Outsourced bill system all wet
Today I noticed my water bill payment to City of Antioch is being mailed to a P.O. Box in Southern California. I thought it to be a scam. I checked at City Hall and was informed this has been going on for about a year.
It seems Antioch is short of help and getting Fridays off because of budget problems does not leave enough hours to do our own processing.
We shop Antioch to support Antioch. Does whoever is processing our water bills come north to Antioch to support our city? I don't think so. Must be no one in our area is qualified to process water bills.
Richard McMillan Sr.
FTC would be a worthwhile cut
So the Federal Trade Commission received 3.8 million complaints in the last fiscal year, and there have been 101 legal cases brought against companies for violating the Do Not Call Registry. That's .00265 percent. I wonder what the statistics would look like if they were not being aggressive.
The newspaper has had two articles in recent weeks highlighting robocalls from "Ray," offering to clean carpets, furniture and tile. I've received them, registering complaints each time. Early on, Ray was too stupid to have a private (caller ID blocked) number, so I provided the caller ID number to the FTC. I got further calls after Ray got his private number, but the genius, in his recorded message, provided a call back number, which I also provided to the FTC.
Another call and another complaint later, I blocked all private number calls and haven't heard from Ray. From the latest Times article concerning Ray, he's still making his robocalls. I had thought Ray was an idiot for giving a call back number on his robocalls, but the FTC is apparently dumber than Ray, given the fact that they've been unable to stop him. If we want to cut government programs, let's cut the worthless ones.
More gun laws not the answer
Why do gun control advocates refuse to distinguish between criminals and law abiding gun owners? What kind of backward society is this when responsible gun owners are being blamed for our problems after the justice system does a poor job of fully enforcing the laws we already have, and continues to let criminals out of prison?
Just look at the latest maniac in Santa Cruz who "fell through the cracks." Even if you don't like guns, simple logic should tell you that more laws that criminals don't care about, is not the answer. How dare they try to turn me into a criminal because I own a semi-automatic firearm. I enjoy shooting it to become proficient in its use for protecting my family. People who say I don't need it are laughable.
How many more home invasions do you need to hear about before you realize that crime is a reality? Good luck if your plan is to call the underfunded, understaffed, overextended police who, by the way, have no legal obligation to protect you.
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