Letters to the Editor

Letters: A Trump presidency would be a disaster

Trump is unfit to be president

Re “Clinton was cool, informed; Trump mansplained, bullied” (Editorials, Sept. 27): Donald Trump gave a great exhibition of why he is not qualified for the office of president.

Leaving aside his lack of knowledge on the issues and the blatant lies, he interrupted and talked over Hillary Clinton and Lester Holt, which was rude and disrespectful. Can’t you just see him doing that with advisers, Cabinet members, and members of Congress – or while negotiating with foreign leaders? He does not have the temperament to be president.

Lindy Rice Tillement, Rio Linda

Don’t let Trump near nuclear codes

As a lawyer who fights to support and defend the Constitution every day, I have a real problem with the prospect of a Donald Trump appointee on the United States Supreme Court. But there are checks and balances in our system and we will survive. As a human being, I have a real problem with the prospect of Trump having control of the nuclear codes. There are absolutely no checks and balances on the all-important decision to launch nuclear weapons.

Michael L. Pinkerton, Sacramento

Officials who back Trump should quit

People who believe Donald Trump is the ideal candidate are misguided. He is bent on the destruction of the basic moral fiber of our country. He relentlessly and without remorse attacks more than half of the electorate with his sadistic commentary against women, minorities and disabled people.

Elected officials who endorse him ought to resign. They have proven themselves to be treasonous to this country we love.

Kris Johnson, Granite Bay

Clinton is held to higher standard

I was disheartened to see evidence of bias against Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump lied repeatedly at the debates about climate change, his taxes, his father’s loan, and so on. Yet on the front page of Tuesday’s paper, as the first example of accuracy, Clinton was called for her Trans-Pacific Partnership position, which she has explained repeatedly. It is a policy position change, not a lie. Why is anyone giving Trump the benefit of the doubt on his lying?

Linda McAtee, Sacramento

Count two more for the exodus

Re “Would tax hike cause an exodus?” (Dan Walters, Sept. 28): Count my wife and me in. We are almost counting the days when our son graduates from high school, then we’re out of here. It’s a beautiful state with faulty leadership. Wake up, California. We’re already a laughingstock. It’s on us, the electorate.

Bob Bartlett, Granite Bay

Johnson has done much for homeless

Re “Pie-throwing activist wants his charges dropped, ponders lawsuit” (Page 3A, Sept. 27): It is galling that the person who assaulted Mayor Kevin Johnson said he hadn’t done enough to help the homeless. Johnson has done more to help people experiencing homelessness than any other mayor.

In 2009, when Sacramento’s tent city made international headlines, Johnson tackled this complicated, politically fraught issue with compassion and good judgment, meeting with homeless leaders to ask them what they wanted.

I was there when he spent the night with a small group of campers huddled behind a storage facility, sharing their food and listening intently to their advice. He was a champion for the creation of Sacramento Steps Forward and its “Housing First” approach to ending homelessness in Sacramento.

How easy it is to lob a pie or criticism at someone; how hard it is to actually, diligently and effectively work to help our homeless citizens.

Joan Burke, Sacramento

Pie attacker is a special guy

I find it admirable that Mayor Kevin Johnson defended himself against pie attacker Sean Thompson. But according to the politically correct activists, the mayor used excessive force. That’s a good one. People should be responsible for their actions. The pie thrower has had more than his 15 minutes of fame or otherwise.

Andrew Mattson, Roseville

Pie attacker isn’t an innocent protester

A pie in the face isn’t an act of nonviolence. It is a violent assault that can cause fear, lasting mental trauma and physical injury.

The facts that the weapon was a pie, not a gun, and that the assailant was injured while being captured are factors a judge should consider in deciding his sentence. So is the fact that, at least so far, he is completely unrepentant. But those factors don’t affect his guilt.

As far as I can see, Mayor Kevin Johnson used necessary force to stop a fleeing felony suspect. If I’m wrong and he used excessive force, he should be held accountable, like a police officer who uses excessive force. But that, too, doesn’t affect the assailant’s guilt.

To let the assailant go totally free would be a denial of justice and an encouragement for others to assault people because they disagree with them.

Greg deGiere, Sacramento


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