Letters to the Editor

California electors should vote for alternative to Trump

In an op-ed in The New York Times, firefighter Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector in Texas, said he will not vote for Donald Trump.
In an op-ed in The New York Times, firefighter Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector in Texas, said he will not vote for Donald Trump. Special to the Star-Telegram

State’s electors should vote GOP

Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector in Texas, announced that he will not vote for Donald Trump. Facing the prospect of a Trump presidency, Suprun wrote in a New York Times op-ed, “I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.”

In response to Suprun’s courageous decision, Democratic electors across the country, and especially here in California, should do something equally courageous.

California’s 55 electors should unanimously cast their votes for a reasonable, qualified Republican alternative. They should persuade electors across the country to join them. A bold move by California’s electors would send a powerful signal to other electors.

Suprun concluded, “Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again.”

The election is lost for Hillary Clinton, but it is not yet lost for the nation. If we truly believe Trump poses a threat to the nation, this moment calls for courage.

Tom Bowman, Long Beach

Are FPPC fines adequate?

Re “Ex-Menifee mayor spent campaign funds on wedding” (Capitol & California, Dec. 6): Scott Mann, the former mayor of Menifee, and Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson, have separate cases before the Fair Political Practices Commission for the use of campaign funds for personal expenses.

The elected DA is the chief law enforcement officer for the county he serves. For Peterson to have spent $66,372 of his campaign funds (over a period of time) on meals, gas, clothes, movie tickets, hotel rooms, cellphone bills and other personal expenses and face only a $45,000 FPPC fine is a joke.

Each expenditure amounts to an unlawful taking of trust money; restitution is not a defense, only a mitigating factor. Were either criminally prosecuted or otherwise disciplined? If not, why not? A follow-up story is needed.

The public deserves honesty and integrity from an elected county DA and mayoral candidate.

Hamilton Hintz Jr.,

Elk Grove

Substitute teachers deserve respect

Re “District offers more pay to entice substitutes” (Local, Dec. 4): I agree. In my days as a substitute teacher for at least two dozen schools in Sacramento and Placer County, I have seen wide differences in income levels, student behavior, classroom instruction, curriculum and pay scales. Yes, these considerations make a huge difference in deciding where to work.

I prefer to think of myself as a guest in the classroom while the permanent teacher is away. My daily experience at a school is more important to me than anything else.

Am I treated as a guest, with courtesy and respect by students, teachers and administrators? Are my ideas received with criticism or are they embraced? Am I just a placeholder passing out worksheets, assuring students stay seated? Or am I considered an intelligent professional who brings fresh perspective, insight, enthusiasm and creativity into the classroom?

Janice Kelley, Fair Oaks

Change suggested for CIM route

With record numbers of runners this year, it was very difficult to get across Fair Oaks Boulevard during the California International Marathon.

How can people who live south of Fair Oaks Boulevard, in the area bounded on the east by San Juan Avenue all the way to Watt Avenue, get out of their neighborhoods on CIM Sunday?

This year we drove in gridlock down American River Drive to Watt Avenue.

I would like to suggest a remedy: If the route were slightly altered to go down Lincoln Avenue for a block – from San Juan Avenue to Hollister Avenue – and then onto Fair Oaks, that would allow residents to exit Hollister onto Fair Oaks Boulevard to Sunrise/Highway 50 and Interstate 80 for work/church/medical emergencies/family events.

Jessica Denning,

Carmichael

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