Partisan speech struck sour note
Re “Reagan returns to state Capitol” (Capitol & California, June 23): There is a time and a place for everything, but the unveiling of the Ronald Reagan statue at the Capitol was not the time or the place for a highly charged partisan speech.
Reagan Energy Secretary John Herrington’s speech was extremely inappropriate. Citing the train to nowhere, broken health care and more was not appropriate. I felt sorry for Assemblyman Ken Cooley and the other two Democrats who attended out of respect and had to endure his speech.
If President Reagan were there to hear it, he would have apologized to those gathered. On the other hand, all the other speakers stuck to the point. Former Secretary of State George Shultz gave a great speech citing memories of his time working for the president. Not every accomplishment credited to Reagan was positive, just ask the mentally challenged homeless man I passed talking to himself at the north entrance as I entered the event.
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Reagan was our governor for eight years and president for eight more, so his statue should be welcomed to our Capitol building by all, politics notwithstanding.
Bill White, Florin
Ivory ban would save elephants
Re “Banning ivory sales is unfair and unworkable” (Viewpoints, June 23): Godfrey Harris’ criticism of Assembly Bill 96 as unfair and unworkable is pure nonsense.
Restrictions on the sale of ivory objects in California are so arbitrary and confusing, they should be abandoned and replaced by this legislation that makes it a crime to sell any ivory object in California. This legislation would be a long overdue statement about our disgust with the wanton killing of African elephants for their tusks.
Just as the stigma around wearing animal fur largely has ended the killing of fur-bearing animals, so too will AB 96 cause Californians to think twice before buying illegal ivory. It will make the owning of African elephant ivory as distasteful as the wearing of mink, fox and beaver.
Sam Schulman, Citrus Heights
Re “Golden 1 is banking on a slam dunk” (Insight, June 23): It’s great that a major Sacramento-based business has stepped up to be the standard-bearer for the new downtown arena. It will raise the profile of the Kings, the credit union and the city.
This is no kick in the teeth for small banks, which are too small to take on a sponsorship of this size.
By spending this $120 million, Golden 1 will increase awareness of its own best qualities, and spread awareness of the advantages of placing one’s finances with a not-for-profit credit union.
Now if the Kings can only keep DeMarcus Cousins.
Milton Whaley, Pleasant Grove
Traitor flag is out of place
Re “It’s long past time to lower Confederate flag – for good” (Editorials, June 23): It is astounding to think it took 150 years for some people to realize that the Confederate battle flag has no place on government property.
There is so much hand-wringing over the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, yet the battle flag of the Confederate States of America, which represents vigilantes who fired on a U.S. military installation at Fort Sumter, is supposed to get a pass in the name of heritage and Southern pride. Hogwash.
Here is a news flash for states that incorporate the Confederate battle flag into their state flags: The Confederacy surrendered. Abraham Lincoln and Presidents Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley, who all fought as soldiers for the Union cause, are probably turning over in their graves that this discussion is occurring in 2015.
Gary Giacomo, Sacramento
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