Re "East California desirable" (Letters, July 23): Not quite sure where James Peace is coming from. Though he didn't specifically mention political parties, it can be inferred that he is referring to Democrats in the West and Republicans in the East.
I can assure you that if California were to split that way, our elected officials would not be representing me but big money interests and austerity budgets.
Electing Republicans is not going to bring our manufacturing jobs back from offshore. That ship sailed with NAFTA and other trade agreements. Cutting taxes may lure some companies back, but we will be stuck with a state that can't afford to pay for the road work Peace talks about, much less adequate schools, law enforcement, etc.
What we will end up with is the sort of meanspiritedness that had Congress blocking extended unemployment benefits, many cities outlawing homelessness and Detroit cutting off water to its poor.
-- Dawn Wolfson, Cameron Park