Letters to the Editor

LETTERS Twin tunnels, Delta, race card, tobacco money, extinct dinosaur, etc.

This illustration provided by Dinostar Co. shows the dinosaur, Yi qi, which is Mandarin for “strange wing.” Dinosaurs normally used feathers for flight, but the newly discovered creature evidently had wings made of skin instead, like a bat’s, described in a paper released by the journal Nature on Wednesday.
This illustration provided by Dinostar Co. shows the dinosaur, Yi qi, which is Mandarin for “strange wing.” Dinosaurs normally used feathers for flight, but the newly discovered creature evidently had wings made of skin instead, like a bat’s, described in a paper released by the journal Nature on Wednesday. The Associated Press

Focus on Delta ecology

Re “Brown cuts scope of Delta tunnel plan” (Page A1, May 1) and “Brown shouldn’t leave eco goals out of new Delta plan” (Editorials, April 19): I agree with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial regarding how Gov. Jerry Brown should not only focus on the economical side of his $25 billion Delta project but should also look at the environmental side of protecting the Delta.

Brown’s initial plan was to build twin tunnels that would equally provide water for Southern Californians and Central Valley farmers, but also restore the Delta ecosystem to save the salmon and Delta smelt. Now the governor has changed his plans to just provide water for Southern and Central Californians. This cannot be done, as some biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have suggested. The federal government should not issue the permit to the state. I hope Brown changes his mind.

Roman Angelo Elias Cornejo, Antelope

Say no on destroying the Delta

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to send water south to irrigate the lawns and estates of wealthy Southern Californians is showing its true colors. The smokescreen of the Delta conservation effort has been blown away to lay bare his latest plan that will eviscerate the Delta.

Developers weren’t allowed to build homes in the Suisun Marsh but the governor plans to destroy the wetlands under the guise of water for California. Many of us were not in favor of the original plan, even with its funds to restore the vegetation and wildlife, but with this change there is no saving grace for the out and out water grab it now appears to be. What happened to the man who seemed to be a big proponent of saving our natural resources?

Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento

Playing the race card

Re “De Leon alleges double standard in the media” (Capitol & California, The Buzz, May 1): Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon states that he has been singled our for additional criticism by news media for spending $50,000 – $28,000 of it our taxpayer money – on his swearing-in ceremony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He said the reason he was singled out was because he is Latino. While many do not dispute the reasonable cost of the pomp and circumstance long associated with political ceremony, de Leon’s use of the race card is unfortunate. Rather than clearly addressing the excessive cost of his event, he chose to deflect the issue. The race card has been used a lot lately, some justified and some not. In de Leon’s case, it is not his race, but rather his inability to see that the money spent was excessive. De Leon should not blame the media – blame himself for using poor judgment.

Dennis R. Conti, Lincoln

Stop protecting Big Tobacco

Re “Bill gets chewed up, spit out” (Capitol & California, April 28): I’m so angry when I see how much power is given the tobacco companies from our so-called representatives who take tobacco donations.

It used to be that tobacco money was considered toxic. Most Democrats wouldn’t take it. Not anymore. Almost every Republican takes it.

Almost everyone who voted on Assembly Bill 768 has taken financial contributions from Big Tobacco and either voted to weaken the bill, outright opposed it or took a walk and did not vote on it at the risk of angering Big Tobacco.

In 2006, the tobacco industry was convicted of racketeering. Their money can now be considered racketeering money. People seem to have forgotten about this verdict, and business goes on as usual because Big Tobacco keeps appealing the verdict.

I ask every politician to look into their hearts and stop taking tobacco donations and vote to protect their individual constituents from the Tobacco Industry of Death.

Laurie Comstock, Sacramento

Brutality, not poverty, cause of riots

Re “The roots of Baltimore riots start with lost jobs” (Viewpoints, April 30): E.J. Dionne’s argument that poverty is the root of the riots and not police brutality is way off the mark. Handcuffing a man, throwing him into the back of police wagon, driving him around without him being belted in so his body is thrown around the interior of this metal box and killing him, that was the root of the riot. There is no connection between police brutality, the unnecessary killing of citizens and poverty.

Police misconduct and brutality has been condoned by the silence of the majority community and our elected officials for generations. It’s institutionalized. Look at who investigates police misconduct – the same law enforcement and governmental organizations that control them.

Police misconduct and brutality will end when the officers involved feel the same monetary, physical and emotional pain that they inflict on others.

Michael Santos, Antelope

Different GOP views on Constitution

Re “GOP aims at citizenship at birth” (Viewpoints, May 1): So the fact that the 14th Amendment authors didn’t contemplate that the situation might change in the future is enough to revisit that amendment, but the fact that the Second Amendment authors clearly could not contemplate assault weapons, automatic handguns and other modern mass-killing devices is not enough to revisit that one? Where is the logic? Seems only one amendment is sacred to the GOP.

Chris Bertin, Auburn

Dinosaur fossil may not be missing link

Re “Fossils may show odd detour in early flight” (Page A7, April 30): As a creationist I’ve explained that just because a fossilized creature is extinct doesn’t make it a missing link. Also consider the possibility that the Earth is only thousands of years old, not millions or billions. And there was a wider diversity of life before the worldwide flood and climate change of the biblical Noah’s time. This included reptiles that grew to gigantic sizes, and such dinosaurs apparently continued to live during human history, hence the many dragon stories of other cultures.

One of latest trends of evolutionists is the claim that dinosaurs evolved into birds, which totally ignores that dinosaurs didn’t have hollow bones. If they did, they would have collapsed because of their weight.

Michelle Kunert, Sacramento

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