Re "U.S. border with Mexico shouldn't be a killing zone" (Editorials, March 12): Your editorial outlines the big problems with our current immigration policy. A militarized border obviously is not working.
A much simpler and cheaper alternative is available. Canada's current law penalizes employers who hire non-citizens. We could spend a fraction of the money we now spend on the Border Patrol to help employers with due diligence in confirming status of prospective employees.
Re "DA candidates draw battle lines over realignment" (Page A1, March 12): The Bee's Andy Furillo nailed it again with his article about realignment of prisoners from state prison to local jails and probation. This program has great potential to improve the way we treat incarcerated criminals.
Re "Health plan is GOP's baby" (Letters, March 12): Mark Dempsey of Orangevale wrote that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a "thoroughly Republican proposal."
Re "Barrage of rockets from Gaza hits southern Israel" (Page A10, March 13): Once again Israeli towns and cities were under attack from Gaza. Just a few days after a ship from Iran was intercepted with 30 long-range rockets, Israel found herself under attack. At least one rocket was headed for Sacramento's sister city Ashkelon. It was intercepted and destroyed by Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system.
Re "Skeptical of climate 'religion' " (Letters, March 12): The writer calling climate change "the new religion of environmental fanatics" does not help us work together on a problem that involves all of us.
Re "Area gas up 32 cents in month" (Business, March 12): I notice gas prices are going up again. It's hard to figure why. It was easy to know when George W. Bush was president. It was his fault; he was rewarding his cronies in the oil business. I know that for a fact because I read it in The Bee.
Re "Police: Man asked to be shot" (Our Region, March 10): Within less than a week, Sacramento police officers shot and killed one man on a light-rail train and seriously wounded a second man. In both incidents, officers shot the upper body.
Re "U.S. border shouldn't be a killing zone" (Editorials, March 12): The Bee's editorial board is good at giving advise from afar.
Re "Feinstein blasts computer probe" (page A1, March 12): Is this the same Sen. Dianne Feinstein who supported, and proposed to expand, government access to National Security Agency databases? Warrantless searches? Clear violations of the Fourth Amendment? No problem. National security. Trust us.
Re "Russian action in Crimea revives fear in Baltics," (Page A1, March 10): President Barack Obama is content to minimize the government's obligation to provide national security. He allowed severe cuts to military preparedness in people, training, and equipment. His decisions are budget related, so it's time to re-institute the military draft.
Re "Feinstein blasts computer probe" (Page A1, March 12): Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports spying on the public by the National Security Agency. Now that she is being spied on by the CIA, she is upset.
I'm all signed up with Blue Shield of California. I know this because I've received notice from Blue Shield telling me so. The letter also says how important customer service is to Blue Shield.
Re "Carbon tax is best remedy" (Letters, March 12): Carbon tax is no solution. It merely allows an industry that produces too much carbon to offset its by using unused carbon points of another industry and paying a tax on that, which tax is supposedly used for green energy.
Re "Story of clock shift may be a tall tale" (Editorials, March 11): Daylight saving time clock adjustment is worthless exercise.
Re "Skeptical of climate 'religion'" (Letters, March 12): In the early 1980's, my husband and I were writing to a missionary close to the arctic circle in an Inuit village.
Re "Skeptical of climate `religion'" (Letters, March 12): As an "environmental fanatic" who owns stock in two gas companies and happens to have a physics degree, let me address Jim Hudock's s concern about the myth of global cooling in the 1970s.
Re "Story of clock shift may be a tall tale", (Page A10, March 11): Mariel Garza made a great case for leaving daylight saving time back in the 20th Century. I totally agree.
Re "You'll get what you deserve" (Letters, March 11): Letter writer Dean Stoller sarcastically thanks Democrats, President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the "Unaffordable Care Act."
Re "Standard tests' values? It's all about the money" (Viewpoints, March 11): Bruce Maiman's skewering of the SAT concept and pointing out the fiscal reality were right on the money.
Requiring the SAT for college admission is like riding a stationary bicycle. Sure, you're getting exercise, but you're going nowhere.
The high cost does nothing more than add to a student's educational debt and discourage others from going for a degree. I's give Maiman's column a score of 1600.