February 20, 2009

The Public Forum... El Foro Público

No new Taxes in Chula Vista

Stupid is as stupid does

So now the city council would like us to give them the sales tax credit card again. But to assure us there won’t be anymore hanky panky going on they will appoint an oversight commission consisting of individuals with a “financial background.”

That seems a little odd since everyone seems to blame bad financial planning and advice for leading us into this money pit in the first place.

I guess it is like Will Rogers said, “if stupidity got us into this mess then why can’t it get us out?”

Ted Kennedy
Chula Vista

Free enterprise is not an “ideology” it is the name for a natural process for the exchange of goods and services. When government uses some half baked theory to plan, regulate and punish producers, providers and consumers of goods and services that’s what you call “ideology”. Thank you for protecting our God given right to life, liberty and the property.

Hold the line! Even a 1% tax increase has a disastrous effect. It will raise the tax on the sale of the average home more than $3,000. It will wipe out home builders who will have to pay tens of thousands of dollars more for materials. The tax burden will fall primarily on the store front business owner and only encourage more internet sales. The private sector will not have the investment capital to generate profits or taxable revenues. Since the stock market and home values are at where they were ten years ago, government has to “down size” to a sustainable level, where it was ten years ago. Please vote NO on tax increases.

Michael Francis McCarthy
via email

Build California Desalination Plants

The Central Valley in California grows most of the country’s fruits and vegetables in normal times, but it is currently in a severe drought and farmers are abandoning their farms. Farmers in Fresno County, CA will only plant half the acreage of lettuce grown in 2005.

A permanent partial solution to the lack of irrigable water might be the construction of large scale desalination plants along the California coastline. The desalinated water could supply the fresh water needs of heavily populated urban and some suburban areas, and free up sources of surface water and groundwater for irrigating farmland. It might be possible to transport some of the desalinated water via pipelines to farming regions.

The desalination technology is proven and is extensively employed in the Middle East. In this country Tampa, FL produces 10% of its fresh water requirements from a desalination plant. Some states in the south might want to evaluate the construction of desalination plants to help alleviate their drought conditions.

The power for the desalination plants could possibly be generated by on site wind turbines if the plants are located in windy areas.

Donald A. Moskowitz
via email

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