Letters to the Editor

Clinton, leadership, patriotism, Comey, pipeline protest

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters defy law enforcement officers who are trying to force them from a camp on private land in the path of pipeline construction last week near Cannon Ball, N.D. The months-long dispute over the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline reached a crisis point when the protesters set up camp on land owned by pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters defy law enforcement officers who are trying to force them from a camp on private land in the path of pipeline construction last week near Cannon Ball, N.D. The months-long dispute over the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline reached a crisis point when the protesters set up camp on land owned by pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners. Associated Press file

She’s had enough of the Clintons

Re “In Clinton inquiry, FBI gets warrant for Weiner’s emails” (Page 1A, Oct. 31): Bernie Sanders might have been the Democratic nominee had Hillary Clinton played it straight. The millions who voted for him probably thought their candidate had an honest chance, but it is impossible to win when the other person doesn’t play by the rules, especially with a whole team of people helping her cheat.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as head of the Democratic National Committee after evidence came out she and the DNC showed bias against Sanders, and CNN’s Donna Brazile took over for her. CNN recently canned Brazile after learning that she was feeding questions to Clinton prior to her debates with Sanders while working for CNN.

At least Trump was transparent when he insulted his way to the nomination. There seems to be no end to the sneakiness and cheating on Clinton’s side. The truth with the Clintons is never simple. I think we have had enough of these two.

Deborah Hall McMicking, San Francisco

He cares about sane leadership

Re “New email probe doesn’t matter” (Letters, Oct. 31): In his letter, Richard Shoemaker dismisses those who might vote for Hillary Clinton, asserting that “only those who served in our military … care about national security.” I wonder if he really intends this letter to support a candidate for president who never served in the military, who has insulted those who did serve for being POWs, and who has insulted parents who publicly grieved the death of their son in service?

As a veteran, I can say I do care about this nation and about sane leadership, which is the most important form of national security.

Leo McElroy, Sacramento

No monopoly on patriotism

The letter writer divides U.S. citizens into military and civilians, claiming that only the former care enough about national security to put Donald J. Trump’s finger on the nuclear button.

Let’s not forget our tradition of civilian control over the armed forces – the only thing that saved civilization at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, when President John Kennedy’s generals urged a first strike on the Soviet Union.

I’d suggest that of the 22 million American active or retired military, a large number like my father, a World War II vet, and the 110 generals and admirals publicly opposing Trump, find Hillary Clinton’s “potentially damaging” emails as just that, a sideshow no more significant than, say, the GOP candidate’s bragging about sexual assault, reluctance to release his tax returns, or enthusiastic support for the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

David Fenimore, Reno

FBI Director Comey unmasked

Re “Comey’s blunder wreaks havoc, politicizes FBI” (Editorials, Nov. 1): I thought it was a bit odd that FBI Director Comey added an aside in July, specifically the “careless” comment about Hillary Clinton’s handling of State Department emails. He obviously knew that he didn’t have enough evidence of a crime to pursue charges, so he did what he could to disparage her with his opinion about her carelessness. And, she may have been careless, but that is not what the FBI’s purpose is; it’s to give unsolicited opinions.

Well, here we are, and he releases ... well, what exactly did he release? Nothing, other than to cast doubt on Clinton 11 days before the election. The man should be ashamed of himself, but, as a political operative, I’m sure he has no shame. Disgusting.

Jeffrey Dean,

El Dorado Hills

Racial injustice in pipeline protest

Re “8 face charges in pipeline protest” (Page 6A, Oct. 31): More than 140 people have been arrested in the past week peacefully protesting a pipeline that threatens the river water source and sacred lands in North Dakota. About 300 police in riot gear met them and used armored vehicles, pepper spray, concussion grenades and Tasers. And yet the Bundy brothers and their merry men took over federal buildings in Oregon. The armed men broke into federal property and occupied it for 41 days. Government employees could not enter their place of work. Those armed men have been acquitted of felony charges for conspiracy and possession of firearms.

Racial injustice again. This is unacceptable. Let us support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s Dakota Access Pipeline protesters with donations and letters to the president.

Jean Jackman, Davis

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