Re "Ultimate civil rights abuse" (Letters, Aug. 26): I agree with Terry McDermott's letter opposing forced funding of private companies' insurance to cover abortion. This culture of abortion on-demand devalues human life itself and makes children be considered a liability rather than an asset to our society.

Re "UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya" (Page A1, Aug. 26): According to an article on the front page of The Bee, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched secret air attacks agaisnt Islamic radicals in Libya without informing Washington, catching the Obama administration totally by surprise.

Due more to circumstance than intent, the 2014 California State Fair was likely the most humane in the nation:

Re "Burning Man secrets revealed" (Our Region, Aug. 25): Writer Ed Fletcher made it sound like Burning Man is a family-oriented event for fun in the sun, when even the website tells of its events that involve drug and alcohol intoxication, as well as sex orgies. For instance, they claim this year will feature a theme camp called "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust", in which naked participants will be photographed. Gee, I guess some people don't worry about their careers if a picture of them naked and drunk turns up on the Internet.

Re "Mexico's reforms will strengthen ties with California" (Viewpoints, Aug. 26): As Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieta visits Sacramento, I find it unconscionable that we welcome him knowing that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed in Mexico since March 31. For a soldier to be held this long for a minor acknowledged mistake only shows the disrespect this country has for the United States.

Re "States insist that insurers must cover elective abortions" (Aug. 24): The Bee published an article on Michelle Rouillard's denial of an exemption for Catholic hospitals to pay for abortion services on Aug. 24. It is amazing that a non-elected state official would have the temerity to make this dictatorial requirement that religious organizations completely abandon their conscience and bow their heads to a government edict, while the federal government is withdrawing that requirement.

Re "Ferguson mourners are urged to take role in changing US relations" (Aug. 27): I feel your pain, my black brothers on Ferguson and Staten Island. Racism is an epidemic in this country. As an immigrant, I encounter it regularly in many forms. It is painful and destroys my faith in humanity. Hideous racist acts stabs us, the victims, in the heart. Racism cripples and makes us helpless for life. Ferguson's racism will be whitewashed like so many of our other incidents of racism. When we, the victims, defend ourselves against racism, we are demonized by the media. The news sensationalizes our acts of self-defense as senseless criminal acts of violence. Leaders perpetuate racism when they tell black victims to calm down. Such responses by our leaders, including Obama, are wholly responsible for this outcome. What matters is not the color of our skin but the color of our hearts. -- Karahan Mete, Davis

I have started a petition for the change of a local Orlando Middle School name. It is currently known as Robert E. Lee middle school. I had a dream to do my best to honor late Deftones bassist Chi Cheng's name for the better of others in my community. Cheng was in a car accident in 2008 and died five years later. I feel because of the Deftones and Cheng's ties with their hometown of Sacramento, who else better could support my cause? The town of Sacremento knew Cheng and the Deftones like they were family because they were. I would greatly appreciate some love and support for our petition.

Re "Assembly passes campus sexual-assault bill" (State News, Aug. 25): The major bill, SB 967, that will shape gender gaps in California for eternity is about to reach Gov. Brown's desk.

Re "Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons" (Our Region, Aug. 26): Another corporation is pulling up stakes and moving out of the country to avoid paying the taxes imposed on them here. What do we hear from the politicians? That the corporation are un-American.

Re "CalPERS is right on pension changes," (Another View, Aug. 26): The article by Warren Furutani claiming that CalPERS made the right decision about allowing temporary out-of-classification assignment pay to be counted toward retirement benefits ignores its use for pension spiking.

Re "Verdict a big victory for lawyer" (Our Region, Aug. 26): While I am happy that a jury acquitted Larry Dean Jones, Jr. of all charges in the Dec. 14, 2010 barbershop murder trial, this troubled me: "He fired his handgun only when somebody fired a couple of rounds in his direction."

Re "'Shocked' by ad funding" (Letters, Aug. 26): Chris Winchell claimed he was shocked by the "ads full of lies and distortions against Democrat Ami Bera." I wonder if he's equally shocked at the serial liar and distorter who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.?

Re "Saying goodbye to Michael Brown" (Page A1, Aug. 25): Publishing a large photo of the Michael Brown funeral on the front page of The Bee is entirely inappropriate.

Re "Adding names to Vietnam Memorial stirs controversy" (Capitol & California, Aug. 26): After the Gulf of Tonkin incident, we were already poised to get involved in the war. I cannot believe that anyone would not note that this very young man was gathering information for the coming war. He deserves to be there with all of his fallen comrades. Having lived through those times, you are part of history. His loss of life deserves to be recognized at the memorial.

Gov. Brown and President Obama are about the same when it comes to illegal immigration. They also have not tried to get the soldier released from prison in Mexico that has been there since March of this year, for making a wrong turn.

The Ferguson tragedy has precipitated violence and weeklong demonstrations. Once again, public officials are there to investigate, bear witness and search for answers. Representatives from federal, congressional and administrative branches were there. A third branch of government was not: the Supreme Court.

Every day, I read an editorial or blog somewhere, that says Obama needs to make up his mind about intervention in some country to stop the horror, America needs to make up her mind, where is our sense of outrage, our sense of duty, why aren't we doing more, etc?

Re "Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen to lead opposition to strong-mayor plan" (City Beat, Aug. 19): Steve Hansen's opposition appears to be sour grapes after being on the losing side of an issue fully considered by the City Council and the city attorney.

Re "Adding names to Vietnam Memorial stirs controversy" (Capitol & California, Aug. 26): I'm a Purple Heart Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I don't see what the controversy is about adding names to the Vietnam Memorial. Any U.S. serviceman who died because of the war in Vietnam, be it outside some combat zone line, exposure to Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder suicide or any other Vietnam-related death deserves some recognition on any Vietnam memorial.

California's drought distress was reported on the front page of my newspaper, The Washington Post. Conservative Californians that so dominate the San Joaquin Valley are getting what they deserve. After their priest of profit, Ronald Reagan, became president, he defunded the Department of Energy's alternative energy research programs and deleted tax breaks needed to expand that infant industry. All of our aspirations for a sustainable, self-reliant economy got thrown on a fossil-fueled altar that Republicans use to enrich their billionaire campaign contributors.

Re "CalPERS fund seeks to lighten risk" (Business, Aug. 24): Although CalPERS earned 18.4 percent in the year ending June 30, they could do better. The total stock market returned 25.2 percent during this same period. Last year, CalPERS paid hedge fund managers $115 million or 2.6 percent in fees. It is a fool's errand to invest in hedge funds which are volatile, have performed poorly over the past years and have excessive management fees that drain away annual returns.

I got a mailer from Doug Ose. There was a link for people to tell him their Obamacare story. I clicked it and reported that Obamacare had gotten me a job at a Health Insurer two years ago when I got laid off. That job ended, and it got me insurance while I was unemployed. Then it got me another job at another health insurer.

Re "Sooner than later, US will have to confront ISIS" (Viewpoints, Aug. 25): Trudy Rubin is right: ISIS must be eliminated before the jihadist militia attacks the U.S.

Re "Ose unsuitable to replace Bera" (Letters, Aug. 25): I always get a kick reading letters from people such as Stephen Farr who know nothing about The Affordable Care Act. It is anything but affordable.

Re "California's school spending should target needy students" (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): We appreciate Assemblywoman Shirley Weber's acknowledgement of the Board of Education's critical role in adopting regulations to help improve our schools. California's new funding laws direct more money where students' needs are greatest and grant more decision-making authority to local districts. Weber's op-ed highlighted critical components now included in regulations. Districts are required to adopt Local Control and Accountability Plans that demonstrate how programs and services for English language learners, low-income students and foster youth are being increased and how funds will be used to improve programs and services in the upcoming year. The law requires districts to detail how services- and expenditures to implement them- are helping schools achieve goals under eight education priorities, including student achievement, parent engagement and access to rigorous curriculum.

Re "Health care law distorted" (Ad Watch, Aug. 23): How does a statement classified as mostly misleading on the Ad Watch scale, not qualify as an outright lie? The dictionary defines a lie as making "a knowingly false statement with intent to mislead."

Re "Residency law used selectively," (Capitol & California, Aug. 25): Dan Walters' article reminded me of Thomas McClintock's residency. He has never lived in the Sierra foothills, where he should. When first elected, there was discussion about where he really lived, and so the residency was pushed aside.

Re "Secret cellphone tracking" (Page A9, Aug. 25): The phone companies have a lot of data on us. The probably get paid well to provide it to the FBI. Now we read that private companies can get this data and sell it.

I have been most impressed with the character and candor of Chris Amaral, who is running for District 2 supervisor. I am also impressed that he is not a career politician and has a strong business background. We can use some of that on the El Dorado Board of Supervisors.

Re "Health care law distorted" (Capitol & California, Aug. 23): Christopher Cadelago accuses Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS of distorting Obamacare for the benefit of Rep. Doug Ose in a TV ad against Ami Bera. What shall we do when Ad Watch is the one doing the distorting?

Re "Bicyclists: Be more careful" (Letters, Aug. 16) and "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): For two days in a row The Bee has published two articles about two pedestrians sustaining severe injuries from collisions with bicyclists; one on a bike path and the other on a Sacramento city street. City streets are hazardous, but so are suburban walkways.

Re "It's futile to guess what he was thinking" (Jack Ohman, Aug. 17): Ohman wrote a refreshing article concerning our ways of jumping to conclusions regarding the reasons behind depression. Nobody really knows except that person, referring to Robin Williams.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): Hilary Abramson's article was a chilling account of what I fear could happen to my neighbor Helen who, at the cusp of 100 years, finds a daily meditation in sweeping her driveway and sidewalk. With poor hearing and eyesight, she is no match for the numerous encounters with idiots riding their bikes on the sidewalk.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I am 88 years old. I need to walk each day, but the sidewalks are quickly becoming unsafe for me to do so. Bicyclists whiz past me, and though I stick to the correct side of the sidewalk, I can never count on bicyclists to obey the rules. I never have had trouble with people who bike in from home going to work. They use the bicycle lanes and are familiar with the rules of the road.

Re "City is making progress in effort to make bicycling safer for all" (Forum, Aug. 17): I have an adult son who is deaf and autistic. He doesn't drive, but he rides the bus, walks and rides a recumbent trike for trips that are too far to walk. He rides on the sidewalk because, in my opinion, riding on the street in Sacramento is far too dangerous.

Re "Gas prices are sure to rise; Senate ought to hear by how much" (Editorial, Aug. 17): Most Californians live in areas with unhealthy air quality, and dirty fossil fuels contribute to billions in annual health and economic costs resulting from pollution-related asthma attacks, heart attacks, emergency room visits and even death. The oil industry has failed to do its part to clean up air pollution, which hits our most vulnerable populations the hardest: children, the elderly, low-income communities and communities of color. According to the American Lung Association in California, when fully implemented, the transition to cleaner fuels as a result of California's landmark policies will save lives and billions in costs, including $23 billion in avoided health and other societal impacts by 2025. Medical and health organizations throughout California support California's clean energy law, AB 32, and the clean fuel policies that are reducing emissions because of lives saved from avoided deaths and illnesses linked to breathing harmful air pollution.

Re "Parking tickets out of control" (Viewpoints, Aug. 23): Ginny Fitzpatrick's article regarding overzealous parking enforcement in Sacramento is spot-on. Several months ago, I parked On J Street by Cesar Chavez Plaza. This stretch of J Street has no meters, so I bought a kiosk parking sticker for one hour. Returning to my car 45 minutes later, I discovered a ticket for parking over lines.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): There is no reasonable argument for violating multiple traffic code sections that would permit or allow cars to drive on sidewalks. The same is true for the operation of bicycles.

Re "What was Robin Williams thinking? You have no idea" (Forum, Aug. 17): That Jack Ohman's candid admission of his own bout with depression did not appear to produce audible gasps, snickers or the risk of losing his job reflects some progress. It's also what readers come to expect from his soul-baring, unfiltered blog.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): Bicyclists are their own worst enemies. By their behavior, they create the impression that they are self-righteous elitists. I write this as a former biker with more than 20 years of bicycle commuting experience.

Re "City is making progress in effort to make bicycling safer for all" (Forum, Aug. 17): Hilary Abramson was smart to bring readers' attention to the alarming number of bicycles weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic in the central city. As one who traverses Capitol Mall and L Street with great frequency, I marvel at the disregard of those on bikes for the safety of those afoot.

Re "DEA tightens rule on widely used painkiller" (Page A8, Aug. 22): If Sen. Joe Manchin has a problem with painkiller abuse in West Virginia, he should limit his prohibition efforts to that state and leave the rest of us alone. The new rule will only harm those who need painkillers the most. Sick people aren't inconvenienced. They're just in pain.

Re "State insists that insurers must cover abortions" (Capitol & California, Aug, 24): California Department of Managed Health Care Executive Director Michelle Rouillard says "Abortion is a basic health care service." Try telling that to the innocent preborn child who is killed by the abortion. I doubt they would agree it is a health care service.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I walk 20 to 40 blocks daily on downtown Sacramento sidewalks and strongly support Hilary Abramson's opinion piece. Bikes and pedestrians in the same confined space leads to serious injuries. One experience includes nearly being run down from behind by a bicyclist and his large, leashed dog.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I was thrilled to read Hillary Abramson's article in The Bee about getting bikes off the sidewalks. I, and my 16-pound dog, have been almost hit more times downtown than I can remember.

Re "Napa earthquake: Power restored to thousands; cleanup continues" (Page A1, Aug. 25): On May 8, I sent emails to Redding's Record Searchlight and KRCR-TV listing underground magma flows that I detect and which could trigger earthquakes. First on my list was "East San Francisco Bay Area." It is due south of Redding. The earthquake happened near Napa, which is also due south of Redding.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I frequently have to ride along Stockton Boulevard between T Street and 2nd Avenue to get to and from meetings at my place of employment. If you think I am going to ride in the street with cars whizzing past going 40 miles an hour and 6 inches from my foot, you have another think coming.

Recently, I was watching Channel 3 and saw a story telling how the Sacramento City Council had written itself into plans for the now-building Kings arena in downtown. Free admission, free parking, free use of a luxury suite that might bring in $200,000 a year on the open market for 20 years. Channel 3 had been tipped off by a Stanford researcher who studied the contract, so I wondered if The Bee had been scooped and how it was covering the story. I went to SacBee.com and continually looked. Nothing. I contacted friends who subscribe. They, too, had seen nothing. Not even a mention in a column or op-ed. Huh? A local journalist asked, "Are they embarrassed about being scooped?" Well, probably, but how can you explain this lack of coverage?

In dialogues with non-Muslims, I'll often ask whether or not they've actually read the Quran. Unfortunately, they often respond, "No need. I see how Muslims like ISIS behave." But have those so-called Muslims read the Quran?

Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): I had to laugh when I saw the news that the strife-torn and violence-wracked city of Davis had purchased a mine-resistant armored vehicle from the Army. It reminded me of an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show," where deputy Barney Fife admonished Sheriff Andy Taylor that the city of Mayberry was in dire straits because they had no machine guns or tear gas. Maybe Davis could procure a B-52 from the Air Force as well. -- Patrick Eady, Sacramento

Re "Ad Watch: Health care law distorted" (Capitol & California, Aug. 23): I'm shocked. Karl Rove's Super PAC, Crossroads GPS, funded by the Koch Brothers and other Republican plutocrats making secret donations, is now runnings ads full of lies and distortions against Democrat Ami Berra? I'm really shocked.

Re "Obama should put ISIS threat at top of agenda" (Editorial, Aug. 23): Your editorial board states that "Obama came off the golf course to condemn the beheading of American journalist James Foley." However, it conveniently left off the crux of the story in that after Obama said his last word at the podium that within 8 minutes he was back on the golf course.

Re "Tax perk proposals seek final big push" (Page A1, Aug. 23): Next time politicians complain of not having enough money for needed government services, just remind them of all the tax giveaways that special interest businesses get. They always say it's about jobs but never offer any proof or final accounting.

Re "Hansen's got guts To defy Kevin Johnson" (Our Region, Aug. 20): The opposition to the "Strong Mayor" Measure L is more broadly based and diverse than Marcos Breton recognizes. It includes a growing coalition of neighborhoods, city employees and good government, including Common Cause as well as the League of Women Voters. Recently, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the nation, the Sierra Club, has decided to oppose this unjustified, high-risk and wealthy special interest backed proposal.

In 1988, George H.W. Bush ran for president. The center piece of his campaign was "Read my lips: no new taxes." After taking office, the economy fell into recession and the tax base eroded, causing huge projected annual deficits. Bush faced the choice between public crucifixion for going back on his promise or raising taxes to stem the tide of rising deficits. Bush put the country before his popularity and did the right thing. It probably cost him the election in 1992.

Re "Parking tickets out of control" (Viewpoints, Aug. 22): I strongly agree with the writer when it comes to signage regarding parking regulations. I have received tickets twice and taken pictures to show the poor placement of signs.

Re "Government Workers Waste Time" (Letters, Aug. 20): While I cannot speak for city employees or their labor relations division, my public sector colleagues and I rarely take breaks and consistently have work meetings during lunch or eat lunch at our desks while working. We do not automatically have jobs for life. Our labor contracts include legal and ethical clauses as grounds for termination or discipline.

Re "Crashes are up in I-80 construction zone" (Page A1, Aug. 21): It is hard to express enough disdain for a public employee such as Dennis Keaton who, at the start of the article says "With these numbers, we are definitely going to look into it," and by the end, tries to shift blame from Caltrans by saying "People are supposed to keep an eye on what's ahead of them."

Gov. Brown is the only thing that stands between us and another silly bill. SB 1022 requires CSUs and requests UCs to provide undergraduates with information about the economic benefits of degrees they might pursue. In a time of high tuition and soaring costs, must we spend money to tell bright college students that electrical engineering is likely to pay better than art history?

Re "Groups spar over bid to drug-test physicians" (Page A1, Aug. 22): This excellent article pointed out the real goal behind Proposition 46: to increase the dollar limit (cap) on MICRA. However, it did not explain that the cap is only on general damages, like pain and suffering, which cannot be measured and are arbitrary. Medical malpractice awards for medical expenses and loss of wages are limitless.

Re "California's share of Bank of America pact" (Business, Aug 22): As usual, The Bee reports big numbers without any context. I refer to the settlement with Bank of America where we are told that California homeowners and pension funds will get $800 million dollars.

Re "Urgent cash call by music festival" (Our Region, Aug. 11): Attending the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee was an important event in my life for many many years, until I sat through a loud salsa concert and decided the Sacramento Music Festival was not for me.

Re "CalPERS sweeps away Brown's reform" (Editorial, Aug. 22): So CalPERS has the ability to raise taxes? With their recent decision to add numerous questionable pay sweeteners to their member's pension pay calculations, isn't CalPERS effectively raising taxes on those ultimately responsible for paying for these pensions? I'm talking about California taxpayers.

Re "Calling journalist's beheading terrorism, US weighs striking Islamic State militants in Syria" (Aug. 24): It was reported that James Foley was beheaded because of the United States policy to never pay ransom. Merriam-Webster defines ransom as: "A consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity."

Re "Obama should've fixed economy" (Letters, Aug. 21): Letter writer Steve Sherman wants to blame President Obama for unrest in Ferguson because "this so-called improving economy" is not improving fast enough.

Re "Friends mourn animal rescuer" (Our Region, Aug. 20): Elaine Greenberg devoted herself to caring for abused, old and feeble Rottweilers. She went without to ensure that they were well-cared for, fed and exercised. T

Re "Holder sympathizes with those who don't trust cops" (Aug. 21): Unbelievable. Here we have the U.S. attorney General, one of the most powerful people in the world, giving the rioters his Ok to not trust cops because of his experience in getting stopped for speeding. Did it occur to Holder that maybe he was speeding when he was stopped and not because of the color of his skin? Or is he saying every time a cop stops a black person, it's because of racist attitudes on both parties?

Re "Ferguson protests prove transformative for many" (Aug. 23): When will the American media learn to distinguish between lawful protesters and rioters? The law-abiding people of America have the right to protest, according to the First Amendment. The rioters have no right to loot, burn and destroy property. Yet somehow the television news and newspaper articles continue to lump the two together.

Re "State's sacred sites should be protected" (Another View, Aug. 21): Assemblyman Mike Gatto's plea for protecting Native American sacred sites seems genuine and heartfelt. However, Gatto's sympathies don't extend to efforts to preserve California's wild places and free-flowing rivers, such as the Mokelumne River.

Re "Brown has a point about low birthrates among well-to-do" (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): Bill Whalen has it backwards. We don't need the wealthy getting busier. We need the rest getting busier - with birth control.

Doug Ose's new TV attack ad for Ami Bera is startling in its dishonesty and inaccuracy. All his so-called facts presented against the Affordable Care Act have been repeatedly debunked and proven false. Ten to fifteen million more Americans now have healthcare from the ACA, and many whose rates supposedly went up as Ose claims flatly refused to go online to get a better, less-costly plan, blinded by their hatred of President Obama. Ose further fabricates the loss of millions of dollars due to Bera, while failing to include the offset savings in other areas.

Re "Knife doesn't justify shooting" (Letters, Aug. 21): Once again we see a letter from someone who second guesses the police in a life or death situation. Walter Graviet claims he is "unable to understand how a person with a knife can pose a sufficient threat to law enforcement to justify shooting him."

Re "Davis acquires mine-resistant war vehicle while some complain of militarization of police" (Page A1, Aug. 21): It was tragic to read that the city of Davis has acquired a mine-resistant war vehicle. Davis continues to tell its residents that it does not have enough money and asks for tax increase after tax increase to maintain basic services. It is unbelievable to hear the city say that a vehicle that cost the U.S taxpayers $689,000 and must be maintained with staff trained in its usage is free.

Re "Friends Mourn Animal Rescuer" (Our Region, Aug. 20): Thank you for the article on Elaine Greenberg. I did not know Greenberg and never heard of her until the story about the seizure of her dogs.

Re "Jumping the gun on innocence" (Letters, Aug. 21): James McCandless criticizes the editorial board for saying Michael Brown had a right to presumption of innocence and due process of the law, but it doesn't extend the privilege to Officer Darren Wilson. Yet, two sentences later, he states that Brown "had stolen from, and physically abused a store clerk." As if Brown was already tried and convicted of the crime.

Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): Don't forget this administration is the one who authorized the giving away of military equipment to our cities' police departments. For what real purpose? To enhance their choice of tools to combat violence and criminals? Possibly.

Re "Video intended to shift focus" (Letters, Aug. 21): Video intended to shift focus? Perhaps - in that it provided much-needed balance to initial false claims - something missing from most media coverage of the incident up to that point.

Re "Lobbyists work to kill California bill that would outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags" (Aug. 20): A solution to saving animals, millions of dollars and helping the environment is simple: ban single-use plastic bags. Plastic pollution lasts for generations. This is not a legacy we want to leave. Every year, California uses 19 billion single-use plastic bags, but only 3 percent are recycled. The remaining plastic bags pollute our streets, parks, rivers and beaches. Cleaning up marine debris, including bags, costs millions of dollars yearly. Momentum is building with over a third of Californians already living in one of the 115 cities and counties that have banned plastic bags. Plastic is created using nonrenewable fossil fuels and never fully decomposes. These plastic remnants tarnish our parks, pollute our waterways and become a food source for aquatic animals. According to National Geographic, some endangered leatherback sea turtles have up to 11 pounds of plastic in their stomachs because they mistake plastic debris for jellyfish.

Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): Using the logic behind Davis getting an MRAP, I think they would be better suited in obtaining a railroad locomotive. Tracks run right through the center of town, and you never know when you might have to deal with trains getting out of control ar something nasty happening.

Re "Legislature shouldn't favor old" (Viewpoints, Aug. 20): While Barbara O'Connor, former professor and writer for hire, does her best to portray Uber and Lyft as some new business model, when it is just a version of the taxi services in third world countries except with a modern twist.

Re "Knife doesn't justify shooting" (Letters, Aug. 21): A knife is considered a deadly weapon. If somebody is lunging at you with a knife, are you going to take some time to decide where you should shoot him or by instinct are you going to shoot and just hope you stop him before he hurts you? What makes you think that a shot to the leg will allow seizure of the knife? The attacker could still be coming at you, especially if he is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): I very much agree the accumulation of military garb puts a greater distance between the police and the community, but your editorial missed a critical point. As long as we allow people to possess and carry military level weapons, police will always have a ready excuse to use a heavily armored military level response.

Re "Brown has a point about low birthrates among well-to-do" (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): Midway through his article I thought Bill Whalen had it right when he said "individual men and women making choices," but then he went on to suggest ways in which the well-to-do could have more children. There are more low-income children who already have kids. They have choices: a six-pack of beer costs $5.47, while a 12-pack of condoms cost $6.47.

Re "Brown critical of CALPERS" (Capitol & California, Aug. 21): The Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System has reached another pinnacle of irresponsibility. With CALPERS already underfunded, the board has voted irresponsibly to include special payments in calculations for pension benefits. With their 7 to 5 vote of approval the Board is sending an open invitation to courts, the public and others to attack pensions of the members of CALPERS.

Why are American workers anti-EPA and wanting to impeach Obama for the EPA requiring standards on coal companies to clean up their emissions and toxic ponds which leak into our rivers and earth contaminating it and making it unusable for human consumption, killing fish, and other wild habitat. Why aren't these workers marching on their employers who are the one's contributing these toxins and climate change producing substances into our air, water and land? Why aren't they demanding that their employer's clean up their act? That is what the EPA is trying to get these coal industries to do.

Re "Government workers waste time" (Letters, Aug. 20): I'm not sure why Sally Worthing of Granite Bay wrote. As an actual citizen of Sacramento, I've had nothing but exceptional service from its workers. So much so that I just mailed a letter to our mayor commending his City 311, Code Compliance, and Zoning Departments' staff. Only one day after my complaint was filed, these workers investigated and shut down a neighbor who was disturbing the peace and running an illegal business from his garage.

The usual local suspects have convened a meeting of the concerned over the events in Ferguson, led by Mayor Kevin Johnson. I do not recall such concern for the huge amount of black on black crime commonly perpetrated in our own city.

Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): As a long-time Davis resident, I understand the need for a tank in the city. Picnic Day has increasingly become more boisterous, and I think I saw a student with a bazooka at Trader Joe's the other day.

Re "Hansen takes a risk in opposing Johnson on 'strong mayor'" (Our Region, Aug. 19): Marcos Breton's admonition that Steve Hansen will find it impossible to work with Mayor Kevin Johnson after the election should the strong mayor initiative not pass because "KJ don't play that game" is probably the strongest argument to date that the initiative should not be supported.

I generally support the president, but his rush to play golf after delivering the James Foley condolence message was unseemly and actually disgusting. Has he lost all sense of tact and decency?

Re "Prison drop crowding county jails" (Capitol & California, Aug. 20): In the 1960s, California had the best statewide correctional system in the country. The state actually analyzed and operated corrections as a system rather than dealing with 58 county and two state systems.

I ask our representatives in local, state and national government to think of what their definition of Democracy is. Here is mine:

Re "ISIS beheads US journalist in video, threatens another" (Nation/World, Aug. 20): Perhaps this is mere semantics, but words mean things. The evil man who murdered James Foley is a terrorist, not a fighter. The article mentions "a masked black-clad fighter with a knife in one hand," and then goes on to say he warned that more Americans would be killed if there were more U.S. attacks on ISIS "fighters". It goes on to say the "fighter then killed Foley."

Re "Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola" (Page A1, Aug. 20): Three cheers to The Bee for its level-headed, fact-based reporting on Ebola, unlike other news agencies and online phishing efforts that sensationalize and worry the populous to their gain.

Re "City can't thrive without the arts (Viewpoints, Aug. 16): Classical music and opera are not totally dead in Sacramento. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Christian Baldini, will be starting its 52nd season with four concerts in the Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College on September 27. CSO's programs will offer a variety of music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. One program will feature Malcolm MacKenzie performing celebrated arias from Verdi, Rossini and Mozart.

Re "McDonald's seeks recipe to move past fast food image" (Business, Aug. 18): If McDonald's wants to change its menu with the times, it would be to have vegan options.

Re "West Sac may limit gun sales" (Our Region, Aug. 19): I don't recall ever buying a gun in West Sacramento and have no intentions of doing so, but I read the article with a great deal of interest. The question that came to my mind was "Why?"

Re "Mo'ne Davis inspires girls to dream with Little League star-power" (SacBee.com, Aug. 20): Someone once asked "When do you think we'll see a woman ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church?" A cynical answer was "About the same time we see a girl pitch a shutout against some of the nation's best boy players in the Little League World Series."

Re "Missouri Calls in the Troops" (Page A1, Aug. 19) Ferguson in 2014 looks like Birmingham in 1963 on steroids.

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