Gut vs. heart
Re “North Korea standoff hits close to the heart” (Editorial notebook, April 18): I fully agree with Foon Rhee’s editorial notebook. Striking North Korea with U.S. warplanes or missiles will certainly lead to an all-out war on the Korean peninsula.
Instead of bombing North Korea, President Donald Trump can seek a bold strategic plan to dismiss Kim Jong Un and his thugs. The north should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. My gut reaction says: “Obliterate all those dangerous Kim’s toys now before it gets into deeper trouble.” But my heart, deeply rooted to Korean heritage, says “no” to protect ordinary citizens.
The current plight of Korea was inherited generations ago. After World War ll and the Korean War, South Korea needs unwavering support from the U.S. and international community for the best solution.
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Young M. Lee, Carmichael
Re “GOP foreign policy experts hail Trump’s new course” (Page 12A, April 16): The U.S. sent $59 million worth of cruise missiles to destroy some Syrian planes after alerting those at the airfield they were coming. This was followed by a single $16 million “mother of all bombs” on Islamic State tunnels in Afghanistan.
If this is all it takes to “win” America’s longest-lasting wars in the Middle East, why haven’t we done this long ago?
Maybe it’s because these bombings boost the president’s poll numbers. That sets up the next great legislative push for Paul Ryan’s tax plan that is a gift to the wealthy. It’s likely that income inequality will expand under banners of militaristic patriotism – again.
Bill Martin, Quincy
Re “Audit says state’s disabled parking placard program is full of abuse” (Capitol & California, April 19): Ignoring the placards still out there for deceased folks and an apparently abnormal number of centenarians, Department of Motor Vehicles data indicates that we have 26 million licensed drivers in the state. If 3 million have disabled parking placards, that’s nearly 12 percent of the driving population.
That’s an awful lot of special people, isn’t it? And it’s just another example of something well-intended being abused by people seeking a special perk and a “freebie” for parking.
Robert Rystad, Citrus Heights
A broken system
If you’ve lived in the Sacramento area for any length of time, it is obvious that perhaps only 15 percent to 20 percent of people using handicapped placards or having handicapped license plates truly have mobility issues. When my mom was confined to a wheelchair, I could not find an open disabled spot because they were being used by able-bodied cheaters.
And why do handicapped placards come with all-day free parking in the first place? The system is perfectly crafted to encourage cheating.
The handicapped placard system is seriously broken and will remain so until there is a system in place to better qualify individuals for the placards in the first place and there is strong enforcement and stiff fines for those that feel it is OK to misuse the placards.
Jim Bailey, Fair Oaks
Re “Police defend jaywalk tickets as part of traffic safety plan” (Page 1A, April 19): While jaywalking may be hazardous as well as against the law, the real problem is the lack of crosswalks, not necessarily that the Police Department is enforcing the law.
Downtown Sacramento has crosswalks at every block, but in Del Paso Heights, Fruitridge, the Pocket and other areas, crosswalks are a quarter-mile or farther apart. Just like speed traps, police officers target those areas to issue tickets.
I would invite the City Council to look at the necessity of providing more crosswalks and speed bumps and of lowering speed limits to enhance safety, especially in a city that is growing more aware of walking, running and bicycling.
Re “Jaywalking tickets snare hundreds of blacks in capital” (Page 1A, April 15): The Bee’s report on racial disparities in jaywalking citations raises another issue – the areas identified as hotspots are unfriendly and hazardous places for pedestrians.
In places such as the Del Paso Boulevard corridor where I work, pedestrian traffic is heavy between the light rail and bus stations, which are separated by a vacant lot and two busy thoroughfares. Here, jaywalking is not more dangerous than using the crosswalk.
This problem can be solved by better traffic design and prioritizing pedestrians equal to drivers. Walkability is key to healthy neighborhoods and just as important in North Sacramento as in more affluent areas. Rather than spend public resources on ticketing jaywalkers, why not build streets that work for people?
Rick Eaton, Carmichael
This kind of news just serves to heighten racial tensions in our community. I think The Bee should be ashamed of this race baiting. The Bee should be focusing on how to bring us together, not create a bigger divide between blacks and whites.
John Freschi, Lincoln
I understand that jaywalking is illegal. However, I’d much rather see a crackdown on drivers running red lights.
A jaywalker endangers mostly themselves. A light runner could easily wipe out an entire family. I see at least one red-light runner every time I leave my house. How do statistics for tickets for red-light runners compare to those for jaywalkers?
Re “3 slain in Fresno rampage – suspect tied to 4th killing” (Page 1A, April 19): On April 10 in San Bernardino, a former Christian pastor, Cedric Anderson, killed his estranged wife, an 8-year-old child and himself.
On April 18 in Fresno, Kory Ali Muhammad killed three people and reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” The response to his acts was an eruption of anti-Muslim hate and bigotry on social media. These two men are simply violent criminals and thugs. They don’t represent Christianity or Islam.
Tahir Mansoor, Elk Grove
Re “Ivanka Trump’s new job builds on her global fan base” (Page 2B, April 19): I work in the field of brand building, so I was struck by the irony of a story that, while rightly shining a light on clear conflicts of interest, also delivered to the Ivanka Trump brand the very boost in value it’s reporting on.
How many of you saw the photos – beautiful, thoughtful, engaged. How many of you read the story? That’s what I thought. Regardless of the political outcome of the current administration, in the field of branding the Trumps have already gone down in history.
Peter R. Wilson, Grass Valley
Justice for victims
Re “Is California ready for frequent executions?” (Insight, April 20): Foon Rhee’s column is just another intellectually dishonest and specious liberal argument against the death penalty. There are drugs available that don’t result in a gruesome death. I’ve seen animals put down. It’s quick and painless, and lest we forget, humans are animals. And what about the drugs used for legal assisted suicide?
As to the insincere question about our readiness for “frequent executions” to the tune of one a day for two years, nobody’s asking for that. We the people who continually vote in support of the death penalty and recently in support of streamlining the process only want to see an honest and reasonable schedule that resumes the execution of murderous sociopaths who might otherwise die of old age on death row.
The death penalty represents justice not only for victims and their survivors but for society as a whole. It sends a message that government has our backs and will not tolerate the first-degree murder of its citizens.
The other Bill
Re “What really cost Bill O’Reilly of Fox News his job” (Editorial, April 20): I note that your editorial on Bill O’Reilly’s dismissal from Fox News brought other Republicans into the discussion for boorish behavior.
Can someone now explain how Bill Clinton, who treated women in a far worse fashion, degrading them and humiliating his own wife, is now one of the leading figures of the Democratic Party? The hypocrisy is quite disturbing.
Lennie Chancey, Roseville
Hurting the poor
“Suggestions that gas tax deals were illegal are ‘preposterous,’ Brown says” (The Buzz, April 20): Is it my imagination or are elected officials supposed to look out for their constituents? If that’s the case then this gas tax makes no sense whatsoever.
I am a single working mother caring for two children. Making ends meet and providing for my kids is the toughest job I have ever had. Thanks to this gas tax, I will be paying an extra $125 a year for a Sacramento slush fund. All that new gas tax money won’t even get me out of traffic. This tax will just take money away from my kids and put it in the irresponsible hands of politicians.
Sareela Jones, Sacramento
Re “Should Sacramento drop Rogers Waters show? ‘Yes’ ” (Another View, April 20): Reuven Taff’s viewpoint about Roger Waters is shamelessly deceptive. He takes a line from a song out of context in a failed attempt to smear Waters as anti-Jewish. The song, “In the Flesh,” is satire that uses fascism to parody “mindless stadium rock.”
Like Foon Rhee’s April 13 column that repeats slurs about Waters without challenge, this piece shows The Bee’s blatant bias against those who stand for human rights for Palestinians.
Re “Community colleges changing career training for future jobs” (Viewpoints, April 19): Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is correct to say that tomorrow’s workers need to adapt to growing automation and to emphasize the need for career technical education.
But he left out a crucial piece – entrepreneurial training. Many graduates will not find traditional wage jobs but will work for themselves as independent contractors and business owners. On-the-job entrepreneurial training must be part of career training to succeed in this new economy.
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