Re "Chili-sauce struggle puts state in hot spot" (Editorial, April 18): The Editorial Board was spot-on about defending Sriracha against a handful of harassers in Irwindale. However, odor rules are grossly subjective and no air district has the stomach to change them.
Re "Wee Pals" (Comics, April 20): Sometimes treasured things turn up in odd places. Sunday's "Wee Pals" paid tribute to Mom Chung. I was jolted back to my childhood watching my father, who was a Navy pilot in the Pacific during World War II.
Re "Rancher is no revolutionary, just a welfare queen in a cowboy hat" (Viewpoints, April 19): It seems some people will always hate those who really need help in the form of welfare: the poor. Yet, the same people make heroes out of the wealthy who are taking hand-outs, subsidies and tax credits as a form of welfare from the government. What do we call that? Hypocrisy.
Re "Rancher is no revolutionary, just a welfare queen in a cowboy hat" (Viewpoints, April 19) An analysis of the numbers shows that the federal government is the true welfare queen, not Cliven Bundy.
Re "Girl's peanut-allergy death at Camp Sacramento prompts family to sue city" (April 18): The Giorgi family's efforts to educate the public on food allergies are admirable, but only address part of the underlying issue of fatal allergies.
Re "UC admissions rates fall while applications soar" (Page A1, April 19): According to data posted to UC's systemwide website, this year UC Davis admitted 38 percent of California resident freshman applicants, but 57 percent of applicants from other states, and 46 percent of those from other countries.
Re "Welfare queen in a cowboy hat is no revolutionary" (Viewpoints, April 18): I can see the logic and legality in James Greiff's editorial on the standoff situation in Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management.
Re "Girl's peanut-allergy death at Camp Sacramento prompts family to sue city" (Our Region, April 19) To sue the city of Sacramento in the tragic death of Natalie Giorgi is wrong on so many levels. Every possible risk in raising a child cannot be eradicated from their lifetime.
Re "Rancher is no revolutionary, just a welfare queen in a cowboy hat" (Viewpoints, April 19): James Greiff's article on Civen Bundy was informative and gave a view on the Rancher/Government story that I had not seen fully expressed elsewhere. It is good to get both sides of the story. The truth will no doubt sort out in the end.
Polls show Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin ahead with 27 percent in her bid to be state controller. The two leading Democrats combined are at 33 percent.
Tom McClintock and his acolyte, Igor Birman are censoring non-profane questions/commentary on Facebook where they promote their principles by inviting comments.
Re "One stroke at a time for the love of the game": My name is Kyle Rattay and I'm 32 years old. I'm writing you this letter because my 93-year-old grandma is a idol to me on how to live your life the right way.
Re "Feds amass records in medical database" (Page A1, April 16): The more I think about $30.4 billion for a federal database, the more ludicrous it becomes. To be useful beyond current knowledge, medical professionals and hospitals will have to refer to the database, or bureaucrats will have to establish rules and procedures to be followed.
Re "No charges for wrestlers in lynching photo" (Sports, April 18): It was a terrible occurrence when a former KKK leader killed three innocent Jewish persons in Kansas City. And, now to read that "seven white teens wearing Phillipsburg High School wrestling attire posing with a black tackling dummy in a Paulsboro High wresting shirt and hanging from a noose" occurred in Belvidere, N.J. is appalling and frightening.
Re "Supreme Court says political donors can spread wealth much more widely" (April 2): In the case, McCutcheon v. FEC, once again the Supreme Court ruled on the side of big money.
Re "California needs substantial pension reform" (Viewpoints, April 13): State and local government administrators and public employee organizations that refuse to acknowledge current public pension plan benefit formulas are unsustainable and who resist any modifications should consider the fate of private pension plans in this country.
Re "Political zealots are ruining the case for disclosure of campaign donations" (Viewpoints, April 18): Charles Krauthammer attempts to elide the issue, but we ought not let him.
I can't believe the sports editors for The Bee never include the best team in California: The Golden State Warriors. No respect, I tell ya.
Re "AM Alert: Californians support transitional kindergarten proposal" (Capital & California, April 18): I agree with the majority opinion expressed in the field poll that transitional kindergarten for 4-year-olds is a good thing. However, the question should be "Where should these TKs be housed?"
Re "State puts press on cleaners" (City Beat, April 14) Capitol Area Development Authority requested that Department of General Services consider an extension of Mercury Cleaners' lease in order to assist Helen and Tom Kang. But the state's response was that it must address the environmental problem as soon as possible and that the building must be vacant for that to happen.
Re "Half a loaf on Community Center Theater May Not be Enough" (Editorial, April 16): What has happened to the Editorial Board's once-infectious, civic boosterism? Have you shelved the dream of Sacramento becoming a major league city? When the question was an NBA arena, you dared our city leaders to be great, consider the future and risk millions of the taxpayers' money to compete with world-class cities like Chicago.
Re "Climate crisis reprieve" (Letters, April 17): As an alumnus of the UC Davis physics department, it pained me to read a Letter from former UCD physics professor Paul Brady that was full of incorrect statements about the latest IPCC climate change report.
He claimed that projected global warming has been reduced by 62 percent when in reality the projections in the latest report were almost identical to those in the last report, published in 2007. He claimed that climate models have overestimated sea level rise when in reality studies have shown sea level rising faster than model projections.
Sen. Patrick Moynihan once said "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." When it comes to climate science, the facts are what they are.
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion regarding what we should do about the problem, with bipartisan support growing for a small government free market revenue neutral carbon tax.
Re "District attorney candidates' forum ends on sharp note" (Our Region, April 17): At the district attorney debate last night, Anne Marie Schubert claimed she would use great care in selecting the cases in which death is sought. Shubert's past actions speak louder than her words.
Re "Climate crisis reprieve" (Letters, April 17): Letter writer Paul Brady calls out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for changing its tune in its most recent report. This is patently false.
By comparing numbers that are not directly comparable, he weaves a fictitious tale of the boy-who-cried wolf variety.
Climate models, although not perfect, have their foundations in fundamental physical principles and have been demonstrated to reproduce observed temperature patterns over the 20th century when driven by known emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
What is it with nuclear physicists from the atomic age that make them especially prone to being so resistant to facts? Perhaps his love for the "biggest, smartest energy company?" Brady is partially right in one thing, however. A rapid rise in renewables is the only way in which overall energy use can decrease in the face of continued world population growth.
It is obvious Vladimir Putin has learned his history well from Adolf Hitler in his annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938. Apparently our President Obama has decided to take the appeasement role of Neville Chamberlain in the 1938 dealings with Adolf Hitler, to go back on agreements, and give it away to Putin, with strenuous objections.
Re "City would sprout new billboards in Kings deal" (Our Region, April 15): North of the city and west of Business 80 is Sutter's Landing. Once a city dump, it's now known by many of us as Sutter's Landing.
Re Making a difference is most important (Dan Morain, April 15): Charles Piller deserves recognition for his outstanding reporting of the Bay Bridge debacle. His meticulous and persistent reporting has hopefully struck fear in Caltrans and other government agencies entrusted with the publics safety and responsible use of tax dollars. While it is too late to change the shameful outcome of the Bay Bridge, we can only hope other officials think twice before taking shortcuts that risk our safety and land them on the front page of the newspaper. Well done, Charles.
Re "Zero energy greenhouses far from a silver bullet in combating carbon emissions": Honda agrees that reducing energy consumption through practical means is the foundation of sustainable building. A critical fact omitted from Mr. Ortiz's article is the Honda Smart Home was designed to use less than half of the energy of a similarly sized new home in the Davis area.
Re "In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity" (April 11): Paul Ryan's budget will be devastating to many Californians. While over 45,000 millionaires would get an $87,000 tax break, middle class families would pay $2,000 more in taxes.
Re "City would sprout new digital billboards in Kings deal" (Our Region, April 15): In addition to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to support a very weak basketball team, the city is granting the rights to erect six digital billboards around the city to the new team owners.
I, and thousands of other citizens, have no interest in being assaulted by visual pollution. Let an artist with a spray can create an attractive mural on a bare concrete wall and people will cry "vandalism." But let the economic system create billboards pushing products everywhere we turn, mostly for things we have no interest in, and people seem to accept the intrusions.
I lecture on public art and public space which belongs to all of us. I consider billboards to be the ugliest graffiti of all.