LETTERS: The Californian, May 7, 2009

With flu in mind, watch the hands

While the whole world becomes fixated on the swine flu pandemic, take a closer look around the next time you go out to dinner. Pay particular attention to your host and waitress. Watch as they pick up your glass by putting their fingers in the mouth of the glass, grab the towel, wipe your table off and then take your order. With the same hands, they now bring your food, serve your drinks, handle your glass -- and hold your breath if you drop a fork.


Visit your local buffet and watch as all of you become exposed to viruses.

Another note: Your dentists wear gloves to protect themselves from you, not for your safety. See how many things they handle while preparing to drill in your mouth!


Ed Dominguez


Why doesn't council recognize need?

Why is it that Temecula's council does not realize how important it is to find new aggregate sources for our region? Having a local source will help prevent costs from increasing and clear truck traffic by limiting the need to have aggregate materials brought in from outside areas.


Under the guise of an annexation to protect "open space" that is already protected by the federal and state governments, our elected leaders are thumbing their nose at the needs of their constituents.

With hope, Temecula's City Council will come to its senses and see that going through with the annexation process is not only bad for the region as a whole, but for the city itself.

Temecula is also a victim of this recession, and has seen its budget shrink by millions of dollars. Going through a process that has already cost a significant amount of monies and other expenditures is a misuse of city resources, and the city would be better served putting its resources elsewhere. One can only hope they see the light.

Come to LAFCO on June 4 and tell them no annexation!

Ralph Caracoza


Props will not fix budget deficit

In the Official Voter Information Guide, page 9, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office all but recommends we vote no on Propositions 1A through 1E: "Assuming that all of the propositions on this ballot pass, it is expected that the state would face multibillion-dollar budget shortfalls in the coming years."


Also in Figure 2, after the next fiscal year: 1A -- "Unknown net effect." 1B -- "Potentially higher costs of billions of dollars annually." 1C -- "Net increased costs of hundreds of millions of dollars annually."

These propositions are no solution to the state's budget mess. They are going to make it worse. Our Legislature and governor gave us these propositions because they are too gutless to do what is necessary to fix our budget problems.

Vote no on 1A through 1E.

Kevin Hayes


Cut positions; don't raise pension costs

Re: "Deputies to be offered early retirement in effort to save county $41 million," April 28 : All the early retirement deals do is increase costs and reduce services.

When officers retire early, the money set aside for their retirement isn't sufficient, and the money has to be replenished. All this does is "refinance" the costs by shoving them to the future.

The best way to cut costs is to cut positions, and folks cut go on unemployment, not full pensions!

Marcia Fritz

Vice president,

California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility

Citrus Heights

Helping established businesses survive

A small masonry construction firm was established in October 1997. Thereafter, bank accounts were opened at a newly formed bank. The masonry construction firm grew; so did its account balances. For years, it kept balances in excess of $120,000 consistently.

The firm bought vehicles, equipment, grew and had little to no debt. In late 2008 and 2009, the firm used its operations capital to keep people employed.

In the interim, account balances dwindled. During this 12-year banking relationship, never once did a check come back unpaid. The only problem that ever existed was the bank's check clearinghouse. It allowed cloned fraudulent checks written against the account to clear.

On April 21, the masonry contractor went to deposit a $44,000 check written on another local bank. Payee verified funds were available.

When presented to the bank for deposit, the contractor was informed there would be a hold on the check from one week to 10 days. The decision was rendered from an executive bank manager.

In this age of information, was this really necessary?

Shocked and saddened is this small business as a result of this treatment. Good business and ethics? You be the judge.

Steve Ross


Internet an option to TV newscasts

In the weeks since I and 1 million of my fellow Americans took to the streets to make our voices heard, the media and their friends on the left have weighed in with some thoughtful and rational responses.

Actress Janeane Garofalo told Keith Olbermann on MSNBC the participants were a bunch of racists, CNN reporter Susan Roesgen decided we were a tool of the Republican Party and Fox News, while CNN's Anderson Cooper resorted to vulgarities in his description.

Beyond a handful of programs, I rarely watch TV and never the news, including Fox. Though I am a member of the Republican Party, I would consider my ideological tendencies to be more in line with Ron Paul's …

Finally, from what I know of his leadership qualities and political ideology, I (a white male) would likely have voted for a black man (Alan Keyes), had he been in the running against John McCain in the primary.

Rather than depend on the subjective views put forth by most TV news commentators, I will stay with the verities of the numerous media outlets I can access via the Internet.

Tom Barbour