Letters to the Editor

Trump, Russia, ‘fake news’ – the saga continues

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday, prior to his departure on his first overseas trip.
President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday, prior to his departure on his first overseas trip. The Associated Press

Enough. It’s time to impeach Trump.

Re “Classified intel revealed to Russian officials by Trump” (Page 1A, May 16): Many of us in the “resistance” feel a new level of anxiety and alarm. Before this week, the best description I heard about Trump was that he appealed to low-information voters, who made him president. We must stop laughing. This small and unbalanced man is unraveling into an even smaller, more unbalanced man. Sadly, he has not been sobered by the magnitude of being president.

The work of removing Trump must begin, even for a replacement whose beliefs invoke a similar aversion. Perhaps Vice President Mike Pence will frighten us with his policy proposals, but he will not keep us awake at night.

John Adkisson, Sacramento

Intel that Trump shared is no secret

Re “Trump says he legally shared intel on terrorists” (Page 1A, May 17): It is common knowledge that large electronic devices are banned from by airlines flying to certain countries. How then is the president giving up classified information about ISIS?

Bill Hale, Sacramento

How long before more loyalty?

Re “Comey memo says Trump asked to end Flynn inquiry” (Page 1A, May 17): It now appears that President Trump is seeking a loyalty oath from people working in his administration. If this is true, he may soon ask for similar oaths from federal employees and members of the military.

“I swear to God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the U.S. and its people, Donald Trump, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, I shall render unconditional obedience.” May providence help and protect us.

Rodrigo Mayorga, Sacramento

Fake news is GOP parallel universe

Re “A parallel universe protects Trump on the right” (Page 1B, May 18): Donald Trump’s presidential victory has had at least one good result for Americans: proof that an alternative universe exists to protect Republican politicians. It a full 38 percent of the population now gets its news from Fox cable news, Drudge, Brietbart and InfoWars. These sources mislead and often outright lie about the facts.

By the time we are finished with Donald Trump, “fake news” will be appropriately assigned to the correct sources. Kudos to The Sacramento Bee for reporting this important New York Times article. More local newspapers need to step up and do the same thing and expose the actual “fake news” sources. Only then may we reduce that enormous 38 percent figure.

Sharon Kurth, Lincoln

Trade deals must be renegotiated

Re “What will Trump do to NAFTA?” (Foon Rhee, May 19): Foon Rhee states that “Trump torpedoed the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.” Hillary Clinton campaigned that she would have done the same thing.

Regarding NAFTA, there is only one reason American companies moved their manufacturing to Mexico, and it wasn’t to help the Mexican economy. It was cheap labor. Mexico undersells our farmers. The Mexican government doesn’t force their farmers to pay our minimum wage. NAFTA definitely needs to be renegotiated.

Frank Isaac, Roseville

County assessor deserves apology

Re “Investigations look at assessor’s office after claim of special tax bills for officials” (Page 1A, May 18): This was a hit piece by The Bee. The issue at hand appears to be a union problem, and everything else looks like window dressing to fill the article.

Am I really supposed to believe that an educated person would jeopardize a $167,000-a-year job to save less than $17 a month on property taxes? I suggest The Bee do a serious inquiry into all of the issues, and when they get to the real truth, they apologize to Assessor Kathleen Kelleher.

John Drury, Sacramento

The confidential use of tax dollars

Re “Investigations look at assessor’s office after claim of special tax bills for officials” (Page 1A, May 18): Every taxpayer should do a double take when the word “confidential” is part of any report on a public-sector entity. The investigation of the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office is a good example. Unless protected for legitimate national security reasons or by HIPAA regulations, issues at taxpayer-funded entities should rarely be deemed confidential.

Unfortunately, this investigation is another example of how taxpayers are kept in the dark about what really goes on inside “public” entities. Although the report is replete with confidentiality and stonewalling examples, it is unlikely that the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office has much to do with either national security or HIPAA.

John DeKellis, Rocklin

State’s priorities are messed up

Re “Immigration agents catch workers at Travis” (Page 3A, May 19): Two undocumented workers, both of whom have been deported before and have lived in the U.S. for a decade, are now (again) awaiting deportation. Both were caught using false information to enter Travis Air Force Base (a gated facility) to perform work there.

Now, though, the big dust-up is not so much about the illegal acts both men have committed, entering a foreign county without proper documentation. They are being represented by lawyers to prevent them from being returned to the country of their birth. The odd thing is not one thin dime is going to help these men attain legal status in the United States. A large sum of money (donated time or otherwise) is only being spent to defend their illegal acts. Only in California.

Gary Smith, Sacramento

Teachers would ‘appreciate’ deal

Re “School administrator pay grows faster than teacher pay” (Page 1A, March 28): In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Sacramento City Unified School District hosted a $100-a-plate “Teacher Appreciation Gala” to raise money for the Sacramento Unified Education Foundation. Meanwhile, negotiations to renew the contract for Sacramento City teachers is languishing in mediation after months of foot-dragging and non-starter proposals from the district.

I’m sure the foundation does excellent work, but I wonder if the district’s many highly paid leaders might take a moment to think of who teachers are and where they would be without us. And then maybe resolve to work a little bit harder to come to a fair contract agreement.

John R. Doolittle, West Sacramento

Citizens lose out to refugees again

Re “Assembly OKs McCarty bill to give refugees state jobs, in-state tuition” (Page 3A, May 18): Special Immigrant Visa holders do consider some consideration. But this bill further divides the rest of California. All of a sudden, neighborhoods that have been largely ignored by elected officials are now important because of immigration policies from the Trump administration. Meanwhile, the people who actually live here are once again being ignored.

Andrew Mattson, Roseville

More parking leads to more congestion

Re “Brown budget adds parking on R Street” (Page 4A, May 13): The state is proposing to build a parking structure for 800 cars on the north side of R Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. Does anyone think adding 800 cars to rush hour will improve life here?

Peter Jacobsen, Davis

Restoring salmon habitat not enough

Re “Huge die-off feared for trout, salmon, steelhead” (Page 4A, May 17): The UC Davis report, “SOS II: Fish in Hot Water,” calls for preservation and restoration of habitats. However, that will not be enough. The report states that salmonids are “exceptionally vulnerable to climate change” and expresses concern about acidification impacting ocean productivity. Therefore, saving salmonid species from extinction will require major reductions in carbon dioxide emissions to keep the fish out of hot, acidic waters.

The predicted decimation of fish populations would have tremendously negative economic consequences. These costs, and the other impacts of carbon emissions, must be priced into fossil fuels to lead to a quick enough reduction to save the fish. A carbon fee and dividend program could promote an orderly transition to renewable energy while creating jobs and saving the fish. It should be added to the call to action.

Harvey Oslick, Rocklin

I need permission to buy butane?

Re “Death isn’t a big enough deterrent for hash oil” (Editorials, May 16): It’s an unfortunate sign of the times when the citizenry offers to sacrifice its own freedoms to reduce crime. I refer to The Bee’s editorial praise of mandatory restrictions on butane sales to reduce illegal hash oil labs.

Butane is no “dangerous substance” – at least no more dangerous than gasoline, which is sold on every corner. That criminals use butane does not make it “dangerous.” But the editors think that it’s OK to simply take butane away from the populace, like one would treat a child. Why not strike at the actual criminals involved, rather than trying to eliminate crime by taking away the “tools” a criminal would use?

Following the Bee’s logic, one day we will all need government permission to buy even the most basic necessities of life – since a clever criminal can find a way to turn even the most innocent of items into a “dangerous” substance.

Frederick Klose, Rancho Cordova

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