Letters to the Editor: July 3, 2022

100 years in business

Congratulations to Dave Kellogg, managing editor of The Herald, for the remarkable job he did in producing the special section on Sunday, June 26, looking at the newspaper on its 100th anniversary.

As someone who spent nearly three decades as a newspaper reporter or editor, many of them at The Herald, I can appreciate how many hours it had to take Dave to produce this section.

He researched and then wrote about many aspects of what not only is the rich history of The Herald but also is the rich history of the Monterey Peninsula. The section brought back many memories for me and is definitely worth keeping.

Thank you.

— Lewis Leader, Carmel Valley

Provide facilities in all communities

Wait, What!? If I read the recent Herald story correctly, Seaside High already has a new field with lights and Marina High is set to get a new field with lights but Monterey High can’t move forward because neighbors who bought their homes next to a high school don’t want to be bothered by high school activities? The reporter cited the mitigations Monterey High School put in place that ensure that all activities that require lights will end no later than 8 p.m. except for five nights a year but that doesn’t satisfy the neighbors who still sue the district to stop the improvements? Wow. I honestly can’t believe how entitled those people are. While other communities embrace the improvements that will benefit their kids, Monterey stands alone in their selfishness. Speechless.

— Kevin Mallory, Monterey 

Live and let live

In a recent commentary by George Will concerning our individual rights, he quotes Thomas Jefferson, who basically says that we should simply live and let live.

How refreshing that is in today’s closed rhetorical climate. With that as a platform, I would like to quote my wife whose comment about abortion should be considered by all.  “If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one!”

— Bob Kolbrener

Defying reality

The fact that the former POTUS would be selfish enough to endanger America by knowingly lying to those he influences is almost incomprehensible. “Almost” because he was unfit and unqualified to serve in the first place. His bad character and mental illness were tolerated because he was never taken seriously. His vast inheritance and self-indulgent lifestyle were viewed as an American novelty.

The twice impeached former POTUS has become a threat to democracy by persistently defying reality. He is no longer an American oddity, he is a criminal, and should be treated as such.

— Bob Hogue, Pacific Grove

Ketchup controversy

I hope liberals will finally back away from criticizing Trump for not being enough of an intellectual.  After all, he singlehandedly rekindled the fierce academic debate over whether the proper word is “catsup” or “ketchup.”

— Glenn Nolte, Carmel Valley

Pence’s role

I’d like to correct a recent assertion that Mike Pence was complicit in Trump’s ploy to challenge election results. Exactly the opposite was true. Pence stood up and refused to obey Trump’s request to not certify the election results. He took a lot of heat for the decision from Trump and his supporters. Hostility between Trump and Pence is still so intense, I don’t think they could share the same room without assaulting each other.

As to the legality of challenging the vote, we can only look to the 2016 election where the Democrats charged Russia was tampering with the results along with Trump based on the fake Steele dozier. Charges of Trump’s collusion with the Russians were soundly proven to be false and fabricated.

— Bill Graham, Salinas 

Panetta and Biden

I saw the friendly photo of our Rep. Panetta and President Biden in your paper recently. It reminded me that Panetta has gone along with Biden’s excessive spending and the Democrat war on fossil fuels. The resulting inflation, higher gas prices and high-interest rates are intolerable. We can not put up with two more years of this. It’s time for a new congressman.

— Vince Tuminello, Pacific Grove

A Taliban nation?

Without realizing it the US Supreme Court has made America a Taliban nation. In America as well as Taliban-controlled areas, women are no longer in control of their own bodies because of the draconian decision to overthrow Roe vs. Wade.

Conservatives say they believe in less government and aspire for total freedom from government. Yet they have achieved exactly the opposite. A woman’s freedom of choice has been removed. In fact, she could even go to prison for decisions she makes for herself. This is not freedom. This is equal to Talibanism.

This November all women and men of conscience must vote the straight Democratic ticket. The makeup of Congress must change. America is the land of the free — even for women. Women must have the right to control their own bodies.

— Dan Presser, Carmel 

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