Letters to the Editor

Letters: #Calexit: The rest of the nation would appreciate it

Prosecute FBI director Comey

Re “Clinton blames FBI director Comey for her loss to Trump” (Letters, Nov. 13): The impact political stunt by FBI Director James Comey, a longtime Republican, 11 days before the election was clearly a major factor in Donald Trump getting more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton, despite Clinton receiving more popular votes.

Comey should be prosecuted for violating the Hatch Act, and the Electoral College should be abolished. But the election shouldn’t have been close to begin with.

The real blame for the outcome of this election lies with the more than 60 million voters who were swayed by the politics of hatred, fear and intimidation into voting for a man who is woefully unfit to be president, and the 100 million other eligible voters who didn’t bother to cast a ballot at all.

Bill Durston, Gold River

Don’t let the door hit you as you exit

Re “Forget #Calexit. Just defend California against Trump” (Editorials, Nov. 11): Secession would be fine with me, as that would erase California’s disproportionate impact on the Electoral College vote. Without California’s influence, the conservative agenda would rule in the rest of the 49 states.

Common sense would return. Trump and Brexit is the future. Oh, and I live in Placer County, where the State of Jefferson movement is strong. We would love to be the 51st state; or, subtracting California, number 50, I guess.

John Costello, Foresthill

Use your vote as your statement

I voted for Donald Trump. He was not my first choice, somewhere in the middle. But because my votes for president usually don’t pan out, I was mildly surprised at the outcome.

To celebrate, I did what I did when I lost in the past: I had a beer and went to bed and continued my normal routine the next morning. Win or lose, I did not plan to celebrate or protest or riot. As important as the outcome of any election is, the time to express your feelings is before the election, when it can really mean something.

Alan Dahl, Sacramento

The return of the silent majority

The silent majority is coming out of its shell. It has taken a look at a new, different presidential candidate. Like Barack Obama, Donald Trump has stirred the pot by saying what the silent majority is thinking. He is filling a void that they feel should be filled.

Obama sold change without communicating to the under-informed what change meant to him. As a marketer, he puts Trump to shame. He’s the guy who walks away from the poker table and everyone asks: “How did he win all my money?”

Trump may not be the high-tone con artist Obama is, but it’s looking to me he may soon be walking away from the poker table with his pockets full of $20 Hillary chips.

Russ Brown, Carmichael

Rigging is in the eye of the winner

I’m confused. Weeks prior to the election, Donald Trump was complaining that the election was rigged. Since he won the election, he has never mentioned a word about it. Does this mean that the election was rigged if he lost, but not if he won?

George Galaich, Lincoln

Everyone is welcome here

Re “Don’t dismiss flyover states” (Letters, Nov. 11): I grew up in Wyoming, and I can assure you that the children in California behave exactly the same as children in “flyover” states.

No one in California questions whether folks in Wyoming or anywhere are “equal to the task” of operating farm equipment, and my Facebook friends from Wyoming post the same sort of stuff as friends from California.

This myth that somehow country folk are more polite or kind, or more genuinely American, is bias we must fight.

When I drove to California with my Wyoming license plates, no one said anything. Last year when I drove to Wyoming with California plates, I got no less than three middle fingers from motorists. At a gas station, a man said, “Go back home.” I said, “I am home.” Imagine his surprise.

Thank you, California, for accepting this rural transplant without question. And thank you for your diversity. I will never go back.

Jannette Dayton Palermo, Sacramento

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