Re "Likely GOP hopeful gets early donation," (Capitol & California, April 6):
Good luck to Abel Maldonado on his bid to become Governor of California. However, I will wager that if you approach ten intelligent people in downtown Sacramento, eight of them would not know that Maldonado was a lieutenant governor and under which governor he served. This is not an indictment of Maldonado, but of a completely useless political office that needs to be eliminated.
Having a second in command is important if the chief is incommunicado - an unlikely scenario, barring death, in today's world of instant communications. Simply put, there is no point - other than as a political stepping stone, like current office-holder Gavin Newsom is using - to maintaining this office. Eliminating this useless position, unfortunately, would take cooperation, courage and intelligence on the part of our Legislature. In other words, we're doomed.
-- Jim Guida, Sacramento