Trump, GOP as hateful as Wallace
Re “Ryan ends holdout, delivers qualified Trump endorsement” (Page 14A, June 3): Now that House Speaker Paul Ryan has caved in, the Republican Party has lost all “plausible deniability” between itself and Donald Trump.
From now on, Trump’s values are the Republican Party’s values. The people that Trump hates – women, Latinos, Muslims, etc., etc. – are the people the Republican Party hates. What Trump stands for – greed, tax cuts for the most wealthy, all power to the 1 percent, etc., etc. – are what the Republican Party stands for.
These are not America’s values. These are not Christian values. These are not even the values of a decent human being. But these are the values of Trump and now the values of the GOP. We haven’t seen a presidential candidate this hateful since George Wallace.
John Soltesz, Orangevale
Sending another check to the NRA
Re “Clinton is the best choice to reduce nation’s gun violence” (Viewpoints, June 3): I am starting a new practice. Every time The Sacramento Bee publishes the words “gun lobby,” I am sending another check to the NRA. As a middle-class, blue-collar business owner, I support the NRA’s efforts to protect us all from tyrannical fanatics whose views are only visible because of funding from Michael Bloomberg. The NRA has 5 million members like myself who carry the torch for civil rights, and we’ll need all the help we can get to fight against that Bloomberg lobbying money.
Brian Bainter, Elk Grove
Charter schools need support
Re “Charter schools’ allies pour on the spending in legislative races” (Insight, June 3): It is completely understandable that charter schools are fed up with the current conditions in California schools. The public school system is not at the level it should be. Charter schools are supposed to be government-funded. Why do these schools have to go out, find donors and clash with the boards of education? It makes no sense.
If the teachers aren’t provided for, then the students aren’t either. That is unacceptable.
I applaud the charter school system for going out and doing what they can to help their schools. Somebody has to do something. The charter schools association is pouring so much money into these legislative races, and it’s all for the betterment of their teachers and students. Going straight into legislative races for support was the right way to go. People in politics make decisions and if you support them, they will in turn support you.
Outlaw campaign fund transfers
Re “Complaint about Steinberg’s campaign funds unjustified” (Forum, May 22): It took Gary Winuk until his last sentence, but he finally got it right, if he didn’t intend it that way: “Using the campaign finance laws for unjustified campaign advantage should be avoided.”
Winuk is correct that current law allows Darrell Steinberg to transfer $1.4 million from his lieutenant governor campaign account to his mayoral campaign account. But the fact that it is legal doesn’t make it right. I am shocked at Steinberg’s lack of judgment. He could have raised plenty of money without using this means of doing what Winuk describes: gaining an “unjustified campaign advantage.” The practice of allowing transfers from one campaign account to another should be outlawed, pure and simple.
Matt Kuzins, Sacramento
Arena parking plan too little, too late
Re “As clock ticks, city prepares arena traffic plan” (Page 1A, May 30): I have already resigned myself to the fact that I won’t being going downtown on any event day. My concern is for the people who don’t have a choice. My son has worked in Old Sacramento for several years. He already pays a lot to park and he typically works late.
The city is raising the meter hours to 10 p.m. and trying to encourage people to use parking garages blocks away. Many employees who work in Old Sacramento or downtown make minimum wage. How are they supposed to be able to afford all of these increases, and why should they have to?
The city addresses fan and arena employees but not the current hardworking employees already downtown.
If we had a transportation system that ran 24 hours a day or at least until 3 a.m., it might solve everyone’s problems.
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