Letters to the Editor

Letters: Put down your cellphone

Put your phone down and drive

Re “State toughens the restrictions on phone distractions while driving” (Page 7A, Sept. 28): Big money strikes again at the expense of the public. I guess the cellphone lobbyists persuaded lawmakers to come up with a law that makes the driving public think they care about us.

The first offense would result in a $20 fine. Who thinks inconsiderate, self-centered, rude, obnoxious idiots who drive while using their phones are going to stop for $20?

How about this: First offense, $200 and a moving violation. Second offense: $3,000. This might stop most of them, but at $20 it’s not worth an officer’s time to look for these jerks.

Randy Yates, Antelope

Congress won’t control Trump

Re “Is 2016 the ‘Flight 93’ election?” (Ben Boychuk, Sept, 23): Ben Boychuk writes that Donald Trump “might prove to be a disaster, but he would be mitigated by Congress, the courts and public opinion.”

Please tell us: When has Trump ever been mitigated by anything or anyone? He neither knows nor cares what is in the Constitution, and admires dictators and strong-arm rulers such as Vladimir Putin.

His decisions would be based not on what is best for the country but rather on what is best for Trump. If Boychuk truly believes Trump can be mitigated, he must also be a proponent of Proposition 64 because clearly he is smoking something.

John Soltesz, Orangevale

Lester Holt didn’t control Trump

Sacramento’s native son, Lester Holt, flopped at moderating the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate. Holt allowed Trump to interrupt Clinton 25 times during the first part of the debate. Holt’s attempts to control Trump failed. One way to shut down Trump is to be louder than he is, and Holt’s soft voice is hardly suited to the task of controlling a bully.

Moderators of the next debate ought to have gavels, or a microphone cut-off switch. We know that Trump follows his own rules, so extraordinary measures are needed to keep him within debate parameters.

CBS President Les Moonves says controversy increases ratings. CBS gave us a circus instead of information. As Bill Maher is fond of saying: “We are a country of stupid.”

John Garon, Placerville

Rooftop solar is still a good deal

Re “Rooftop solar financing spurs rise in consumer complaints” (Insight, Sept. 27) More than 500,000 Californians have gone solar, and the vast majority are saving money and getting much needed relief from ever-rising utility bills – a fact that is left out of the article.

Consumers need to be aware and practice good basic purchasing skills: Know what you are buying, get multiple bids and ideally do business with companies that are members of business associations, like California Solar Energy Industries Association, which require ethical practices as a condition of membership.

But let’s get the facts straight and not let the banks and the utilities, hardly bastions of consumer protection, get away with scaring consumers from the only real alternative energy choice available today.

Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of California Solar Energy Industries Association, Sacramento

Beware of bogus health claims

Re “Recipes, not prescriptions: Eat for health” (Page 6C, Aug. 30): Organizations cited in the article that are said to “lay out the facts about the dire health risks of a poor diet” are in actuality fringe groups who cherry pick select information to push vegan diets claiming unsubstantiated curative power.

Forks Over Knives cited as a resource is widely known throughout the academic community to contain falsehoods, and the American Medical Association finds recommendations from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine “irresponsible and potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of Americans.

Jason Schaub, Berkeley

Pie perpetrator’s hero act wears thin

I am baffled by the amount of print space The Sacramento Bee has devoted to Sean Thompson in the wake of his assault on Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Thompson is little more than an itinerant criminal miscreant. By his own admission, he has a record of arrests and criminal misbehavior. Now he feels aggrieved by being punched, tackled and arrested for assaulting a public official. At least stop referring to him as an “activist,” as if he has some sort of exalted title. A more accurate term would be “petty criminal.”

Robert Schreiner, Citrus Heights


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