Re "One possibly futile gesture to keep the Kings" (Dan Morain, Jan. 23): Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's letter to to the Department of General Services asking for detailed information on the state's business with Microsoft in order to put pressure to halt the sale of the Kings to Seattle is ridiculous.
First, the buyer is not Microsoft, the corporation, but an individual.
Second, what does Steinberg propose -- that the state stop all business with Microsoft? This would cost millions and millions of dollars. Every state-owned desktop computer has Microsoft software on it that has millions of documents, spreadsheets and databases, including official documents. Should all of that be discarded or converted to other software?
Third, having state employees gather this information is a complete waste of time and money designed to benefit one city, Sacramento, not the entire state. This smacks of a gift of public funds for Sacramento.
I thought Steinberg was smarter than this. What a disappointment!
-- Susan Martimo, West Sacramento