Letters to the Editor

Trump, Wells Fargo, food allergies, Measure B

No more business as usual

Re “Trump displays debatable commitment to democracy” (Editorials, Oct. 20): When Trump makes baseless claims about a rigged electoral system, it resonates with voters who believe that from City Hall to Capitol Hill, the needs of wealthy special interests take precedence.

The U.S. has entered into free trade agreements that have destroyed local economies and have come without the necessary education and safety net supports for affected communities. The U.S. went to war to bring peace to the Middle East but the violence continues there 13 years later.

While Sacramentans face rising housing costs, a new convention center takes precedence over new housing. Ignoring people’s concerns for decades has produced Trump voters who wrongly blame immigrants and Muslims for the failure of political elites. After this election, business as usual for the Republicans and Democrats just won’t cut it anymore.

Jason Orta, Sacramento

Why single out Wells Fargo?

Re “Bank’s workers targeted elderly, students” (Insight, Oct. 21): A “National Close Your Wells Fargo Account Day”? And the state controller is refusing further dealings with Wells Fargo? This is peanuts compared to past fines for abuse at other institutions and banks. Why are we singling out Wells Fargo? All their hands are dirty. This is why we need regulations and the Department of Justice to protect us.

Richard Kuechle, Lincoln

Responsibility and food allergies

Re “Responsibility for child’s death?” (Letters, Oct. 10): Although the responsibility of a parent or guardian whose child has allergies should be to ensure that their child is safe from allergens, the parent or guardian cannot always be vigilant.

From personal experience, especially since I have seven of the eight major food allergens, lapses of judgment can happen, due to fatigue, stress and other factors. Clearly, an individual cannot achieve perfection, and the parents of Natalie Giorgi were no different.

Nathan Tajima, Citrus Heights

Spend Measure A money first

Re “Measure B isn’t sexy, but it’s vital” (Insight, Oct. 19): Marcos Breton insists we need to increase our transportation tax and pass Measure B. The city of Sacramento is hoarding Measure A funds by keeping millions on deposit with the Sacramento Transportation Authority. Measure A already provides plenty of revenue to fix our roads and pay bureaucrats to oversee the program. But until Measure A funds are spent wisely, drivers will continue to suffer.

Marcia Fritz, Sacramento


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