Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Cameron Park firefighters raffle off an AR-15? Unbelievable.

Re: “Cameron Park fundraiser raffles off an AR-15 after Florida shooting. Some were ‘in shock’” (sacbee.com, Feb. 18): Unbelievable! Such greed! So insensitive! Good job now making Cameron Park part of the problem instead of being brave. I use to think of firemen as heroes. Not in Cameron Park, they push assault weapons onto their community in exchange for a little cash? Let’s hope that not one of our children or other love ones ends up in the sights of this deadly assault weapon.

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump wants a military parade? Seriously?

Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): Donald Trump’s turn to embrace the symbol of dictatorships, a display of military might with stiff-legged strutting soldiers, completes his journey to occupy the same stage as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Trump reverts to be a child playing with his toy soldiers surrounded by their armaments. Trump believes he needs to boast that his march exceeds them all. Men and women who risk their lives in the service of our nation are not movie extras in a reality show episode and their sacrifice is much more than a half-time celebration. Trump reveals again his dismal readiness to govern and his preference to be a drum major.

Opinion

Letters: Trump’s military parade would be silly, costly and polluting

Re Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): For my 10th birthday, my dreams were fulfilled when I got the highly sought after Remco Bulldog tank. I’ll bet President Donald Trump had one too. In the desire of a U.S. military parade, it seems Trump either has a lingering case of childhood fantasy or wishes to flaunt his braggadocio. (I think it’s really the precision of the North Korean military parades that have him going). Either way, he’s dragging us along on yet another a wild ride, one that will cost millions: in taxpayer dollars and in CO2 emissions.

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump’s wasteful military parade

Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): Lots of money can be saved if President Trump is able to wait until July 4th. There will be a parade somewhere featuring our military. The President need only schedule his golf game before or after this event.

Opinion

Letters: Private landowners can help sustain Sierra forests

Re “California’s great Sierra forests are dying. We all have a stake in saving them” (Editorials, Feb. 13): We support the call for increased forest management to restore forests for the benefits they provide. Without immediate intervention, our forests and their surrounding communities will continue to be at risk because of unhealthy and overcrowded forests. And the clean air and water; wildlife habitat; wood products; clean energy, and more will cease to exist. That is not an option for California’s most treasured resource. While we begin the restoration process, we must recognize that our industrial forestland owners, who represent more than 4 million acres, have been sustainably managing their forests for generations. They have the knowledge, research and best practices to manage for multiple uses. A comprehensive plan that takes into account local and state objectives can be achieved. We must look to them for examples of how it can benefit our environment and economy, and we must work together on a solution that benefits us all.

Opinion

Letters: Devin Nunes’ memo is a partisan Republican ploy to derail Robert Mueller

Re “President Trump and Devin Nunes put politics above America’s security and institutions” (Editorials, Feb. 1): The House Intelligence Committee’s memo is sloppy. It claims Christopher Steele’s “dossier” on Donald Trump was an essential part of the Carter Page FISA Court renewal, but offered no evidence at all for that claim. Instead, the memo wanders to an unsubstantiated critique of the dossier and Steele’s press connections and to irrelevant emails related to Trump by FBI agent Pete Strzok (fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. These matters are unrelated to the FISA warrants for Page, who had been under FBI scrutiny since 2013 for his connections with Russian spies, one of whom was later jailed for his activity. This partisan Republican memo ends abruptly without any clear or supportable conclusions. Trump lies about its importance. Finally, the memo clearly has nothing to do with appropriately protecting Americans from FISA surveillance or FBI malfeasance. It is another desperate effort by the Trump to stop Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.

Opinion

Letters: Where does Devin Nunes stand?

Re “President Trump and Devin Nunes put politics above America’s security and institutions” (Editorials, Feb. 1): Americans have a choice to make. Do they stand with America and our Constitution, or with President Donald Trump? It is one or the other, it can’t be both. I side with America and our Constitution. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare: With whom do you stand?

Opinion

Letters: Let Robert Mueller investigation proceed, but don’t celebrate FBI leaks

Re “Trump and his minions can’t out-leak the FBI” (Eugene Robinson, Feb. 1): Syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson would have us hope the FBI will abuse its investigative powers to destroy people they don't like. He pines for the press to get more scintillating stories through illegal, anonymously-sourced leaks attacking the legitimacy of the hated President Donald Trump in the court of public opinion. I say let the Robert Mueller investigation proceed legally to its conclusion, bringing a full report to the public. And let the Department of Justice Inspector General's investigations of abuses of power, including leaks, do the same. May the guilty be sentenced through due process, not through partisan spite. And may the press never promote police state behavior.

Yosemite Valley flood waters recede, but Merced River and waterfalls rage

Yosemite Valley flood waters recede, but Merced River and waterfalls rage
John Walker The Fresno Bee