America is at a crossroads
Re “Muslim registry has legal precedent, says Trump backer, citing Japanese internment” (Page 13A, Nov. 18): First of all, Carl Higbie is mistaken in his assumption that Japanese internment set a legal precedent. Although President Roosevelt got away with it during the war, it was later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and would be illegal today.
The fact that advisers to our incoming president would consider such actions is alarming. This type of talk is even more concerning given the attitudes and hate speech that has been encouraged by the president-elect’s rhetoric during his campaign. Language and actions that degrade other human beings based on race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical or mental handicaps, etc., have been legitimized and are increasing.
I truly believe that we Americans are at a crossroads. Do we really want to move in the direction of becoming the modern Nazi nation? Do we want to be the “Fascists With A Friendly Face”?
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Barry Hurff, Citrus Heights
Climate change and Trump legacy
Re “U.S. urged not to ditch Paris accord” (Page 10A, Nov. 17): Thank you, Donald Trump. Your stated belief that climate change is a hoax and your threat to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement have mobilized the business community to oppose any efforts to weaken America’s fight against climate change. Three hundred and fifty U.S. companies and major investors have signed a letter demanding that you leave in place America’s low greenhouse gas emission policies.
Should you proceed with your stated intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and to scrap the Clean Power Plan and other climate change related regulations you will move the business community to the belief that you are truly not in contact with reality and must be actively opposed.
Take heed or this could define your presidency.
Harold Ferber, Elk Grove
No place for hate in White House
President-elect Donald Trump promised to bind the wounds inflicted during the campaign. Then he appointed Steve Bannon, who runs a media outlet that promotes sexism, racism and white nationalism, as his chief strategist. Republicans must not blindly follow the president-elect into discrimination and hate.
Block Trump’s hateful tweets
Re “Twitter blocks accounts of several alt-right users” (Business, Nov. 17): Bravo to Twitter that it will be blocking prominent members of the alt-right movement in an apparent crackdown on accounts tied to hate speech or threats of violence. This is most definitely a positive step forward in eliminating hate speech from the internet. Now, if Twitter could only block Donald Trump.
Cities can’t pay pension debt
Re “Tiny town can’t pay its pension debt” (Local, Nov. 17): Loyalton’s retirees’ pensions will be cut unless the city can find $1.7 million to fund its pension debt. Sacramento will be in the same boat soon.
CalPERS’ chief investment officer warns that local governments are not paying enough to keep their pension plans solvent. If the pension board heeds their CIO’s advice, Sacramento will be required to pay CalPERS an additional $8,000 annually for each cop and firefighter ($35,000 total); and pay an additional $6,000 for miscellaneous workers ($15,000 total).
Drivers should brace themselves for more bumpy roads ahead. Pension payments don’t fill potholes.
Marcia Fritz, Sacramento
Thanks for aiding adopted pets
Re “Woman provides free adoptions at city shelter through Dec. 31” (Local, Nov. 17): Kim Pacini-Hauch deserves monumental accolades for paying for all adoptions at the city animal shelter until the end of December.
What a wonderful, unique way to save pets for their forever homes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every year, people who are financially able would also extend this to the county shelter and the SPCA?
Kim, you will have saved so many precious pets so that they may resume their lives in their new homes. Thank you.
B.D. Miller, Sacramento
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