August 8, 2008

Doing a Great Job

In all my days, I never thought as a good citizen of San Bernardino, that I would require the services of the District Attorney's Office or the state Attorney General.

I have to say there is something that is working really well in San Bernardino County and in our state. The collaborative efforts of our local district attorney and the Attorney General has provided fraud protection and justice for those who have been victimized by many bad mortgage brokers and people who work within the mortgage industry, who are now in jail awaiting fair justice in our court system. It is very obvious that specific people working on these cases really care about an outcome that is just and fair to all concerned. The staff of the District Attorney's Office have been very kind, courteous and genuinely are working very hard to ensure that people who would and/or did do harm purposefully are in jail.

I want to thank District Attorney Michael Ramos and his staff, including E. Bremner, Mr. Boone and Mr. L. Roberts for the long hours and passion they bring to the local justice system. You all get paid for the hours, but the personal passion you each bring to justice is priceless to our family and our community. It is a pleasure for me to write this letter on behalf of my family. I feel it is important to let the people in our county know that we have little to fear with Mr. Ramos as our district attorney and Mr. Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr. as our attorney general.

Our family is thankful for your service to us, and our community.


San Bernardino

Protect your structures

After reading the U.S. Forest Service reports on the Grass Valley Fire, all that comes to my mind is the word, hogwash!

I'm sad for those who lost their homes in Grass Valley, Cedar Glen and Running Springs. It's too bad our fire departments place "structure protection" so low on the priority list - otherwise most of those homes would still be standing, along with the precious contents and memories. The Forest Service is not in the "structure protection" business. They tell us, "Homes will grow back; forests won't." If 15,000 firefighters were committed to fighting fires on the mountain, why was it not possible to provide engines to protect the homes in the Grass Valley area? Because the decision was made to let the homes burn.

Why do you think there is such a push to evacuate everyone from the mountain? Not for your protection. It's so you won't be around to witness the firefighting ineptitude that occurs when a fire comes into our area. It's so when your house burns to the ground, they can blame it on you.

My advice? Buy a portable generator, a couple of garden hoses, clear the combustibles from around your home, and protect your own home! That's what I do.


Blue Jay

It isn't medicine

Re: "$24M in pot seized,""Five-city pot farm raid nets $1M in marijuana,""Law enforcement gets tough on pot," and "DUI trend disturbing officials."

These are but four of the headlines found on the pages of your publication during a recent week concerning marijuana and the dangers it presents to our communities. In the story "DUI trend disturbing officials," July 22, the death of a 64-year-old Colton resident is described as being the result of an auto accident with a driver who veered into opposing traffic. The driver responsible was later found to be under the influence of PCP and marijuana.

Perhaps we should reserve judgment until all of the evidence is disclosed, after all we may learn the driver was self-medicating for pinkeye, an ailment for which marijuana has been recommended.

Unfortunately, these stories are not unique to this particular week, but rather more common than we would like to admit. The use of dangerous drugs, such as marijuana, in many cases has grave consequences. In response, proponents for the legalization of marijuana will be quick to point out statistics of alcohol-related accidents to support their agenda and points of view.

What they do not address is the reality of a society further inebriated through the use of illicit drugs should they be successful in their propaganda.

One of the chief reasons marijuana remains illegal in the United States is its high potential for abuse and the possibility of it leading to addiction.

Wake up, California. Marijuana is not medicine, it has never saved a life. Unfortunately, the opposite cannot be said. My sincerest condolences to the family from Colton.


Program director,

Inland Valley Drug Free

Community Coalition

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