It's ironic that people are demanding their home / property be assessed because the unit value has dropped in the real-estate revaluation taking place, when there is no corresponding demand for property to be reassessed whose value has risen—but whose taxes are capped by Prop. 13 [“The Front Lines, April 15]. This is the biggest example of dysfunction of city/state government I can think of.
If property throughout the state were re-assessed according to its current value (and then everyone re-assessed when the value goes up or down according to the market forces), we probably would have no budget deficit at all in California.
At the least, aren't people struck dumb by the fact that while they are paying $6,500 a year in taxes, the homeowner next door is paying only, say, $1,800 for the same-value property? Thanks to Prop. 13, we have total inequality!
Judith Wesling, Pacific Beach
Fascism / corporatism
This may be a first: commenting on the comic. “This Modern World,” in the April 15 issue, illustrated the current Nazi witch-hunt by the conservatives, as if U.S. fascism is being created by the current regime. Fascism is Italy's word for “corporatism,” which is an economic theory, not a political movement. It became very popular in the U.S. in the 1930s due to Germany's and Italy's use of it to quickly get out of the Great Depression. Not only was President Roosevelt praised for implementing corporatist principles in the New Deal, there were wide-spread calls for him to depose Congress and become a dictator like the much-admired Mussolini.
In his 1945 book, As We Go Marching (free online), John T. Flynn explained that the second world war was a conflict between “the good fascists and the bad fascists.” He delineated the conditions that make a nation fascistic, and the U.S.A. scored on all points.
The tipping point toward U.S. corporatism occurred in 1913 when Congress was defrauded into giving its power to create money to the Federal Reserve, a privately owned bank, closely held by foreigners. Subsequently, one corporation controlled both the government and all other corporations with the power to give or withhold money and credit.
After the Fed started the Great Depression, its owners purchased most of our farms and industries for pennies on the dollar, creating “agribusiness” and multinational corporations who “partnered” with the government to arm for WWII, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq I, Iraq II and hundreds of other military adventures around the globe. The “national interests” we have been protecting are actually corporate interests whose owners are mostly foreigners.
Pat Palmer, Normal Heights
A letter to the editor in your April 15 issue compared homeless persons to “wild dogs” that deserve very little respect from the rest of humanity. I would like to remind that letter writer that it is that exact attitude that inspires violence against homeless people, like, case in point, the burning to death of a man in Los Angeles recently by three teenage boys.
We all understand there is no simple solution to homelessness, nor is there simple solutions to how firefighters, or police, handle people in the street, homeless or not, who are behaving irrationally, or even violently.
However, what is inexcusable is when people are ticketed for passing out free food to hungry people or beaten down on a sidewalk for trying to give thirsty people water. Also, the term “liberal,” we all threw it out a long time ago. And, even though I have had my experiences living in my car, or actually on the street, I prefer the term “house-less,” for the simple reason that San Diego is my home, and, to emphasize the true point of this letter, I am very human.
Ben McFadden, South Park
They can't all be justified
You are on the right track with the Jacob Faust and Guadalupe Zavala stories [“Editorial,” April 8]. Look at the past 50 years in San Diego and find that there never has been one case where an officer was found at fault in a death of a citizen. The odds of this are astronomical. There has been only one case ever in San Diego where a citizen killed an officer and was found innocent because of the officer's overreaction and use of excessive force. See: Sagon Penn/Meecee Parks and the death of San Diego policeman Thomas Riggs. This is the only case ever.
Police routinely gun down and kill “perps,” and to my recollection, the D.A. has claimed “justifiable homicide” in every case. I don't think this is possible.
Will C. Dawson, Clairemont