Letters to the Editor

The Trumps’ nepotism is right out of a banana republic

Trump’s nepotism

Re “Ivanka trump has influence as dad's trusted confidante” (Insight, May 3): How do you write an entire article about Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House without once mentioning the unprecedented nepotism, profiteering, and conflicts of interest that go with that role? Since her father was elected president, the family doubled the annual fee at Mar-a-Lago. Ivanka Trump received approval for business deals in Japan within days of sitting in on a meeting between her father and the Japanese Prime Minister. Three of her patents were approved in China on the very day she sat in on a meeting between her father and China’s leader. A picture of her posing by Trump Towers in Manila showed up the same day Donald Trump issues an invitation to the murderous Philippine dictator. The list goes on. This is not normal for a democracy. This is Banana Republic style autocracy, and the last thing the media should do is normalize it.

Kathy Campbell, Sacramento

Streetcar debacle

Re “Sacramento streetcar line gets $50 million in congressional budget” (sacbee.com, May 1): The streetcar proposal for downtown Sacramento is a terrible idea. When elected officials tried to push a vote to approve the levy on property owners to help fund this project, it failed. Now these officials have rigged the election to include only the 300 largest property owners and exclude others who would be affected. Are these officials going to support business owners whose customers cannot fight their way through the construction to patronize them during the years of disruption? I only hope that Congress sees this folly and refuses to fund it. Surely there is a transit plan that would cost less and be less disruptive.

D. A. Taylor, Sacramento

School lunches

Re “Looser school lunch rules will make kids fat” (Editorials, May 3): Nutrition is a large contributor to mental and physical health. The first source of good nutrition should be at home. The second early chance to instill habits of good nutrition is at school. To let children determine what they will eat is to abandon the role of education in health. If it matters so little, why not just provide candy and chips, and deal with the future health consequences?

Dorothy Klishevich, Sacramento

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