Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Girls will change Boy Scout Troop 121. Take it from someone who knows

Re “Boy Scouts will no longer be boys-only, and not everyone is happy about it” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11): I am a Boy Scout with Troop 121 in Granite Bay. I am writing to you about girls being allowed into the Boy Scouts. Recently, girls have been let into the Boy Scouts after many families demanded it. My opinion is that girls have other options for leadership training and camp like what we do in Boy Scouts. However, boys don’t have that many options other than Boy Scouts for those things. So I think it should be kept to boys. My mom asked how I would feel if a girl did eventually join Troop 121. I told her I would be fine with it, but it will be different for everyone that's for sure.

Opinion

Letters: Will Tom McClintock keep his word?

Re “Trump’s latest attempt to gut Obamacare takes direct aim at 650,000 of our neighbors” (Editorials, sacbee.com, Oct. 13): Donald Trump has violated a few issues important to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. First, eliminating the cost sharing reductions will, according to the Congressional Budget Office, add $198 billion to the federal deficit. Second, Trump usurped Congress's authority over the issue of healthcare. Third, this action leaves 17,000 of his constituents in the lurch as far as healthcare. One wonders if McClintock will take to the House floor to voice his displeasure and dissent now that a member of his Republican party controls the White House. Further still, what might he say if any of the 17,000 show up for his next town hall in O'Neals on Oct. 19 to voice displeasure of with McClintock, if he agrees with Trump’s actions?

Opinion

Letters: Reasons to love California

Re “California sues Trump to preserve Obamacare discounts” (sacbee.com, Oct. 13): Hurricanes, wild fires, mass shootings, sexual predation, Dreamer deportations, warmongering politicians. It’s been pretty hard to look at The Sacramento Bee lately. But then we read: Year of free college OK’d; State sues Trump to preserve Obamacare discounts; California becomes first state to ban sales from puppy mills. I love us California. Here we are bucking the trend and doing right by those who are poor and vulnerable. What a refreshing, encouraging start to the day.

Opinion

Letters: Trump is hurting Americans

Re “Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies” (sacbee.com, Oct. 13): Take the blinders off, folks. Remember when Republicans said the Affordable Care Act was a death warrant? Guess what: Trump just changed that to “No money - too bad.” I quit my middle class job with full benefits to care for our mother. Before I reach Medicare, the ACA has been my lifesaver. That will end without the subsidies. For everyone else, this means higher (unaffordable) premiums, exclusions for pre-existing illnesses, and high deductibles for health services. Trump has a mentality of every man for himself. Hey, after all one nation under a white God. We have the right to a great America. I’m not so sure anymore that’s where we are heading under the Trump.

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump is a vindictive president

Re “Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies” (sacbee.com, Oct. 13): President Donald Trump must wake up every morning wondering how he can undermine his predecessor, and it usually ends in meanness. Today, terminating aid to the most vulnerable in our population needing health care under the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week, ended the Clean Power Plan, Obama's plan to combat climate change and provide healthy air. The end of DACA, ordering the end of gun ownership for mentally ill people, the list goes on. Our thin-skinned president can’t get past jokes at his expense that he earned through his ridiculous Birther movement. The result: pain and suffering for our most vulnerable. I would say his vindictiveness was childish, but I do not know any children who possess this level of meanness.

Opinion

Letters: Single payer health care is the path forward

Re “Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies” (sacbee.com, Oct. 13): The anti-Trump media lead with he is “choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage.” Read on and you’ll find that he is not “choosing,” but following the court’s ruling to end illegal cost-sharing with insurers that protects them from their own losses, and it does not affect the federal assistance to people. Get off the anti-Trump thing and focus on the real problem, health care’s unsustainable high cost. The Affordable Care Act doesn’t control costs, and Trump’s plan doesn’t either, unrealistically relying on individuals to somehow haggle to keep costs down. In the past, both parties and Trump have toyed with the idea of a single payer health care system. All other developed countries have gone to this, as the only way to effectively control costs and provide health care for all. Why don’t we?

Opinion

Letters: Steyer’s talk of Trump impeachment fires up Trump’s base

Re “Steyer takes a shot at Feinstein, ‘very much looking at the Senate seat’” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11) Maybe Tom Steyer understands the strategy and objectives of the shadowy puppet-masters, such as Robert and Rebekah Mercer, who engineered Trump’s election. If so, he should tell the rest of us. If not, he’s a fool. If Trump’s masters simply wanted extremely pro-rich politics, they had many potential figureheads available who would have better served that goal. They picked a mentally unstable, inarticulate buffoon for a reason. Talk of impeachment galvanizes Trump’s base. A serious impeachment attempt would magnify his base’s militancy. Successful impeachment may tip them toward violent revolution. Whether this attempted revolution would be more beneficial to homegrown Nazis or to Vlad Putin is unclear. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is more conservative than am I, but her patience toward Trump translates to me as giving him enough rope so he’ll destroy his constituency himself. Democrats could help by promoting policies that benefit low-income rural people.

Opinion

Letters: We’re all climate change victims

Re “On fire from Disneyland to Wine Country, California must rethink disaster risk” (Editorials, Oct. 10): We have been overwhelmed by heartbreaking images from Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and now Northern California. The consequences that climate science has been predicting for years are now stitched into our daily existence. It seems particularly bizarre and even cruel that Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt would choose this moment to proudly announce plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Clean Power Plan. Pruitt’s announcement is consistent with President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. These decisions are powerful setbacks at just the moment that an aggressive leadership role from America is required to fight climate change. The spectacles we have been witnessing are only a foreshadowing of what we will face in the future. Let’s grieve for today’s victims, and for ourselves, the inevitable televised victims of the future.

Opinion

Letters: Robots will take truckers’ jobs

Re “Trump turns back to tax overhaul; pitch aimed at truckers” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11): Truckers should be much more concerned about the coming robotic take over of truck driving than thinking some imaged tax break will help. Robotics will take over many jobs in the coming years. We need to get planning on how to manage this very scary job future.

Opinion

Letters: Tom McClintock defends decent Americans

Re “Letters: Family leave + Las Vegas shooting + Longer sentences + Tom McClintock” (Letters, Oct. 5): Letter writer John Garon says Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has “a sick mind” for standing up for the right of decent Americans to defend themselves against gun predators. Odd he couldn’t find it within himself to express the same outrage against the Las Vegas shooter, or any of the other terrorists, criminal and madmen who prey on the innocent and unarmed.

Opinion

Letters: Tom McClintock’s accomplishments

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, pushes an absurd narrative that constituents who don’t share his views are a threat to freedom. He undermines the neighborly unity his district builds across political differences. McClintock’s rhetoric may play well in D.C., but fostering local divisions for political gain is shameful. Why is McClintock sowing distrust? He has nothing else to say. McClintock has accomplished little. Repeating nine years of campaign promises would only remind us of his ineffectiveness. Instead, McClintock conjures a menace to shirk responsibility. He plays us for fools. Perhaps he’s too comfortable in his seat, or maybe he’s genuinely worried about his slipping popularity. Whatever the reason, his calls for our support have become increasingly pathetic. We deserve better representation.

Opinion

Letters: Sorting out the Folsom Lake E.coli

Re “Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma had high E. coli readings. Should the public be warned?” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11): E.coli are good bacteria found in the intestines of all mammals. They keep us healthy, aiding in digestion and producing vitamins for our bodies. These E.coli are harmless bacteria used as an indicator for fecal contamination. When found in lakes and rivers, they should not to be confused with the E.coli found in undercooked hamburger that can kill. Although E.coli have the same name, so do all Homo sapiens. It is like confusing your doctor with a murderer on the street. Good E.coli levels rise in waterways when there is an abundance of fecal material present from runoff into our lakes and rivers. This occurs dramatically after the first rain, especially in areas where there is an abundance of geese and dogs. As a rule, I will not swim or kayak within a week of the first rain, not because of E.coli, but because of the other fecal-borne microbes that may have come along with it that can make you sick.

Opinion

Letters: Repealing Clean Power Plan is bad news for children

Re “EPA set to repeal rule on power plants’ carbon emissions” (Page 1A, Oct. 10): As an air pollution researcher and a parent, I am incredibly concerned that Scott Pruitt, U.S Environmental Protection Agency director, is proposing to revoke the Clean Power Plan and give power plants a license to pollute. This action puts children and other vulnerable people in harm’s way due to air pollution and climate change. The Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015, would have substantially reduced carbon pollution and other power plant emissions, and prevented an estimated 90,000 asthma attacks in children and 3,600 premature deaths each year once fully implemented. The EPA must reduce carbon pollution because it drives climate change and endangers human health. Climate change leads to warmer temperatures and wildfires, increasing smog formation and particle pollution that cause asthma attacks and premature deaths. More than 1 million children in California suffer from asthma. I urge Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to defend the Clean Power Plan.

Opinion

Letters: Dianne Feinstein should set an example by retiring

Re “Dianne Feinstein’s re-election shouldn’t be a coronation. But here’s what foes will face” (Editorials, Oct. 10): In her 85th year and a quarter century in her latest political office, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has decided to run again. This term would keep her in office past her 90th birthday. What is it with some politicians like Feinstein and Sen. John McCain? Wealthy beyond imagination, they have nothing better to do than walking the halls of Congress and being interviewed on television? Do they think they're indispensable? Feinstein doesn’t have to worry that a Republican will replace her. She would be succeeded by a “progressive” Democrat who will vote just as she would. Please retire, senator, and set an example for others addicted to the political trappings of Washington.

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