Time for electors to abandon pledge
Re “CIA said to conclude Russia aided Trump” (Page 1A, Dec. 10): While I worry about the implications of members of the Electoral College voting against their party, I am becoming inclined to ask them do so.
On one hand, perhaps winning the popular vote is not a strong enough reason on its own to justify Hillary Clinton getting the presidency. However, we know that intervention by a hostile foreign power played a major role in electing Donald Trump. We have seen Trump make alarming statements threatening the press, threatening to jail his political opponent, and threatening to abandon NATO. Now he seems to be creating a hit list targeting climate scientists.
Do I worry about tyranny by the majority? Yes. However, what about tyranny by Russia? For these reasons, I urge conscientious Republican electors to vote against this unfaithful man.
David W. Cline, Elk Grove
Russia’s act of terrorism in U.S.
Now that it has been revealed by the CIA that Russia intervened into our electoral process to help Donald Trump, it is time for the Electoral College to step in and do its duty as designed by the Founding Fathers to prevent this act of Russian terrorism from succeeding.
We must defeat this attack. If the Electoral College does not step in and prevent Trump from taking office, then the Electoral College does not work the way it was designed and should be scrapped altogether.
Jason Graff, Davis
Give CIA report to Electoral College
I stand with Richard Nixon’s counsel, John Dean, who calls for the intelligence report on Russia’s role in the election to be made available to members of the Electoral College before Monday, when it formally votes to elect the next president.
Gary Taylor, Sacramento
Putin gets what he wants from Trump
Re “Trump said to pick Exxon’s CEO as secretary of state” (Page 1A, Dec. 11): Indications are that the Russians have influenced our presidential election to help Donald Trump get elected. Now Rex Tillerson, the Exxon CEO with close ties to Russia, is likely to be selected as secretary of state. Have we lost the second cold war without firing a shot?
Bart Denny, Colfax
GOP should change its name
With Donald Trump’s sympathy toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, publicly denouncing the CIA, picking a secretary of state with ties to Putin, and with some in the Republican Party not wanting to investigate Russia over hacking our election, one has wonder what is happening to the Republican Party.
The silence by our elected officials concerning Trump’s predilection toward Putin and Russia is troubling. With that in mind, the GOP needs to rename itself from the Grand Old Party to Gofers Of Putin.
Michael Santos, Antelope
Call it what it is: Cyberwarfare
Re “Trump dismisses CIA analysis on hacking” (Page 1A, Dec. 12): Russian hackers likely influenced our presidential election. We should call this what it is: cyberwarfare. We are under attack by a hostile Russia.
That President-elect Donald Trump doubts the CIA’s reports is just another instance of either his refusal to acknowledge facts or his too-cozy ties with Russia. Either way, the American people lose.
Sarah Ream, Sacramento
Will this add to homeless crisis?
Re “Young workers replace down-and-out at revived downtown residential hotels” (Page 1A, Dec. 11): I appreciate the efforts to create housing opportunities for young service workers downtown, but I find it extremely troubling that these opportunities come at the expense of our most needy individuals.
The renovations of the SRO hotels seem to have the outcome, whether intentional or not, of replacing the current residents instead of improving their housing conditions. Where will these current residents go? Won't displacing needy individuals exacerbate our homeless crisis that we so lament about?
Mark Stivers, Sacramento
So, don’t take it anymore
Re “For now, I’ll take it – but I’m mad as hell” (Local, Dec. 11): Marcos Breton, just letting you know: Nobody is holding a gun to your head while you write that check to the Sacramento Kings. If their players are behaving badly, if their ownership is weak and if the team hasn’t made the playoffs in years, why be a season-ticket holder? Advantage: no feeling of gall.
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