Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between your editorial of June 2 about police pensions and your story of June 9 about the 500 residential burglaries in Ventura. The connection is clear in the June 9 article where it says the Street Crimes Unit has been cut from 11 to 6 officers due to budget issues. The police budget would not be an issue if City Council had not sold out the taxpayers in exchange for a few votes and an endorsement from the cop union. Now we are forced by the unions to spend our police budget paying these retired millionaire cops an insane pension for decades while our neighborhoods go unpoliced. Cops and cop unions have traded our safety for their own greed with the help of cowardly politicians.

Cop pensions should be capped at the same amount as their equivalent ranks in the military. Does anyone really think they deserve more?

Forrest Mize

Where has all the money gone?
The editorial, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” (6/9) decried the lack of enthusiasm on the part of taxpayers to dig just a little deeper in order to fund “essential” government “services.” The nerve of us greedy taxpayers, wanting to keep the money we earned!  What’s wrong with us?  That we live in the second- or third-highest taxed state in America, the socialist paradise of California, seemed not to have entered the editorialist’s mind.  

The week’s prior editorial highlighted the extraordinarily corrupt public employees’ retirement scam, wherein thousands upon thousands of parasitical tax-feeders earn more — for doing nothing — in retirement than most of us could ever hope to in the real economy that pays for these special-interest groups’ unearned riches. Where, oh where, does all the money go?  

I wonder why people in the real economy are starting to balk at giving corrupt politicians and their public-employee partners in crime ever more money?  Does it occur to any of the “progressives” out there that someone has to actually work for the money that the crooks in government flush down the toilet, pass out to their cronies, and use to buy votes? Do they ever stop to consider that they view us common folk as nothing more than a tax cow to be milked for the benefit of political elitists and special interest groups?

Shane Solano

Anthony Weiner is not David Vitter
In 2007, U.S. Sen. David Vitter R-La., about to be exposed by Hustler Magazine, admitted to committing criminal offenses by paying for sex with hookers in Washington, D.C., and Louisiana. He refused to resign and was re-elected last November.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner D-N.Y., first claiming he had been hacked, finally admitted to sexting at least six women.  While Weiner’s sexual indiscretions were silly and stupid, they were not criminal as Vitter’s were.

Nobody has called for Vitter to resign.  Everybody seems to be calling for Weiner to resign (and he did).

Weiner should have used two words when explaining why he should not resign:

“David Vitter.”

Clive Leeman

Fulfill your Afghan promises
Sen. Boxer should be commended for signing a letter with 26 other Senators asking President Obama to make a “sizable and sustained” reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

President Obama is scheduled to make a decision soon on how many troops to pull out.

Our senator joined with colleagues to say, “We urge you to follow through on the pledge you made to the American people to begin redeployment of U.S. forces from Afghanistan this summer.”

President Obama should heed this message and announce a major drawdown in forces from Afghanistan.

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is the longest in our history, surpassing even the Vietnam War. We are in a quagmire with no end in sight.

The U.S. is mired in a civil war where the government has little legitimacy, the military situation is stalemated, and the political and economic situation remains dismal.

President Obama should keep his promise and start winding down the war with a major troop withdrawal beginning in July.

Kandice Cunanan
Newbury Park