Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Living in a vacuum

By
From page A7 | June 28, 2013 |

EDITOR:

Mr. Garon, your letter to the editor of June 3, “IRS vs. Tea Party” is incoherent, folly laced with derogatory comments and outright fabrications. So, I shall be no less blunt. Your stanch adherence to all things liberal has left you not only blinded, but deaf and dumb as well.

Do you live in a vacuum, John? No Conservative Groups denied 501(c) 4 status: Loons with AK-47s at Obama’s visits: Tea Party members sending ricin powder to, and making threats at the President and his family? Are you flippin’ nuts, John? Where do you get this stuff? John, TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already. Get that through your head. Earnest, concerned citizens like those TP’ers you so despise want only what is reasonable and fair for everyone. There is no hidden agenda for insurrection as you proclaim. Besides Mr. Garon, the beef with the IRS not only involves Tea Party groups but more than 500 different fundamental citizens groups that were singled out then threatened, harassed or stonewalled by the IRS, the most powerful of all government agencies.

Listen to what you are saying John Garon, “The IRS would be remiss were it not to investigate any organization whose members sport Lipton tea bags on their hats.” That is totally goofy Mr. Garon. Following your logic, folks with fishing lures, company logos or sports-pins on their hats will perhaps be the next groups to be singled out for selective persecution. There are so many high level management types who are suffering from spotty amnesia or refusing to answer questions by citing the Fifth Amendment that the IRS scandal simply does not pass a smell test.

Mr. Garon, if you think all is well in America I would suggest you ask a few questions of your friends and neighbors. Ask them if they would feel comfortable practicing a First Amendment right like signing a petition objecting to something the government or Obama or the House or Senate is doing. Or, would they join a group that is fighting a measure by Governor Brown, or a State Democrat sponsored bill? Ask them if they would affix their name to any document that might result in a government reprisal.

I suspect that they, like me, would be fearful and reluctant to add their signature.

Most of the mainstream news media including the L.A. and N.Y. Times, right- and left-wing talk radio, television including Chris Mathews, presidential adviser David Axelrod, as well as almost all Republican and a goodly number of our Democrat members of the House and Senate recognize that government has grown to the point that it is out of control as demonstrated by recent IRS actions. Citizens are afraid of their government and what it can, will and is doing that has a negative effect on countless individuals every day. Our rights are being violated and diminished each day all in the name of progress and security. Yet all that seems to progress is more government and more security for the jobs of persons who work for it.

Enough already, Mr. Garon. It is time to put an end to this intrusive government and re-establish governance more like the template enumerated in our Constitution.

HAL PETRIE
Placerville

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

 
Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8