Letters to the Editor

Letters: Washington elites, ‘Dr. Strangelove’ roll reversal, food stamps

Actor Peter Sellers sits in a wheelchair portraying the titular character during production of the 1964 movie "Dr. Strangelove.”
Actor Peter Sellers sits in a wheelchair portraying the titular character during production of the 1964 movie "Dr. Strangelove.” AP

Washington elites

Re “Threats against legislators are intensifying. But there are some hopeful signs.“ (Editorials, Aug. 1): Sen. John McCain perfectly illustrated the problem in his floor speech, “Stop listening to bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the Internet. To hell with them.” Translation: To hell with you out in fly-over country. The Washington elite know what is best for you so shut up and do what we say. There’s a problem, as long as the Washington elite, and Sacramento elite, believe they know what is best for us, and ignore what we say as they pass laws governing how we live. Thank you, Sen. McCain, for perfectly articulating the problem.

Ken Campbell, Lincoln

Roll reversal

Re “General (Kelly) chaos in the White House Mess” (Jack Ohman, Aug. 1): Jack Ohman’s cartoon depicting Gen, Kelly arriving for KP duty in the White House “mess” is a classic. It also hit me as I was laughing how much the world has changed since the movie, “Dr. Strangelove,” was in theaters during the Cold War. Peter Sellers played a sane and competent president surrounded by mad generals bent on insane chaos. The roles are now apparently reversed. Only Trump’s generals seem to be grounded in any sort of reality. Both farces are equally disturbing.

John Adkisson, Sacramento

Food stamps

Re “As economy improves, fewer Californians use food stamps” (insight, Aug. 1): The alleged dip on food stamp participation in California is not just because of the improved economy and more people working. The dip also is because of low wages, increased cost of housing and child care, and because eligibility process is very difficult to navigate. The state’s food banks continue to see more demand for food than they can meet.

Frank Buck, Sacramento

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