Desert Sun letter: President Obama has done plenty

How about these items?

Re: “Not seeing it,” Dec. 12 letter from John Hagg

You protested Bill Press’ Dec. 4 column that President-elect Trump’s wrecking crew would torch President Obama’s legacy.

You wrote that you, your wife and grown daughter (over 26? and providing her own health insurance? with no preexisting condition?) are “not familiar with ANY advancements” under President Obama.

Let me suggest a brief refresher of just some of President Obama’s successes:

Unemployment cut in half; deficit cut by three-quarters; stock market tripled; clean energy production doubled; American auto industry breaking sales records; biggest job growth in manufacturing since the Clinton administration; signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; signed the Fair Pay Act so your wife and daughter could sue for equal pay for equal work beyond 180 days; signed new START arms control treaty with Russia.

And all of this with unprecedented Republican obstructionism.

Oh, and for good measure: President Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize; provided nearly 20 million Americans with health care; provided 4 million children with health care through CHIP; eliminated Osama bin Laden; repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; supported marriage equality; led international climate agreement efforts; and had zero personal scandals.

Hal O’Connell, Palm Springs

Thank you, La Quinta

It has been an exciting week in city government in the Coachella Valley. I wish to thank the residents of La Quinta for their insight and support. I enjoyed getting to know many of the residents of La Quinta, knocking on doors, hearing about concerns and ideas. Please know that my door will always be open to listen and help with your concerns.

This week La Quinta thanked Council Members Lee Osborne and Kristy Franklin for their dedication and service to the city as members of the City Council. I wish to add my personal thanks to both of them for all they have accomplished, and, for their support during my campaign.

Thank you for placing your trust in me to represent you. I value that trust. I hope to serve you well.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, council member, La Quinta City Council

Once history, now an eyesore

While reading the article on William and Mousie Powell, “A weekend becomes a lifetime,” Dec. 11, its emphasis on the Racquet Club raised an issue for me. When does an undoubtedly historic building simply become a dilapidated eyesore?

The Racquet Club was abandoned over 20 years ago and is presently in a state of deplorable decay, which, living nearby, I have the pleasure of observing every day. Except for a brief period 10 years ago when a developer constructed a half-finished two story monstrosity which now sits moldering amid the dying palms, it appears that no one who has owned this property has had the interest or financial wherewithal to maintain, let alone develop, this property. One of the buildings has already been burned down by the homeless, and The Bamboo Room is now no more than a canvas for graffiti artists.

It appears the city has neither the interest nor power persuade the owner(s) to do anything more than paint over the graffiti occasionally and put up a sleazy fence. If no one is interested enough to maintain and/or rehabilitate buildings like the Racquet Club perhaps they should lose any historical protection they have and be removed instead of sitting derelict and disgusting for 25 years.

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