Letters to the Editor: published Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

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Leisure World needs professional governance

When was the last time your Mutual representative to the Golden Rain Foundation Board came to ask your opinion about something? Never? Really?

Unlike in local politics, where elected officials go out to their constituent’s communities AND TALK TO PEOPLE and LISTEN TO THEM, Leisure World GRF Board members run unopposed and therefore never need to consider what shareholders want. The 18 GRF Board members function as a group unto themselves. THEY decide what is important and what needs to be done. This is not representative government. It’s tyranny. Look at their take-over of the RV Lot and the Mini-Farms. Why did they do this? Because they can … and because we allow them to do it.

Just look at that muddy mess at the corner of St Andrews Drive and Golden Rain Road to understand what happens when volunteers are in charge of a $20 million dollar business. Our current volunteer Board members represent the incompetence of all the previous volunteer boards that has resulted in this muddy mess. What will our next costly calamity be?

Let 2020 be the year that Leisure World shareholders turn this around. We need professional governance that is both competent and responsive to us. Are we ready to do something about this? If not now, when?

Anne Walshe

Mutual 9, Leisure World

Calls for president’s removal

No American is above the law, including the President of the United States. Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election demonstrate that he is a danger to our democracy. Thanks to public testimony during the impeachment hearing, we have irrefutable proof that Trump abused his power — threatening to withhold $400 million in security aid unless Ukraine complied with his request.

If any other American or public servant committed these crimes, they would be behind bars. Now that the House of Representatives has voted to impeach Trump, it’s up to the Senate to hold Trump accountable. Lawmakers are bound by oath to defend the Constitution, and Trump’s behavior, as outlined in the House’s articles of impeachment, make it clear he’s unfit to remain in office.

Poll after poll demonstrates that the American people are sick and tired of Trump’s assault on the rule of law. The way forward is clear: removal.

With the integrity of our elections and the health of our democracy at stake, it’s the right decision to make.

Sharon Webster

Huntington Beach

Asks his senator to convict president

I’m calling on my Senator to support convicting and removing Donald Trump. After a thorough investigation, the House of Representatives voted to charge Donald Trump with both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, demonstrating that Trump has no business in the Oval Office. After all, no one is above the law—not even the President of the United States.

During the Senate impeachment trial, lawmakers must confront the evidence at the heart of the inquiry: President Trump demanded Ukraine investigate his political rival before he would give them military aid. It’s abundantly clear that Trump is a threat to our elections—the very backbone of our democracy—and he’s acting as though he’s immune to the rule of law.

As the Senate continues its work on other important issues facing our country, they must use Trump’s trial as an opportunity to restore law and order to this corrupt White House by removing him from office.

Sharon Rennier

Long Beach