Trump in China
Re “On trade with Asia, Trump puts America last” (sacbee.com, Nov. 16): The Bee’s editorial board can’t seem to give credit for our vastly improved relations with China. President Trump was instrumental in getting the UCLA basketball players freed thanks to his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump’s visit to China started on a red carpet and was broadcast live on state television followed by a state dinner in the Forbidden City.
Contrast that to President Obama exiting from the rear of his plane with a small Chinese delegation greeting him. The day after Trump’s visit, China sent a high-level delegation to North Korea for talks, hopefully to stop that country’s nuclear ambitions. Our relations with China and other countries in Asia have indeed improved.
Doug Hinchey, Lincoln
Re “‘Not about polar bears, but people.’ Latino lawmakers shift focus on climate change” (sacbee.com, Nov. 16): California leaders ask why families and communities of color and low-income must live so close to the freeways, near pollution. In Sacramento, many public housing units are crammed in one tiny area near Interstate 5. The Bee should help inform Sacramento on effectiveness of integrating smaller public housing “villages” throughout Sacramento. Don’t keep huge public housing “warehouses” next to high pollution areas.
Craig Chaffee, Sacramento
GOP tax cut
Re “Highlights of House, Senate GOP bills to overhaul tax code” (sacbee.com, Nov. 16): President Ronald Reagan cut taxes claiming it would boost the economy, claiming the famous trickle down fantasy. Most recently, Kansas cut taxes. They failed horribly increasing deficits, destroying educational and safety net programs. Here we go again. The GOP tax cut plan promises to stimulate the economy and greatly improve financially the middle class substantially reducing income inequality. Smoke and mirrors. We will see the same thing, increased deficits and the wealthy will take the money and run.
Richard Kuechle, Lincoln