Re "Governor, Mexico form pact to fight climate change" (Page A1, July 29): Gov. Brown has consistently shown leadership in tackling global warming, signing agreements with various regions and countries to reduce carbon pollution, most recently Mexico. Both California and Mexico have plans in place to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have implemented important carbon pricing systems. California has a cap-and-trade system, while Mexico has a modest carbon tax.
Re "Boosting Palestinian president is best hope to end war in Gaza" (Viewpoints, July 26): According to Trudi Rubin, the problem of Gaza is Hamas. If only they would be as accommodating as Abbas, everything will be fine. For whom?
Re "An idiot's guide to inequality" (Viewpoints, July 24) Since inequality in America is destabilizing, who will act? Currently, Congress is not working well as witnessed by the passing of a child tax cut for the rich, without extending the tax cut for the poor.
Re "Israeli shelling hits U.N.-run school" (Page A1, July 25): The Bee ran a front-page story July 25 with the headline "Israeli shelling hits U.N.-run school." The Wall Street Journal ran the same story on Page 8 with the title "U.N. Shelter for Palestinans is Shelled", subtitle "Israel says it fought militants in the Area where 16 people were killed, but an errant Hamas rocket may be at fault." The Bee also ran a bloody picture of a Palestinian on the front page. As of now investigators believe it was a Hamas Rocket.
Re "Obama calls cease-fire in Gaza imperative/developments in the Gaza conflict" (Page A8, July 28) and Jewish Federation ad (Page A9, July 28): Photos and news stories about the Israeli assault on Gaza shock the conscience. Israel has been carrying out air strikes and other military operations that have resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, most of them civilians. In a series of statements, newspaper ads and events the Jewish Federation of Sacramento has expressed unconditional support for Israeli military attacks on Gaza.
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Re "A lot is riding on finding culprit in honeybee deaths" (Editorial, July 27): Responsibility to save the honeybees comes with us as individuals in demanding companies as Home Depot, Lowe's and BJ's Wholesale Club to stop selling bee-killing pesticides, and boycotting them until they do.
Re "Can open primaries save the world?" (Editorial, July 28): Sen. Chuck Schumer is wrong to suggest the top two election process is a good idea. For who? If one lives in a civilized community and has a chance to vote for either Assemblyman Roger Dickinson or Assemblyman Richard Pan, that is a good choice.
Re "Crews gain on wildfire" (Page A1, July 28): When did this happen? I read the Sacramento Bee. I have for decades. Recently, I've noticed that not a day goes by without a story about a drought, a wildfire, tornadoes, flooding, extreme weather, rising seas or melting glaciers. It wasn't always like this. Certainly, there were weather-related storied, but every day?
Re "Israel vs Gaza" (The Drawing Board, July 27): Although many of us are saddened by all the deaths occurring in the Middle East, your editorial cartoons present an unfair and biased picture of the conflict.
Re Voluntary water conservation not effective, data show (SacBee.com, July 28): So, let me get this right: despite statewide messages clearly illuminating the danger California is in, water usage increased in Southern California. Yet, Gov. Brown's pet project of building tunnels through sensitive ecosystems to divert millions of gallons of water to water-addicted Southern California is still moving forward.
Re "Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo" (Nation/World, July 25): The Ebola virus demands that extreme care be exercised when bringing children from Africa to homes in the United States. It is nice to be well-intended about the plight of innocent children, but to potentially unleash the Ebola virus on our country would be catastrophic for our country.
Re "A healthy dose of concern about West Nile spraying" (Editorial, July 25): I would like to suggest that the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control officials look into using copepods instead of toxic aerial spraying.
Re "Indicted senators insult voters by collecting salary" (Editorial, July 28): I totally agree with your editorial and I have a suggestion: I would like to see one of our "still unsullied" senastors carry new legislation to the floor requiring that the salaries of Leland Yee, Rob Calderon, Rod Wright and any others who just haven't been caught yet be placed in an interest-bearing account. If they are found innocent, the money would be given to them. If guilt is confirmed, the money could be returned to the taxpayers.
Re "California's tech classes facing peril" (Capitol & California, July 20): Dan Walters put California on notice, but I disagree that "offering CTE is one of our best antidotes to the dropout crisis." Career Technical Education, aka vocational education, is as important, if not more important, than a bachelor's degree.
Re "State lawmakers should stay out of Armenian conflict" (Viewpoints, July 5): One of the reasons why Elnur Aydinov and other opponents of independence for Nagorno-Karabakh will find it difficult to persuade Armenians to return to Azerbaijani sovereignty is that two years ago President Ilham Aliyev and his government pardoned, praised, paid and promoted Azeri officer Ramil Safarov, convicted of axing to death a sleeping Armenian officer in Hungary.
Re "Brown may dodge key issues in Mexico visit" (Page A1, July 27): Mexico is our border neighbor but not a nice one.
Re "A grizzly bear homecoming? A reality that bites" (Editorials, July 20): In trying to keep an open mind and find a solution to the prospect of grizzlies in the Sierra, I would suggest a legal instrument option by the Center of Biological Diversity. Make the center have a $10 million fully guaranteed bond in place for every human death caused by grizzly bears in the Sierra over the next 50 years.
Re "Culture of indifference" (Forum, July 13): This article has brought many responses from readers. Certainly our country cannot benefit from voters who don't care and don't understand the issues or candidates on the ballot. As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a democratic society. You can vote or not vote, you can educate yourself or not. By choosing not to vote, you have decided to let others make the rules for how you live. You have decided to forfeit a precious right that comes with being a citizen of this country.