In a fit of truth and disclosure, my Father was stationed at Hamilton AFB, Ca when he met and married my California born and raised Mother. He was still stationed there when I arrived on the scene. So...yes. I was born in California. Still have several branches of the family living there.
Therefore, I have an interest in the state not devolving into a third world hell-hole as it appears to be.
That having been said...I believe in people choosing their destiny. If California wants to take money away from their middle class to support persons from other countries who have arrived in this country without having gone through the proper processes (can't be saying "illegal immigrants" now can we?), I suppose they have that option.
And those residents who don't want to go along with that suicide pact, have the opportunity to move elsewhere.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
When you've decided to move and you have relocated in your new location, you should probably avoid starting conversations with "I just moved here from California and back there we would......"
Your new neighbors really don't give a tinker's dam. If they wanted to do it like it's done in your former state, they would move there.
So....our local weekly paper has an always entertaining letters to the editor section. A recent brouhaha was an effort to drop the speed limit on the section of 4 lane highway coming into town from Austin from 70MPH to 60.
We'd recently had a tragic accident where a couple of kids had lost control of their vehicle on a wet highway and ran into another car. 4 dead and 2 others critical.
Much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the speed limit, although there was no mention that speed had contributed to the loss of control in the accident investigation.
But, there's the overwhelming need to "do something". Anything...Regardless of it's efficacy.
So 60MPH it is.
Mind you, people still drive at 70. Others drive at 45 in the left lane whilst looking down at something in their hand. Others pull out onto the highway and directly into the left lane. Still others visit the local wineries and get back into their cars when they really shouldn't. But, by golly, the speed limit is 60, so we've done SOMETHING!
How about the Sheriff and Highway Patrol enforcing the existing laws? I know....blasphemy!
In any case, when I read the letters to the editor and looked at the names at the bottom, throughout that little flurry, I didn't recognize any of the names. Realize, most of the long term residents around here have very German names. They are also not reticent in making their opinions known either, so not recognizing any of the names was unusual.
So, I've figured these people were "new" to the area.
This past week, there was a letter to the editor that confirms that hypothesis. Additionally, the "brilliance" of the author is stupefying.
Let's start at the top. Outsider from LA.... BUT I live here now...... Suggestion....... Translation: Smarter than you hicks.
4 dead deer on US 290W. Translation: I saw them just outside the new development of high priced homes where I live, which happens to be in a heavily wooded area between two creeks and is a deer habitat.
|White Tails. Suicidal animals with a propensity to pull lead when they're crossing the road. Lived here 19 years, hit at least one in 15 of those years. USAA and I are "friends".|
In LA....within 24 hours. Translation: in a County with 4000 square miles and 10 million people and 7% unemployment, we can afford to pay someone to come clean up animals.
You've moved to a county that's about 1000 square miles yet only has a population of 25,963 (.2% of LA) and about 200 people unemployed. We've got better ways to spend our tax dollars.
Feed the venison to the cats and dogs in the shelters. Hmmm. This is Texas, it's hot. Assuming LA standards, pickup in 24 hours means that meat is spoiled. But the good news...The only shelter here doesn't have a problem with animals "Hoping" to find a home. I don't agree with the policy, but they've only got 72 hours to hope. I know from experience.
|Axis Deer. We've got one that lives nearby whose antlers are at least 4' long. Beautiful, until he runs in front of the vehicle.|
And then... "Tourists don't want to see Bambi all over the road." No, with an estimated 250,000 deer in the county, they just don't want to see Bambi all over their car.
|Butt Ugly, but very efficient at removing deer.|
Finally, we already have a highly effective carcass removal force. Turkey Vultures, Hawks, and even Mexican Eagles (Caracara) are prevalent. If you remove their primary food source, they are quite likely to carry little "Fifi" off for their dining pleasure.
|Caracara, AKA Mexican Eagle. This Bird is huge and beautiful!|
So, Ms Little, this would have been an excellent time to have kept your mouth shut. Instead you opened it and removed all doubt.
*Proverbs 17:28 (I would have used the "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." but there's some disagreement on who actually said it.)