In praise of differences
Re “To change society, we must dare to be different” (Viewpoints, Oct. 25): Arianna Daniel is totally on target when she declares that necessary changes in our society will come from individuals who dare to speak up boldly. Her deconstruction of the abusive and controlling component of our culture is accurate and astute.
Making people feel bad about themselves is at the heart of psychological oppression. That oppression is misused for marketing, manipulation and control. The suppression of meaningful change is still a tangible force in modern society. At the end of the article was a refreshing and encouraging discovery. This wisdom came from a person still in high school.
Michael W. Comer, Carmichael
Making parents proud
What beautiful, mature insight from 17-year-old Arianna Daniel. Reading it on the page just below Trudy Rubin’s column about Malala Yousafzai, I couldn’t help but compare the two.
I hope that Arianna’s parents are just as proud of her as are Malala’s.
Mary Ann Gieszelmann, Roseville
Legalize same-sex marriage
Re “U.S. to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states,” (sacbee.com, Oct. 25): With the announcement that gay marriage is being approved in six more states, isn’t it about time it becomes legal everywhere?
To date, 32 states and the District of Columbia are on board.
This brings the total to nearly two out of three states. Interracial marriage once was illegal in this country, but with its ruling in Loving v. Virginia in 1967, the Supreme Court invalidated that restriction.
I am not gay, but I believe if marriage between a man and woman is good enough for me, then marriage between two partners, no matter who they are or where they live, should be good enough for everyone.
After all, isn’t equal protection under the law a fundamental right of every American?
Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach
Vote for best candidate
Re “Pick women, people of color” (Letters, Oct. 29): Rev. Alan Jones believes we ought to vote for candidates based on sex and race. But he believes racism and sexism can only be overcome by voting for women and people of color.
What about voting for the candidate best qualified for the office? I don’t care if the candidate is female, male, white, black, brown, yellow, purple or green, or if the candidate is Democrat, Republican or Independent. I will cast my vote for the most qualified person, even if the candidate is a white man.
William Faiola, El Dorado Hills
Re “NRA has explaining to do” (Letters, Oct. 28): Letter writer Al Franklin insinuates that people who own an AR-15 or similar type of rifle demonstrate they are mentally unstable, criminal, paranoid or sociopathic, and that alone is sufficient to deny them ownership.
I realize he probably wrote this in haste, reacting to the lockdown at Placer High School, but his conclusions are totally unsupportable.
Using these terms to describe all law-abiding citizens as criminal shows the agenda of some people who want to outlaw every gun in the country. I’m sure he could have used better language to state his opinion and perhaps make his case, but the words he chose indicate more issues with his political leanings than it does for the majority of gun owners who are target and sport shooting enthusiasts.
This sadistic murderer has a history of crimes for which he was deported and then sneaked back into the country twice, plain and simple.
Raymond Webber, Rancho Cordova
Don’t equate immorality with atheism
Re “Discontinue grants for arts” (Letters, Oct. 25): I’ve heard a lot of things since I’ve announced my atheism. I hate God. I worship Satan. I’m misguided, ignorant, stupid, too young.
This comes from students, from adults, from peers and even from my own self-doubts. But to tell me that I have no faith-based moral compass, as if that is the definition of a good, righteous citizen, is one of the most insulting comments I’ve ever heard.
I don’t need you, or a man in the sky, or a priest, or anyone, to tell me how to be moral. I think it’s more than a little insulting that you say I can’t be good without a good person telling me how.
So stop telling us we’re bad. Stop telling us we hate you, your god and your ideas. Stop with the finger-pointing and name-calling. We only believe in one fewer god than you. Really, that’s it.
Ashley Hay, Rocklin
Bicyclist wasn’t at fault
Re “Driver of SUV is named in fatal crash into cyclist” (Newsline, Oct. 29): A motorist loses control of his vehicle and crashes first into a woman riding a bicycle and then into a tree, killing himself, his passenger and the woman on the bicycle. However, The Bee reports that the woman was bicycling on the wrong side of the road.
Do you really think which direction the cyclist faced mattered? The Bee reports the woman was not helmeted. The motorist knocked her more than 100 feet. Do you really think a half-inch of foam would have cushioned the blow?
Victim-blaming is a subtle process, cloaked in kindness and concern. Please stop it. It’s repugnant.
Peter Jacobsen, Sacramento
Simple acts of kindness
Several weeks ago, a drunken driver slammed into a woman’s vehicle in front of Skip’s Kitchen on El Camino and Mission avenues. The woman’s name was Carol, and her car was totaled. Emergency crews arrived, and the owner, Skip, came out to see if Carol needed water, food or a place to sit down.
Later, her car was towed away and she had no way to get home. Carol’s husband is disabled. Skip came out again to check on her. When he found that she needed a ride, he drove her all the way home to Roseville.
He did this during one of his busiest hours: the lunch crowd. I think he should be commended for putting the needs of a human being in trouble ahead of his business. He made a traumatic day for Carol a little bit better by his kindness.
Rita Hauf, Carmichael
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