Re “Prince William joins with Gaga on mental health” (Names & Faces, April 19): From its inception, the British monarchy has demonstrated its resilience by its ability to adapt to the changing needs of its subjects.
This trait has been modeled by Prince William, its future king, by reaching out in the style of his late mother with Lady Gaga to advise his future subjects on the need to maintain sound mental health.
His brother Prince Harry supports his future sovereign in this effort and, as many royals before him, served in the military. Their generation of British royalty thus ensures the monarchy’s continuation with the sterling example of the queen to instruct them.
John R. Williams, Rancho Cordova
A kleptocracy in D.C.
Re “Telecom lobbying muscle kills consumer privacy rules” (Business, April 18): Lest you had any question about the sad state of our capitalist democracy, the congressional repeal of Obama-era restrictions on broadband companies selling customer data should provide you with a clear answer.
AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have just “bought” from Congress the right to use and sell consumers’ health, financial, browsing and other online information without their permission. The party-line vote – Republicans supporting this privacy violation, Democrats opposed – correlated closely on the amount of money lobbyists contributed.
Our kleptocrat-in-chief is stocking the “swamp” with billionaire alligators, contrary to campaign promises, and with Wall Street’s help, dismantling Dodd-Frank consumer financial protections.
Bye-bye democracy, hello kleptocracy.
Chuck McIntyre, Sacramento
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