Letters to the Editor

Electoral College, Trump’s adviser, Kaepernick’s protest

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the electoral college and give the presidency to the candidate who wins the most votes.
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the electoral college and give the presidency to the candidate who wins the most votes. The Associated Press

Abolish the Electoral College

Re “Electoral College survives many attempts to abolish it” (Insight, Nov. 16): The Electoral College should be abolished. This archaic system, put in place partially to address concerns of slave owners, has once again awarded the presidency to the candidate who did not win the popular vote.

It is profoundly undemocratic. I support Sen. Barbara Boxer’s legislation to get rid of the Electoral College. I also support the Change.org petition calling on electors to respect the will of the people and cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton.

Katherine Holmes, Davis

California votes don’t matter

Researching census totals of the states I found that Wyoming has a population of 586,107 and has three electoral votes, which means that the state receives one electoral vote for every 195,369 residents. California has 39,144,818 people and has 55 electoral votes, meaning that our state receives one electoral vote for every 711,724 residents.

In other words, a vote in Wyoming is worth 3.64 times as much as a vote in California. As of this writing, President-elect Donald Trump is trailing by more than 700 million votes. What happened to one person, one vote? The Electoral College must go.

Bob Kegley, Citrus Heights

Say no to Bannon in the White House

Re “Trump’s adviser pick creates furor” (Page 1A, Nov. 15): Steve Bannon should not be appointed as the White House chief strategist. He was the chairman of Breitbart News Network, an alt-right site. Bannon has called Breitbart News Network a “platform for alt-right.” One of the alt-right’s core beliefs is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces. It has a vision of society as fundamentally determined by race.

His site uses inflammatory language to blame black Americans for violent crime and has published lies about President Barack Obama’s citizenship. It targets women, mocks the LGBT community and foments fears about Muslims.

When Bannon says that his news network promotes the alt-right, he is supporting racist beliefs and enabling white nationalists. His statements and actions make him unqualified to serve as a top adviser for the United States.

Carol Stallworth,

Oregon House

Who has a right to protest?

Re “Colin Kaepernick has never registered to vote in any election” (Sacbee.com, Nov. 15): Back in August, Ailene Voisin questioned whether Colin Kaepernick had a right to protest police killings of black men because he wasn’t an Olympic gold medal winner like John Carlos or Tommie Smith, or a world champion boxer like Muhammed Ali.

Now, Alexei Koseff seems to be suggesting that Kaepernick’s protests aren’t legitimate because he has never registered to vote. I am so confused. I’m just a little old grandmother, never won a medal for anything, and I throw away most of my votes on third parties. So, shucks, I guess I have no right to speak up against injustice either.

Ellen Schwartz,

Sacramento

2 stories represent our country

Re “Roseville teacher told to stop handing out pins seen as symbol of anti-Trump protest” (Local, Nov. 15) and “Vinny with the TD! An unforgettable moment” (Sports, Nov. 15): These two stories represent the good and the bad of our country.

The bad first: Any teacher who hands out political statements to their students needs reminding that their opinion should remain their opinion, as their job is to educate their students, not inflame them.

The good: Telling the story of what real goodness there can be by an athletic director for students. The story of Vinny Torrice’s touchdown run made me very emotional, and I felt this is the true spirit of our nation.

Del Campo and East Union staff demonstrated a lesson far more important than the teacher trying to inflame her students by her beliefs.

Conny Saab, Fair Oaks

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