Letters to the Editor

Letters: Kate Steinle’s death + Gold Star families + Rep. Frederica Wilson

Kate Steinle

Re “Don’t blame Kate Steinle’s death on sanctuary cities. Here’s what matters in the trial” (Editorials, Oct. 23): The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board finds that San Francisco being a sanctuary city is an irrelevant fact in the killing of Kate Steinle. Such a conclusion is only possible by ignoring facts, such as that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the accused killer, was released from jail, precisely because he was an illegal immigrant. This career criminal had seven prior felony convictions and an outstanding felony warrant while he was in custody. No such person who was a citizen would ever be released by any law enforcement agency. But because there was a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, he was released so ICE couldn’t get him under San Francisco’s sanctuary policy.

Paul Greisen, Sacramento

Gold Star

Re “Kelly takes responsibility for Trump’s alleged comment to fallen soldier’s mother” (sacbee.com, Oct. 19): None of us can know the terrible pain the family of Sgt. La David Johnson must be experiencing. We do know, however, that Sgt. Johnson served his country with great courage. We hope the knowledge of his heroism and patriotism, and that we will never forget his faithful service and his family’s irrecoverable loss, will bring some comfort to the family. We will honor Sgt. Johnson by striving to be the very best Americans we can be, the kind of Americans Sgt. Johnson believed we are. That is all any of us can, or should, say to any Gold Star family.

Trina Lee, Elk Grove

Exploitation

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., stated President Donald Trump’s condolence call to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson was “insulting,” and that the White House “is full of white supremacists.” Wilson has previously publicly stated her hatred of Trump. Trump referred to Sgt. Johnson as knowing what he was doing could cost him his life, yet did it anyway; a true brave hero. Sgt. Johnson would have appreciated the acknowledgment. Wilson’s attempt to exploit Trump’s call is shameful.

Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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