Saturday, November 17, 2007

Radanovich Can Still Be Counted On To NOT Tell the Whole Truth Or Anything Close To It

Here is my letter from today's Fresno Bee.....

'Quick to blame'

You gave considerable space to Rep. George Radanovich to moan and whine about how Democrats are supposedly to blame for his failure to get legislation enacted to settle the long-running dispute between many parties regarding the San Joaquin River. While posing as someone who would never stoop to engage in partisan politics, Rep. Radanovich is quick to blame Democrats for the fact that his legislation has not become law.

What's interesting is that Rep. Radanovich claims to have been working on this issue for almost two years. If that is true, why then was he unable to get the legislation enacted by the last Congress? My recollection is that the Republicans controlled both houses from early 2005 through 2006. Something is missing from his slanted version of this story.

Given that Rep. Radanovich broke his promise to constituents that he would limit his time in Congress, I guess nothing that comes out of his mouth should surprise anyone. Nevertheless, it is tiresome to hear him incessantly cry about partisanship when it is really the only skill he appears to have mastered in Washington after so many years.

Jeffrey W. Eisinger, Fresno

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Death of Privacy

Yeah, the we should all trust the government that has been spying on us without warrants to now protect our privacy. Funny!

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people's private communications and financial information.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Its sad to read statistics like the following. However, we all need to bear in mind that the costs of wars are borne largely by the individuals who fight them and these costs often last a lifetime...

AP - Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report . . . And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with finding a job. . .
The National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education nonprofit, based the findings of its report on numbers from Veterans Affairs and the Census Bureau. 2005 data estimated that 194,254 homeless people out of 744,313 on any given night were veterans.