O’Reilly’s good side
Re “O’Reilly leaves legacy of infuriating, influencing America and news media” (Insight, April 21): Yes, Bill O’Reilly had a big ego and was rude, but that is not what those who watched him every night remember. It was his advocacy for abused children and his calling out of judges who went easy on those predators; his lamenting and calling for solutions for poor black kids with no fathers and bad schools; his speaking up about the decline in civility and honesty in our political system; and despair at this generation’s inability to hear opinions different from their own while hiding in “safe spaces.”
Kay Walsh, Sacramento
Kill the board
Re “For 90 years, efforts to kill state tax board have failed” (Page 1A, April 23): I worked for the state for more than 35 years in seven different departments. While I never worked at the Board of Equalization, its reputation for having an abusive and toxic environment was well known. I could never understand why anyone would want to work there.
It is a waste of tax dollars and needs to be abolished. Yet, it refuses to die, lurching from one scandal to the next. Its responsibilities should be given to the Franchise Tax Board, which I know from experience is managed better and has a good track record for getting things done.
Pot tax windfall
Could the real reason to kill or dissolve the State Board of Equalization be to enable its successor to control the anticipated massive medical and recreational marijuana tax dollars that will start arriving in 2018?
Just something to consider.
Ruth A. Rowlette,
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