Letters to the Editor

Why I am sticking with Trump

President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., on May 17.
President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., on May 17. The Associated Press

Sticking with Trump

Re “Why do Trump supporters stick with this guy?” (Forum, May 14): During the primaries, I wanted a non-politician with conservative American values to win. I was hoping for Dr. Ben Carson. Then I started listening to what Donald Trump was saying, instead of what the media said he was saying, and I started to agree with him.

I am sticking with Trump because I think we need a bully in the White House. We finally have someone on my side, who won’t be silenced by the media and others. The media is twisting the facts to make Trump look as bad as they possibly can.

Talking about groping women doesn’t make him a serial rapist, wanting to stop illegal immigrants from coming here doesn’t make him anti-immigrant. I’m sticking with Trump because I am a conservative, and I don’t want what the liberals want for America.

Joe Phelps, Citrus Heights

Whites in charge

Andrew Malcolm cites many reasons why one would think that the Trump administration would implode, however Malcolm believes that this is just a Democratic dream and that Trump’s base is “resistant to erosion.”

He points out that the original desire for Donald Trump was to end congressional gridlock and “drain the swamp.” Trump did drain that swamp but added his own which is very similar. This has not phased his supporters, so there must be another reason for their loyalty. Could it be that his white supporters identify with his brand?

This reminds me of what happened in South Africa, where I come from. Apartheid was a damaging policy that helped retain minority white supremacy over a black majority. Only when the blacks started to resist and were seen as a threatening force did change take place. As Woodrow Wilson said: “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”

Laraine Silberstein,


Democrats offer little

Re “How to beat Trump? State’s Democrats just don’t get it” (Forum, May 14): In her indictment of Trump supporters, Erika D. Smith claimed that conservative voters in red states “just don’t care” about the environment, clean water, etc. That is simply not true. Conservatives do care. However, the Democrats have claimed those issues as their partisan own, which means Republican legislators in this hyper-partisan age disavow (wrongly) those issues.

What we are not willing to accept is the way environmental regulation is packaged – with socialism, like everything else the Democrats put forward. I would rather have the chaos of virtually no regulation, than be forced to live in a Soviet-style apartment subsisting on a sack of beans and rice graciously provided by our dear leaders.

That is exactly what will happen if Democrats are given free reign. Eventually they will run out of other people’s money.

Brian Bainter, Elk Grove

Both don’t get it

Of course President Donald Trump is a disaster, but the politicians in both parties, particularly the Democrats, still don’t get it.

Voters elect politicians to deal with issues after they are elected, not to just continue campaigning. The immigration issue is a perfect example. It appears to be a simple issue with easy solutions. Just grant “guest worker” status to immigrants working in the U.S. and the bulk of the problem disappears. Unless, of course, you make the assumption that the government wants to cripple agriculture and other industries. Then review and update the path to citizenship and guest worker requirements.

Instead of dealing with the immigration issue, politicians continue using it as a campaign issue. That just leaves the door open for the re-election of Trump.

Richard McKone, Lincoln

Racism exists

Re “Racial profiling” (Letters, May 14): Certainly if letter writer J.B. McClain was black or brown his missive might have had a very different tone regarding racial profiling.

For some, it’s difficult to empathize with anyone who’s been discriminated against when they have never experienced the sword of discrimination firsthand. I read Erika Smith’s piece with which McClain took offense and thought she presented the issue with objectivity and factual statistics, along with her opinion, which she has every right to do. What some people fail to see is that racism exists, always has and always will.

I suggest McClain find a Title 1 elementary school outside of lovely Fair Oaks and mentor a young black or brown child. He might help solve the problem and learn something from those who “dress like street thugs” along the way.

Angela F. Luna,


Killing justified

Re “Killing of bears, wolves allowed in Alaska to increase population of game animals” (Forum, May 14): The commentary by English teacher and author Judie Rae shows that she isn’t ready to manage Alaska’s wildlife resources. According to my research a couple years ago the Alaska fish and game division was forced to adopt aggressive wolf and bear management procedures to prevent complete extirpation of herds of moose and caribou.

The problem was especially important because many Alaskans are subsistence hunters who consume 25,000 caribou and 7,000 moose each year. Then there are sport hunters who are licensed to take a carefully controlled number of animals which brings significant revenue to the state.

The state’s drastic wolf and bear management procedures have been very carefully controlled, with wolf and bear population kept at manageable levels, but intentionally not eliminated. The state’s wildlife managers seem to know what they are doing.

John Lowery Sr., Folsom

Mother’s Day gift

Re “GOP Mother’s Day gift? Higher bills, sicker kids” (Editorials, May 14): What about the Democrats Mother’s Day gift in California? The highest taxes in the nation. And judging from the condition of the dams, roads, bridges and general infrastructure, the poorest return on investment.

Vote them out.

James Cronin, Folsom

Affordable housing

Re “California’s housing crisis is urgent, and the Legislature is stepping in” (Viewpoints, May 14): The California housing crisis is indeed urgent, but Joe Matthews unfortunately buys completely into the myth put forward by development interests that we can build our way out of high housing costs. If we build hundreds of thousands of housing units, so the story goes, prices will come down. Well, not really.

We need to focus on building and preserving affordable housing for families that cannot afford market-rate housing.

Nico Calavita, Berkeley


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