Embrace Bernie Sanders’ ideas
Re “Sen. Bernie Sanders had good run, but it’s time to go” (Editorials, June 10): The Bernie Sanders campaign is not about Sanders, it’s about building a better economic and political system for America. The fact that a once-unknown junior senator from a small state received more than 12 million votes and won 22 contests shows that a lot of people want a Democratic Party that’s more focused on the political and economic needs of people instead of the demands of large campaign donors.
By embracing Sanders’ ideas of enhanced economic and political opportunity for all Americans, Hillary Clinton’s campaign will provide a clear contrast to Donald Trump. A winning candidate has a mandate when people vote for a candidate instead of voting against their opponent.
Jason Orta, Sacramento
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Don’t dismiss the revolution
Re “Why California looked so close for Bernie Sanders” (Insight, June 9): Obviously, David Townsend, the Democratic consultant quoted in the article, is among the rest of the establishment who doesn’t understand what the uprising for Bernie Sanders really means.
Townsend’s statement that “People are watching the returns and smoking dope and figuring they might just stay home” belittles the people of all ages and races that believe in an America that Sanders so passionately is trying to bring about.
How dare Townsend categorize us as druggy losers. A political revolution has begun. People like Townsend are clueless.
Jan McCleery, Discovery Bay
Money implication misses mark
Re “Did outside groups get a bang for their bucks?” (Insight, June 10): The heart of the article on special interest spending in local elections is well done but incomplete. Big money is flowing into contests nationwide at record rates. In terms of the 4th Assembly District, I would argue that outside money played almost no part in the final outcome. Two well known, strong progressives from Davis split the votes of many like-minded Democrats. A centrist Democratic with strong name recognition and a history of successful public service did well in the rest of the district.
The Republican candidate received a strong showing with conservative voters and will face the centrist Democrat, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Any suggestions that big money played much of a role in this election are blown out of proportion. In fact, independent outside efforts were ham-handed, poorly developed and may have hurt more than they helped.
Dan Rott, Woodland
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