Letters to the Editor

Letters: Beware of marijuana legalization

Marijuana is toxic for teens’ brains

Re “Slick Proposition 64 is bad for public health” (Endorsement, Sept. 18): The Sacramento Bee is correct in opposing Proposition 64, the marijuana-legalization initiative.

Its backers are mostly well-heeled folks seeking the highest profit line without regard to real-life consequences of this drug. Look at Colorado, which has seen huge spikes in traffic accident deaths, incidences of driving under the influence, emergency room visits, poison cases and teenage use, after it legalized this crop.

What also has been lost in this so-called push for social justice, as the initiative’s supporters lead you to believe, is that youths who use marijuana are much more likely to develop psychosis than those who don’t partake.

A Harvard Medical School publication states that teens who smoke pot are at risk for later schizophrenia and psychosis. People who suffer from mental illness surely don’t need another legalized intoxicant. Voters need to follow The Bee’s lead and soundly just say “no” to Proposition 64.

Brian Lungren, Sacramento

It’s a privilege to be an American

Re “Americans feel anger, fear, disdain and need for change” (Forum, Sept. 18): The extremes of both parties have presented dialogues that the majority of Americans do not agree with. Neither party has nominated a candidate who is above 45 percent in the polls. Maybe the basket of deplorables resides in Washington, D.C., along with the birthers.

We are a nation of immigrants, proud to call ourselves Americans, ready to confront the inequities with honest and thoughtful deliberation and open to accepting opinions different from our own.

I witness on a daily basis the majority of interactions between races, religions, ethnicities and a multitude of other differences occurring without animosity or disruption. Americans boast about being the most diverse society in the world. The separation by race, religion or whatever espoused by either party needs to be seen as the political ploy it is. We can solve our problems by honest and peaceful dialogue. I feel privileged to be an American.

Pat Whittington, Citrus Heights

A President Trump would be scary

Polls show that less-educated Americans generally support Donald Trump, while college-educated Americans generally support Hillary Clinton, despite her faults.

Why? People more likely to understand the complexities of issues facing our nation know that the only way out of our crises is to come together behind an enlightened and tireless individual who has worked her whole life to elevate all of us.

I am shocked when a current critical-thinking student tells me she supports Trump. My unyielding personal and professional ethics do not allow me to use my classroom to promote my personal political beliefs. But I urge all young people to imagine the world in four years if Trump is elected: Use that terrible picture to motivate yourselves to vote on Nov. 8 for Clinton, a woman who will never keep fear, misogyny or racism as bedfellows.

Steve Cirrone, Sacramento

Trump is missing basic decency

Not for a second do I believe the reasons people give for voting for Donald Trump. Plain and simple, he is a racist, and that’s the reason his supporters are so fond of him.

Following this election very closely, as I have every election since the Kennedy-Nixon race of 1960, it’s obvious that Trump’s supporters plan to vote for him because he wants a white America. His supporters could care less if Trump lacks decency because most of them lack decency, too.

Don Brown, West Sacramento

Media shouldn’t let Trump off so easy

Re “Trump gun gibe: Disarm guards of Clinton, ‘see what happens,’ ” (Page 11A, Sept. 18): The front-page headline was about parking fees. How courageous. But once again Donald Trump issued a mortal threat against Hillary Clinton. Buried on Page 11A, we find Trump saying Clinton should have no bodyguards so that she may be, the inference is direct, killed.

It’s a small difference between Trump’s words and those of racist Southern leaders in the 1950s and 1960s who encouraged, by innocent insinuation, the killing of blacks and outside agitators, to murderous effect.

Trump is the nominee of a major party in 2016, not a Southern mayor or governor in 1965. The Secret Service is in crisis over his comments and what a normal response by them would mean for the nation.

The Fourth Estate is critical as the eyes and ears for the people, despite the consequences. Trump needs serious investigation, so that we may make a truly informed choice. Cowardice kills and feeds crises. Do not abandon us.

Kurt Hirzy, Carmichael

Media should report both sides

It is clear to anyone who reads or watches the news that the progressive media does not allow for any opinions or dialogue that is not in sync with its own agenda.

I was thinking of the media balance that has been lost in our society. There’s a to and fro in everything in life, the ebb and flow of the tides, sunlight and darkness, the four seasons. Each has its purpose. It’s even built in to the cells in our bodies, telling us when it’s time to pass on.

Why is it, then, that the media don’t recognize this need for balance? In the case of politics, who is right, the Democrats or the Republicans? Who can answer that question with certainty? Could it be that there is something to be learned from both? I thought it was the responsibility of the media to educate us by reporting, not making, the news.

Sally Dishman, Sacramento

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