Now who won the VP debate?
Re “Heated VP debate didn’t change presidential race” (Editorials, Oct. 6): Media pundits quickly launched the myth, now struck currency, that Mike Pence, the calm and assured one, won the vice-presidential debate on style, pointing to the dip in numbers for Tim Kaine. The Bee editors agree, he was unnaturally out-of-character aggressive, contrary to the image already created for him.
Kaine’s cocky sparring, digging for truthful responses, seemed most natural for a former scrappy personal injury lawyer arguing for his clients.
At that, the barely heated event was not rancorous or marked by personal insults. Responsibility for any chaos should be the moderator’s.
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As for the nobler Pence, he invites comparison to the “Naked Gun” movie detective, well tailored and coiffed, but a buffoon playing a part.
Spencer P. Le Gate,
Licensing system in need of reform
Re “License system said to hurt job seekers” (Capitol & California, Oct. 5): A new report featured in a story by Adam Ashton reflects the challenging realities and unnecessary barriers that immigrants and other vulnerable workers face when they try to find good jobs in California.
There are more than 200,000 foreign-born and foreign-educated immigrants in California who are unemployed or underemployed. They are doctors working hot dog stands, engineers driving taxis and teachers slinging fast food.
Our country is losing out on what they have to offer us, and they’re losing out on their education and experience.
We applaud the California workforce system for acknowledging this high-potential group in state workforce plans and encourage the Legislature to follow suit with licensing reform that recognizes their value.
Nikki Cicerani, New York, president and CEO,
Prostate test not always enough
Re “Stiller credits prostate test for saving his life” (Names & Faces, Oct. 5): I was glad to read of Ben Stiller’s experience and his advocacy of regular PSA tests for early detection of prostate cancer. However, I do want to add that a PSA test is not always enough.
My doctor ordered this test as a part of my annual checkups, and my score was always so low as to allay any suspicion of cancer. After several years of this, I saw another doctor in an urgent care facility, and she saw from my medical records that I had not had a conventional prostate test for five years, so she asked to do this. Thank heaven she did, because a month later my prostate was removed due to the aggressive cancer she suspected, and my urologist later confirmed.
PSA scores cannot be relied upon 100 percent of the time. They sometimes remain low even in the presence of cancer.
Fred Baucom, Roseville
Beautiful arena but no legroom
As a Kings season ticket holder I think I was more excited about seeing the new arena than I was about Paul McCartney – until I sat in the seats. To anyone over 5-foot-10 beware: There is no legroom. The seat is a cushy upgrade from Sleep Train Arena, but the discomfort from being jammed in overshadows the improved seat.
Wonder Woman is not gay
Re “Writer: Wonder Woman is gay” (Names & Faces, Oct. 10): The LGBTQ community have made another disgusting move to corrupt the prestige and honor of an American heterosexual icon – Wonder Woman! First they tried to corrupt Captain America’s nobility, and now they have corrupted Wonder Woman’s reputation.
Charles Moulton and H.G. Peter distinctly made Wonder Woman heterosexual – her one true love, (was) Steve Trevor, with whom she married and had a daughter. Until writer Greg Rucka, Wonder Woman was never homosexual.
Ron W. Loutzenhiser, Galt
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