Pensions are shared burden
Re “CalPERS set to slash pensions for nearly 200” (Capitol & California, March 8): Public pensions are a shared responsibility. In this case, it was the East San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium and its founding cities of Covina, West Covina, Glendora and Azusa that failed to pay their bill and forced CalPERS to recommend termination of the contract, in turn lowering pensions.
These are not easy decisions. It pains us to have to make such recommendations. CalPERS’ responsibility is to collect the contributions and administer the benefits that the employers have determined to offer their workforce. It’s employers like East San Gabriel Valley that must be held accountable.
Brad Pacheco, deputy executive officer, CalPERS
The consequences for treason
Re “CIA could take over a smartphone or TV, says WikiLeaks intel” (Page 1A, March 8): In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed because they leaked information on atomic bombs to Russia. They were convicted of treason. The FBI worked very hard to build this case.
Evidence dug out by our news media now suggests a very strong case that the man who is now our president may have committed treason, just as the Rosenbergs did. But the FBI does not appear to want to build a case and Congress is too busy trying to take away our health insurance to consider impeachment. Someone needs to act, and soon.
Vaughn Hopkins, Sacramento
Assange is just a Russian tool
Julian Assange, the so-called founder of WikiLeaks, blasted the CIA for losing control of its “entire cyber-weapons arsenal.” Hah. Assange is no more the founder than I. He is merely the agent for Russian hackers. More like their tool. This may be circumstantial, but the trail between the two is evident.
Sydney Fink, Folsom
Let’s make a climate deal
Re “Trump to cancel fuel-mileage rules” (Business, March 8): Tucked away in The Sacramento Bee was a notice of a probable rollback by the Environmental Protection Agency of a recent rule to improve the gas mileage requirement in new cars. It is demoralizing to continually read about the chipping away of progress made to protect our families’ health.
But recently, a group of elder Republican statesmen in the Climate Leadership Council, including James Baker, George Shultz and Henry Paulson, presented a plan to the current administration for a revenue-neutral carbon tax with a dividend paid directly to each citizen. This is a plan that Democrats and Trump supporters can support, as it is market-based, non-regulatory, will grow the economy and decrease carbon dioxide emissions.
Let’s challenge Trump’s deal-making abilities to work for all our families. Contact your congressperson today.
Eileen Heinrich, Sacramento
‘Chief’s disease’ still plagues CHP
Re “Ex-CHP chief tries to boost pension as he’s tried in rapist escape” (Page 1A, March 10): Yet another instance of “chief’s disease” from the ranks of the CHP. After years of abuse imposed on taxpayers by CalPERS and former CHP chiefs, the public is once again being forced to pay for continued abuse. For more than 10 years, the public has been told “we intend to clean it up” and yet the abuse continues. It’s high time for Gov. Jerry Brown to step up to the plate and end this insanity.
Steve Mawhinney, Roseville
Perfect time to learn to vote
Re “Lowering the voting age would further cheapen the franchise” (Viewpoints, March 10): Last night, I was cleaning out some kid detritus left behind more than a decade ago, a large stack of study note cards for my daughter’s government final. She was 17.
It was May in an election year – the perfect time to put her knowledge and thinking skills to the test in a voting booth. She probably would know more about government, elections and the candidates than at any other time in her life. So how does dissing that become an argument for American greatness?
Kris Johnson, Granite Bay
Water tower compromise
Re “Tree guy casts shade over Farm to Fork” (Local, March 10): There’s a simple and effective compromise for this dilemma. Bracket the new logo with a pair of large green trees, perhaps the valley oak. It would add some color and highlight both Sacramento attributes.
Bill Tubbs, Clay
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