Re "Capitol has class on ethics" (Page A1, April 24): I am a Democrat supporter but the recent announcement of an ethics training course for legislators made me laugh. It is disingenuous at best.

Re "Board rejects Indian temple location" (Our Region, APril 24): The article refers to the audience at the appeal hearing by ethic categorizations, apparently attempting to add some credence to the race and religious-baiting tactics of the project proponents. Not once did any of the proponents attempt to justify this misguided project on its merits, instead attempting to guise the appellants' case as discriminatory. On the other hand, the local residents clearly outlined the safety, security, and noise concerns, as well as what appeared to be a failure in due diligence on the part of planners to accurately portray the appropriateness of the site in question. The Herald community has no room for this sort of bigotry and the residents simply do not tolerate it. The characterization of the attendees at the Board hearing in terms of their ethnic backgrounds has no place in the story and falsely colors the true nature of the discussion.

Re "Who holds the picket sign?" (Letters, April 23): Guess what? We are real employees. We are retirees and others brave enough to stand for what we were promised and worked our entire careers for: Our medical benefits and pensions.

In this era of hyper-partisanship an event last night that went largely unnoticed deserves some thought and recognition. The 49th Capitol Community Seder drew about 150 people from all political stripes and religions including Legislative leaders, lobbyists and staffers. The ceremony included the reading of one passage in several languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Farsi, Hindi, Armenian, Hebrew and English. Passover celebrates the exodus of the Jews out of salvery and into freedom. Sharing this tradition with people of so many other cultures and faiths is one of the joys of the holiday. Sharingit in theCapitol community is a reminder that though we may have differences, culturally, religiously and politically, there is much more that binds us together than seperates us.

Re "Super PAC already has eye on vital TV ads this fall" (The Buzz, April 21): We know money usually can buy or greatly influence elections in a district.

Re "Great run by locals in Boston" (Marcos Breton, April 23): Marcos Breton's column was much appreciated, as it profiled several amazing local runners who excelled in the Boston Marathon Monday. As pointed out, our community is one of the top running areas of the country; lots of us even in our 60's and 70's are still getting "personal bests", even doing ultra-marathons. We have many running clubs in and around town, many great coaches and stores that specialize in running, and races that draw from all over the world). The numbers of local folks starting- then staying in- running grow and grow. Yet the running coverage in the Sports section is almost nil. How about more consistent, in-depth coverage of running events and runners in the Sports section? Marcos Breton knows the community well.

Re "Cleaning up coal emissions through cap and trade" (Viewpoints, April 24): Coal is evil and Greg Arnold profiting from Cap and Trade Taxation is good.

Re "McKinley plan draws two crowds" (Our Region, April 22): Why does The Bee keep referring to this small piece of undeveloped land as awkward? There’s nothing awkward about land that has miraculously escaped the greedy clutches of developers for this long. It’s a pleasure to see the birds, grasses and flowers while trapped on the freeway.

Re "No fan of the homeless" (Letters, April 23): Shari Baelfyr's understanding of the homeless problem is sadly typical of so many in our community. She assumes the homeless fall into one of two categories: those who are mentally ill and those who chose to be homeless as a lifestyle and work the system.

Re "On stowaway's joyride, where was the TSA?" (Page A16, April 23): Thank you for saying what I've been thinking for years.

Re "Old tax bill generates new lawsuit" (Capital & California, April 21): Why do people who live in California fail to meet their obligations to the state? I know at least two people who have lived and worked here for several years who have at least one car licensed out of California.

Re "Field Poll: Drought Responses Split California" (April 16): This poll highlights the need to educate Californians. While the option in the poll, "users not using existing supplies efficiently" has validity, this is attributed to wasteful output.

Re "Tesla should return state's favor" (Dan Morain, April 20): As a gear head captivated by Tesla's bold engineering, build quality and stunning performance, it's gratifying to see Elon Musk's efforts bringing him such success, especially in California.

Re "McKinley plan draws two crowds" (Our Region, April 22): The current plan for McKinley Village intends to shift the problem of a risky real estate purchase to the community of East Sacramento. The developers bought an awkward strip of land without direct car access. They insist building a highway exit or Alhambra Street entrance makes the development too costly.

Re "Arena cost up, but not for city" (Page A1 April 22) As an unwilling, pending part-owner of a publicly financed arena a couple things came to mind about the revised agreement.

Re "U.S. middle class loses ground 'round the world" (April 23): The land of opportunity and the home of the strongest middle class no longer exist in this country. The slow stagnation of working American wages has resulted in the rest of the world surpassing us. Since the Supreme Court has made it clear that money is speech and the more money you have, the better you’re heard, Congress is being subverted by the influx of money from millionaires and billionaires.

We know Easter is a major Christian holiday, but your front page coverage of Christians reading the Bible during Lent does not meet my need for news. On the other hand, I found no coverage of Earth Day in Sacramento.

Re "Fix50 shows lack of foresight on mass transit" (Viewpoints, April 22): Bruce Maiman's article should be reprinted on Page A1 in bold print, several times a year. Is there one media member or local leader who has the wherewithal to look at the source of the problem? Perhaps a responsible moratorium on urban sprawl until a meaningful system of public transportation is in place? Instead, we have been treated to a chorus of anticipatory hand-wringing, without leadership or journalistic thoughtfulness. Thank you Mr. Maiman for raising awareness.

I would like to publicly thank Andy Bird, a member of Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro's staff, for his help with a problem I had with getting authorization from State Fund Insurance.

Re "Fix50: first days": Like most Downtown/Midtown residents, I prepared myself for Fix50. I did the errands, stocked up, planned flexible trips and routes and even committed to the bicycle and walking for the next two months.

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