Letters to the Editor

Trump fails on climate change; let’s clear our heads on a bike ride

A letter writer praises Sacramento’s preliminary design for the Del Rio Trail, a four-plus-mile bike and pedestrian path along an old railroad corridor that would connect the existing Sacramento River Trail to the new Delta Shores development south of Meadowview.
A letter writer praises Sacramento’s preliminary design for the Del Rio Trail, a four-plus-mile bike and pedestrian path along an old railroad corridor that would connect the existing Sacramento River Trail to the new Delta Shores development south of Meadowview. Sacramento Bee file

Del Rio Trail

Re “Is Sacramento finally becoming more bike-friendly?” (Foon Rhee, May 29): Sacramento is preparing preliminary design for the Del Rio Trail, a 4-plus mile bike and pedestrian path along an old railroad corridor. The Del Rio Trail would connect the existing Sacramento River Trail to the new Delta Shores development south of Meadowview. It would serve the established neighborhoods in between with multiple well-spaced access points.

The Del Rio Trail would extend Class I off-street bike paths that already reach the downtown core into neighborhoods south of Land Park. That is exactly the recipe to increase bicycle commutes while minimizing accidents. Sacramento received a $2 million grant for preliminary engineering and environmental review.

The Del Rio Trail is supported by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Jay Schenirer, Assemblymember Jim Cooper, and 80 percent of neighborhood respondents to a poll conducted by the South Land Park Neighborhood Association.

The city maintains a webpage for the current planning process for the trail. The second community outreach public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8, from 5-7 p.m., at Pony Express Elementary School.

Chuck Hughes, Sacramento

Help homeless

Re "To Solve Homelessness in Sacramento, first accept it" (Erika D. Smith, June 2): Sacramento Self Help Housing has been housing people who are the most vulnerable for more than 23 years. A new program is beginning this summer. SSHH needs the community’s help to locate 15 five-six bedroom homes in Sacramento County to house people. You too can be part of the solution. Contact us.

Patti Uplinger, Sacramento

America won’t lead

Re “Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back” (Page 1A, June 20): Many countries, led by China, will continue to exceed their commitments under the Paris climate accord. Cities and states will try to fill the void left by Trump's decision. Corporate America will continue on its path of energy efficiency and shifting from fossil fuels to renewables.

Yet all these efforts will fall short. Real progress will be made, but that is not sufficient. What is required is a transformation in everything from the global energy economy to management of earth's oceans, forests and soil. America was supposed to lead. For the next few years, it will not.

Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

Trump’s failure

It is incumbent on us to let our representatives know that Donald Trump is just one man, who doesn’t represent the beliefs and values of our democracy.

Twenty Republican representatives have joined the Climate Solutions Caucus with a matching 20 Democrats, and more are joining weekly. According to a Yale Climate Opinions Study, taken after the election, almost half of Trump’s voters, two-thirds of moderate Republicans, more than half of Independents and 81 percent of Democrats support a carbon tax. Trump’s refusal to respond to the majority wishes of Americans, the world community and businesses and banks, needs to be a rallying cry for action.

Eileen Heinrich, Sacramento

Fearful of future

I recently watched the movie "Interstellar." It shows the Earth in a state of environmental crisis. This couldn't be too far off. President Donald Trump has betrayed our planet.

My generation will be inheriting the planet soon, and this is just one more problem left to us that will be our responsibility to fix. If we continue down the path we're on, I fear that the damage will be irreversible.

Keara Forrest, Sacramento

Go back to school

My high school class has been focusing on climate change and its disastrous effects on the world. I feel like President Donald Trump needs to take a class on climate change. Normally, I would be happy if the president decides to listen to his strategist instead of his children, but not when the president’s strategist is Steve Bannon.

Andy Chen, Sacramento

Proud Californian

Who cares about tax cuts and business deals when there will soon be not be a world to make them on? I am proud of Gov. Jerry Brown and proud to live in California where we recognize the reality of climate change and the benefits of more sustainable energy. The choices that President Donald Trump makes do not reflect public opinion. As a freshly minted high school graduate, I hope the future will not reflect the mindset of Trump and that we can work to ensure the future of my generation and those yet to come.

Clara Ginnell, Sacramento

California is right

As a Californian, I am proud. I am proud our Legislature agrees climate change is an issue. I am proud we are growing our economy while protecting the environment. I am proud Gov. Jerry Brown has met with leaders from other countries about the programs and regulations California has implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I am proud our elected officials are willing to fight the federal government on this issue. Climate change is serious and must not be ignored.

Eric Whalen, Gold River

An embarrassment

The President should not be allowed to make decisions as important as taking us out of the Paris Accord. He doesn't represent all of us, Congress does. If Congress should decide that we should no be a part of the Paris Accord, I will accept it. Besides stopping all of the projects and changes we have made to fight a known and proven adversary, Global Warming, we are now going to contribute to it by opening up more coal mines and shutting down the answers we have put in place to the problem. I never thought I would see the day where I would actually be embarrassed by our President. And, we still have 3 1/2 years to go.

Ron Avanzino, Lincoln

The Earth is sad

This is a sad day, for the health of the planet and for the health of Americans. Climate change, the most important health issue of our time, has caused hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, and other extreme weather events in increasing frequency.

This move is a huge blow to the environment, and to the hegemonic status of the United States. But this attempt to turn back the clock will ultimately fail. The transition to clean energy is already underway. By backing out of the Paris Accords, President Donald Trump will be on the wrong side of history.

Bethany Gen, Sacramento

Trump helps China

Holy Covfefe! President Donald Trump had a choice of being the leader of the 195 countries signed on to work for an environmentally safer planet. or join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries in the world who deny the danger. Oh well, maybe China will give us a good deal on solar panels when we come to our senses.

Frank Horowitz, Sacramento

Trump helps Putin

It is perhaps right that President Donald Trump is asking that NATO countries to pay their fair share for defense. But by scolding NATO allies about their military spending, Trump is doing what Putin would like: weakening NATO.

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

The sun shines

The sun came up, by golly. With all the dire predictions, the tides didn't flood the coast and I can breath. President Donald Trump hasn't destroyed the world like all the pundits predicted.

Jeff Atkinson, Folsom

Media are parasites

In 1974, Frank Sinatra called journalist "parasites" stating they just take-take-take and never give. Fast forward to today, the media wake up each day and distort and misinform the public about our President, Donald Trump, for their entertainment. Where are the articles about his achievements, especially his recent trip abroad.

Stan Prager, Roseville

Gianforte is a bully

Re: “Gianforte deserves support” (Letters, May 30): The recent assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was an outrageous act. What is most troubling to me, but not surprising, is the number of people who seem to think that Gianforte was justified in his actions. A typical example of this was the letter by Sue Whitehorn, who condoned the action, but suggested she might also punch a journalist in the mouth.

Even if she is a grandmother, let this grandfather point out a few things that she conveniently failed to mention. The attack on Jacobs was not a shove. The audio recording suggested it was what Jacobs described as a body slam. This was backed up by a Fox reporter, who witnessed the event.

Whitehorn called Jacobs a member of the "mean, biased, socialist media" to justify the attack. All Jacobs did was ask a question about the Republicans American Health Care Act. Gianforte deferred his support for the Trump health care plan, probably because other Republicans were taking heat over it. Jacobs followed up, which is what any good journalist would do. For that, he gets attacked. Gianforte is nothing more than a school yard bully.

Richard Elliott, Elk Grove

Taxpayers lose

Re “Government-run universal health care wins vote in California Senate” (sacbee.com, June 1): The grass is not greener because of some act of some Gods. It is greener to many from other states and countries because Californian tax payers, entrepreneurs and hard workers have made it that way for the past 60 years. They are a quickly shrinking crowd and they are still used as the state’s money tree and piggy bank.

High taxes and fees went from fueling the Californian boom of the post to paying for the “progressive” agenda of the past 20 years. California will soon become a magnet for criminals and illegals, homeless people, and free loaders while most taxpayers will close doors and go another way.

Eric Chevreuil, Folsom

An incomplete

President Donald Trump’s healthcare proposal leaves millions of people uninsured, but Senate Bill 562 does not yet seem like a solid solution. Giving healthcare to all California residents sounds amazing. However, as The Sacramento Bee points out, the bill does not include detailed language about how the state would come up with hundreds of billions of dollars to pay for health care coverage for nearly 40 million residents. As Sen. Ben Hueso said, “This is the Senate kicking the can down the road to the Assembly and asking the Assembly to fill in all the rest of the blanks.”

Liam Murphy, Sacramento

Insanity

Insanity is the norm now for California. Single payer health care would actually drop to $331 billion from $400 billion? What a joke. What project has ever come in at budget in this state? The new Bay Bridge? The bullet train to no where? Add the millions who would come from Mexico for free health care and California would go bust. What gives these politicians the right to take away my great current health care that works?

Paul Reid, Folsom

Tax junk food

Senate Bill 562 suggests two taxes to pay for California's proposed single payer healthcare system, and one would exempt food. Consider that almost all increases in health care spending of the last few decades is due to chronic diseases within the "metabolic syndrome" class. These diseases are almost entirely preventable through diet. In order for SB 562 to be sustainable, there must be a way to recover costs where they originate. A tax on added sugar and processed food, levied for all food and beverages sold in California, would dramatically lower health care costs, and steer people to better food choices.

Mats Jansson, Folsom

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