The real inequity
“Why a racist school science project questioning intelligence is not surprising” (Marcos Breton, Feb. 13): I respect your desire to address inequity directly and powerfully, but your false comparisons and limited data only serve to further obfuscate what is already a difficult problem. Inequity of this nature goes far beyond school walls. Schools may perpetuate racial stereotypes, but you fail by refusing to explore how specific teachers or administrators responded or failed to respond. If you charge that parents and the unions are to blame, then back this up. Then begin providing solutions instead of continuing your derivative work that serves at best as a bull in a china shop. This willingness not to merely point fingers is what makes Superintendent Aguilar prepared to handle this complex issue.
Brett Williams, Orangevale
“Here are some answers about the ‘Race and IQ’ science project that caused an uproar” (sacbee.com, Feb. 13): Any outrage precipitated by a McClatchy High School student’s inquiry into the question of whether some races might be intellectually inferior to others is misdirected. The outrage should target the suppression of free speech and academic inquiry under the guise of promoting racial tolerance and diversity. The student advanced a largely discredited hypothesis. He should have been judged on the credibility of the evidence he produced. Instead, his project was removed as though it were a racist taunt intended to created an unsafe school environment. Suppressing thought and debate is what makes schools unsafe in our multicultural society.
Paul Clegg, Sacramento
Assessing the student’s research methods is not the responsibility of The Bee. Who is looking out for the safety of this student? This will silence other students who might want to research issues that are not considered “politically correct.” Stifling free speech in a classroom setting where the student followed the guidelines to prepare his project and then is judged in the public sphere by the local paper sets a dangerous precedent.
Karla LaZier, Sacramento
“The drought is back. Here’s how California needs to start saving water now” (sacbee.com, Feb. 9): Assembly member Laura Friedman, representing Burbank and Glendale, wants to order me in Grizzly Flats to get by on 50 gallons a day, and before she has a plan on how to capture the water saved. AB 1668 clearly aims for me to be punished if I disobey the her proposed rule. What about gardens and animals? She fibs: “To be clear, this is not about asking everyone to use less water.” Don’t tell me. I’ll be filling out forms justifying my water use.
“A ‘water grab’? Southern California water agency eyes possible control of Delta tunnels project” (sacbee.com, Feb 13): Of course, they are willing to pay extra. They will never have enough water to satisfy their needs. I was in Southern California last week and stayed at a major hotel. I noticed the landscaping was lush, well-watered with sprinklers going everywhere. When I showered, the water pressure was incredible, which is more than I can say for the low-flow showerhead I use in Sacramento. You would think they would be conserving this valuable resource, but I did not see any evidence of it. The only evidence of drought I saw in SoCal is the lack of snow on the mountains. Good thing they are going to get at least one tunnel so they can have more of our water or I’m not sure what they would do.
Douglas Grass, Sacramento
“Can California do elections better? Sacramento is the first big test” (Foon Rhee, Feb. 13): I need to comment on the omissions in this column. These vote-by-mail schemes, in effect, outlaw the secret ballot and the democracy that comes with it. Send ballots to everyone and you will have spouses intimidating their partners to vote their way. The union bosses will summon members to the hall to “help” them vote. Sweatshop owners and slumlords will instruct their minions how to vote to stay employed or housed. In another life, I interviewed sect members who reported absentee were taken by sect officials, presumably to be filled out “properly.” Thoughts that won’t happen again are foolish.
Rick Tibbetts, Curtis Park
Save your outrage
“Jewish Republicans reach uneasy truce with Trump” (sacbee.com, Feb. 11): The tactic on the left these days seem to be to distort statements by people they don’t like and endlessly attack the distortion as if it is what was actually said. I guess the theory is akin to repeating a lie until it is believed. The lead sentence appears to allude to the Charlottesville march and suggests Trump was slow and equivocated in disavowing Klan violence. The president promptly and properly decried the violence. The president provides plenty of ammunition for his critics with injudicious tweets, etc. Concentrate on those but quit making up things you wish he had said so you can be morally outraged.
Paul Greisen, Sacramento
“California guides businesses on how to avoid ‘aiding and abetting’ immigration authorities” (sacbee.com, Feb. 13): Illegal immigrants should blame Democrats for the ICE raids happening in California and other “sanctuary” cities nationwide. Because Democrats declared California a “sanctuary state,” they prohibit law enforcement agencies from contacting ICE when illegal immigrants convicted of crimes are scheduled to be released from custody or if caught driving drunk. This means Democrats care more for illegal immigrants than U.S. citizens and ICE must now conduct raids in communities, leading to deportations of “innocent” people. If, instead, ICE could simply go to jails to deport people, there would be no raids. Democrats are causing collateral deportations by their defiance of immigration laws.
Mike Brown, Burlingame