Letters to the Editor

Letters: Sacramento bridge + Kate Steinle + Wildfires + Trump tax cuts

A portrait of Kate Steinle displayed in 2015 at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco. The man charged with her murder is Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
A portrait of Kate Steinle displayed in 2015 at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco. The man charged with her murder is Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. AP

New bridge

Re “The new Sacramento River bridge is a big opportunity. Let’s not blow it.” (Editorial, Oct. 26): A bridge that is nearly 60 feet high is unfriendly to bike riders and pedestrians, whether or not it has bike lanes or wide sidewalks. Pedestrians will not want to climb a height the equivalent of a six story building to reach the deck and descend the same distance on the other side. Bridges over the Sacramento River should be sized for people, not for non-existent freight traffic on the river or fake smokestacks on tourist boats. The extra expense of a huge bridge would be enormous. The inconvenience never would go away. Paris and other cities build bridges for human traffic and city life. We should not design a bridge that makes river traffic the highest priority. We should design river traffic to accommodate bridges that are city-friendly.

Walt Seifert, Sacramento

Open records

Re “Controversial shooting of black man by Sacramento police ends with officers leaving force” (sacbee.com, Oct. 25): Sacramento’s Office of Public Safety has been prohibited from providing details on policies the officers violated. We are all familiar with governmental agencies not providing information regarding misbehavior of public employees on the grounds that they are personnel matters. How about protecting the public by making government more transparent, rather than giving public officials a convenient excuse to hide systemic failures?

Robert A. Dell'Agostino, Sacramento


Wildfires have devastated another of California’s most renowned regions, leaving lives lost, families displaced, businesses shuttered, and economies crippled. Like the Rim Fire, which left decades-long lasting impacts upon Yosemite and those reliant on the tourism economy, the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties have thrust California onto the international stage. Wildfires have damaged California’s rural landscape, impacting our local economies, threatening the air we breathe, the water we drink, and precious wildlife habitat. The health of California’s forests is critical to urban and rural residents, and it is imperative that our federal partners act to protect these valuable resources. California’s rural counties have locked arms with diverse partners in offering solutions to improve the health of California’s national forests. Now, more than ever, the country’s leaders must affect change in the way we manage our forests, and fund suppression.

Justin Caporusso, Rural County Representatives of California, Sacramento

Jack Ohman

Re “Enough about you” (Jack Ohman, Oct. 25): Jack Ohman has gone far lower than I could have imagined with the Donald Trump-Myesha Johnson cartoon. I saw two other widows from this same group come forward to say the president was very sensitive and even spoke with her children. The woman you use in your cartoon took the call in the car with Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla, hates Trump. So here the president is doing the best he can trying to talk to nothing but a crying voice with no feed back. Other wives carried on a conversation with him and thanked him for calling. You have used the hatred of Wilson toward the president and her twisting of his meaning to demean the highest office in the land. I know the difference between a political cartoon and going too far.

Kay Walsh, Sacramento

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 should be ashamed. I can only pray no members of Kate Steinle's family saw it so not to have been personally insulted by the stupidity of such printed words. The use of the word "undocumented" in lieu of "illegal" is a absolute lie. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate illegally resided in California, knowingly breaking the law, and earned the label of repeat criminal. What imaginary intellectual fantasy realm do these editors live in? The true victims of his crimes are dead and in deep, life-long mourning.

J.B. McClain, Fair Oaks


A legal citizen is taking a legal walk with her father and gets shot dead, killed by an illegal alien using a stolen weapon who had been deported five times. Counting the state and federal laws broken is dizzying. How many laws must an illegal alien break before The Sacramento Bee editorial board says, well, that was despicable. Please resume your harmless, predictable anti-Trump bloviations.

D.W. Collum, El Dorado Hills

Terrible crime

The fact that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was released instead of being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement is directly related to Kate Steinle’s murder. Clearly, if he was in jail or had been deported, she would not have been murdered. Perhaps some would consider her murder a reasonable price to pay for being a sanctuary city, but I do not and I am not a conservative.

Wait Griswold, South Lake Tahoe

Trump’s tax cuts

Re “When Trump talks big tax cuts, California’s workers should check their wallets” (Editorials, sacbee.com, Oct. 27): About 50 percent of the changes in tax would benefit people earning more than $730,000 per year. Meanwhile, the national debt would grow $2.6 trillion the next decade, due to decreased revenue. Do Republican voters really want to give 50 percent of the tax cut to the top 1 percent, while increasing our national debt? Who the Republicans in Congress representing? The answer may be that they are not working for us, normal citizens, but rather for donors at our expense.

Christopher Wiren, Rocklin

John Kelly

Re “Kelly takes responsibility for Trump’s alleged comment to fallen soldier’s mother” (sacbee.com, Oct. 19): Donald Trump’s chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, attempted to clean up Trump’s insensitive condolence phone call to Gold Star wife, Myeshia Johnson, but he was even more callous than Trump. In speaking of the death of Sgt. La David Johnson, Kelly says: “He knew what the possibilities were, because we are at war.” Why wouldn’t Mrs. Johnson feel hurt and the press be outraged? Kelly’s statement seems to be nothing more than a cop out of a commander trying to assuage his own guilt for sending soldiers to die in unjust wars.

Richard Nano, Roseville

Trump bashing

I wish the media would quit bashing Donald Trump. Media spend 95 percent of their time trashing the president Trump. He is accomplishing more good for our country by signing executive orders undoing all of the misdeeds of Barack Obama did that was detrimental. If the media would focus on the good things that Trump is doing, this country would flourish even more because the public would realize what the Obama Administration did to hurt the United States. I’m sure the media will never print this letter exposing how low the press is in getting the correct news out to the American public.

Gary A. Sodervick, North Highlands


Re “Throwing Money” (Letters, Oct. 18): Providing food, clothing and shelter won't change how homeless people live their lives. That requires mentoring by a caring helper. Listening to their issues without criticism does not mean agreeing. They need to take the bulk of the responsibility. When they backslide, asking them how doing what they did helps them achieve their goal works well. If they have a mental disorder or use drugs, they will need professional help. Groups like Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) can help.

Loyd Inglis, Folsom

Neel Kashkari

Re “The buck doesn’t stop with bureaucrats. Here’s who is to blame for homelessness in Sacramento” (Editorials, Oct. 24): Maybe Sacramento County politicians and highly paid executives need to follow failed 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari's example and sleep on the streets for a week.

Matthew Dmitri Jeziorski, Sacramento

Teen suicide

Re “Everyone cares about mass shootings. But what about the 2,400 or so kids who take their own lives with guns each year?” (Viewpoints, Oct. 17): There have been many victims of mass shootings. However, teens are taking their own innocent lives. Many people fail to realize this. I agree with op-ed writer Madeline Schwarz that people should pay more attention to these suicides and help people at risk. Talking to them, giving them comfort or even playing a game, can get their minds off their depression.

Jazlynn Hilliard, Sacramento

Sanctuary state

Re “Don’t blame Kate Steinle’s death on sanctuary cities. Here’s what matters in the trial” (Editorials, Oct. 23):It does matter that California is a sanctuary state. Clearly, it will attract unsavory individuals to our state. Our homeless veterans and legal citizens are in need of homeless services ahead of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. This editorial response represents the echo chamber of liberal public opinion and is exactly why Donald Trump is in office.

Robert Thompson, Gold River

Bee was wrong

Re “Don’t blame Kate Steinle’s death on sanctuary cities. Here’s what matters in the trial” (Editorials, Oct. 23):Occasionally The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board gets it right. This, however, is not one of those occasions. That Jose Ines Garcia Zarate chose San Francisco as his place of hiding played an important role in the death of Kate Steinle, as does a poorly secured hand gun. Zarate is not the victim. He is deemed competent enough to assist in his defense and competent enough to return to and hide in a sanctuary city, find a gun and use it.

M.A. Figueroa, Sacramento


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