Re "Rights aren't pick-and-choose" (Letters, March 5): Letter writer Chris Moore's equated words with guns, but ignored a major yet obvious difference between the two.
Re "For Birman, childhood of poverty demonstrates necessity of freedom" (Page A1, March 4): In mastering undergraduate and legal education within a few years of immigration, and being the youngest chief of staff on Capitol Hill, Igor Birman demonstrates impressive competence and intellect.
His life experience with totalitarianism in a Soviet childhood gives him a valid benchmark for evaluating the crumbling integrity of American institutions. National Security Agency assaults on privacy, political use of the IRS to assault traditionalists, attacks on the rights of students and people of faith, the bureaucratic nightmare and expense of Obamacare, and the constant rhetoric of class warfare, will not be dismissed as necessities of fairness or income inequality, but as the authoritarian overreach they truly are.
I understand the financial upside for the California Grocers Association that would arise if SB 270 passes. Simply put: they will be able to charge for a product that used to be a courtesy for consumers. What's confusing and ironic, though, is why the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is on board with an effort that threatens nearly 2,000 workers in the state's plastic bag industry.
Re "Sci-fi ideas get serious look to tame climate" (Page A1, March 5): As the majority of people slowly begin to realize that life as we know it is threatened by global warming, there will arise knowledge that we have been geo-engineering Earth for 150 years by burning carbon fuels.
Re "For Birman, childhood of poverty demonstrates necessity of freedom" (Page A1, March 4): Ironic. Igor Birman comes to this country to enjoy its freedoms and benefits from our social programs, and aligns himself with the Republican Party which wants to the eliminate welfare programs, the programs that helped him and his family. Funny how Birman's ideas of freedom and the role of government changed once he has made it.
Re "Theater plan is no sure bet" (Marcos Breton, March 5): Marcos Breton decries Sacramento's live theater and arts situation, focusing on the efforts of the B Street Theater to secure money for its planned new complex on J Street.
Re "Carry-on crackdown: United enforces bag size" (Business, March 5): Enforcing carry-on restrictions is long over-due.
Too many travelers are defiantly violating this policy, to the detriment of fellow travelers who comply with the rules. For the crack-down to work, the airlines will need to check the size of items to be placed in over-head bins, and the size of items which the traveler says will be stowed under the seat.
Finally, flight attendants must monitor passengers during boarding to ensure that they don't place more than the one allotted bag in the over-head bin, regardless of their claim at check-in that one will go under the seat.
Re "Poverty drives some to mar ancient trees" (Capitol & California, March 5): The headline condones the vandalism.
Re "Harris right to fight creeping gun culture" (Editorial, March 3): The Bee's editorial board supports Attorney General Kamala Harris' position that local law enforcement should selectively determine who among our law-abiding and mentally stable citizens has the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Do they also feel local law enforcement should selectively determine who has the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and press?
Re "Climate skepticism justified" (Letters, March 4): Letter writer Mike Genest writes that skepticism is at the heart of science, and he is absolutely right.
Re "For Birman, childhood of poverty demonstrates necessity of freedom" (Page A1, March 4): Candidate Birman's mother grew up in Russia. So did my grandmother. When she got to the United States, she appreciated the fact that government control here means something different than it did there.
My grandmother appreciated her Social Security and Medicare, things that were approved long ago by our Congress.
Trucking snow to California to solve water problems may seem like a practical joke. But why not consider a national water grid?
We have an electrical grid that provides our electrical needs on a national scale. Why not do this with water? Right now parts of the east have surplus water. Wouldn't it be nice if a pipeline water grid was in place to supply the West? Building this would provide lots of jobs and help secure our future better down the road.
Re "Harris right to fight creeping gun culture" (Editorials, March 4): Regardless of opposing views on gun rights and immigration, it's fascinating how enforcement of the law is so schizophrenic.
The weather pattern appears to have changed. February was wet and rainfall was average. March is starting out wet. Not exactly drought busting rainfall but we'll take anything we can get. On to the more pressing question.
Re "Drawing Board, Arizona and religious liberty" (Forum, March 2): Notably, Rob Rogers drawing says, "Welcome old white guys." It was most offensive. I am that old white guy, a 66-year-old tax paying, combat veteran, Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, who loves his fellow man and can take a shot.
Re "Harris right to fight creeping gun culture" (Editorials, March 4): Police don't get to decide who to apply the law to any more than the Army gets to decide when and where to go to war.
Re Drought giving dowers a wave of work" (Capitol & California): I use two pieces of thin welding rod held by a small bend, about four inches, slightly tilted down in front of you. As you walk, slowly, the rods will align with any steel pipe or water filled pipe below the ground. You must cross the hidden pipe at nearly right angles. So make several passes in different directions.
Re "Russia Strengthens hold on Crimea" (Page A1, March 3): Should the U.S. impose sanctions against Russia for its occupation of the Ukraine?
Re "Trust the climate facts" (Letters, March 3): Following, letter writer Donald D. deRosier's suggestion, I went to RealClimate.org.
Re "Glitch snarls many health applications," (Capitol & California, March 1): I'm one of thousands whose individual health policies were cancelled the end of 2013.
The Bee's Carla Meyer certainly knows the motion pictures industry. She made 20 correct Oscar predictions out of24. Would that other professionals could do so well. Congratulations.
Re "2 shot to death by officers" (Our Region, March 3): When are the so-called protectors going to be noticed for the use of brutal power?
Re "Drones take flight in business world" (Page A1, March 2): Oh boy, commercial drones in my neighborhood.
I want one, to use as a kamikaze on the other drones.
Re "Ignoring water rights imperils Delta's farmers" (Forum, March 2): Al Medvitz' article does not answer one important fact. How did Delta farmers irrigate before the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley project was put into operation in 1945?
Re "Reunion of Bonds, Giants Makes Sense" (Ailene Voisin, March 2): I've watched professional sports for 35 years both from an athlete's viewpoint, and with a social psychologist's eye. In almost every way, Barry Bonds' return to the Giants is very destructive.
I am in total amazement after what I just heard from Secretary of State John Kerry on CNN, that no country should invade another country on false pretenses.
What did the United States of America do under George W. Bush? Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction that threatened the United States. Yet that was used as an excuse to invade Iraq.
Some parents are reluctant to get their kids immunized, because they believe vaccines may cause autism and other problems.
Studies that purported to show this have been shown to be bogus. If you refuse your kids immunized, you are doing them a great disservice.
From what I have read, the following are more likely causes of the steady increase in rates of dementia, Alzheimer, autism, and ADHD:
Fire retardants in furniture; antibacterial soaps; BPA in food packaging; weird chemicals in edible stuff; pesticides; mercury; hormones in meat; alcohol and tobacco used during pregnancy.
There may be more as well.
Re "Dietitians'education often has corporate agenda" (Sunday Business, March 2): Registered dietitians are required to complete undergraduate courses in organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and food chemistry as well as biology, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition along with accompanying labs.
Re "County lacks watchdog unit" (The Public Eye, March 2): The Adult and Aging Commission was established by the Board of Supervisors to inform and advise the board on senior issues, especially safety. I was chair of the commission in 2011 when concern was expressed over loss of expert staff for financial abuse.
Re "High-speed rail complaints are bogus" (Another View, Feb. 28): Decades ago while my law student son showed me around Sacramento I shared my reading about the many advantages that high-speed hanging monorails have over ground rail systems.