Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

A few weeks ago a caller said she was infuriated that the Postal Annex at 6444 E. Spring St. was not flying the American flag because the manager did not like Trump. Knowing that this address was a private business because they were a long-time advertiser I figured the woman’s elevator did not reach the top floor.

But thinking the lady may have been confusing the Postal Annex with the U.S. Postal Annex at Spring and Bellflower, I shared the information with Reporter Steve Propes and he came back with the following report:

“Old Glory in Postal Limbo, By Steve Propes.

“In recent weeks, several members on the Lakewood Village Nextdoor site have speculated why the U.S. Postal station on Spring Street at Bellflower Boulevard has not been flying Old Glory, the U.S. flag. A person familiar with the situation said it is because the flagpole is broken, or possibly the cord that pulls the flag up and down. As with all things federal, the answer is not to fix it, but to refer it to the postal bureaucracy to get the repairs started. A time line for the return of the American flag has not been announced.”

There was no mention of whether the carrier annex manager was Republican or Democrat, so the speed of the repairs should answer that question.

 

What’s up with those mindless political ads on television? For the past month we’ve been assaulted with ad after ad about Propositions 6, 8 and 10 and the bottom line for me is that the more ads they run, we should vote the opposite way.

Take the fraudulent Proposition 8, for instance, which has been bombarding the electronic media. For profit renal dialysis centers are ripping off consumers by overpricing their services and are spending $100 million to get you to vote “yes.” I followed the money and plan to vote “no.”

Proposition 10 on rent control is also misleading and would create more bureaucracy and goes so far as to tell you and I how much we can charge our adult children or a college student to rent out our spare bedroom. That’s an easy ‘no” vote.

In 2017 the legislature approved a $5.1 billion fuel tax without allowing the public to vote on the issue, which some believe is illegal. So Proposition 6 attempts to repeal the tax if you vote “yes.” Locally voters have already approved funding for street repairs and I don’t see the need on the state level, so that proposition will get my “yes” vote to repeal the tax.

The bigger issue when it comes to taxing fuel is that those persons who purchase an electric vehicle get a free ride on federal and state highways wherein repairs are paid only by those who have gasoline engines. Any taxation measure should address both the gasoline and electricity consumers.

As for those AAA, BBB, CCC and DDD measures proposed by City Hall, the corruption that we’ve discovered in recent years dictates it is past time to say “no” to anything they want. And vote anyone out of office that does not favor revamping the Citizens Police Complaint Commission wherein they routinely rubber stamp all complaints (490 over four years) as “no further action.” That’s unconscionable conduct that must change.

 

Fact or Fiction?

“A man and his wife were getting a divorce at a local court in Kentucky, but the custody of their three children posed a problem.

“The mother said since she had brought the children into this world, she should retain custody of them.

“The man also wanted custody of his children, so the judge asked for his side of the story.

“After a long moment of silence, the man rose from his chair and replied: “Your honor, when I put a coin into a vending machine and a Coke comes out, does that Coke belong to me or the machine?”

The source of this information claims that the man won custody. Whether the case is true or not is unknown, but I’d give him custody solely for producing a strong, creative argument.

 

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