Letters to the Editor

Trump’s one chance, Clinton’s missed chance, Democrats surge, biased teaching

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 10, in the White House.
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 10, in the White House. Abaca Press

What’s in a handshake?

Re “Reluctantly giving Donald Trump a chance – but he gets only one” (Forum, Erika D. Smith, Nov. 13): As a Republican in California I have watched with fascination the reaction of mostly young Democrats from the bluest states protesting the outcome they never expected, looking for their safe place.

Californians threaten to secede, taking their marbles and heading home. Instead they should organize, analyze what went wrong and plan on how to prevent it from happening again.

Erika Smith, who is blatantly far left, is willing to take Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama’s advice and support President-elect Donald Trump, even if she is willing to give him only one chance. However, the handshake photo does not indicate a commitment of a smooth transition promised by Obama.

When people agree on a deal, they look at each other. Obama seems more interested in the camera. Will it be a smooth transition?

When everyone gets a trophy, nobody knows how to lose.

Paula Orlando,


Racism, experience goes both ways

Perhaps Erika Smith is correct that racism is a byproduct of a person’s experience – small town, nine of 10 white, etc. – but that goes both ways. We tend to live in our own bubble whether big or small.

She claims that most “angry white people are undereducated and ill-equipped to handle a changing economy.” So, if you do not support the current administration and the continuance of those policies you are automatically lumped into “angry white people” who, unfortunately cannot possibly be counted to have any intelligent thought?

Kathy Wright, Sacramento

Believe what I say, not what I do

It is common knowledge that the best predictor of future performance is past behavior. Several business bankruptcies? Hiring undocumented construction workers, paying them below minimum wage, and then threatening to have them deported? Using cheap Chinese steel and aluminum instead of supporting American industries? Outsourcing the manufacturing of his branded products?

These are the real actions of Donald J. Trump before he became a candidate. His was a campaign fraught with lies and false advertising. We Democrats finally need to stop trying to appease the GOP, stiffen our spines and stand up for those without moneyed voices. The president-elect only pretended to do so.

Mary Golden, Folsom

Cult of personality swamped Clinton

Re “A road map Hillary Clinton did not follow to the White House” (Forum, Dan Morain, Nov. 13): To the list of reasons Hillary Clinton’s campaign failed, I would add one more: the cult of personality that dominates American politics.

The candidate who wins is the person who ignites the electorate, not necessarily with noble intent. Donald Trump has more faults than the Pacific tectonic plate, but no one can deny his forceful personality. He’s the carnival barker who grabs attention with provocative taunts and tantalizing promises of wonders to come.

Clinton, on the other hand, is charisma-challenged. She just didn’t turn people on and was outmatched by Trump’s overweening persona. The result of falling for the flim-flam is a bigot in the White House who is doing his best to make America hate again.

Sharon Dalrymple, Galt

Fear led to Dems’ surge in state

Re “California GOP calls for unity” (Forum, Nov. 13): I agree that things are not getting better in California, and voters in our state could care less. Voters care about the humanity of marginalized people more than having a job. People were fearful what our next president, Donald Trump, was going to do to our nation which made three Republican state legislators lose their seats.

What Trump said in 2015 about Latinos did not help things much for the Republican Party. We must mend our relationship with Latinos in California and across the nation for us to make progress as a party. Even if Democrats are destructive to our economy in California, people in our state could care less about voting for Republicans because they do not want to be discriminated or treated as a huge wedge issue.

Matthew Munson, Ontario

GOP chairman was disingenuous

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte’s call for unity was laughably disingenuous. For Republicans to call for unity after they spent the last eight years doing everything they could to destroy a Democratic presidency is verging on criminal.

Do they expect the majority of American voters who did not vote for Donald Trump to roll over and play dead for him, and for the Republican Party? I certainly hope it doesn’t happen.

Richard Kitchen,

Citrus Heights

Teaching Trump with biased eyes

Re “Seeing Trump through a child’s innocent eyes” (Forum, Nov. 13): A teacher is posed a difficult question about deportation. Her response: “We have to assume he will.” This sums up the “fear and anger” response to Donald Trump’s victory.

The flaw in that response: assumption and outrage supplanting objectivity and constructive civic involvement.

I did not vote for Trump, but I believe President Barack Obama has overstepped his authority and our immigration laws with executive orders. I believe in, and consistently vote for, a compassionate, but not naive immigration policy. The correct answer to the student’s question should be: “the laws of our nation will protect all who enter under them.”

Timothy Desrochers,


A CalExit sounds pretty good

Re “California to Trump: America can’t afford for us to fail” (Editorials, Nov. 13): Perceptive readers of The Bee’s editorial pages may have found, as I did, an extreme irony on the Opinion page. A banner headline states “California to Trump: America can’t afford for us to fail.” Below is a political cartoon mocking the CalExit strategy, complete with Jack Ohman’s usual, multiframe hipster approach that depicts California as nothing more than a place for pot-smoking, long-haired politicians and talking dogs.

The irony of this is that the editorial describes all the reasons that California could, and perhaps, should, be its own country. At the end, the editorial says, “If there is one thing in this country that’s too big to fail, it’s California. Trump needs to get that.” I agree wholeheartedly with this statement, as I do with the entire editorial.

Readers will find it to be an excellent justification for breaking away from the rest of the United States. Consider the idea.

Robert L. Thayer,


AI workplace issues ignored

Re “AI will soon be coming to a workplace near you” (Viewpoints, Nov. 13): Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are addressing this issue of artificial intelligence. AI and its impact on the job market will be one of the major problems we face.

The politicians need to start seriously thinking about this issue, its impact and mitigation.

Sheldon Brown,


Education can change the world

Re “Seeking hope in uncertain times” (Forum, Nov. 13): It’s excellent to seek hope in these uncertain days by depending on each other. Imagine being one of more than 100 million children and adolescents in our world who currently have no hope of going to school. Talk about uncertain futures.

Yet in their uncertain times, the Education for All Act has passed the House of Representatives and awaits action in the Senate. When this bill passes these children will have hope for education brings better health and earnings coupled with lower birth rates and less conflict.

Each of us can help this happen by asking our senators to support and pass this bipartisan bill (Senate Bill 3256). Over 100 million children are counting on us.

Willie Dickerson,

Snohomish, Wash.