What happened to Springville?

Editor,

My wife and I used to love driving on 190 looking at the well-manicured roads, but now it seems it is trashy. 

Lots of junk, trash and looks terrible. Seems that someone can get the property owners to clean their mess up. 

Used to be proud to say I was from Springville. 

Too bad about the people not being more proud.

Martin Clarke Sr.

Springville

 

Yiannopoulos And Berkeley 

Editor,

Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a crisis of free speech on campus. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus. 

Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the regressive left. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them snowflakes. 

With all of this book-burning and platform-denying madness sweeping up much of the media’s interest in campus culture, the gradual rise of another group of students has gone under-reported. British and American millennials and post-millennials — also known as Gen Z. 

To understand why this is happening, it is important to consider the vast changes that have taken place in Western student politics over the last 50 years. Students were once in favour of free speech. 

In the mid-1960s, students of the University of California, Berkeley undertook a mass-movement for free speech.

Students demanded that the university administration retracted their on-campus ban of political activities. They demanded their freedom of speech, recognised as the iconic speech of the free speech movement. 

Here is the speech powerful section: There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.

Mario Savio’s speech helped push the movement toward success. Berkeley students won their full rights. 

Students, now liberated from the machine of university censorship, were able to create the anti-Vietnam student movement.

Now, the students are unwilling to honour Savio’s legacy. They shut down Libertarian Milo Yiannopoulos. 

Berkeley students are now the machine Savio wanted to stop.

Charles Wierzbicki

Porterville

 

Potholes

Editor,

A while ago, I picked up my morning Recorder and saw a headline about potholes in our streets. I thought, “Oh boy! Maybe they are going to fix ‘em” But, no, the city blamed the potholes on all the recent rain. 

Well this is the first rainy season we have had in three years and those potholes have been there a lot longer than that. Then the city rep said that if we see a pothole to report it. Surely the city employees, police, council members etc. drive the streets enough to know that they are rapidly deteriorating and have been for a long time. 

As for the rain, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and could have prevented those potholes. Mayor and councilmen, if I were a company looking for a city to invest in and maybe build a new business, one of the things I would investigate is how well the city leaders take care of the infrastructure and respond to the needs of the citizens before I would invest a penny. 

Wayne White 

Porterville

 

Stupid shot

Editor,

Pair of pet barn owls were shot on Road 320, Springville. The owls were shot inflight and tried to make it home. I found them in our yard and by the barn. 

I hope this stupid, ignorant person is happy with their self. These owls have been nesting in this historic barn for over 75 years.

It only takes one idiot to ruin things for someone else. 

Emmy Kibler

Springville

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