Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump’s Cuba policy will help China and Russia

Cuban dissident Cary Roque kisses President Donald Trump as he announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military.
Cuban dissident Cary Roque kisses President Donald Trump as he announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military. The Associated Press

Texas travel

Re “Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list” (The State Worker, June 22): Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s recent action to restrict state-funded travel to states with discriminatory policies should be celebrated. But while his actions are laudable, Becerra is still surprisingly absent from an issue that directly affects California.

Becerra should investigate what ExxonMobil knew about climate change to determine whether Exxon knew about the threat of climate change and actively misled the public to benefit its bottom line. As the top agricultural producer in the country, California will suffer the consequences of this deception. For communities of color, the effects already have begun. Evidence shows that Latinos and immigrants feel the effects of climate change more acutely than others because of where we live and work. Becerra must stand up for our communities that are already facing the consequences of a changing climate. He must investigate Exxon.

Matt Nelson, Oakland

A heroine?

Re “Kimberly Ellis, the most powerful, unelected person in California Democratic politics” (Erika D. Smith, June 20): Erika D. Smith’s column reads like a heroine’s tale, but as a longtime Democratic activist I can say Kimberly Ellis’ antics are anything but heroic. After a count and recount of the votes didn’t go her way, Ellis saw she has no path to victory so she has resorted to spreading innuendo and allegations in the media. That’s the opposite of leadership; it’s being the sorest of losers. Worse, the sideshow she’s created damages people who need a unified party to fight for them, the poor and disenfranchised about whom she claims to care. California’s teachers know you don’t need a title to make a difference in communities that need extra attention. Ellis could learn from these true heroines.

Dean Vogel, former president, California Teachers Association, Davis

School lunches

Re “Why it’s so bad that children get too much homework, not enough exercise” (Viewpoints, June 21): Writer Karin Klein is right that kids need more exercise than they are getting to build strong bones and muscles. But nutrition is equally important. Without proper nutrition the former will not happen. We have to adjust the quantity of food we eat, and the quality. Most people think they can exercise away all the calories they eat, but this is very unlikely unless you are a professional athlete. We need to adjust our energy intake to match our energy expenditure, not the other way around. Do your kids a favor and pack their lunches. Include quality protein, carbs from fruits and vegetables, and some good fat such as nuts or cheese. Instead of fruit juice or a sports drink, pack a bottle of water. Lead by example because as parents, we all know that “Do as I say and not as I do” does not work.

Mayumi Tavalero, West Sacramento

Gas appliances

Re “Your gas appliance is making climate change worse” (Viewpoints, June 15): Writer Rachel Golden is correct that your gas appliance is making climate change worse. But unfortunately, for some time to come an equivalent electric appliance will not be a better choice. Much of California’s electric power comes from burning gas. An electric appliance is responsible for slightly more gas use and corresponding methane leakage than an equivalent gas appliance. This will eventually change, as electricity increasingly comes from carbon-free energy sources. In the meantime, let’s tackle those methane leaks!

Riley Newman, Irvine

Cuba policy

Re “What does Trump’s new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?” (sacbee.com, June 16): I was in Havana when President Donald Trump announced his unfortunate decision to again turn America’s back on Cuba. The decision presents Russia and China with a tremendous gift. The move seems unfathomable for a self-promoted business expert when you see the incredible untapped potential available just 90 miles from Miami. Cuba has a healthy, educated population looking for chances to advance itself and they will either through western economic programs or those fostered by Russia and China. Already new Chinese taxis are replacing 1950s era American cars and 400 miles of pristine beaches are begging for Marriotts and Hiltons to replace 100-year-old buildings. Turning America’s back on Cuba and abandoning $6.5 billion and 13,000 American jobs may end up being the straw that gives the Trump camel its worst backache yet.

Jerry Martin, Sacramento

Cuba hypocrisy

President Donald Trump’s Cuba oratory to the shrinking crowd of anti-Castro exiles in Miami belies any sort of human-rights principles that theoretically should guide relations with other nations. Trump’s statement about not being silent in the face of communist oppression is typically vacuous in light of U.S. relations with Vietnam, Cambodia and the economic elephant-in-the-room, mainland China. Trump saves his fiery anti-communism to dispense on little Cuba, while cozying up to the Chinese president, the Saudi leadership and other regimes that oppress human rights.

Gregory Ptucha, Sacramento

Hate crimes

Re “Swastikas spray-painted on Sacramento church investigated as hate crime” (sacbee.com, June 18): Sacramento police did the right thing by assuring the public that this church vandalism would be investigated as a hate crime. They should do the same with the reported gang rape of Steven Greyeyes-Clouse, who bravely came forward to report publicly that his attackers taunted him about his developmental disability as they brutally raped him. People with disabilities are victimized by violence, often including sadism, at much higher rates than the general population. Research shows that many, perhaps most, of these attacks are bias-motivated and meet the legal definition hate crimes. Yet police rarely recognized these attacks as hate crimes. Sacramento police can start to regain the disability community’s trust by treating the reported sadistic assault on Mr. Greyeyes-Clouse as it would any other reported hate crime.

Greg deGiere, The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration, Sacramento

Deportations

Re “Mass deportations to solve ‘immigrant problem?’ What happened last time?” (sacbee.com, June 18): : Thanks to The Sacramento Bee for publishing Stephen Magagnini’s article about deportation. People do not remember the deportations of the early 20th century. I have a son-in-law who is Mexican. He was born in Mexico, but is here legally because his grandmother was one of those deported when she was a girl. The family was able to take documents with them, and she was later able to use to legally return to the United States and bring family with her. Chances are my son-in-law’s family has been in what is now the United States longer than my side of the family, though my mother could trace our family back to the time of the American Revolution and earlier. I see no reason for the United States to become a police state to deport Mexicans. We don’t need to merely let anyone come here, but we should establish a rational immigration policy.

Mars Burnside, Rancho Cordova

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