Letters to the Editor

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump wants a military parade? Seriously?

Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): Donald Trump’s turn to embrace the symbol of dictatorships, a display of military might with stiff-legged strutting soldiers, completes his journey to occupy the same stage as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Trump reverts to be a child playing with his toy soldiers surrounded by their armaments. Trump believes he needs to boast that his march exceeds them all. Men and women who risk their lives in the service of our nation are not movie extras in a reality show episode and their sacrifice is much more than a half-time celebration. Trump reveals again his dismal readiness to govern and his preference to be a drum major.

Opinion

Letters: Trump’s military parade would be silly, costly and polluting

Re Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): For my 10th birthday, my dreams were fulfilled when I got the highly sought after Remco Bulldog tank. I’ll bet President Donald Trump had one too. In the desire of a U.S. military parade, it seems Trump either has a lingering case of childhood fantasy or wishes to flaunt his braggadocio. (I think it’s really the precision of the North Korean military parades that have him going). Either way, he’s dragging us along on yet another a wild ride, one that will cost millions: in taxpayer dollars and in CO2 emissions.

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump’s wasteful military parade

Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): Lots of money can be saved if President Trump is able to wait until July 4th. There will be a parade somewhere featuring our military. The President need only schedule his golf game before or after this event.

Opinion

Letters: Private landowners can help sustain Sierra forests

Re “California’s great Sierra forests are dying. We all have a stake in saving them” (Editorials, Feb. 13): We support the call for increased forest management to restore forests for the benefits they provide. Without immediate intervention, our forests and their surrounding communities will continue to be at risk because of unhealthy and overcrowded forests. And the clean air and water; wildlife habitat; wood products; clean energy, and more will cease to exist. That is not an option for California’s most treasured resource. While we begin the restoration process, we must recognize that our industrial forestland owners, who represent more than 4 million acres, have been sustainably managing their forests for generations. They have the knowledge, research and best practices to manage for multiple uses. A comprehensive plan that takes into account local and state objectives can be achieved. We must look to them for examples of how it can benefit our environment and economy, and we must work together on a solution that benefits us all.

Opinion

Letters: Devin Nunes’ memo is a partisan Republican ploy to derail Robert Mueller

Re “President Trump and Devin Nunes put politics above America’s security and institutions” (Editorials, Feb. 1): The House Intelligence Committee’s memo is sloppy. It claims Christopher Steele’s “dossier” on Donald Trump was an essential part of the Carter Page FISA Court renewal, but offered no evidence at all for that claim. Instead, the memo wanders to an unsubstantiated critique of the dossier and Steele’s press connections and to irrelevant emails related to Trump by FBI agent Pete Strzok (fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. These matters are unrelated to the FISA warrants for Page, who had been under FBI scrutiny since 2013 for his connections with Russian spies, one of whom was later jailed for his activity. This partisan Republican memo ends abruptly without any clear or supportable conclusions. Trump lies about its importance. Finally, the memo clearly has nothing to do with appropriately protecting Americans from FISA surveillance or FBI malfeasance. It is another desperate effort by the Trump to stop Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.

Opinion

Letters: Where does Devin Nunes stand?

Re “President Trump and Devin Nunes put politics above America’s security and institutions” (Editorials, Feb. 1): Americans have a choice to make. Do they stand with America and our Constitution, or with President Donald Trump? It is one or the other, it can’t be both. I side with America and our Constitution. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare: With whom do you stand?

Opinion

Letters: Let Robert Mueller investigation proceed, but don’t celebrate FBI leaks

Re “Trump and his minions can’t out-leak the FBI” (Eugene Robinson, Feb. 1): Syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson would have us hope the FBI will abuse its investigative powers to destroy people they don't like. He pines for the press to get more scintillating stories through illegal, anonymously-sourced leaks attacking the legitimacy of the hated President Donald Trump in the court of public opinion. I say let the Robert Mueller investigation proceed legally to its conclusion, bringing a full report to the public. And let the Department of Justice Inspector General's investigations of abuses of power, including leaks, do the same. May the guilty be sentenced through due process, not through partisan spite. And may the press never promote police state behavior.

Opinion

Letters: Voters in Devin Nunes’ district should wake up

Re “President Trump and Devin Nunes put politics above America’s security and institutions” (Editorials, Feb. 1): Apparently, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, is either kissing President Donald Trump’s ring or something else. Carter Page was under investigation long before the Steele Dossier, so why wouldn't the FBI follow up with surveillance of him? FBI agents were trying to do their job. They did the same for Hillary Clinton, if you recall. It is obvious that Trump is trying hard to obstruct justice. For the people of Nunes' district, this should be awake up call. This guy will say anything and do anything.

Opinion

Letters: Devin Nunes’ memo is the last straw. A Republican quits

Re “President Trump and Devin Nunes put politics above America’s security and institutions” (Editorials, Feb. 1): After close to 45 years as a registered Republican, I can take it no more. President Donald Trump and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, are not Americans who support first responders. The support they reportedly have is based on convenience. They throw the FBI and Justice Department under the bus. Really, they should be ashamed and anyone who supports the decision should also be ashamed. To issue this partisan memo in the hopes of protecting Trump is a clear violation of the intent of our founding fathers. I will no longer be associated with the Republican Party. A wasted 45 years.

Opinion

Letters: Regina Bateson is the best choice against Rep. Tom McClintock

Re “Letters: An endorsement for Jessica Morse, not Tom McClintock” (Letters, Feb. 1): The race is hearing up for the congressional seat held by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. My vote goes to Regina Bateson. Why? Bateson is a political scientist with a degree from Stanford and a doctorate from Yale. She has worked as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department. If elected, Bateson would be the only congressperson who has worked as a foreign service officer. Regina Bateson gave up a tenure-track position at MIT to run for Congress. She made this decision because she cares about the people in Congressional District 4 and all Americans. She is brilliant yet humble, a good listener and a creative problem solver. She is determined yet practical. Bateson’s grass roots campaign is taking off. She has more than 700 volunteers. The majority of her donations have come from within our district and has received no outside political action committee. Jessica Morse, on the other hand, has received much of her funding from wealthy out of district donors. In my personal experience, Jessica is far better at tooting her own horn than listening. Local donations translate into local votes. We need the strongest, the wisest, and most ethical candidate to beat McClintock. I urge voters to get to know Regina Bateson. You won’t be disappointed.

Opinion

Letters: An endorsement for Jessica Morse, not Tom McClintock

Re “This ‘safe’ Republican congressman is losing the race for campaign cash” (sacbee.com, Jan. 31): What a race we’re having here in California Congressional District 4, reaching from Lake Tahoe down to King’s Canyon. The largest population is in the Roseville-Granite Bay-Lincoln-Rocklin-Auburn area. Many in CD 4 feel Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, who is not a district resident, represents his own interests rather than ours. Why not run against Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, in Congressional District 7 where McClintock lives? What a carpetbagger. We’ve attracted three candidates, all running hard to send McClintock somewhere else. Three could be good. Or bad. Consider the June top-two primary. I’m with previous hopefuls Charlie Brown and Bob Derlet. We waited until now to handicap the field, and we all are with Jessica Morse, who at this time shows the most money. My advice to primary voters: if you vote for anyone but Morse, your vote is to keep our carpetbagger for another two years.

Opinion

Letters: Trump’s bargain for the ‘Wall’

Re “In State of the Union, President Trump says he wants to heal the nation he helped divide” (Editorials, Jan. 30): In order to achieve a pathway to citizenship for "Dreamers,” President Donald Trump insists we will have to accept a wall on the Southern border. Mexico will not pay for the wall. we will. I hope that if we agree to this deal, my great grandchildren will surely Tear Down This Wall.

Opinion

Letters: Trump’s State of the Union address failed

Re “In State of the Union, President Trump says he wants to heal the nation he helped divide” (Editorials, Jan. 30): Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was a sharp contrast to his bark when taking the oath of office. He now sees a nation of promise and not a country with crime-ridden cities being invading by hordes of immigrants crossing an open border. He calls upon Congress to work cooperatively across party lines, but has urged changes in Senate rules to enact laws without need for Democrat votes. He spoke about the benefits he wants to provide Americans, but his budget choices enrich the wealthiest and resurrect the trickle-down facade. While corporate stocks explode in value, job growth in 2017 was lower than in Barack Obama’s presidency. His policies to apply tariffs and end multinational agreements run counter to sound economic practices, reducing beneficial exports and jobs, and allowing others to replace U.S. influence in world markets. Trump destroys the village to save it.

Opinion

Letters: Democrats are scared that Donald Trump will become more popular

Re “In State of the Union, President Trump says he wants to heal the nation he helped divide” (Editorials, Jan. 30): Once again, The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board can't give credit nor be gracious without continued slaps at the president. The board wrote that Trump bragged at length about his tax cuts. The tax cuts will help middle class Americans. Plus, there were no kudos for the many heroes the president recognized. That conti​n​ues the partisanship, as does the sour faces of the Democratic leaders in the audience. Democrats​ will continue to resist​ because they are scared to death Trump’s leadership and policies will become more popular​​.

Opinion

Letters: Cannabis is well studied, NORML says

Re “What are the benefits, risks of marijuana use? Experts are just finding out” (sacbee.com, Jan. 26): Claims that we just don’t know enough about cannabis fail to pass the smell test. A search on PubMed, the repository for all peer-reviewed published research, using the term “marijuana” yields more than 26,000 scientific papers referencing the plant or its constituents. This totality is far greater than that which exists for most conventional pharmaceuticals, such ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Further, for nearly two decades California has funded gold-standard, FDA-approved clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of cannabis in patient populations via the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. A review of its findings concludes: “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.” It’s time we let facts, not fiction, guide the cannabis debate.

Opinion

Letters: Kevin de León is being unfair to Sen. Tony Mendoza

Re “Kevin de León: Tony Mendoza proving he has ‘no decency’” (sacbee.com, Jan. 23): It’s interesting to see how certain elected officials turn to desperate measure to gain attention during election time. Such is the case with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. De León is milking the alleged allegations made in reference to Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, hoping to be recognized across the state. What De León doesn’t realize is that he is becoming infamous for the treatment of his former roommate and for a total lack of respect for the residents of the 32nd Senate District, where I am a constituent. His comments about my senator were discourteous and disrespectful, and beneath the demeanor and character we would expect of someone in his position. De León and his henchmen are trying desperately to get some damage control for de León’s reputation in handling this fiasco, hoping to overcome Sen. Dianne Feinstein. To date we have seen a lack of due process for Mendoza, an unwillingness to subject other senators to the same treatment, in the hope of picking up additional votes from a particular demographic, and a total lack of respect for the residents of the 32nd Senate District.

Opinion

Letters: Jerry Brown failed to mention senior citizens

Re “World ‘at immediate and genuine risk,’ Jerry Brown warns in final state address” sacbee.com, Jan. 25): Gov. Jerry Brown will soon be 80 years old. In just 12 years, in 2030, 20 percent of Californians will be over age 65. People over age 85 are the fastest growing cohort of the state's population. It is expected that 70 percent of people over 65 will need long-term care. The availability of family caregivers is declining. Approximately 20 percent of seniors live below the poverty level. People over 65 are the fastest growing segment of the homeless. Almost 600,000 Californians over age 55 have Alzheimer's disease. That number will almost double in the next 12 years. Brown made no mention of seniors in his speech.

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