Letters to the Editor

Political sideshows, real choices, Donna Brazile, death penalty, breast cancer surgery

Donna Brazile, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, answers questions on the floor at the Democratic National Convention in July. She is no longer CNN contributor after leaking questions from a Democratic candidate forum to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Donna Brazile, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, answers questions on the floor at the Democratic National Convention in July. She is no longer CNN contributor after leaking questions from a Democratic candidate forum to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Philadelphia Inquirer

Choice should be clear, not difficult

Re “In Clinton inquiry, FBI gets warrant for Weiner’s emails” (Page 1A, Nov. 1): Oh my! The political sideshows continue. We are besieged by email controversy, a Clinton Foundation scandal, a recorded bus conversation, Gloria Allred protégés coming forward, the candidate’s repeated personal vindictive attacks ad nauseam, etc.

All this must be ignored for a choice. A simple choice between continuation of current administration policies for low unemployment, steady job growth, with continued economic growth. Or radical economic protection, draconic immigration reform, massive defense spending, not to mention a “beautiful wall.” Which will we choose? The choice is clear and shouldn’t be difficult.

Don Anderson, Folsom

Clinton should not be president

Re “Clinton is bad, but Trump is dangerous” (Viewpoints, Nov. 1) Michael Gerson’s statement, “Clinton, who lacks essential elements of integrity,” is disqualifying enough, but knowing the Clintons would be continually investigated, and that they would govern in compete secrecy, totally disqualifies Hillary Clinton from the presidency.

James Peace, Sacramento

How far the mighty have fallen

Re “Leaked questions lead CNN to cut ties with Clinton backer” (Page 8A, Nov. 1): It was, indeed, shocking to learn that the esteemed Donna Brazile had given debate questions to the Clinton campaign prior to the primary debates. Brazile is a shining light in the dark and murky world of politics. An intelligent, savvy, black woman in a world dominated by arrogant, powerful white men, she is my hero.

She has the ability to give clarity to the most complex of issues. Our faith and trust in her integrity was demonstrated when she was chosen, above all others, to assume the position of interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to restore its credibility.

There have been a number of casualties in this presidential campaign year, but the greatest tragedy has been the loss of faith in the integrity of our democratic system. Brazile’s actions simply reinforce Donald Trump’s claims that the system is rigged.

She has done every American and our democracy a disservice.

Eugene King, Sacramento

Letter should have been ‘classified’

Re “Comey’s blunder wreaks havoc, politicizes FBI” (Editorials, Nov. 1): It’s become obvious that the purpose of FBI Director James Comey’s letter to “inform” a Republican-led Congress of “further developments” in the ongoing inquiry of Hillary Clinton’s emails is purely political. Otherwise, knowing full well the letter would be leaked, why didn’t he mark his letter to Congress “classified”?

Richard Nano, Roseville

Life without parole fits the crime

Re “Awful as it is, death penalty serves a purpose in California” (Insight, Nov. 2): Columnist Marcos Breton supports the death penalty because murders are horrible, ghastly things to contemplate. They are. The details of every murder are horrible and ghastly, yet the death penalty is sought for only a tiny fraction of them.

Too often, geography and the socioeconomic status of the victim skew the decision on whether to seek death. Seeking the death penalty for all horrible murders would waste billions of dollars, not just the $150 million California wastes every year as it is.

Hundreds of family members of murder victims, not just “Silicon Valley millionaires,” say it’s time to stop the waste. Life without possibility of parole is a horrible, ghastly punishment that precisely fits the horrible, ghastly crime of first-degree murder. Follow the recommendation of The Bee’s editorial board and vote “yes” on Proposition 62 and vote “no” on Proposition 66.

Robert Bacon, Oakland

Wish I had gone flat after surgery

Re “More women opt to ‘go flat,’ skip reconstruction after breast cancer surgery” (Insight, Nov. 1): In 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and scheduled for an immediate mastectomy. I was told that it was routine to place an expander in the incision so that the skin could be stretched after surgery to accommodate an implant.

The expander was supposed to be injected with saline to increase the size of the pocket that would receive the implant. Problem: My expander flipped over so that it could not be filled, resulting in four surgeries before I finally got a reconstruction two years later.

The results were horribly painful, and I can’t look at myself in the mirror. If I were vain, I could have another plastic surgery and pay out of pocket to have it look nice, but I’m not. I have seen some pretty tattoos done to cover the scars. That might have been a better option.

Carol McElheney,

Elk Grove

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