Re "Lack of land slows work on California bullet train project" (Aug. 14): In considering support for the high-speed rail, the following should be reviewed.
The Internet has been called the fundamental infrastructure of the 21st century. Policies that advance building out/upgrading of our high-speed networks are expanding union jobs in the industry, providing affordable access and digital capabilities for American households and businesses.
Re "Brown cuts deal with lawyers and scientists": The lawyers and scientists that work for the California taxpayers complain that they are underpaid. Fine, then let them do what everyone in the Non-State Unions do, and that is to find a better paying job at at different company.
Re "Robin Williams: mental illness kills" (Letters, Aug. 12): When my wife was chronically ill for 8 years, mostly in bed and having to use a walker, she also had to deal with depression brought on by her condition.
Re "A tale of two border kids" (Page A1, Aug. 13): While I understand the unfortunate conditions of people coming from their troubled countries to the U.S. for a better life, I believe that if it's not done legally, then they should be sent back, ASAP. No excuses are really strong enough since much of the time their evidence can't be proven.
Re "No boots on the ground" (Cartoons, Aug. 13): Jack Ohman's cartoon in which he attacked President Obama for playing golf was childish and puerile.
Re "Bypassing Baghdad U.S now sends weapons directly to Kurds" (Nation/World, June 12): Religious conflicts and wars have been underway in the Middle East for nearly 1,000 years. To somehow believe the United States can change that with air strikes, weapons support or even with boots on the ground is unrealistic and about as naive as George W. Bush's belief we would bring democracy to Iraq that would spread to other parts of the Middle East.
Re "Tragic Stewart incident sets off cyberspace rage" (Aug. 12): I have read most of the social media comments regarding people's opinion of what may have or may not have happened in this situation. It certainly appears to me that most of the people commenting have never been on a track in any kind of race car. I have been in and around auto racing since 1946 and a past race car owner and current driver in vintage events.
Re "Sen. Rod Wright: 'Life ain't fair'" (Capitol Alert, Aug. 12): Life isn't fair for California Senator Rod Wright. Sen. Wright isn't a criminal, he's a victim of a law that is only sometimes, as in his case, applied.
Re "Robin Williams' death a teachable moment about preventing suicide" (Editorial, Aug. 13): To say suicide is preventable is adding the possibility of more guilty feelings on the part of friends, relatives and caregivers. I have gone to a workshop on depression and suicide and the messages included things one should and could do to prevent suicide but also the message that it is not always preventable.
Re "A tale of two border kids" (Page A1, Aug. 13): The family photo shows four people who look only days away from retirement age. Hardly a couple of kids.
Re "Benefits can add pain for spouses of fallen" (Page A8, Aug. 10): Let me get this straight. Things are not going well, so Katey Bagosy's military husband commits suicide. She accepts $400,000 non-taxable cash for starters, and she blows it on trips to the likes of Las Vegas etc. With $400,000 and x boyfriends later her excuse is "I tried to run." What about the two kids? Did she put a dime away for them?
Re "Limit microbeads ban to real plastic" (Another View, Aug. 8): Beth A. Lange got it wrong on AB 1699 -- landmark legislation to stop 38 tons of plastic microbead pollution from entering California's environment every year.
Re "Deadbeat dam projects shouldn't be part of water bond" (Viewpoints, Aug. 12): Steve Evans cogently shows why more dams are a waste of money. In fact, all the good dam sites are already taken.
Re "All sides in water wars should get behind protecting Mokelumne River" (Viewpoints, Aug. 13): I agree with Jerry Meral and Bill Jennings' viewpoint on SB 1199 and the Mokelumne River. It's time to protect the Mokelumne River for future generations.
Re "Sacramento County approves cargo-friendly Mather plan" (Our Region, Aug. 13): I seldom am in agreement with the local politicos, however I think the county supervisors may have gotten it right this time. Expanding Mather Air Cargo facilities is a good move and a start on making Sacramento a major hub for air cargo traffic.
I was born in Sacramento 59 years ago and have lived here ever since. Folsom Dam was in existence then, and I don't remember any issues with water shortages. I have seen Sacramento and the surrounding suburbs population explode. What I haven't seen is any attempt to create additional water storage for this hugely increased population.
Re "Williams' friends saw signs of fall into depression" (Aug. 13): As a former resident of Tiburon, many of us felt like we knew Robin Williams as a friend.
"Serious Drought, Help Save Water!" The signs are hard to miss, especially since they've replaced traffic tips and drunk driver warnings on every major freeway from Sacramento to San Diego. Still, I can't wrap my head around how my neighbors have brilliant green lawns, why their car needs to be washed twice a day or how the sidewalk benefits from a good watering.
Re "Suit challenges top two system" (Capitol & California, July 31): I have been disenfranchised in one election already due to the top two system. I believe this needs to be found unconstitutional, because it does deprive some people of their rights.
Re "Bill would start first diaper aid" (Page A1, Aug. 2): Kudos to the myriad letters pointing out the flaws with this bill. It's a fact that bringing a child into this world is costly. It's a choice you make, so you should provide for him or her. Don't expect taxpayers to assist in purchasing disposable diapers for you.
Re "Robin Williams hanged himself with belt" (Page A1, Aug.12): We'll all miss Robin Williams, who a great talent and by all accounts, a kind and generous man. That said, I would like to say that depression is a serious thing, but it's so clearly a part of life.
Re "Fuel supply only going down" (Letters, Aug. 12): Victor de Vlaming writes in his letter that fuel costs should go up in California through cap-and-trade as fossil fuels are becoming more rare. He, and many like him, apparently feel that Californians should lead by example and artificially raise the price of fuels at the local California level to save the world from depleting energy supplies. He calls it "time to think on a scale larger than oneself."
Re "Plastic bag ban faces tough vote" (Capital & California, Aug. 12): Senate Bill 270 will cost consumers a dime to get any bag from a retail store. Taxpayers will pay for cap-and-trade carbon fee for gas next year. Taxpayers pay for CRV on beverage containers. Businesses increase profits, like Coca-Cola selling 1.5 liter bottles for the same price the 2 liter size sold last week.
Re "Postal Service losses mount in spring" (Business, Aug. 11): The Bee reported that the U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion in the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. While the piece did note that much of this loss was attributable to a requirement imposed by Congress that the system prefund its retiree health benefits, it would have been useful to also point out that the prefunding requirement has little or no precedence in the private sector. It also uses assumptions on health care cost growth that are far above recent growth rates.
The most overworked, trite expression in journalism today is "humanitarian disaster," hereinafter referred to as HDs.
Re "Urgent cash call by music festival" (Our Region, Aug. 11): Ever since the inception of the Sacramento Jazz Festival, people have come from afar to enjoy it because it was unique and featured music they like. They rented hotels, brought motor homes and stayed all weekend.
Re "Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63" (SacBee.com, Aug. 11): The intergalactic community lost one of its most beautiful and unique shining stars: an outspoken, irreverently witty erudite ambassador of a very widespread galaxy.
Re "Plenty of blame to go around" (Viewpoints, Aug. 12): Wildfires have been a problem in the Sacramento Region for many years. The article blames the drought, budget, insurance companies and homeowners. Where is the responsibility of the conservationists who were/are against responsible forest management? The conservationists demanded that forests be left in their natural states. They were warned that the buildup of dead and diseased trees would lead to catastrophic fires. These forests are now burning with loss of life, property, and natural resources.
Re "Obama's Foreign Policy" (Viewpoints, Aug. 12): Declaring President Obama's foreign policy a failure, Michael Gerson attributes it to two seminal events that occurred in 2011: "to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U. S. ground forces from Iraq."