Election wasn’t about change
Re “United States has been declining” (Letters, Nov. 14): Letter writer Bill Jurkovich claims that we have been in decline for the past 40 years and that only “the audacious” can create change. The 2016 election was not about change, it was about avoiding change, and it is the candidate that played upon this fear and avoidance who was victorious.
Congress, with its persistent obstructionism, did not change hands. Those who fear the changing demographics of the U.S. turned out to support a candidate who embodied everything that acts against their self-interest because he was able to scapegoat those who were different.
He did not offer solutions; he only identified those who could be blamed. America is a great nation. We are not without flaws, but those flaws can only be repaired by moving forward together and not by settling into bunkers to protect a contrived “us” from a “them” created by political demagoguery.
It’s about the U.S. catching up
The letter writer always plays the part of naysayer – anti-progressive, the sky is falling, America needs to be great again. The truth is, like in the Olympics, globalism has brought more of the world closer to the U.S. in terms of competition, trade, profit and, yes, even might. We are no longer the big guy on the block and as such we must learn and adhere to the same rules as all the other kids.
Baby boomers need to accept that the world has been and is continuing to change and that the “wonderful life” they experienced is long gone. Nostalgia will not bring back the life they lived and as such we all need to accept a new reality. To do otherwise will only lead to a bitter and disaffected end.
Liberal Democrats: Our way or no way
Re “Peaceful march blocks I-80 onramp” (Local, Nov. 14): Why is it that liberal Democrats always think it has to be “our way or no way.” What makes these liberals think, we as conservatives were overjoyed when Barack Obama got elected and then re-elected.
Obama did not reflect the will of the conservatives, and to a lot of us he was not “our president.” When he was elected, did you see conservatives protest? Did we march in the streets and disrupt the lives of thousands of other citizens by blocking the streets and freeways? No, you did not. We acted like mature, responsible adults. We took a deep breath, went about our daily tasks and waited for the next time to vote.
Protesting for not getting your way is just crying. Liberals need to join the real world and realize sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. It’s life; learn to live with it.
Edward Thomas, Galt
Independent analyst needed
Re “Councilman wants closer look at City Hall watchdog group” (Local, City Beat, Nov. 14): Council member Jay Schenirer’s request for information from Eye on Sacramento illustrates the need for a stronger ethics ordinance and an independent policy analyst in the city of Sacramento.
A strong ethics ordinance implemented and enforced by an independent ethics committee would clarify reporting requirements for groups who regularly interact with the city of Sacramento, including Eye on Sacramento and Schenirer’s organization, WayUp Sacramento. As the city does not have an independent analyst to perform fiscal and policy analyses, Eye on Sacramento has attempted, somewhat successfully, to fill that void.
Sacramento should follow San Francisco and San Diego by creating and funding an independent analyst’s office. Much of the information regarding local issues comes with spin, mostly from wealthy special interests. An independent analyst objectively and thoroughly researching and reporting upon local issues would mean a triumph of public policy over politics in Sacramento.
Jason Orta, Sacramento
Remodel echoes my experience
Re “They opened walls; out came memories” (Home & Garden, Nov. 12): Cathie Anderson’s touching story about her house remodel moved me to tears as I recalled my own feelings during a recent remodel.
I thought about my mother when we chose new countertops and cabinets, and how, as a child of the Depression, Mom would be horrified at some of the costs. It also reminded me how my parents’ house was the gathering place for our extended family the way I hope ours will be.
Anderson’s home remodel is a universal story of updating our lives while retaining the best of the past. I enjoyed learning about her family and hope she has many wonderful celebrations with them in her beautiful house.
Lyra Halprin, Davis
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