Keeping police isn’t about more money
Re “Sacramento considers bonuses to keep police staff from leaving” (Page 3A, March 21): Seasoned police officers are not leaving because of money. It’s because the City Council and the mayor don’t respect the rule of law and don’t trust the city’s officers. Sacramento has declared itself a sanctuary city, which runs counter to the oath taken by officers.
The body cameras were the final straw. It is proof that they are not trusted. The cameras not only record shootings, but much more. If an officer is conservative and respects the law, they leave.
El Dorado Hills
Hate crimes are beside the point
Re “Blue lives do matter, but not this way” (Erika D. Smith, March 21): It would seem, from reading your opinion column, that hatred can only be of one status. And if it’s not of one race, than that hate crime status is not real hatred. My opinion is that when a crime is committed against anyone, that criminal is not a loving person to begin with.
Police would be the first to tell you they are not “victims on par with someone who faces discrimination daily just for being alive.” Still, cops are being ambushed while doing their job. Their job is tough enough without silly bickering about who should get the coveted hate-crime status.
Keith Rearick, Folsom
Not so great record for walls of history
Re “Trump wants to see border wall designs” (Page 8A, March 19): President Donald Trump has taken the first step toward fulfilling a core campaign promise to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. Before we spend untold billions of dollars on a wall to keep people out, we should look at history. China built a Great Wall that still stands, but it keeps no one out. And in the last century, the East Germans built a wall to keep their own people in. Where is that wall today? We should learn from historical failures, not repeat them.
Warrick Rider, Fair Oaks
Trump’s lies cost taxpayers plenty
Re “FBI Probing Russia ties, Comey confirms” (Page 1A, March 21): How much taxpayer money has been wasted dealing with President Donald Trump’s lying tweet about former President Obama wiretapping his tower? How much will be wasted the next time he decides to make a wild accusation?
If Trump is not held accountable, there will be a next time soon. Republicans say there’s not enough federal money to provide health care for Americans. But is there enough to investigate every lie Trump tells?
Kathryn Lewis, Sacramento
Another chopping block casualty
Re “Federal budget on the chopping block” (Page 1B, March 17): Not mentioned in this article is that the U. S. Coast Guard is slated for a $1.3 billion cut under President Donald Trump’s budget. Ironically, the Coast Guard, one of the nation's five armed services, is not a beneficiary of the 10 percent proposed increase for the Department of Defense. Nor is it receiving any of the proposed increase to the the Department of Homeland Security budget.
The Coast Guard conducts search and rescue missions that save people every day. It also plays a key role in curbing illegal trafficking of people and drugs. It seems to me that Trump’s budget officials have no idea what various federal entities do for the public, and are using the red pen in an arbitrary fashion.
Please, no more awful Kings games
Re “NCAA Tournament brought a buzz that bodes well for Sacramento” (Ailene Voisin, March 20): If this column is correct, then I suggest that the Kings should no longer play at Golden 1 Center. Instead bookings should only be made for graduations; tractor pulls; Tony Bennett and Salt N Pepa concerts; and NCAA tournaments. Even listening to old Chuck Berry records at the arena would be more interesting than watching the Kings try to win 30 games in a season.
Jerry Gonsalves, Ione
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