The ‘crude’ truth
President Donald Trump puts Americans first, reversing Barack Obama’s policies of acquiescing to other countries, weakening us, giving away our money, our jobs and our sovereignty. Democrats apparently want to restore Obama’s policies, calling Trump a racist because he wants to cut immigration from poor and violent countries, and claiming he called them “shit countries.” Racism? No, reality. It is a crude term, but the people who are complaining are the ones assigning race to it. They are the racists, not him. Indeed, honestly describing the situation in those countries would end up with a similar meaning. They, not us, must solve their countries’ problems and instead of expecting to export them here.
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I try to open my mind to the fact that racism is gone or is getting better. I find it hard when I see commercials and the news. As an African-American man, I have experienced racism. I also believe if you tell someone something long enough, he or she will start to believe it. Black men are portrayed as bad, ending up in jail and not trustworthy. I have overcome sickness, lack of a college education, the mental fight of knowing who I really am and that I have a purpose in life despite what people, the news and movies portray. The key to survival is keeping the fire going. You fuel it with positive words and believing in yourself.
James Saunders, Lincoln
Racists among us
Re “ ‘She represents California, not Arkansas.’ Feinstein’s rival presses her on immigration” (sacbee.com, Jan. 17): Kevin de León is running for U.S. Senate, Antonio Villaraigosa is running for governor and Xavier Becerra is running for attorney general. It seems they’re all very interested in supporting uncontrolled immigration, legal or illegal. Many California residents have fences around their yards to control who comes onto their property. There has to be some level of control on our borders for our society to function. It is pretty obvious that Trump is a racist and seems to generally support white people. But it appears that de León, Villaraigosa and Becerra could also be racists, as they care primarily for people of color. Wouldn’t it be nice if our leaders could do what’s best for all?
Michael Stapleton, Etna
Why is Housing Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the ever-present obsequious bootlicker, adjacent to President Donald Trump whenever the stable genius spouts off for the cameras about how wonderful he is or about how racist he isn’t? McCarthy ought to know that people are defined by the company they keep. Apparently, he wants to be like Trump. Expect McCarthy to turn tail exactly like Dill Grover, the sidekick bully from “A Christmas Story,” when Trump gets walloped in the 2018 or 2020 elections. Suddenly, I can’t wait for Christmas.
Angela F. Luna, Fair Oaks
Sheriff Scott Jones
Re “Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announces he will run for third term” (sacbee.com, Jan. 16): The sheriff has decided to run for re-election. The question is can Sacramento County taxpayers afford him? Millions of dollars in settlements is too high a price for a lack of leadership or supervision of our deputies.
Ma Figueroa, Sacramento
Auditor is to blame
Re “Sheriff Scott Jones threw a verbal punch at the state auditor, but hit the DA too” (Marcos Breton, Jan. 14): This piece contained only one mention that Jones was correct in stating that he broke no law with respect to the audit of his department. The piece describes Jones as paranoid, and combative, and then raises the issue of cronyism with the District Attorney’s Office. The fact that Jones and the DA both understand the law can hardly be characterized as cronyism. The creator of this mess is the state auditor.
Dennis Irwin, Carmichael
Be very afraid
Re “If not rent control, then what? California renters can’t afford to wait” (Erika D. Smith, Jan. 14): Affordable housing throughout California, and Sacramento specifically, is a genuine problem, exacerbated locally by the “hangover” (lack of new construction) since the Great Recession. Ms. Smith’s statement that the “groups that oppose any expansion of rent control should be afraid. Very afraid.” is only partially correct. Every Californian should be afraid, including renters. Given the unintended consequences, a future with expanded rent control is a frightening thought indeed. Ours is a basic supply and demand problem. The solution is not price controls, but increased supply. Lower the barriers to new development, and supply will relieve demand pressure. Control rents, reduce state revenues and increase costs, and we’ll witness an exodus of private investment with a resulting lower quality of housing for everyone.
Brian Nelson, Sacramento
Best for City Hall
Re “Women and minorities still face big pay gap at Sacramento City Hall” (sacbee.com, Jan. 15): Without performance evaluations, the article assumes only ethnicity and gender reflect productivity. State legislation now prohibits employers from asking income details from a previous job, however, the city is allowed to search for specific a gender or ethnic group to fill taxpayer jobs? Why does City Manager Howard Chan contact chambers of commerce representing different ethnic groups to assure they submit a candidate? Please run our government with the most qualified candidates.
Vermin at Simon’s
Re “Simon’s reopens after ‘some rat droppings’ caused closure” (sacbee.com, Jan. 16): Did anyone else see the humor in Simon’s Bar and Cafe, popular hangout for Sacramento politicians, being shut down because it’s infested with vermin?
Wes Hill, Carmichael
Re “Burned by book, Trump takes issue with nation’s libel laws” (sacbee.com, Jan. 10): Donald Trump wants to make it easier to sue over things said about him that he doesn’t like. Really? Trump began his political career by falsely claiming that President Obama was not born in the United States. Later, he claimed that Ted Cruz’s father was part of an assassination plot. When it involves libel or slander, Trump is the grand master.
Bob Eason, Roseville