A Quick Opinion: Things that upset me, or worse

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charley Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

Are there things that get your hackles up? I’m not sure I can use the words pissed off, but that is how I’m starting my week. For those of you that don’t believe in the death penalty, you have never spent your morning cleaning spray paint off your mural. I know it isn’t technically my mural, but I’m mentally attached to it.

If you know someone who had black and red fingers on Sunday night, let them know you are disappointed in them. Who would deface a mural, especially depicting local minorities? There is a special place in hell for those people.

I’ll list a few other things that bother me. I’ll start with politicians that never think about who is paying for all of their new government programs. I loved it when President Biden announced that a $3,000,000,000,000 spending bill wouldn’t cost anything because it is paid for. Paid for by whom? The answer is our grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Congress is talking about raising taxes, but not on us of course, just on corporations. Guess what? Corporations don’t pay taxes, their customers do. And who are their customers? That’s right, we are. When the idea of raising taxes on corporations didn’t go over so well they decided to tax billionaires. If they took all of the wealth of our billionaires it still wouldn’t be enough to fund their new programs, which will leave us all paying the tab, again.

Why are they talking about raising taxes when tax revenues are at an all time high? That is true in both California and Washington, D.C. and I’m sure in other states as well. In California we have a $75 billion surplus this year, and they expect to have the same amount next year. That is $75,000,000,000, which is a lot of zeros. Instead of raising taxes, maybe they should act like the rest of us when we have extra money. Pay off some of our debt, or is asking politicians to be fiscally responsible asking too much?

While I’m venting I’ll bring up the movie set shooting a few weeks ago. Remember, there is no such thing as an auto accident, only auto wrecks. The same can be said with accidental shootings. It wasn’t an accident, just careless people not paying attention. Someone died, another was wounded, and I think someone should go to jail. Same when someone causes an auto collision and someone is hurt or killed.

How can Alex Baldwin be a movie producer and not have gun safety training? It is no secret that I like guns, especially Civil War and western firearms. I have a Colt .45 like the one involved in the shooting. It doesn’t take but a second to check the gun to see if it is loaded.

Maybe it is just who I hang around with, but if I’m handed a firearm, I check to see if it is loaded, and when I hand someone a firearm the first thing they do is check to see if it is loaded, even if they just watched me check it. No one should be handling a firearm without first taking a hunter safety course. Most of us took the course when we were young, but having everyone on a movie set take a firearm safety course would be a first step in improving the chances of this not happening again.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were “39,707 gun-related deaths from preventable, intentional and undetermined causes in 2019. Of those, 60 percent were suicides, 36 percent homicides and about one percent were preventable/accidental.” That means that 486 people, young and old, died from someone not paying attention.

“So far, in 2021 there have been at least 259 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 104 deaths and 168 injuries nationally.” Don’t you think we might want to add a gun safety class to our school curriculum?

I’m out of space, but I will add that I was successful in removing/painting over the vandalism. I’ve also order outdoor cameras.

Try to relax and have a good week.

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