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Sound Off! calls published Sept. 24, 2008
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• Opposed to Measure U

I'm calling about the new tax, Measure U, that the school district's pushing. I'm still paying for Measure J that built the new high school and now they want us to add another 30-year tax? And this one is double the one that I'm still paying just so they can add new buildings to each one of all those new schools that we already opened? Look around. Does now look like it's time to hit us with another debt? I'm barely hanging on by a thread now. I can't afford to replace my old roof or even repair my dry rot. Our economy's in a sad way right now so please don't hurt us more when we're down. Show a little mercy and wait a few years to build. Let me survive. Vote no on Measure U.

• Forgotten early athletes

I want to express my personal opinion of the cabal of Pierce Butler, Art McRae, Athletic Director (Phil) de la Porte and others who in a moment that can only be described as arrogant and hubris decide to exclude the efforts of many athletes whose sweat, wins and losses, broken bones, broken ambitions and broken promises were left only on the field of play. Thanks for this lack of consideration, and the human quality of recognition of those who came before and paid just as high a price, At least a nod of appreciation might have sufficed.

Yes, the cabal excluded the first 50 years of athletic forerunners to the Ceres High School tradition of sportsmanship. Maybe it's prologue for a time in the making?

(Editor's note: According to a statement by A.D. Glenn Driskell in the Hall of Fame program, CHS athletes from 1908 to 1957 will be honored next year using help from the community to nominate outstanding athletes. Nominations may be sent in to Ceres High School, c/o Glenn Driskell, P.O. Box 307, Ceres CA 95307.)

• Ex-Bulldog sets record straight

Ceres High Bulldogs were 10-0 in the class of 1969, not 1968. And we were known as the Ceres Bulldogs. We knew how to spell. It wasn't Dawgs.

• Agrees with Dennis on smoking

I'd like to say something about Dennis (Wyatt) and the cigarette thing. I'm with him. I'm a smoker. I do not smoke around children. I do not smoke in public places. I wish people who didn't smoke would leave us the hell alone. I don't like a person that is always in your face waving their hands because if you smoke 20 feet away from a store you're legal.

• Made up controversy?

After Palin's comments in her acceptance speech ... on the only difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull is lipstick. Then Obama says, "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig." Why would Obama make such a comment after Palin's comment if it was not meant for her?

Obama is the cause of this controversy! It seems he never accepts blame for his mistakes. It's always someone else's responsibility. Take a close look at Obama's background and the people he has associated with. But according to Obama, he was just thrown into these situations. It was no fault of his.

In my opinion, he obviously is a man lacking in good judgement and he's not even close to having the potential to be president of this great country. Not only is he lacking in good judgment, he lacks honesty and integrity.

• Food service comes up short

My daughter went to school and wanted to eat her lunch. She wanted some hamburgers. They had many cheeseburgers and tacos on a stick or whatever. She wasn't able to get hamburgers. They told her, "Oh, we're all out." So she was forced to eat a taco; it actually made her sick. She didn't appreciate it. Why is this happening when we're paying money for our kids to eat and they can't get what they want. I don't think it's fair, especially to little kindergartners. You know, they're so picky and they want what they want.

Ceres Unified needs to adjust this. Don't give something to a kid that they don't want to eat.

• Republicans are Socialists

Don't let them tell you this economic meltdown is a complicated mess. It's not. Our national financial crisis is readily understood by anyone who has seen greed and hypocrisy. Conservative Republicans always want the government to stay out of business and avoid regulation as long as they are making lots of money. When their greed, however, gets them into a fix, they are the first to cry out for rules and laws and taxpayer money to bail out their businesses. Obviously, Republicans are socialists. The Bush Administration has decided to socialize the debt of the big Wall Street firms. Taxpayers didn't get to enjoy any of the big money profits on the phony financial instruments like derivatives or bundled sub-prime paper, but we get the privilege of paying for their debt and failures.

• Supporter of yard sales responds

I'm calling about "Yard salers making Ceres trashy" (published in the Sept. 17 "Sound Off!" column). What's so wrong about that? I have a yard sale at last once a year and I always take my signs down or sometimes you might forget where you put them. But they should keep track of them and take them down. I don't think it looks trashy, people just having yard sales. Get over it.