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Letters: Disappointed in Electoral College system

Pollworker Odell Carter checks a voter’s photo identification at a Ridgeland, Miss., precinct on Election Day. The is the first presidential election where voter photo ID was required.
Pollworker Odell Carter checks a voter’s photo identification at a Ridgeland, Miss., precinct on Election Day. The is the first presidential election where voter photo ID was required. The Associated Press

Disappointed his vote didn’t count

Re “The real scandal in 2016 election” (Viewpoints, Dec. 1): The real scandal, along with Republican states changing the voting laws, is that my vote, along with 2 million others, didn’t count. So, why vote at all if the system is rigged by the Republicans?

Until the Electoral College system is changed, I do not want to vote anymore. It is extremely disappointing knowing your vote is useless.

James Kelley, Sacramento

Why not show a photo ID?

I can never understand why anyone would be against showing a photo ID to vote. You have to show a photo ID to buy liquor, when you cash a check, etc. There is almost nothing you do anymore that you don’t have to show an ID.

John Schmidt, Folsom

Will Trump punish himself?

Re “Trump pledges ‘consequences’ for U.S. firms moving offshore” (Page 1A, Dec. 2): It amuses me that Donald Trump threatens consequences for businesses moving overseas, yet he has this huge overseas empire. Is he going to therefore punish himself? I think not.

He typically deals in double standards for himself and his family.

Paul Gottlieb, Carmichael

Daring to be hypocritical?

Re “Attorney general pick dares feds on immigration policy” (Page 1A, Dec. 2): Does my memory fail me? When Arizona enacted SB 1070 to protect itself from the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration law, every leftist federal and California official blasted the effort, trumpeting that immigration is exclusively a matter of federal law. Now, the newly appointed attorney general will fight federal efforts to enforce immigration law in California. Can you spell hypocrisy?

Dick Manford, Sacramento

AG pick is playing with fire

If California and the so-called “sanctuary cities” are free to disregard federal immigration laws, then what’s to prevent other cities or states from following suit? Everybody has a law they don’t like. The Voting Rights Act? EPA regulations? Gun control laws? Minimum wage? Age of consent? And just think what could be done with taxes of all kinds.

Californians, of all people, ought to be able to see the dangers of playing with fire.

Martin D. Owens,


Enjoying the liberal whining show

Re “Electoral College: Vote for Clinton” (Letters, Dec. 2): It’s fun watching the liberals moan and groan about Donald Trump’s election. I’ve felt the same way over the past eight years with President Barack Obama in office. Actually, I think we’ve had terrible presidents for the last 16 years.

Anyway, the liberals’ complaints about the Electoral College seem a bit hypocritical since their undemocratic, unelected superdelegates threw the primaries to Hillary Clinton.

This election was all about kicking the corrupt Republican and Democratic parties.

Tom Pera, Fair Oaks

Save the Sierra for future generations

Re “A new, better way to deal with dead trees in Sierra” (Viewpoints, Nov. 30): Being that several generations of my family have lived, worked and recreated in the Sierra for the last 98 years, I was encouraged by the ideas in the op-ed. Clearly our forests are being destroyed by 30 years of the U.S. Forest Service’s scientifically disproven and destructive “hands off, don’t touch” forest management policies.

The southern Sierra where I live is virtually devoid of live trees. And many of the few green trees one does see are already dead; they just haven’t turned brown yet.

It’s high time Californians loudly and firmly express their disdain for existing forest management policies. And to demand the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Sagehen strategy be followed. Otherwise our future generations will never know and appreciate the benefits, the beauty and the grandeur of the Sierra.

Lance W. Johnson,

Shaver Lake

Good info on Kings ticket sales

Re “How much are Kings tickets? Team’s analytic sales system is always adjusting prices” (Page 1A, Nov. 27): I appreciated the brief history of ticket sales, and how Kings President Chris Granger is helping to make ticket sales successful.

I think it very interesting how he used to be in charge of data analysis for the NBA, giving him the perfect experience to launch the Kings into a profitable season while offering the fans many options to see their team play.

Thank you for offering an approach to ticket sales that I can relate to and that provides me with some information on how I can purchase tickets, should I decide to do so.

Kristina Hunter,

Citrus Heights


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