Letters to the Editor

U.S. terrorist, oil spill, early education, NSA spying, etc.

A clean-up operation is conducted at Refugio State Beach on Wednesday after a ruptured pipeline north of Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil.
A clean-up operation is conducted at Refugio State Beach on Wednesday after a ruptured pipeline north of Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil. TNS

Selective terrorism coverage in U.S.

Re “Tennessee man pleads guilty to plotting attack on Muslims” (Sacbee.com, May 19): A former congressional candidate from Tennessee planned to attack and kill Americans. The attack was planned with members of a right-wing militia against a community in New York. The perpetrator said in a phone conversation: “Those guys (have) to be killed. Their buildings need to be burnt down.” They were planning the attack with AR-15s, M-4 military assault rifles and a machete.

The planner of this attack pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to one count of interstate communication of threats. That is it. No Fox News coverage, no media hoopla, no mass hysteria of terrorists and no terrorism charges. Then you find out that the planner was a Christian, 63-year old Robert Doggart, and the target was Muslims.

Do you think only Muslims commit terrorism? Is terrorism reserved for people with Muslim names only?

Mohammad Arshad,

Sacramento

Heading down the oil slick

Re “Oil pipeline spills about 21,000 gallons off coast” (Page 6A, May 20): Here we go again. Just days after President Barack Obama decides that it is safe to restart oil exploration in the fragile Arctic ecosystem, there is an oil spill off California’s coast to demonstrate that he is wrong. No matter how many times the oil companies assure us that safety is their No. 1 priority, there will always be human errors and/or equipment malfunctions. The only way to prevent oil spills is to not drill for the oil.

Larry Landis, Elk Grove

Early education investments save

Re “Child care looms as big issue” (Insight, Dan Walters, May 19): I am heartened to see budget discussions focus on early learning and quality child care. Policy priorities are starting to catch up with what working families, educators and voters have known for a long time: early learning matters. Quality early education funded through California’s education formula will actually save money and strengthen K-12.

Leaders in the Legislature know that this is our best shot at preparing children for success. With revenue and Proposition 98 funding rising, legislators should send Gov. Jerry Brown a budget that continues to stand with children and families.

Deborah Kong, Oakland

president, Early Edge California

Take a stand against NSA spying

Re “Court rules against NSA” (Page 1A, May 7): The Framers of the Constitution recognized in the Fourth Amendment that the government should intrude into your private life only if you’re personally involved in an actual crime. Section 215 of the Patriot Act went way further, allowing metadata surveillance on everyone after 9/11. That provision is due to sunset if the Senate doesn’t act. An appeals court just ruled mass metadata surveillance unlawful.

Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have a chance to take a stand for the freedom of all Americans. They should refuse to vote for any bill reauthorizing Section 215 of the Patriot Act, or renewing it with only token reforms. They can help restore a constitutional republic that rejects the tyranny of federal overreach.

Ryan Brown, Sacramento

Folsom’s folly south of Hwy. 50

The Folsom Telegraph newspaper has a banner headline Wednesday touting the first residential development approved south of Highway 50. The question has been asked before, but a plausible answer is not available to me and many other residents. What in the world is Folsom’s City Council thinking in giving the go-ahead to 828 new houses in the plains south of Highway 50?

Surely the council knows the water situation and the new demands construction and occupancy these homes will cause. The rest of us are left with a multi-tiered water rate that is sure to rise as the drought continues and these houses are occupied. What’s wrong with leaving it open space until this drought subsides? We all know that water is a cash cow for the city of Folsom. Is this what it is all about?

Don Strauch, Folsom

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