Letters to the Editor

A spy, a mob boss, a politician and a money launderer walk into a bar

9th Circuit

Re “This Californian lost her legs in Austria. Now she’s part of Trump’s fight with 9th Circuit” (sacbee.com, July 7): It's unclear whether this article underscores the liberalism of the 9th Circuit of Court of Appeals. But it does highlight the frivolous nature of some of the lawsuits. Why Carol Sachs and her attorneys felt they needed to sue the Austrian railroad is beyond me. Citizens who have made poor decisions seek retribution from entities they feel they can bilk. No one but Carol Sachs is responsible for trying to catch that train, with the unfortunate results. No Austrian official told her to jump. No amount of litigation can rectify any individual's poor decision-making. It's a pity accountability is lost.

Leendert Noordzij, Sacramento

Traffic fines

Re “A single speeding ticket shouldn’t be a ticket to bankruptcy” (Editorials, Aug. 7): I applaud The Sacramento Bee for writing about the inequity of traffic fines. Fines hurt the poor and middle class. Consistent with California’s oligarchy thinking and survival of the bureaucracy, fines are all about generating income. It's immoral to ruin a life for what amounts in most cases to a victimless crime.

Paul Reid, Folsom


Re “Concerns about parole measure are coming true” (Viewpoints, July 28): In the op-ed by Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, a photo that stereotypes black men was used. It depicts four anonymous black men in orange jumpsuits standing under a sign reading, Receiving & Release. This image taps into racial stereotypes and fear and should not go unchallenged. Much care needs to be taken into account when choosing what is published online because you can reach a broader audience than expected.

Nick Schooler, Santa Barbara


Re “Who’s really to blame for fake news? It may be President Trump” (Editorials, Aug. 2): The article reminds me of the story: A spy, a mob boss, a politician and a money launderer walk into a bar. The bartender says: “You guys must be here to talk about adoption.”

Felix E. Smith, Carmichael


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