Democratic Party, past and future
Re “President Bernie Sanders? It’s wishful thinking” (Forum, April 30): As for Bernie Sanders running for president again, such an unlikely decision in an uncertain future would be driven by circumstances other than personal ambition. The list of younger hopefuls is impressive and growing.
Yes. Hillary Clinton’s campaign stumbled often, though not the reason for her loss. Capitalizing on Russian hacking and the last-minute letter from FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump, with characteristic villainy, ruthlessly defiled her, roiling up a torrent of misogynistic fervor. It’s what he excels at; why he won; and his proudest achievement.
Will Rogers famously said: “I am not a member of any organized party. I’m a Democrat.” Yet for all their alleged disunity, Democrats, since Rogers’ time, have largely charted and maintained the progressive paths taken by the nation.
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Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento
A way to create positive change
Re “To resist Trump, look back to the ’60s and ’70s” (Forum, April 30): David Mas Masumoto’s resurrection of Saul Alinsky’s book on changing “power structures with organizing grass-roots movements” is partially right for these days. Better to add in the principles from “Reclaiming Our Democracy” by Sam Daley-Harris to find real change.
By speaking to, writing and calling our representatives and senators on a regular basis, relationships are built that foster discussion and change. It still involves maintaining pressure but skips the “combative strategies.” The Results organization that Daley-Harris founded (results.org) has used these methods successfully for 37 years to promote legislation that makes a difference in health, economic and education policies for America and around the globe.
Working with both sides of the aisle, Results volunteers have shown it is possible to make a positive difference. Under our current circumstances, these methods are needed now more than ever.
Willie Dickerson, Snohomish, Wash.
Show some respect for our president
Re “Trump aims at California in his first 100 days” (Editorials, April 30): The editorial board at The Sacramento Bee needs to get over it. Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States and will remain so for at least the next four years, probably eight.
This editorial is the most disrespectful, nasty thing I have ever read about a sitting president.
Trump inherited a disastrous foreign policy, a $20 trillion deficit and an imploding Affordable Care Act from his predecessor. It will take more than 100 days to repair the mess. We should all be wishing him success as our president. President Barack Obama had plenty of failings. He was rarely criticized because anyone doing so was immediately labeled a racist. The Bee needs to give Trump the respect and time he deserves.
Deborah Hall McMicking, San Francisco
Oral sedation a danger to all ages
Re “How $3 million in political donations stands in way of justice for boy’s death” (Forum, April 30): In August of the same year as Caleb Sears’ tragic death, I had a routine dental procedure with oral sedation. I was in my early 70s.
I reported at the dentist’s office at 9 a.m. and regained consciousness at 4 p.m. at home on my bed. I started a process of recalling events which included being seated with lights, faces, pleasant feelings of drifting with no pain. Then I heard the female assistant’s voice saying “breathe” successively louder until she was screaming “BREATHE.” It registered, and I recall that with great effort I made myself inhale.
It remains a horrifying memory to me. I caution everyone to not opt for oral sedation and its risks.
Jim Carlson, Rocklin
Desal will have negative impact
Re “South state desalination project is a ‘no-brainer’ ” (Viewpoints, April 30): I am not a supporter of the Huntington Beach desalination plant for many reasons, including the notion that a private corporation is building and controlling a public water resource that will be paid for, whether the water is used or not, by ratepayers of all economic classes.
I agree with former Sen. Barbara Boxer that new technologies need to be developed to manage and deliver our water in California. Sadly, the Poseidon desalination project will contribute negatively to climate change and marine life degradation. This project should be put in the hands of public water agencies.
In addition to these negative impacts, Boxer’s new job as a paid lobbyist for this project is appalling from an ethical point of view. She is turning the power of her past 40 years as an elected representative into a lucrative personal benefit.
Patricia Goodman, Huntington Beach
Boxer disappoints in her new role
Form Sen. Barbara Boxer’s opinion piece pitching for Poseidon Water disappoints her longtime supporters and puts her former constituents at risk.
We’re not surprised, however, that since becoming a paid agent for the controversial company, Boxer seeks to influence regulatory agencies by boosting the proposed Huntington Beach desalination facility. But the truth is that this billion-dollar, for-profit project is widely opposed. It’s not necessary to meet Orange County’s water needs. It would impose sky-high economic and energy costs on area ratepayers. And it would utilize environmentally harmful technology and practices.
Jennifer Savage, San Francisco
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