Sheriffs safeguarding our rights
Re “Sheriffs don’t get to pick laws they will enforce” (Editorials, Aug. 25): The editorial board painted California sheriffs who resist oppressive legislative gun control efforts as being rogues who need to “fall in line.” As a citizen, I say God bless these sheriffs for protecting my constitutional rights.
These sheriffs are heroes who understand statistics that show that an armed populace reduces gun crime. I encourage readers to join the National Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association and lend your voices to support these sheriffs and other like-minded people. Hard-won constitutional rights must be fought for constantly; otherwise they will be taken away by tyrants.
– John Costello, Sacramento
Outrage is highly selective
I completely agree that law enforcement should not choose which laws to enforce.
But where was The Bee editorial board’s sense of outrage when Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris declined to enforce Proposition 8? Where was the sense of outrage when President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder chose not to enforce certain immigration laws and when Obama chooses to delay enforcement of certain provisions of his own Obamacare?
– David J. Spottiswood, Sacramento
Hypocrisy is laughable
The editorial was another vest-pocket masterpiece by The Bee’s editorial board. The humor in this one-sided piece still has me laughing a day later.
One would only have to change a few words in this script and you would be taking aim at our esteemed president and one of his many executive order dictates. How can this editorial board operate with a straight face when our commander in chief has been undermining the Constitution for the past four years and not a peep? Do you only poke your head out of the ground on issues that rile your progressive ideology?
– John Drury, Sacramento
Obama is picking and choosing
The editorial board states that sheriffs don’t get to pick laws they will enforce because they took an oath. My response to that is, “Why not?” President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder do it all the time and they took the same oath. Where is your indignation then?
– Anthony J. Arjil, Placerville
Sheriffs are a threat
“Constitutional sheriffs” is a term that sounds good to the tea partyers, but there is another word that describes this “new” idea better – fascism.
What they are promoting are the very same ideas as the Nazi brownshirts preached as they remade democratic Germany into the world’s strongest fascist power. So, look out, America. The “constitutional sheriff” idea is fire that never goes away, and always threatens us all.
– Robert M. Stanley, Sacramento
Arena signatures still count
Re “Burn your petitions, Hansen” (Marcos Breton, Aug. 25): As we celebrate the March on Washington by Martin Luther King Jr. and the resulting Voting Rights Act, powers in our community want to burn my signature on a petition and prevent me from voting on a major financial liability to me as a resident, voter and taxpayer in Sacramento. What would Dr. King think today? I just returned from overseas, where the right to vote is more fragile than here, to a signature gatherer in Cesar Chavez Park. I was well informed on the issue and signed the petition willingly.
– Erik Smitt, Sacramento
Hansen’s role doesn’t matter
Marcos Breton argues that Chris Hansen can “make it right with everyone” by taking back all the signatures he funded for the petition seeking a public vote on the arena.
Sorry, but that wouldn’t make it right with me. I signed the petition because I want a public vote on the arena – period. It is irrelevant to me who funded the signature gatherer who asked me if I would sign the petition. Besides, we need a counterweight to the wealthy pro-arena building interests that typically hold undue influence in local politics.
– Paul Milkey, Sacramento
Give ‘minnows’ their say
Big-money “whales” from outside Sacramento have had their vote on the arena. It is only fair to let the little-money “minnows” in Sacramento have their vote. Do not be afraid of a vote. If the arena is as popular as we are told, it should win easily.
– Joe Van Sickle, Sacramento
Teachers asked to do too much
Re “What I did on my summer vacation” (Editorial cartoon, Aug. 24): Tom Meyer’s cartoon on teachers is right on. But he could have added an EpiPen in the teacher’s right hand and an insulin syringe in the other, and shaped her head like a pawn in a chess game.
Teachers are expected to perform more and more tasks outside of their scope of practice. And because of professional ethics, they cannot divulge the content of individual problems faced in the classroom daily. We should create conditions that allow teachers to teach.
– Elizabeth Nesci, Sacramento
Brown unfair on fire protection
Re “Rim fire enters Yosemite” (Page A1, Aug. 24): Gov. Jerry Brown was quick to declare a state of emergency when San Francisco’s water supply and power grid were threatened by the Rim fire. This allows additional resources to be allocated to fighting that fire. Last time I looked, San Francisco residents did not have to pay the illegal “fee” assessed to rural residents for Cal Fire protection. Luckily, we fund our local fire district, which is almost always the first to respond to both structural and wildland fires. I see a rich irony and not a little bit of hypocrisy in that when fire threatens an urban area, the governor does not treat citizens differently based upon where they live.
– Gary W. Richardson, Georgetown