Re "Arts commission has crucial tests on its palette" (Editorials, July 24): Sacramento has more than $2 billion in long-term debt we don't know how to pay. Yet, almost $6 million will go to public art in the new arena. Typical.

Re "Missing from Family Vacations? Magic Fingers " (Forum, Jack Ohman, July 20): I loved Jack Ohman's article about his long-ago vacations with his brother and parents and always being on the lookout for a motel with a pool and magic finger beds.

Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): Being an avid outdoorsman, the last critter I want to encounter out there is a hungry grizzly bear. There are certainly plenty of black and brown bears which are only a threat to our food. So, no on bringing in the Grizzlies.

Re "A call to mandatory national service" (Forum, July 20): In proposing a two-year stint of mandatory national service, Gerald Haslam believes he knows how to dispose of your life better than you. Although he personally made the voluntary choice to enter the military, he is not prepared to leave that same decision to others.

Re "U.S. once shot down innocents" (Letters, July 23): The letter writer omitted that the USS Vincennes was at general quarters and fully engaged in combat with Iranian gun boats at the time Iran Air 655 was shot down.

That's it, I am done with going to the Crocker Art Museum.

"Commission scans tower proposal" (Our Region, July 25): The Sacramento Commons project brings to mind Dwight Eisenhower's warning to the nation about the growing danger of the military industrial complex.

Re "U.S. once shot down innocents", (Letters, July 23): Letter writer William Blackburn attempts to equate the Flight 17 incident with the 1988 takedown of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes, but omits some inconvenient facts. The Iranian airliner was aimed directly at the Vincennes, at a low altitude, failed to respond to warnings and was coming from the direction of an Iranian military base - exactly the flight profile expected of a hostile aircraft.

Re "49ers' green stadium gets them gold status" (Sports, July 22): Hopefully, the new stadium will have a few more rules to make things more family friendly.

I called the city's 311 telephone exchange on July 17 to report a dead dog lying on the sidewalk at the corner of American and Wilson around 9:30 am. I was told that someone would come and take care of it.

"Commission scans tower proposal" (Our Region, July 25): Downtown development, historic preservation and respect for community should not be a zero-sum game. Beverly Hills developer Kennedy Wilson has positioned the Sacramento Commons Project into a take it or leave it proposition. No concessions to current property owners. No concessions to preserving the tree canopy. No concessions to the award-winning mid-century "Towers in the Park" architectural design that created the existing, high-density housing. Not even an acknowledgment that the proposed footprints bulldoze over deeded easements owned by others.

Re "Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration" (Nation/World, July 18): As we seek solutions for this surge of migrant children, we should take a hard look at how we want our actions to reflect on our nation.

Re "Commission scans tower proposal" (Our Region, July 25): Thousand Oaks lost 200 oak trees to developer greed. In Sacramento, Kennedy Wilson, an investment firm, wants city permission to destroy more than 200 large trees, public green space and 206 two-story apartments at Capitol Towers and Villas. If approved, this speculative project of super-size, high-rise and mid-rise apartments and parking garages, is likely to result in giant holes, land vacant for years and negative effects on neighboring residential buildings.

Re "Brown makes a mark with wise high court pick" (Editorials, July 23): This is all we need -- another law professor who wants to be on the California Supreme court and more liberal decisions on feel-good solutions rather than legal decisions.

Re "Homeless group files suit to block panhandling ban" (Our Region, July 18): Aggressive or unsafe panhandling is already against the law, it's just not enforced. We do not need another ordinance or law, just enforce the ones we have. We have more important things to do with our resources than to chase after panhandlers.

Re "Israelis in front row for Gaza bombing" (Page A1, July 23): It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So is the one of Israelis viewing the bombing of Palestinians in the valley below. However, the photo conveys a lie.

Re "Israelis in front row for Gaza bombing" (Page A1, July 23): Barack Obama and John Kerry have repeated the apparently required dogma supporting Israel's right to defend itself. What about the Palestinian's right to defend themselves?

Re "Australia scuttles tax on carbon emissions" (Page A9, July 18): This is a defeat for efforts to combat climate change. What happened? This was not a simple carbon tax where all revenue collected was returned to Australian households.Thus, the average Australian saw increased energy costs with no direct compensation for these costs. Also, The tax was strongly opposed by the conservative party and when it returned to power it immediately sought the repeal of the tax.

Re "California-Mexico bonds will grow" (Viewpoints, July 23): Gov. Jerry Brown, for your forthcoming visit to Mexico to strengthen trade and investment with California, you should start the meeting with Jose Antonio Meade, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, by stating that Mexico has 12 hours to release Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or we are completely closing down the border.

Re "Prop. 49 lets citizens have a voice," (Another View, July 23): Michele Sutter and Derek Cressman have it right. Proposition 49 will enable the public to advise Congress on a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. However, what does The Bee editorial board have to say? A constitutional convention would be required. Nonsense.

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