Letters to the Editor

Letters: Trump and education gaps, Castro and Kaepernick, Lakota Sioux and land

Protesters gather at an encampment on Nov. 26, a day after tribal leaders received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that told them the federal land would be closed to the public on Dec. 5, near Cannon Ball, N.D. The protesters said Saturday that they do not plan to leave and will continue to oppose construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Protesters gather at an encampment on Nov. 26, a day after tribal leaders received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that told them the federal land would be closed to the public on Dec. 5, near Cannon Ball, N.D. The protesters said Saturday that they do not plan to leave and will continue to oppose construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Associated Press

Maybe Trump will improve education

Re “Can Trump help narrow racial gaps in schools?” (Opinion, The Numbers Crunch, Nov. 26): What would make any Californian think or believe that a Trump presidency can or will change the racial gaps in testing for California schools? The California Senate and Assembly has been dominated by Democrats for a while, Jerry Brown has been governor since 2011, and the current report card of horrific results for minorities in the California school system rests with our elected officials from our recent past, not our incoming president.

Many will criticize Donald Trump’s various selections for Cabinet posts, yet how can you do any worse than the results we have? Wake up and recognize the failure of the Democrats in California for their dismal results in education and embrace any change that can help all students learn.

Historical and deep change in California politics and the school system is what’s needed, and hopefully Trump’s presidency will start that change for Californian children.

Kevin Eley, El Dorado Hills

Some info on students missing

The information in the article is very interesting but seems to tell only part of the story. While teachers, money, etc. certainly have an impact on the test results, the greatest influence, particularly on young students, is their home life. Unless corresponding data is provided reflecting the home life of the students, especially the stability of the home, then no intelligent solutions will ever be generated. It’s like driving a car with only one or two wheels.

Michael Kovarik, Folsom

Today’s leaders are responsible

Foon Rhee’s article about California’s failing education system ignores the inactions of Democrats, President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown.

If Latino and black children trail so far behind white kids in school, why doesn’t Rhee point to the present leaders and decry their lack of accomplishment in closing the education and social gaps rather than pointing fingers at the future president? Vouchers and charter schools are a vast improvement over our public schools, yet Democrats oppose them. Let’s try it.

Randy Ault, Sacramento

Who has decrepit street corners?

Re “New era for Cuba as its icon passes” (Page 1A, Nov. 26): Glenn Garvin’s article on Fidel Castro’s death made me wonder how so many members of my family, community and nation can hold the opinions that we so freely express today. After all that Donald Trump has said, after all that the “alt-right” has said, after all that our voters have said, what got me was Garvin calling Cuba an “empty, decrepit street corner.”

I’ve never been to Cuba, but I’d like to go. I’ve learned about the people. I know some of Cuba’s people. I like their culture, their music, their foods, their values. Why do we look at Cuba with hate? They bring these traits with them when they come to us seeking the freedoms that were given to us at such great cost, and that we squander so freely. To paraphrase Garvin: Which country really has irrelevance railing on the decrepit street corners of its ugliest history?

John Scully, Roseville

What shirt will Kap wear next?

Re “Kap booed, clarifies comments on Castro” (Sports, Nov. 28): Sometimes I think Colin Kaepernick merely enjoys the attention, even if it is notoriety, because now he has decided it is a good idea to wear a shirt depicting the fear-mongering, violent dictator Fidel Castro.

Kaepernick says it was because Castro supported education and health care, and opposed apartheid in South Africa. What will be on Kaepernick’s next attention-grabbing shirt, Adolf Hitler? After all, Hitler pretty much ended crime in the Third Reich, plus he offered plenty of jobs for the German people, like making Panzers in the factories and guarding concentration camps.

Mike Fredericks, Folsom

Taking land in Cuba and N.D.

Fidel Castro’s unjust taking of property from Americans is one issue that still prevents full peace with Cuba. Similarly, our unjust taking of property from Lakota Sioux people still prevents full peace with them, as we see in the North Dakota oil pipeline conflict.

Jim Eychaner, Carmichael

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