Letters to the Editor

Letters: Fox News’ Baier has some explaining to do

Fox News is trying to ‘rig’ the election

Re “Fox News’ Baier says his Clinton stories were wrong” (Page 2A, Nov. 5): Dan Rather of CBS News reported an inaccuracy from an undisclosed source. He was fired. Brian Williams of NBC News embellished his reports with personal involvement. He was relieved of his duties.

Bret Baier of Fox News reportsZ from an unidentified FBI agent that Hillary Clinton would be indicted after the election. Baier admits this was a false report and now says, “It was a mistake, and for that I am sorry.” Baier continues, and the story is still out there. Is this election rigged? I rest my case.

Sydney Fink, Folsom

Bret Baier needs to explain himself

Fox News’ Bret Baier made disgusting statements about Hillary Clinton that he admitted were incorrect. The Bee should have done more to let readers know why and how his statements were wrong. This story deserved a clear interpretation, allowing readers to understand how this type of reporting by Fox is splitting our country apart.

George Condon, Folsom

Death penalty protects prisons

Re “We need to abolish the death penalty” (Letters, Nov. 4): Retired Folsom Police Chief James Cost hates the death penalty. But Proposition 62 will allow inmates serving life to murder with impunity.

What’s the deterrent effect of a second or third sentence of life in prison without parole? Passage of Proposition 62 will put in the general prison population 700-plus death row inmates who have committed heinous murders. What about the innocent lives of correctional officers or wardens, or other civilian prison employees? Vote no on Proposition 62.

Dick Manford, Sacramento

The truth about Proposition 66

Re “Could Prop. 66 increase risk of executing an innocent inmate?” (Viewpoints, Nov. 4): Linda Klein asserts that Proposition 66 will require appointment of unqualified lawyers in death penalty cases, analogous to seeing a dermatologist for cancer. That is false and preposterous. Proposition 66 continues the requirement that lawyers be qualified as defined by the Supreme Court and the Judicial Council. The only change it directs is that the experience of former prosecutors be fully counted.

Klein also claims that Proposition 66 cuts total time to review cases to five years. That is false as to claims of innocence. Proposition 66 allows innocence claims without limit of time or number; it broadens the standard for bringing them in the inmate’s favor.

Proposition 66 better protects the few, if any, innocent inmates and speeds up the cases of the great many guilty.

Kent Scheidegger, Sacramento

Legal weed would be a Trojan Horse

Re “California marijuana legalization way ahead in poll” (sacbee.com, Nov. 3): Proposition 64 is a Trojan horse that will gut medical marijuana laws, raise prices, hurt organic farmers and create many more problems as well. Only the 1 percent funders, like Napster’s Sean Parker, will be able to afford it.

Tara Thralls, Hopland

Prohibition has been a failure

Re “California’s not ready for legal recreational marijuana” (Marcos Breton, Nov. 6): If prohibition is such a good way to go, why has it failed so miserably? Look at our incarceration rates. As conservative former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb observes: “Either we are home to the most evil people on earth or we’re doing something vastly counterproductive.” Gateway drugs? Tobacco and alcohol are far better predictors of later hard drug use, and far more toxic.

Mark Dempsey, Orangevale

Recreational pot is not a plaything

Pot sellers and state tax collectors alike are drooling over the billions they expect to make from sales of recreational marijuana. At whose expense?

Recreational pot is devastating because it leads to irresponsible and criminal behavior. Statistics show that it is indeed a gateway drug, particularly for young people. In the 1960s, I worked in a Northern California rehab facility for drug patients. At that time 86 percent of the patients started their drug habit with marijuana.

Consider this: If California legalizes recreational use of this drug, and someone you love gets struck and killed by a driver high on pot, would you regret voting for it? And would the state of California, having facilitated the opportunity for this crime, be an agent to manslaughter?

Mary Easley, Orangevale

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