Who’s a ‘low-life’?
“‘Low-life politicians’ to blame for nation’s immigration impasse, Jerry Brown says” (sacbee.com, April 17): Gov. Brown played a “Trump card,” name-calling politicians who misuse information to fire up their base of supporters. Brown called them “low-life politicians.” So, who votes for “low-life politicians”? Is this again the low-level name-calling that designates those who vote in the opposition “deplorable”? Here we go again, demonizing those who vote against you.
Richard Kuechle, Lincoln
Not just the GOP
Gov. Brown blames low-life politicians for immigration mess. He then proceeds to blame the Republicans for blocking any reform. I would like to point out that this problem has been around for many years, under both Democrat and Republican majorities. I would hardly blame one side or the other for the lack of solution, but rather both sides. Brown is right in one respect and that is that the president is only enforcing the laws that Congress has passed, as is his duty under the Constitution.
Michael McDonald, Capay
“California Republicans confront a dire election scenario: No GOP choice for governor” (sacbee.com, April 16): This was the plan all along. Democrats knew that in this heavily blue sanctuary state they could shut out any opposition to their radical leftist anti-American agenda with the top two primary system. It already worked last election. We had a choice of Kamala Harris or Loretta Sanchez for Senate. Some choice, eh? Add to that handing driver’s licenses with access to voter registration cards to illegal aliens and voilà! Destroy the opposition to a one-party totalitarian, socialist state.
James Cronin, Folsom
No on Bonnie Gore
“Bonnie Gore’s unusual run for Placer County supervisor makes a lot of sense” (Editorials, April 17): I am disappointed in The Bee’s endorsement of Bonnie Gore for Placer County supervisor. Although I was quite intrigued by her candidacy in the beginning of the campaign, the latest debacle of injecting a very divisive and partisan issue at the last Roseville City Council meeting revealed a much more conservative and mean-spirited agenda that I do not think will serve Placer County’s interests. The council agenda did not provide public notice of the discussion on the sanctuary city issue, but her proposal had leaked so there was immediate opposition during the public comment period. She did not have a majority of council members willing to put the item on the agenda for future action. This is not an effective method for bringing consensus and moderate solutions to a governing body. Please reconsider the endorsement.
Free speech rights
“Kaepernick’s story remains the same. What that says about us” (Marcos Breton, April 13): Although I am sympathetic to Colin Kaepernick’s stance on kneeling in protest, I am torn by the seeming inconsistency of our view of the nurse who was dismissed from Kaiser over her posts about Stephon Clark on Facebook. I vehemently oppose her racist views and hate speech, but in a democracy, we must ensure that both Colin and the racist nurse are allowed their rights. Colin is being blackballed for standing up for what he believes and I stand (or kneel) with him. But the racist nurse is also being blackballed for her views, no matter how abhorrent. Democracy is a tricky, messy thing, but it is why we love this country.
Erin Healy, Sacramento
STEM isn’t enough
“Zuckerberg calls Facebook’s handling of Russia meddling ‘one of my greatest regrets’” (sacbee.com, April 10): As California’s universities rush into STEM and continue to cut back traditional programs in the humanities and social sciences, who is going to teach this new crop of genius entrepreneurs the inevitable effects of their planned disruptions and questionably necessary innovations? Flipping the entire social and industrial order is not without consequences, and that lesson is best taught in language, literature, art, music, philosophy, sociology and anthropology courses. Mark Zuckerberg is the best argument I’ve seen or heard for generous funding for the human-based academic disciplines, and for requirements that students develop a non-trivial proficiency in areas outside STEM. Too bad no one instilled those values in young Mark.
Kathryn A Klar, Richmond
Food for students
“Charter school backers spend millions to support Antonio Villaraigosa for California governor” (sacbee.com, April 12): The California Charter Schools Association harnesses millions of dollars to back a gubernatorial candidate while poor students in hundreds of California charter schools go without food. Low-income charter school students are California’s only low-income public school students without ensured access to free or low-cost school meals. Assembly Bill 1871 aims to change that. The California Charter Schools Association opposes this bill. Whichever gubernatorial candidate you support and whatever your stance on charter schools, we all know children need food to learn and grow. Whoever moves ahead in the race for political power, let’s stop leaving poor kids behind. California should not be a place where it’s OK for any child to go hungry in a publicly funded school.
Tia Shimada, California Food Policy Advocates, Oakland
Telling it like it is
“Comey comments on McCabe allegations” (sacbee.com, April 17): Three cheers to James Comey for speaking the plain truth. Trump does not represent the values of our nation and he is morally unfit to be president. The fact that Comey is promoting his memoir by painting this unflattering portrait of Trump does not erode the veracity of his words. Predictably, Trump and his attack dogs are already trying to undermine Comey. Unfortunately for Trump, he has already bankrupted his own credibility.
El Dorado Hills