

Thank you Valley for your great care and thank you Dr. Romo for your continued loving care.

William Neighbors



Criminality in the Oval Office

To the Editor,

The current occupant of the White House is committing infractions against the Constitution of the United States, perhaps in more ways than one. I would like to refer to him as a blockhead, but he is not. He is intelligent enough. The problem is that he has not the slightest idea of how to conduct himself as our president, what his duties are, and is operating on his own stupid and dangerous agenda.

When Trump tells the NFL to “get that son of a bitch out of here,” he is advocating the denial of that person’s constitutional right to free speech. If the Constitution can recognize corporations as persons and their money as a form of speech, it certainly must recognize taking a knee during the anthem as a player’s form of expression and his right to free speech. To require the player to remain in the dressing room is to deny them their Constitutional right to express themselves freely.

These are sad days in the history of our nation as we cannot believe a single word out of his mouth. There is a bit of truth in what he says when he blames our current situation on former leaders (referring to political leaders), beginning mostly with Ronald Reagan and his ideas of free trade. But the oligarchs, rich and powerful individuals like himself (although his riches are questionable), are the ones who moved our manufacturing base offshore closing 50 or 60,000 factories and pitching millions of workers out of our once vibrant middle class. We no longer live in a democracy as the oligarchs have virtually bought our government turning this nation into a fascist corporate oligarchy.

Trump has accomplished very little other than the huge tax deal the Congress passed. Some of the common folk will get a small break on their taxes but 85 percent of the benefits of Trump’s tax deal will go to the top one percent, and much of the money needed to carry this out will be borrowed, adding millions and millions to the national debt. Trump will join Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush as the four presidents who have run up the national debt more than all the other 41 presidents combined! And Republicans are called conservative?

I’m with Bernie Sanders, “enough!” We have to figure a way out of this dilemma before he causes a total catastrophe. If we don’t, stick a fork in us, we’re done!

Thomas Stumbaugh



Grateful to all who helped with election

To the Editor,

Few people understand the massive amount of work it takes to conduct and certify an election. While June 5 has come and gone, the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections staff members are continuing to work on counting the remaining vote-by-mail, provisional and other unprocessed ballots.

It takes an army to run an election, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped make Election Day happen. I want to express a huge thank you to: our full-time and part-time staff; our county family of co-workers who spent the day doing “other duties as assigned;” our amazing poll workers, rovers, distribution and receiving clerks; our voters who showed up and voted and encouraged others to vote; and our outstanding media who covered the election and reported on the results.

We are not done yet! But, rest assured, votes cast in Santa Cruz County are secure and accurate. Onward to November!

Gail L. Pellerin

Santa Cruz County Clerk


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