Letters to the Editor

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Letters: Who will stand for truth, justice and the American way?

Finally, a few Republicans are speaking the truth about the most despicable person ever to occupy the White House. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, both Arizona Republicans, summoned the courage to say what needed saying. This president is the enemy of the people and the greatest threat to our great democracy. Sadly, they are the only Republicans willing to take a stand for “truth, justice and the American Way.”

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump wants to make it easier to sue for libel. Seriously?

Re “Burned by book, Trump takes issue with nation's libel laws” (sacbee.com, Jan. 10): Donald Trump wants to make it easier to sue for things said about him that he doesn't like. He claims that it is not right that a person can say or print falsehoods and then reap gains from them. Really? Trump began his political run by falsely claiming that President Obama was not born in the United States. Later, among the hundreds of falsehoods leading to the primary in 2016, he claimed that Ted Cruz's father was part of an assassination plot. When it involves libel or slander Donald Trump is the grand master.

Opinion

Letters: Rat poisons, pot and wildlife

Re “California’s timber industry was sacrificed for the spotted owl. Now pot farms pose a new threat” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): We’ve always known rat poisons have killed a lot more than rats. The highly toxic poisons have not only wreaked havoc on California wildlife but posed an invisible threat to our pets and children. The new UC Davis and California Academy of Sciences study makes clear how use of the poisons on California’s pot farms is sentencing some of our most imperiled wildlife – including northern spotted owls – to painful death. When Californians voted last year to legalize recreational marijuana, that approval required the state to established measures regulating growers’ use of pesticides, energy and water. But the state’s current plan not only fails to adequately prohibit growers from using wildlife-killing rat poisons but also fails to adequately assess harms from projected increases in use of pesticides, water and energy.

Opinion

Letters: A Christmas Story in January for Kevin McCarthy

Why is Housing Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the ever-present obsequious bootlicker, adjacent to President Donald Trump whenever the stable genius spouts off about how wonderful he is or about how racist he isn’t for the cameras? McCarthy ought to know that those they keep company with define people. Apparently, he wants to be like Trump, which may be the lowest aspiration in the history of life. But there’s an upside. Trump and McCarthy imitate art and remind one of the freckled faced playground bully, Scut Farkus, and his little right hand minion, Dill Grover, from “A Christmas Story.” Just picture it: Scut and Dill on the rampage in their leather jackets and newsboy hats, picking off individuals and families of color, the working poor, the middle class, women, Dreamers, immigrants who aren’t Wonder Bread white, National Parks, and countries and continents they deem unworthy. Now that’s a Christmas story for the ages. I do recall a pivotal scene in the movie that changed the trajectory. Ralphie, the seemingly hapless protagonist, reaches his saturation point and takes action in the form of a good ’ole fashioned beat down of Farkus, offering relief, peace and hope to all. Meanwhile, bug eyed Dill hits the bricks, double time, when Ralphie takes the reins from Farkus and shows everyone what he’s truly made of. Expect McCarthy to turn tail exactly like Dill Grover when Trump gets walloped in 2018 or, gasp, 2020 elections by all who know he amounts to nothing more than a bully whose best talents include scarfing KFC and Cyber bullying. Suddenly, I can’t wait for Christmas.

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Keep the fire burning

I try to open my mind to the fact that racism is gone or is getting better. I find it hard when I see commercials, news articles and watch the news. As an African-American year old man, I have experienced racism. I believe if you tell someone something long enough, he or she will start to believe it. Black men are portrayed as bad, ending up in jail and not faithful or trustworthy. I believe all men have mountains to climb, some bigger than others. I have overcome sickness, lack of a college education, the mental fight of knowing who I really am and that I have a purpose in life despite what people, the news and movies portray. The key to survival is keeping the fire going. You fuel it with positive words and believing in yourself and accepting yourself. I am still here and I do make a difference, and am proud to be black. I hope and pray we "keep the fire burning" by changing what we read, see and listen to. Know that success is being ready when the opportunity knocks. It’s not how many times you get knocked down but how many times you get up. Let’s keep the fire burning.

Opinion

Letters: Yes, Trump is a racist.

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?,” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): Never would I have thought that a president would be so overtly racist but President Trump’s recent comment is just another in a long line a racist remarks that make it impossible to deny the truth. To defend his statement by claiming it's the way regular people talk is wrong, it's the way insecure, hate filled, ignorant people talk. The president is supposed to lead and one way you lead is by raising the level of conversation not debasing it. It is a very sad time for our country.

Opinion

Letters: Don’t confuse words

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?,” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): : People, particularly politicians and reporters, seem to want to confuse words and phrases which appear the same but which are, in fact, different. “Should we allow Haitian immigrants?” is not the same as “Do we need Haitian immigrants?” And it makes a difference which question we answer first.

Opinion

Letters: A train wreck in the making

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?,” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): I am a citizen and patriot of one of the greatest nations on earth. A nation, that until recently, was generally held in high esteem and respected by most other nations of the world. In the past, the United States has been instrumental in many multi-national agreements, treaties, and accords, intended to ensure the peace and well being of our world.

Opinion

Letters: Truth matters, Mr. Trump

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?,” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): After more than 2000 lies from this White House in a little less than a year, we are subjected to the shame of this president insulting the countries from which millions of our countrymen and their families originate. This public humiliation coming from the White House must end. Trump must be called out and his resignation or impeachment needs to happen post haste. I am ashamed to be an American if nothing can be done to stop this vulgar, dishonest, misogynistic racist tyrant. I have often averred that my member of Congress and my senators are on the side of the angels and find his behavior as unacceptable as I do. Thank you for your faithful and steadfast patriotism during these chaotic times.

Opinion

Letters: The content of Trump's character

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?,” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): The ironic juxtaposition of Donald Trump’s latest racist comments and his proclamation for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday holiday was obviously not lost on at least some legislators and concerned citizens. Gratefully, many of us still share King’s dream that all people be judged not by the color of their skin (or their birthplace, gender or bank balance) but by the content of their character. We should remember this dream not just in January but every time we vote to avoid electing another President with such a crude and malicious character as Trump's comments reflect.

Opinion

Letters: Unity, not racism, on Martin Luther King Day

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'? (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): This letter was signed by 186 people in the Davis Farmer's Market on Saturday, Jan. 13: "We publicly reject the racist and divisive language of President Trump, particularly on the eve of the National Martin Luther King Holiday. We also note Trump has removed the US's official motto off the Presidential coin: “E Pluribus Unum”, i.e. “Out of many, one.” and replaced it with his personal campaign slogan. While Trump may have personally abandoned idea of unity and acceptance of everyone, he will not take our striving to form a better union out of our American hearts, the first step being the belief that "all people are created equal."

Opinion

Letters: Trump’s ‘crude truth’

Re “Trump: Why allow immigrants from 'shithole countries'?,” (sacbee.com, Jan. 11): President Donald Trump puts American’s first, reversing Barack Obama’s policies of acquiescing to all other countries and causes, weakening us, giving away our money, our jobs, and our sovereignty. Democrats apparently want to restore Obama’s policies, vilifying Trump and calling him a racist because he wants to cut immigration from poor and violent countries, and claiming he called them “shit countries.”

Opinion

Letters: Donald Trump, horses and Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire & Fury’

Re “Bannon tries to make amends as aides defend Trump's fitness” (sacbee.com, Jan. 7): While perusing old copies of an Appaloosa horse magazine, the words Donald Trump and stable genius came over the radio. Naturally, that brought me up in my stirrups my first devilish thought being, yes, that renowned stable genius can shovel up a lode of horse droppings the equivalent of five ordinary meadow muffin shovelers. And simultaneously patrol the skies preventing airline calamities. Michael Wolff's book may be neither very fastidious or objective, but Trump has once again been hoisted on his own petard. He's the one who teased the public appetite for palace intrigue and the wicked accusatory. Has Trump met his match in this unspectacular bespectacled scribe whose claims are not likely to be blunted much by skeptical scrutiny given Wolff's improbable gift of credible sincerity in interviews?

Opinion

Letters: Bob Hertzberg is wrong. Everyone must obey traffic laws

Re “California traffic fines prey on poor” (Viewpoints, Jan. 8): I disagree with the opinions of Sen. Robert Hertzberg and Emmett D. Carson. Obeying traffic laws is an equal opportunity situation. My spouse served over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. We lived in several states, Southeast Asia, and Europe. It was our responsibility to learn and obey the local traffic laws even if we did not speak the local language. When I observe a driver speeding, running a red light or parking illegally, I believe it is intentional. Driving is a serious responsibility and obeying the law protects everyone. We all have the choice to obey the law or pay the penalty.

Opinion

Letters: Trump’s pumping plan will kill California’s salmon runs

Re “As fish disappear, Trump administration seeks to pump more California water south” (sacbee.com, Jan. 2): Central Valley salmon runs will be further harmed if Trump administration plans aren’t stopped to divert more water from the Delta to mega growers in the western San Joaquin Valley. We're facing near record low numbers of salmon and other species. California needs to step up and protect our natural resources from President Donald Trump and his relatively small base of supporters who grow almonds and pistachios for export. Salmon fishing families look to Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Water Board to stop this seizure of northern California water.

Opinion

Letters: Dianne Feinstein is up to the job

Re “Is Dianne Feinstein too old to run for re-election?” (sacbee.com, Jan. 8): The answer is no. As the article pointed out, older male members of the Senate have been wheeled in and out of the Senate chamber with little commentary. Meanwhile, California’s two most powerful members of Congress, both female, face questions about their age. Neither Sen. Dianne Feinstein nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seem to be hindered in stamina or mental acuity by their years. So why the questions? I can only think of one reason: gender bias. Let’s discuss the merits of candidates’ policies and past performances rather than using age or gender as criteria.

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