Letters to the Editor

Letters: Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump

Clinton trounced Trump in debate

Re “Nominees’ arguments hinge on temperament” (Page 1A, Sept. 27): Hillary Clinton won hands down. She was calm, cool, collected. She kept her answers direct and short.

Donald Trump did his usual grammar school bratty-kid-in-the-schoolyard routine, interrupting, grimacing, lying, and eating up the allotted time of both candidates.

So what is left to do? Don’t waste time chasing illusionary goals of getting Trump’s followers to convert. They won’t. And, don’t waste your trying to get the independents to vote Hillary, though I suspect they will on their own after the debate.

Rather, focus on getting out the Democratic vote. The race is ours to lose.

Reginald Bronner, Lincoln

Rich should pay fair share in taxes

Re “Tax boosts target the powerless” (Dan Walters, Sept. 26): Tourist taxes are imposed on people who cannot defend themselves. But people who make large amounts of money are not in the same category.

Rich people should pay high taxes. They benefit disproportionately from the environment that taxes maintain. If volatility is a problem, why not require the wealthiest citizens to use income averaging all the time?

Louise Mehler, Sacramento

Wells Fargo skates as it steals from us

Re “Wells Fargo: Too big to fail, too arrogant to admit it” (Viewpoints, Sept. 22): When people steal money from the banks, they go to jail. When banks steal money from the people, the people responsible do not go to jail. Why is that?

Glenn Garabedian, Rocklin

There are no teen ‘prostitutes’

Re “New law prevents arrest of underage prostitutes” (Page 6A, Sept. 27): It’s appreciated The Bee is bringing attention to the horrific crime of child sex trafficking in our communities and the strides California is taking to help victims who have long been ignored.

This includes reporting on the important signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of Senate Bill 1322 to end the practice of treating child victims of sex trafficking as criminals, specifically, by prohibiting law enforcement from arresting or charging minors for prostitution or loitering with intent to commit prostitution.

However, The Bee is doing a disservice by using the terms “underage prostitutes” and “young sex workers” when reporting on child sex trafficking victims. This implies children are voluntarily choosing to trade sex for money. Children can’t consent to sex. They are serial rape victims.

Frank Mecca, Sacramento

Libraries are central to college

Re “Is athletics too big on campus” (Viewpoints, Sept. 27): Karin Klein’s op-ed is spot on. Forty years after graduating from law school, I still visit and use the library on campus. Not that sports are unimportant, but the library is the heart of the institution and a gift that keeps on giving.

Michael L Pinkerton, Elk Grove

College sports enhance life

College athletics teaches competitive, organizational, social and leadership qualities to athletes as well as teaching the student body how to win or lose with a sportsmanship attitude.

Lou Holtz, while head football coach at Notre Dame, had one simple rule for his players to remain on the team and keep their scholarships: If what you are doing or about to do is something you wouldn’t be doing with your mother or coach in your presence then it is probably wrong and you won’t continue playing here.

Colleges do generate revenue through student athletes. The athletes must compete in their sport and in the classroom. Schools like Notre Dame, Stanford, and Ivy League schools have strict academic requirements, so being an athlete and generating money for their school lets everyone benefit.

Dave Mulvehill, Rancho Murieta

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