Golden State’s full mission
Dear Editor:The article by John Neiuber was a fasci-nating look back. Reading the acknowl-edgements, I was pleased to learn FrankWheeler’s scrapbooks are available online,and I was reminded again of Judy Wright’spassion for research about the town sheloved. “The Citizens Light and Power Com-pany” is a great example of the kind of in-nocent optimism many Americans felt inthe early 20th century. I’d like to knowmore—what led the citizens of Claremontto sell their water company in 1929?But I found myself questioning the au-thor’s edit of the American States WaterCompany’s mission statement toward theend of the article. I looked it up on the wa-ter company’s website while researchingthe current debate about Claremont acquir-ing its own water company. Here it is, in itsentirety: “American States Water Companyis committed to maximizing shareholdervalue through a combination of capital ap-preciation and cash dividends. Our missionwill be accomplished by exceeding cus-tomer expectations, conserving resources,minimizing life-cycle costs, developing andempowering our workforce, and leveragingdiversity among our employees and ven-dors to deliver superior financial perform-ance for our shareholders.”The mission statement is a bit wordy anduses jargon, but the goals Mr. Neiuberleaves out do address “people and the qual-ity of life.” One can argue that goals otherthan “delivering a superior financial per-formance” are not being met by the com-pany. One can also question the sincerity of those stated goals, but that would open upa whole different and negative discussionabout both sides involved in this debate.Omitting those other goals, however, ischerry picking, and weakens the author’s ar-gument in favor of the city owning its ownwater company again.
Will America survive Obama?
Dear Editor:Every Friday a group of citizens gather atthe corner of Arrow Highway and IndianHill, carrying anti-war signs and flashingthe old “Peace” sign to horn-honking mo-torists. Seven and eight years ago, many of their signs read “Bush Lied.” Now when I pass, I always wonder whythe signs do not now include “ObamaLied.” He did promise to get us out of “Bush’s War,” didn’t he? But then, everyspeech Obama makes is so filled with liesthat perhaps they have come to simply over-look his sociopathic dishonesty. These sign-carrying citizens, whosehearts are genuinely in the right place, maybe oblivious to the dangerous dance theObamamateur and his clowns are doingwith the conniving and savvy leaders of countries that are sworn enemies of the freeworld and, particularly, America.These patriotic citizens abhor war, andrightly so, but they do not seem to recognizethat the foreign policies of the Peace Prizewinner and his administration and theweakness they have shown to the worldare certain to get us and our allies into a ma- jor conflict that very realistically could in-volve nuclear weapons. The president’s Chicago community or-ganizer skills fail to impress the leaders of foreign countries. This is particularly thecase with the government of Iran, who con-tinues to bamboozle Obama and John Kerryinto believing they are going to stop the de-velopment of nuclear weapons.It is certainly the case with Russia, whereVladimir Putin just grins and toys withObama. The bold invasion of Ukraine is thelatest example of how impotent Putinknows Obama is. The community organizeris no match for the ex-KGB officer. The boyin North Korea and the Chinese who ownus taunt us. The most dangerous countriesof the world build their military powerwhile Obama dismantles ours.Will the free world survive the remainderof Obama’s term without a major militaryincident? Will America elect a real leader in2016, one who recognizes that the way topeace is to, once again, become the world’ssuperpower? How long will it take to un-dothe damage done by this administration,both domestically and internationally, afterObama is gone? Is this even possible? I fearfor the future of our children.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 14, 2014
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