Golfing in California: Letters – Press Enterprise

Regarding Mr. Joffe’s article “City-owned golf courses must go” (April 10): Besides being at a loss for information, there was no mention of the real value of these lands golf course for the community by providing anyone with the opportunity to play golf and enjoy outdoor recreation. Not so long ago, especially in California, golf courses were considered the safest place for healthy activity for everyone, of course during the pandemic. Also consider the value of golf to schools and their student programs and the potential to provide an activity, like golf, that will last a lifetime and for anyone in California. Major golf is played at municipal golf courses and just think of the charitable dollars that are raised in California alone through golf and at some major municipal golf courses nearly $250 million or more in California. This all adds up to the green environment that golf offers as well as the many employment opportunities for Californians. Do we want to risk losing some or all of that? I do not believe that.

—Tom Addis, Ontario

Hunter Biden’s story continues

Subject: “Hunter Biden’s hidden story belongs on the front page of every newspaper” (Letters, April 13):

Lately, there have been several editorials and letters in this article about private citizen Hunter Biden and his laptop. Let’s not forget that Senate Republicans have already investigated this and cleared President Joe Biden of any involvement. Was it Hunter Biden who got a job in his father’s administration just to make hundreds of millions of dollars in the White House and whose investment firm recently received $2 billion from Bone Saw Arabia? Was it Hunter who pleaded the Fifth more than 500 times during his deposition of his father’s company? Or was it Hunter who texted Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on November 5, 2020 with ideas on how to keep Trump in power even if the votes were still being counted? No, it’s Trump’s adult children behind all this sordid business. Let me know when Hunter becomes the President’s senior adviser or aids Dad in his treacherous attempts to nullify a free and fair election.

—Dustin Carson, Murrieta

California drought

Not too long ago your newspaper ran an article about how California will pay farmers not to farm because of the drought. Sadly, nothing was done when voters passed a law to help our water situation, which increased taxes about 15 years ago. Nothing has been done or built.

Now our president says there will be a food shortage this year. His solution is to get the EPA to allow farmers to grow E15 ethanol for our fuel supply and raise gasoline taxes. How much sense does that make, especially when we’ve sold US farmland to China for over $2 billion? At least they will benefit greatly from this situation. Of course, farmers will grow more crops for ethanol because they can get more money from the government. In the meantime, our state, which grows most of the crops to feed this nation, will become a dust bowl, but will have a thriving population of Delta Smelt. I guess having inflation at 8.5% doesn’t matter to our politicians. When a country cannot provide food and energy to its citizens and sells their souls to the highest bidder, we will have to decide whether we want warmth in our homes or food on the table.

— Valerie Liese, Cherry Valley

Save or destroy the planet?

Re “Homer’s ‘Iliad’: First War Account in European History” (April 9):

Gregory Elder once again steps back in history to study a subject of extreme importance. As a good reporter, he reports the facts and what he can shed light on with his own knowledge. Trying to understand Homer and the “Iliad” is hard to grasp, as is the war between Sparta and Troy. It contains all the recurring themes of war that run through history: glory, lust, butchery, love, sacrifice. Unknown leaders become shining heroes and so on. But now we have a starved planet armed with thousands of nuclear weapons. A world that adds more than 80 million inhabitants every year. And thousands of scientists are warning of a loss of climate stability with a narrow window to avoid it. Something we cannot ignore.

—Mark Hanisee, Riverside

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