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Steve Lunetta: We get letters

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Posted: October 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.

As part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, I get a large volume of mail both friendly and unfriendly. The most entertaining ones get saved for the occasional column.

"My client was taken advantage of by Meg Whitman and her husband. Don't you agree?" G. Mediawhore, Los Angeles.

A: Let me get this straight. Your client came to this country illegally, lied to an employment agency about residency status, lied to the Whitman/Harsh family, collected $23 per hour for housework, pocketed the Social Security letter that was given to her by her employer for follow up and then surfaces right before the election claiming to be the "victim."

Whitman did the right thing to terminate her when she discovered her illegal status. Who is manipulating who in this affair? Shame on you for twisting this around for your own political purposes.

Q: "How are you liking all of this ‘hope and change' that I brought?" B. Yomama, Washington, D.C.

A: An "economic recovery" that injects stimulus money into companies to make balance sheets look good but still produces no new jobs is not a recovery. Banks are still unwilling to lend for fear of where the economy is going. Companies are hesitant about expanding and creating new jobs due to this fear as well.

It's fascinating that a group of government economists declared the recession over but the pain persists.

The Wall Street Journal reported that at a recent town hall meeting "the chief financial officer of AmVets, a veterans organization, stood to tell him, ‘quite frankly, I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.'"

Even your supporters see through the charade of hope and change.

Q: "Don't you think that Frank should let me own part of the team? It should be mine! All of it!" J. McCourt, Los Angeles.

One thing seems clear: You were trying to cover your assets since you believed that the team would fail. You got the houses and Frank got the team.

But a boneheaded lawyer made a tragic mistake on three of the six agreements that were signed. (Six? Haven't you people heard of signing one document, then taking it to Kinko's?)

Fairly amazing that the lawyer would be honest and admit the mistake. J., you and your husband are destroying one of the most storied franchises in baseball history. This year was lost because of you. Just sell the team, split the money and go back to Boston. Please.

"Why does the city want to take over our libraries? Can't they see that they are harming a hallowed institution in our fair community?" I. Bookworm, Santa Clarita.

At first, the takeover of the libraries seemed like the wrong move. Opponents painted a picture of librarians being thrown onto the streets, children unable to get access to materials and books being burned in the street. Then sanity began to take over.

Andy Pattanyus wrote an excellent column that discussed the large inefficiencies within the library system that serves this community. ("Getting value for our taxes," Sept. 3.)

The most telling fact was the poor rating given to our libraries by a third-party library evaluation organization. We can do better.

At a City Council meeting, large numbers of "library supporters" showed up in matching T-shirts, all of which were provided by the librarians' union.

This seemed to reinforce the contention that the libraries are simply another government bureaucracy delivering services at a sub-par level (when compared to national averages) while remaining in the grip of a greedy public-employee union.

Q: Who will be the Foothill football champion this year?

A: In the vast right-wing conspiracy, we do not take sides. However, Valencia High School is looking very strong with that Manfro kid. Also, Canyon High has been turning heads with its impressive turnaround. Golden Valley seems to have shaken the doormat label. Hart has been winning with defense and a running game, rather unusual for the Indians. It's going to be a great season. Come out and cheer for the kids.

Q: "What a wonderful column! How did you ever become so insightful?" E. Bobeck, Heaven.

A: From you. Thanks, Mom.

Please keep the letters and e-mail coming. Civil discourse and a free press are the bedrock of our republic. Let's never forget this excellent tradition.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and a mere peon in the vast right-wing conspiracy. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of the Signal.


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