Letters to the Editor

Letters: We must do more to ban assault rifles, fight the NRA

NRA money

Re “Kevin McCarthy tweets condolences for dead children as he takes NRA’s money” (Editorials, Feb. 15): Tom McClintock accepts funds from the NRA. This must be made known in light of the recent school shooting in Florida. We must do more to protect our vulnerable youth and support sensible gun control as port of the solution. Ban assault weapons now.

Doris Harmon, Placerville

A ‘stupid’ idea

Re “Cameron Park fundraiser raffles off an AR-15 after Florida shooting. Some were ‘in shock’” (sacbee.com, Feb. 18): The Cameron Park Fire Department raffled an assault weapon for a fundraising event while flying a flag at half-mast for slain students in Florida. Really? Cameron Park Community Services District Board member Margaret Mohr believes the gun raffle was insensitive – at least one member was thinking. It’s too soon to talk about gun control, but not too soon to sell more assault weapons? Good Lord, people. Do you not have children or grandchildren of your own?

Anthony M. Villanueva,


About that AR-15

I don’t know what is most disturbing. That an agency dedicated to protecting citizens would condone such a raffle. That not more people left in disgust. Or the dismissive comments of board member Wooten (“I really didn’t think too much about it. I’m a life member of the NRA.”). Good luck to the kids leading this movement. It’s going to be tough.

Fred Tempes, Sacramento

Enough is enough

Re “'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents” (sacbee.com, Feb 21): We should all congratulate the young people from Florida who have shown guts to challenge the paradigm that there is nothing that can be done to stem mass killings. They know that adults have failed them. Too many of us have rung our hands saying that gun lobby money to politicians cannot be challenged. But the kids, who are tired of seeing their classmates die, do not believe this. We should not either. Now is the time to get behind them. Contact your representatives and give money to organizations for sane guns laws. Do it as if your children’s lives depend on it.

Kathryn Lewis, Sacramento

Don’t blame Trump

The Florida shooting was tragic, but to blame Trump is wrong. The democrats had a two-year majority in Congress and they passed Obamacare. Did the Democrats pass or even debate a change in the gun laws? No. Did they make any changes in our immigration policy? No. What makes you think the Democrats would come out of their swamp to pass a Republican bill on gun control? That chance is zero.

Leslie H Brown,


A plus for pensions

Re “The pension nightmare for California’s cities is getting scarier” (Editorials, Feb. 12): The editorial board overlooks the fact that California’s state and local pension funds are net revenue generators. When retired public employees spend their pension checks, local economies grow. Further, when pension fund assets are invested, the economy and tax revenues grow. In 2016, state and local revenues generated because of public pension funds in California exceeded taxpayer contributions by $1.7 billion. Dismantling public pensions is a short-sighted policy response. The stress on budgets can be managed by closing tax loopholes and economic development subsidies. Otherwise, California’s economy stands to lose $1 trillion by 2025.

Hank H. Kim,

National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

A box isn’t ‘cruel’

Re “No, it’s not like Blue Apron: Trump’s cruel and condescending plan to cut food stamps” (Editorials, Feb. 16): This piece gives no balanced analysis. There’s no discussion of the efficiency of the system, the markups incurred or the subversion of good nourishment. How much is spent? That is the standard. I doubt the writers ever received government food to appreciate what they are talking about, but it’s made by the same companies that produce food that’s cheaper in bulk. Each year I see private groups distribute food boxes. No editorial assessment of cruel or condescending action by those do-gooders.

Richard Ross,

El Dorado Hills

Food that kills

This editorial failed to even mention the biggest, most glaring problem with the boxes: There are many people on food stamps who must have special diets or they would literally die. There is no way boxes of food could help people with diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease the way that food stamps or cash for food does. Also, boxed food is far less healthy than fresh food. What would be the point of giving anyone food if it could potentially kill them?

Kim Scioloro, Sacramento

Old issue, new year

Re “How many times will Sacramento schools abandon black students to racism?” (Editorials, Feb. 14): I had two children go through the HISP program 25 years ago and the same topics were hot and heavy then. In fact, there were only four teachers I remember who pushed for changes in free speech, academic equality, as well as encouraging serious open and free thinking. The other teachers’ main concerns were their “top students,” who weren’t racially diverse. Parents only interested in having their students placed in HISP or AP classes, which also were not racially diverse.

Nancy Sternberg,


Educators get an F

The race-IQ test science project is a prime example of the naivete of high school sophomores about the scientific method. Science fair projects are an introduction to that method. It is the responsibility of the educator to point that out and question conclusions. That wasn’t done. The questions needed to be: Could there be other causes? Is this causation or merely correlation? Perhaps guidance could’ve gotten the student to see the shallowness of his analysis. This was a failure of education.

Edward Gieszelmann, Roseville