Letters to the Editor

Letters: Predicting Donald Trump’s presidency on inauguration day

President Donald Trump is joined by the congressional leadership and his family before formally signing his Cabinet nominations into law Friday in the President’s Room of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are Vice President Mike Pence, the president’s wife Melania Trump, their son Barron Trump, and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
President Donald Trump is joined by the congressional leadership and his family before formally signing his Cabinet nominations into law Friday in the President’s Room of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are Vice President Mike Pence, the president’s wife Melania Trump, their son Barron Trump, and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The Associated Press

Little cause for hope

I hope with all my heart that Donald Trump and his administration fail because he stands for things I find completely repugnant. Taking away health care from millions with no obvious replacement plan, opposing clean air and clean water regulations, preparing to desecrate public lands with oil and gas exploration and increased cattle grazing are only some of his current plans. In addition, he has demonstrated no sense of ethics. We need leaders who listen to constituents and he has shown no interest in anything but enriching his personal wealth. I hope, without hope, that he is a total failure as president.

Nora Schwab, Fair Oaks

Predicting Trump’s presidency

Re “Let’s pull for Trump’s success” (Letters, Jan. 20): Letter writer Hunter Brown says we should hope Trump changes the country for the better. We are not wishing for Trump’s failure. We are predicting it, as opposed to the Republicans who wished for Barack Obama’s failure and worked to ensure it, but failed.

Gabriel Lewin, Davis

‘Shrill commoners’ will roar

Re “California politicos emulate Trump by fear-mongering” (Dan Walters, Jan. 20): The political sophisticates who are practiced at ignoring the cries of the shrill commoner must have been well-pleased by Dan Walters’ column, especially his tut-tutting of the politically inexperienced for their loud and futile resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency. Just as commoners on the right led the movement to elect Trump, commoners on the left will help elect his successor. It’s best not to underestimate either group.

Bruce F. Reeves, Carmichael

Respect the office

On the day when the greatest country celebrates the peaceful transition of power, The Bee's Editorial Board dishonors that noble tradition with another of Jack Ohman's hateful anti-Trump cartoons. By this classless show of disrespect for the presidency, and American people who elected the occupant, the editorial board demonstrates its unrelenting vitriol, intolerance, bias and hypocrisy. For this group of far left zealots, patriotism is a dirty word and certainly nothing to "open up your hearts to" as the President suggested as a way to overcome prejudice.

James McCandless, Roseville

Good riddance, 44

There were two days of joy and hope during President Barack Obama’s reign as president: the day he was elected to office and the day he left office. Good riddance.

John Giordano, Sacramento

We’ll miss Obama

Re “Final acts reveal real Obama” (Viewpoints, Jan. 20): Barack Obama, though his legacy is yet to be fleshed out, is already considered by many experts to be among the best. His strength in decision-making rooted in an unerring temperament with goals that were in the nation’s interest, and a pragmatism regarding what can be realistically achieved. Obama has admitted mistakes, though his errors were not the result of capriciousness.

For eight years, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has sought to impugn this worthy man. Whether his columns are based on his genuine distaste for Barack Obama, or a means to pay bills, his insults, sadly, are more a reflection on his own character.

Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

Little cause for hope

I hope with all my heart that Donald Trump and his administration fail because he stands for things I find completely repugnant. Taking away health care from millions with no obvious replacement plan, opposing clean air and clean water regulations, preparing to desecrate public lands with oil and gas exploration and increased cattle grazing are only some of his current plans.

In addition, he has demonstrated no sense of ethics. We need leaders who listen to constituents and he has shown no interest in anything but enriching his personal wealth. I hope, without hope, that he is a total failure as president.

Nora Schwab, Fair Oaks

Cassandra issues her warning

Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy. She saw clearly the fall of Troy, Troy in flames, death and destruction everywhere. The curse? No one believed her. After all, Troy’s wall were thick and tall. What did it take to get inside? A trickster, a con man, an adulterer, a wealthy man with his own kingdom. Cassandra saw all this, but people ignored her, told her she was over reacting. In the end, the con man made a gift to Troy. A wooden horse, stuffed with all the right men to bring Troy down.

Today, there are many Cassandras, and we are ignoring them. Our walls are thick, we have weapons to protect ourselves, and no one can take us by force. So like the gift from the Greeks, we have opened those walls and let the con man in. This con man built his horse and stuffed it with well-placed men in the public eye. This time, let’s listen to Cassandra. Impeach Donald Trump.

Christine Shirley, Citrus Heights

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