Regarding an editorial by Charles Champion in Sunday IVB
Governments today at the federal, state, county, and city levels are trying to control how we think, act, vote and communicate.
Such is the case with this bill which has already passed the Sacramento Assembly. It is being presented as a way to "help" keep people informed but establishes yet another oversight committee at a state, taxpayer-funded level to help inform the public at a local level through providing information and (in some cases) funding to the media.
Does no one see the danger in yet another attempt to filter the news that the public receives? Bad enough with our current system full of regressive (not progressive) slant on national and state issues, now the state wants to infiltrate and control local news through filtered information and possible coercion by threatening to withhold much-needed funding.
Please contact your local assembly person and tell them to kill this attempt to further curtail our freedoms.
Hayden Lening, Claremont
In the Inland Valley Bulletin opinion section, Sunday, July 17, 2022
Hopefully, this will get the word out to more people. The Supreme Court has refused to hear arguments regarding the independent (non-union) truckers in California that are now in jeopardy because of the AB5 ABC rule. The Teamsters Union management is happy because it will force many (if not most) of these non-union drivers to hire into some company and join the union, go to another state, or park their trucks and go on welfare. Meanwhile, we the ultimate customers for all the products that are arriving from overseas will have to pay much more and wait much longer to be able to purchase this merchandise. This will also back up the ports with more containers on the dock and more ships in the harbor not able to unload. What utter nonsense! The Sacramento legislature has already given many different contractors exemptions to AB5 and could easily give one more for all independent truckers that deal with moving goods from port to warehouses and, ultimately to the store shelves for customers. Of course, that would mean they would have to ignore the wishes of union management and the originator of this bill Lorena Gonzalez who is now a highly paid member of union management, not the legislature. Hayden Lening, Claremont
2 Different articles pertaining to AB5 and the Truckers