Letters to the Editor

Folsom construction, Clinton’s emails, arena art

Developers see rainbows

Re “Folsom housing boom to take off” (Page A1, March 8): Drought? What drought? Homes are being built buy the dozen in Elk Grove, hundreds are planned in Rancho Murieta, and now Folsom is building a new community the size of Galt on land south of Highway 50. Who is in charge of approving these projects?

Oh, I know: the developers. People all over the region are doing their best to conserve water, but maybe they are wasting their time. The developers, with their crystal balls, must see the rainbows that come with the rain.

Mike Nelson, Galt

What are they thinking?

Who approved this project in this time of extreme water shortage? This area of Sacramento County is home to rare and beautiful blue oak trees and habitat of drought tolerant native plants for a reason. Where are all these homes going to get water for their toilets and lawns?

Over and over again we see projects being approved that need water that isn’t available. Water rights are overextended as it is, and farmers are going without. Do we need more houses? Especially the suburban big boxes.

Don’t tell me it creates jobs. Those jobs are fleeting and will end when the houses are finished. It is clear that climate change is real, and we will have to adapt; water is finite and in short supply. Don’t pander to greedy developers.

Carol McElheney, Elk Grove

Drought vs. building

We are in a drought. So why isn’t there a building moratorium to show how serious it really is? We had a building moratorium in the last drought in 1976. Why is this one different? I think I know the answer. We all conserve water and the water companies get less revenue. So we all get to help spread the water to the new homes through our conservation.

Phyllis Bachilla, Cameron Park

Clinton’s email blunders

Re “Emails feed into debate on open records” (Page A1, March 7): Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state, a federal employee with access to our country’s most sensitive information. Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin were not. Why try to equate Hillary’s conduct with theirs? As always, The Sacramento Bee tries to minimize a Democrat’s criminal conduct.

I was an assistant U.S. attorney for 29 years. My employer, the federal Department of Justice, made it very clear that we could not use our private email accounts for any government business. I would have been crucified, drawn and quartered, and then fired had I done so. Hillary Clinton should be held to the same standard that I was.

Kris Door, Gold River

The wrong question

While I understand the questions around Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account for national security issues, it’s not the right question. What we should be questioning is how many people host their own personal email server, and why would someone do that?

And more importantly, what were her backup and archive policies, and did she retain deleted messages? Were all deleted messages around the time of the Benghazi embassy attack archived, even the deleted ones?

William Ferrato, Gold River

Art should reflect city

Re “Sculpture riles local artists” (Page A1, March 5): The renderings of the proposed Jeff Koons sculpture do not do it justice. One needs only to Google “Koons coloring book” to see images of the other four copies of this piece, which raises the point of why $8 million is being spent on piece of retail kitsch by an artist known largely for being overly expensive?

Surely an open call for proposals from the international arts community would have brought submissions for a piece designed for the specific space with a theme based on Sacramento.

One needs only to look at Marc Foster’s piece “La Fuille,” destined for McKinley Village, or the Sacramento water intake building to see what results from an open call for art.

The council says it wants an iconic piece. How does buying the latest of a production run fulfill this goal? Civic art should be more than shiny, it should be reflective.

Tom Donohue, Sacramento

Sacramento is not Ferguson

Re “Officer kills unarmed black man” (Page A6, March 8): How often have we seen a headline like that? How often is it followed by “No charges filed against officer”? Too many police departments around the country seem to accept their officers killing the very people they had sworn to protect and serve.

I am grateful such headlines are rare for Sacramento.

In my 35 years in midtown, I have witnessed our police in action numerous times, including on my own front porch. Those officers have been unfailingly professional and courteous, regardless of provocation, in my experience. They listen patiently, treat people respectfully and use the least amount of force possible.

Our police aren’t perfect, and things can go wrong, but the Sacramento Police Department doesn’t seem to breed bigots and bullies. Consequently, Sacramento is much less likely to feature in headlines about cops killing unarmed people of color. Thank goodness.

D.F. Clement, Sacramento


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