Misinformation passed off as fact
Re “A bad law gives an ironic break to gun thieves” (Editorials, June 5): Prosecutors have a vast array of strict state gun laws that can be used to ensure someone who has stolen a gun is charged with a felony. For instance, possession of a concealed stolen firearm is a felony. Any theft of a gun from a dwelling, store, locked car or person with force is a felony. Possession of a loaded stolen firearm is a felony. Possession of a firearm that has had the serial number removed, obliterated or altered can be a felony. Possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school is a felony.
People considered dangerous who steal a gun can be prosecuted with a felony. And it is a felony under federal law to possess any stolen firearm that has been transported across state lines. We must not allow the critics of popular and badly needed criminal justice reforms to pass misinformation off as fact.
Judge James P. Gray (Ret.), Newport Beach
Action needed on climate change
Re “State to climate change skeptics: Shut up, already” (Viewpoints, June 10): Ben Boychuk is right about one thing: Climate change is real. But the reason is not debatable, and the basic science is clear. Modern climate change is the result of increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Are there details that scientists continue to work out? Of course. But the big-picture cause is not debatable. And the remedy is similarly simple: Decrease emissions of greenhouse gases. Is doing this easy? Yes, but not as hard as many think and inaction is inexcusable.
Chris Cappa, Sacramento
Cooper caving to Republicans
Re “Assembly blew it on farm wage bill” (Insight, Marcos Breton, June 8): I applaud the Republican Party. What for you ask? It is for turning some Democrats into what we use to call moderate Republicans, and they’ve spent very little money doing it.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper’s vote against improving workers’ working conditions, let’s call it voting against the worker improvement bill, is emblematic of what is happening to the Democratic Party here and across the nation. Any bill that is considered by business as a job-killer or anti-business, the Republicans call out the Democrats, and they fold.
This so called job-killer bill, let’s start calling them worker-improvement bills or consumer-protect bills instead, was just one example where a DINO fell in lockstep with business, in the mistaken belief that what is good for business is good for workers and the country.
Bravo, Republican Party, bravo.
Michael Santos, Antelope
The lessons from Trump’s actions
I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I am an Asian and an American naturalized citizen. I love this country as much as I love my mother country.
After the primary, I felt such a sadness when I realized that all the entertainment in the past few months finally became reality, if there is a chance Donald Trump becomes a president of United States.
When I saw Trump’s wife and daughter proudly stand next to him, I wondered what names he called them behind the golden doors of Trump Tower. And at the same time, I was thinking about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s answers to his wife for supporting Trump. And I wondered what lessons and values he is teaching his children.
I just hope that now is the time for a woman to step in, take charge and flush out this filthy mouth with soap.
Minh Paine, Elk Grove
Thank you, coach Pierucci
Re “Legacy of Pierucci lives on at Sac City” (Sports, June 4): I read that Dick Pierucci had died on May 30. I don’t think I have had contact with him since I graduated from San Juan High School in 1953. He probably didn’t know this, but it was because of him I have been married for 62 years.
When I started high school I didn’t even try to play football. I didn’t think I was big enough to play. When he saw me doing other things he talked me into playing football the next year. I don’t know if he knew this but the only reason I met Carol Mayes was because I played football.
She lived in Roseville, was a football fan and always went to the Roseville games. When they played San Juan High School, she decided she wanted to meet me because I did a good job. That worked out for me, so I wish I could have thanked coach Pierucci.
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