Where is our money going now?

A new tax to tackle crime? Why is it that fighting crime isn't already a priority with the millions the County of San Bernardino already has collected from tax payers over the years?

Where is the money going if not for protecting the citizens as a first and top priority? If the money was appropriated accurately, there would be more than enough already to protect citizens.

Arlene Johnsen, Helendale

What hasn't been done

While our fine County Supervisor, Robert Lovingood, spotlights the good that is coming forth from county staff following last year’s Bluecut Fire (Daily Press, Sunday, Aug. 6), unfortunately there was nothing that speaks to what local, state and federal fire officials have done, and most importantly, not done, since the Bluecut Fire to make sure fires like this do not happen in the future.

Through the winter and into the spring and early summer there have been no serious efforts by fire crews, all those firemen we are paying year-round, to make our areas safer from the spread of wildland fires. We have seen no efforts to create huge fuel breaks that would contain the spread of inevitable brush or forest fires.

The firemen aren’t like the NFL who play 14 games then go home for the season. They are on county, state or federal payrolls and should be working full time in the off-season to create ways to control fire so that it doesn’t rage out of control like the Bluecut Fire did.

I applaud Supervisor Lovingood and his county staff on how they assisted those who were victims of the Bluecut Fire, but we have to learn from our mistakes and work to not let this happen again. If the county sends their minions around to force local property owners to clear their properties against the possibility of fire, then we the public should demand that county, state and federal employees do the same to the public properties where these fires begin and spread.

Tom Pinard, Wrightwood

Collusion on the tarmac

Finally! Investigations on the collusion/corruption, i.e. "casual conversation" between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Phoenix before the 2016 election. Discussing golf and grandchildren for over a half-hour. If any sane and honest person buys this story, I have a bridge to sell you.

How about this scenario: "Loretta, if you would like to keep your present job or maybe become a Supreme Court Justice, you need to do everything in your power to see that Hillary's email situation is quashed. Say it is a matter, not an investigation when you talk with FBI Director Comey. Oh, by the way, do you play golf and how are the grandkids?"

Nancy Oswald, Silver Lakes

Computers

My dyslexic computer tells me I should download a new program so I can read a zillion more definitions at a faster rate.

First of all, I can not read any faster than what I was taught in grade school.

Secondly, I have not finished reading definitions I got 10 years ago when I bought the computer.

They may have an age limit on "Jeopardy." They probably would not want to jeopardize their ratings by having a contestant subject to a heart attack during programming.

I have not consulted my friend who can supply me with the answers, no I mean questions, by remote to a computer embedded in my glasses.

Why is that money given to contestants when all they do is ask questions?

My biggest question is, why do I get all this information at 88 years instead of at eight years when I could have used it to a better purpose?

Ken Churchill, Hesperia

Don't forget Russia

The only "collusionists" are you people who refuse to stand by our president, Donald Trump. You may not have voted for him and you may not like him, but he is our president and some just cannot accept that. Instead you are defying the very words the DNC ran on: "Stronger Together."

Your very actions to try to bring this president, his cabinet and his administration down makes you guilty of  standing for nothing. You are instead making countries like North Korea, Russia and others who would love to bring our country to its knees, have an easier task to do just that. Instead of "thumbing your noses" to these destructive countries, you are colluding with them.

We voted for Donald Trump because we did not like the direction our country was going in nor the government tactics that were taking us there. But, we spoke our concerns at the poles like the adults we are.

Some issues our country is facing because of the last eight or so years are impossible to do a quick fix and need to be ended in order to get a handle on them. The reason the health care bill is so difficult is because of contracts that were signed at the time. Those contracts have to play out and Donald Trump know this.  You say that the Republicans had seven years to come up with a better plan. Do you have even the slightest idea how the ACA became law? Even your best friend, Nancy Pelosi, said no one will know what is in this bill until it passes. And guess what? Discoveries are still being made.

The bottom line is, get over it! Move on. Be true to the United States of America and stop helping our enemies (which you are becoming) bring us down, making you a colusionist.

Jeri Lawrence, Spring Valley Lake

Russia collusion

Heard through the grapevine that Vladimir Putin has been colluding with the Russians.

Bob Craig, Apple Valley

Root of all evil

Root of absolutely all evil and then some.

Relativism!

Tom McDonnell Sr., Apple Valley