Meat and veg
With reference to “Holocaust anniversary” in the Sept. 11 West Valley View, if God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?
With respect, of course.
E-cigarettes vs. assault weapons
Trump and his Obama envy strike down the ex-presidents’ clean water regulation. I wonder if any of Trump’s die-hard supporters like clean water. Donald Trump wants to ban e-cigarette vaping, as six people have died from vaping. But, oh no, says the Don, to banning military-style assault weapons from America’s streets. Donald Trump’s “red hat” Republican Make America Great Again in action.
Nevada City, California
This week’s thoughts
My 94-year-old mom (Marina) was reading my letter which appeared in the Sept. 11 issue of the West Valley View. She noticed the year I started working at Snyder’s of Hanover was missing. It should have read, “July 31, 2006.” Oh well. Mistakes happen. Just like when Carey Hines was the editor at the West Valley View. I had submitted my recipe for macaroni and potato salad. One of my ingredients was mayonnaise. Somehow, someone printed the word “margarine” by mistake! This makes a big difference in my recipe.
I got interested in cooking when I was 5 years old. My family was living in La Puente, California, in 1960. We had an elderly neighbor lady who knew how to make homemade marshmallows. I got to taste one that was warm and covered with powdered sugar. It was the most delicious thing I ever tasted! Since then, I wanted to learn how to make things like cookies, pies and cake.
I used to add sugar to my mud pies! I would pull up a chair next to the stove to see how my mom makes cookies. I learned how to charbroil a steak from my late dad. The “secret” to making an excellent steak is the choice of meat. I buy my butter steaks from the Butcher & Farmer (IGA) market in Buckeye.
When is the charcoal ready? After putting the lighter fluid and igniting it, let the charcoal burn until it is red, white and hot. It helps to put mesquite chips underneath the charcoal before lighting! Sprinkle some dry onion flakes into the fire. The charcoal should be 1 inch from the meat. Sear the steak for a few minutes until lightly browned; turn over with a steak fork and brown the other side. The steak will become tender and “fall apart” on its own. Add your choice of barbecue sauce. My steaks come out fork-tender and juicy.
I’ll give you my recipe for flour tortillas: Heat a 10-inch iron skillet or griddle on medium-high heat. To two cups of Gold Medal self-rising flour add six tablespoons of vegetable shortening. With a pastry blender or large fork cut in the shortening with the flour; gradually add 2/3 cup cold water until a ball of soft dough forms, which is no longer sticky. Divide the dough into 12 portions. Roll out a ball of dough on a floured board to a 1/8-inch thick circle, 6.5 inches in diameter. Place the tortilla on the hot skillet. You will see it form air pockets or bubbles. After 30 seconds, flip the tortilla over with a large spatula. Cook the other side for 30 seconds until lightly browned. This is good for burritos or to eat plain with butter. My burritos (for each one) have two tablespoons of grated Colby (or Mexican-blended) cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of Ortega diced green chili. Sometimes I will add some chopped grilled butter steak or ribeye. That’s how my late dad liked them. He loved my Menudo as well.
I took the Jeopardy quiz featured in this week’s issue (Sept. 16) of the National Examiner. I missed one question out of the 20. The answer was John Tyler, not James Polk. I took an aptitude test when I was in college. I breezed through chemistry, analytical geometry and calculus. I finished both mid-terms with A's. The guidance counselor told me I had an IQ of 158. Back in 1993, I took another IQ test from someone doing a master’s degree thesis at Michigan University: My score was 142. Right now, my IQ is the same as President Trump — after he gets out of office, we can end up working in a restaurant! I’m going to get the chef’s hat with the word “genius” on it.
Affordable Care Act
There was news recently that the amount of people who are uninsured has gone up for the first time since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It’s not a surprise, as the Trump administration has worked hard to undercut it every chance they get. We shouldn’t be angry at the administration for this. After all, it’s in their nature to undermine anything Democrats support. We should be angry at the Democrats for allowing this to happen. They have focused too much on unrealistic proposals like Medicare for All or the public option while not doing enough to fix the Affordable Care Act. Now that Congress is back in session, hopefully, Democrats will see that protecting the Affordable Care Act is their best chance of doing something meaningful in health care that will help a lot of people in the immediate.
Enemies of the truth
Apparently, for most of the Democratic contenders for president, the new standard for impeachment is an uncorroborated, unverified article in the New York Times. Not content to savage Justice Kavanaugh last year with uncorroborated statements during his confirmation hearing, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Juan Castro and other Democrats have shown they will go to any length to destroy him because he is a conservative. Showing utter contempt for due process, these Democrats were ready to impeach a sitting Supreme Court justice based on a flimsy accusation that turned out to be false. It turned out that the woman Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself to during a college party knew nothing of the incident. No corroboration, no cross-examination, no firsthand account of the incident, no problem — that is, if you are a Democrat bent on character assassination. The intimidation, viciousness and cruelty of these Democrats were truly frightening and sobering.
One day after the false story was published, the New York Times was forced to print a retraction because the truth came out and they had to acknowledge that they “forgot” to include that the female student knew nothing of the incident. No apology from the liberal New York Times for the flagrant omission, no apology from the malicious Democrats who were calling for impeachment, no regard for the presumption of innocence, and no remorse for wanting to destroy a man and his family. Damage sustained, character impugned, mission accomplished. National Review writer John McCormack called the Sept. 14 New York Times article “one of the worst cases of journalistic malpractice in recent history.”
One of the basic tenets of our judicial system is that one is innocent until proven guilty. This bulwark of freedom in our society separates us from much of the world. For those Democratic contenders who want to be the leader of the free world, yet are willing to shred this basic right, how can we trust you to be fair and honest?
East Coast wishful thinking?
Letter-writer Stewart B. Epstein is clearly no fan of a “despicable” President Trump. He expects that our current highly successful, America-loving leader will avoid seeking re-election in 2020. Say what? Then, I noted Mr. Epstein’s address: Rochester, New York. Imagine my surprise!
Regarding the “Stop the hatred” article by Mr. Azzarello, which is such obvious, blatant hypocrisy, I just don’t know where to start. Look at all the tweets from Trump and fellow Republicans/conservatives. Look at all the speeches he/they have given. Does “I could stand in the middle of the street and shoot someone” ring any bells? You say you can go on and on with examples, well so can I. So can everyone.
You say progressives’ words are “dangerous” and “incendiary.” You talk about Antifa physically attacking conservative students, but evidentially words or actions from other Republicans, far-leaning right or the “president” are excusable, or in your case forgotten. To say that your comments are completely absurd — and dare I quote you with “irrational” — is pretty obvious about your own blinding hatred. Your comments are as moronic as “I am the chosen one” or “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.”
It’s so unreal that anyone would go after Democrats/progressives, etc. but completely ignore all the proven facts of those behaviors from the other side. Maybe you should get off your own, and I quote, “moral high ground” and “self-righteous hypocrisy.” Both sides say and do things that are inexcusable, but it wasn’t until this “president” and his words that it’s become normal and has given politicians/people the “courage” to act in such ways. People excuse Trump’s words as “that’s just who he is” and “those are just words;” however when someone on the other side behaves in the same fashion it all of the sudden becomes awful.
No matter the party/group, words do matter and wrong is wrong. No side is completely innocent. To completely ignore one side while vilifying the other is — dare I quote you once again — “vicious and so divisive.”
Happy birthday, Air Force!
Though I’ve heard or seen little on the news about it, today is the anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. It was made a separate entity on September 18, 1947. Their mission statement is to maintain air and space superiority.
Arizona is certainly at the forefront of upholding its mission. We have Luke, Davis Monthan and Williams AFBs, with Luke near Glendale being the largest international pilot training base in the United States. The incredible F-35 fighter jets are flown out of each and the Navy version flies out of Yuma Air Station.
The enormous role Arizona plays in our national security cannot be under-estimated, so happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force. We are proud to salute you.
Trump’s real legacy
When Trump became president, he said he wanted to make America great again. The damage he and his administration have done in two short years is immeasurable. Let me count the ways.
One of the ways people have counted is keeping track of his lies. There are over 12,000 recorded untruths in just two short years. The very first lie was the number of people who attended the inauguration. Trump’s committee collected $100 million in donations for the parties and the inaugural day events. The crowds and the parade were small and the performers were few. To this day it is not clear where all that money went. That is still under investigation. Hillary Clinton received 3 million more popular votes than Trump. It was recently proven that computers had been hacked in key states and that propaganda against Hillary Clinton was prevalent and that helped Trump win the Electoral College.
There was information from our U.S. intelligence committee that Russia was somehow involved in our new president’s transition. The Mueller investigation found criminal activity committed by Trump and his team. It resulted in 37 indictments, guilty pleas and prison time for many. There are over 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump.
Trump had said over and over again that he only hired the very best people to work for him. It seems he made some mistakes about having only the best people. At least 59 people have been fired, resigned or pushed out of jobs in Trump’s administration. Many jobs have not been filled and some spots have been filled with “acting” positions. Several former employees have been indicted, gone to court and are now in prison. Many have pled guilty and are serving time.
Jim Comey was head of the FBI and was fired which prompted an investigation into the Russian connection. William Barr, the new attorney general, decided that “We the People” were not to read the whole Mueller report when the probe was over and we have not seen the blacked-out portions to this day. We paid for that report!
Then there are all the people that have been fired, let go or asked to resign. The first was Michael Flynn, head of national security. He was actually working for a foreign country and received over half a million dollars from the Siberian Energy Group (Putin-connected sources). He pled guilty and has not been sentenced yet. There have been three National Security Advisors and on Sept. 10 No. 3, John Bolton, resigned. There are now nine people who have left the National Security department. Should we be concerned? Who is protecting the country?
The cultural and moral decline was brought early in the administration to the whole country by the president lying about two affairs he had. He said he did not know these women and yet paid them off handsomely. Then it turns out he did know them. Turns out he did have business with Putin in Russia and hoped to build Trump Moscow hotel. He lied about that also.
In 2014 Russia occupied Crimea. Obama placed sanctions on Russia for that. Trump has now taken those sanctions away and has put a hold on funds that were to go to Crimea to help them get rid of Russia in their country. Trump defunded military projects overseas to be able to fund the wall. He diverted funds from Puerto Rico to help fund the wall.
There was a huge tax cut for the wealthiest people in the United States. (My personal taxes increased this past year.) He cut $300 billion in taxes, so how does the government get revenue to run the country now? Will it be by cutting programs and services for the rest of us living in the United States? Example: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school lunch programs or medical services?
Tariffs are in full swing with China. They will cause a $400 to $1,000 increase in costs for average family goods. Then Trump bailed out farmers for a situation that he caused. The bailout makes the rich farmers richer! The top 10% of farmers received, on average $180,000 each. Farmers in the bottom 80% received, on average $5,000. This bailout cost us $16 billion.
Political spending at Trump Properties:
• 2014-2016 = $119,000
• 2017-2019 = $5.6 million
It has been discovered and a probe has begun into the Air Force buying fuel at a small airport in Scotland near a Trump property called Turnberry. The Prestwick airport was possibly closing and that would hurt the survival of Trump’s Turnberry Resort. According to the Air Force, $11.6 million has been paid to the Prestwick airport in Scotland for fuel. The Air Force transports supplies to Kuwait and refueled there instead of an American Air Force base. Also, airmen stayed at the expensive golf resort. We are paying for all this.
My fellow Americans, do you care how our tax money is spent?
I am writing not to change anyone’s mind, only to tell the truth and the inform American people. You decide what to do about it, if anything. There will be another letter soon.
Health and PE is a win for our students
I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs — do the education leaders in our state feel the same way? In December 2015, President Obama signed the new bipartisan federal education legislation into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For the first time, health and physical education were recognized as a critical component of a student’s well-rounded education. These subjects should play an integral role in the educational experience of all students.
Thanks to the inclusion and elevation of health and physical education within ESSA, we have the opportunity to get all students healthy and active. As our education leaders begin to develop an ESSA implementation plan and set education priorities, I urge our leaders to ensure that health and physical education are made a priority for students. As part of a well-rounded education, health and physical education programs can now be supported by funding allocated for Title I (low socioeconomic status schools), Title II (professional development) and Title IV (safe and healthy students). This funding could provide the boost that these programs need to impact the health of students in the long term.
After the passage of No Child Left Behind 15 years ago, we witnessed two alarming and most likely related trends. Health and physical education were too often considered ancillary subjects and therefore the first to be cut in state education budget shortfalls. In addition, child obesity rates reached epidemic proportions, with one in three children ages 10 to 17 either overweight or obese.
Research has shown that participating in physical activity and physical education improves student attendance, test scores, participation and enthusiasm for other academic subjects, motivation to learn and reduces discipline referrals. Evidence also shows that effective school health education reduces student participation in behaviors such as smoking, heavy drinking, school misbehavior and violence.
Now that health and physical education have been prioritized in ESSA as part of a student’s well-rounded education and are allowable uses of federal education funding, I believe it’s vital that health and physical education become a priority for all students as we work to take a new approach to educate our students. I look forward to the future of health and physical education for our students!
Pay cable television
If you live long enough you experience a great deal. Television became public early during the 1950s. It was free for the public to view because they charged for commercials.
When the commercials became annoying to the public, along came paid cable offering commercial-free television.
After a period of time not only did they collect for the programming, but they introduced commercials.
It was only a few at first, but it’s now nearing 20 minutes an hour.
During this time the programming has changed with eight or nine months of new programming followed by reruns. And now we’re watching programming reruns from the 1950s and the 1960s and being offered new programming for more money.
We all know how much we currently pay, well that’s not enough. They want more!