Re "Police too quick to shoot" (Page A12, March 5): Gabriella Nevarez' death was unnecessary. However, it never would have happened if she had stopped after being pulled over for investigation of vehicle theft. She, not the police, chose not to comply, reaching speeds of 70 mph, putting other drivers in jeopardy, and ramming two police vehicles at separate locations.
Re "Bera votes with GOP on health care plan" (Page A4, March 6): Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, voted with Republicans to delay the Affordable Care Act individual mandate for a good reason.
Re "Management, labor agree on plastic bag ban" (Viewpoints, March 5): The dust hasn't settled on the recession. So it's bothersome that our elected officials are pursing legislation that threatens the jobs of the 2,000 hard-working Californians employed by the plastic bag industry.
In recent years, I attended the funerals of 21-year-old Devin LePierro shot and killed by law enforcement after a foot pursuit, and of 26-year-old LaMarr Alexander shot and killed after a car chase. I spoke with a friend of a 19-year-old shot and killed in a parking lot after attempting to flee.
Re "Carry-on crackdown:United enforces bag size" (Business, March 6): Finally! Nothing is more annoying then not being able to place your one carry-on bag in the overhead bin directly above your seat. Those metal sizing boxes should be used more at check-in counter, not some distance away. The normal roller bag seems to have given way to a much larger and heavier carry-on. I have to laugh every time I see someone struggling to lift and then stuff their bag in the overhead. I have also noticed the stewards are carrying multiple bags on. So they should set an example, not abuse it.
- Liz Forsman, Sacramento
Re "A Marine shows what a true hero is" (Editorials, March 6): Seldom do I agree with anything written in The Sacramento Bee. We are light years apart on most issues. However, I wholly concur with you regarding Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee.
He was and always will be a Marine's Marine. Without doubt, Maj. Lee is posthumously deserving of the Medal of Honor for his action in Korea. He epitomized what a United States Marine should be. He truly lived to the code of the US Marine Corps.
Re "Police too quick to shoot" (Letters, March 5): The woman who was shot by police had numerous chances to stop before she rammed into two police cars in a residential street. Letter writer letter writer Esatcan Gencer wants to have the police to shoot out the tires. Too much time at the movies.
They could miss and the bullet might ricochet and hit a bystander. I believe police officers had no choice.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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" (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.