Thank you, firefighters
On Monday afternoon, July 9, a brush fire broke out on an adjoining piece of land near our home along Road 400 in Coarsegold. Within a very short period of time not only our house, but several other homes were threatened as the fire rapidly spread and grew.
My husband and I would like to express our deep gratitude to the fire crews that responded, including the helicopters and bombers. Their quick actions, hard work and professionalism managed to save all the threatened structures. The ground crews were here for many hours working, and into the next day checking hot spots and cleaning up.
We cannot thank you enough for your efforts.
Don and Carolyn Hartling, Coarsegold
Not my America
The only difference between the Trump administration and Hitler’s Germany is that the Nazis were competent. Gestapo goons, acting on the orders of an elected madman, kept meticulous records as they murdered millions of innocents. US border agents, acting on the orders of an elected sociopath, can’t even keep track of a few hundred children.
This is not the America my father and uncles and cousins and brother and I served to protect and defend. Americans don’t hold children hostage. Americans don’t force toddlers to stand before a judge without benefit of counsel. Americans don’t act like goons.
We are witnessing the rise of fascism in all its malevolent horror. A vainglorious, ignorant buffoon has risen to power by a razor-thin margin, aided by a hostile foreign power. He has no understanding of, interest in, or respect for our constitution. Trump’s racist, egocentric agenda continues unabated, with the tacit approval of a congressional majority too cowardly to confront him.
The American people need to demand that Congress hold a spirited and substantive debate on our immigration system, then fix it. The people also need to send a clear message that we will not accept Trump’s incoherent ramblings as legitimate policy.
Charles Bednar, Oakhurst