Letters to the Editor

Veterans tribute, troubling law, microbead danger, price gouging, etc.

Tiffany Kraft is comforted by her daughter Jaellin, 7, as she prays at the grave of her parents, Tanner and Vernon Mitchell, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon on Monday. Tanner Mitchell was a Navy veteran while her husband, Vernon, was a Marine veteran.
Tiffany Kraft is comforted by her daughter Jaellin, 7, as she prays at the grave of her parents, Tanner and Vernon Mitchell, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon on Monday. Tanner Mitchell was a Navy veteran while her husband, Vernon, was a Marine veteran. The Associated Press

Definition of an American veteran

Re “Remember the fallen, on this day especially” (Editorials, May 25): Thanks to The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for a well-written, spot-on article remembering those who gave their lives in the service of our country.

I was drafted in 1968 into the Army as an infantry rifleman. I was nearly a battlefield statistic on several occasions and would have left behind my wife, unborn daughter and family. To this day I become physically ill thinking about those days and wishing that I knew then what I know now.

I came across a definition of an American soldier and veteran (author unknown) that I believe is worth sharing:

Definition of Veteran:

“A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life.”

It just can’t be said any better.

Richard K. Thompson,

Roseville

Good intentions, wrong execution

Re “Australia to pass law to strip citizenship for terror crimes” (SacBee.com, May 25): Although I think the Australian government has the right intention of punishing supporters and members of terrorist groups by revoking their citizenship, I believe the method of revoking citizenship is not the best way to handle the situation.

Specifically, I don’t agree with the government having the “power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime.” I think the government should at least hold trials for a suspect before being able to take away their citizenship.

Although supporters and members of terrorist groups are indeed a problem to the safety and well-being of a society, I think that giving a government such a power is borderline extreme. The potential for abuse that can come with the passing and implementation of this law seems very likely and thus rather troubling.

Austin Cheong, Sacramento

Danger present; Legislature waits

Re “Assembly approves ban on cosmetic microbeads” (Capitol & California, May 23): I am always amazed as to how our legislators work. After deeming that cosmetic microbeads are a danger to the environment and fish and wildlife, they gave industry and businesses a five-year period in which to continue to manufacture and sell the offending products, thus ensuring stockholders’ profit, before the ban takes effect.

The five-year grace period also gives industry the opportunity to take steps to overturn the law as the membership of the California Assembly changes.

I wonder what part of “danger” the Assembly doesn’t understand.

Rebel Kreklow, Fair Oaks

Solutions to gas price gouging

Who thinks gas prices are being manipulated in the Golden State? I am almost certain of it.

The refiners have created a monopoly of the gas blends for California vehicles. We are on an island with few refineries and very few intrastate or interstate pipelines.

It’s high time we sought solutions to this, including connecting pipelines to our state, barging California blends from out-of-state refiners, and maybe even subsidizing new refineries on the borders with Nevada, Arizona and Mexico.

Gerald Lance Johannsen, Carlsbad

Act on climate change now

Re “Delusional about oil problems” (Letters, May 25): It’s interesting that the author of the letter believes in the science behind technology but does not believe the 97 percent of climate scientists who say that waiting to do something about climate change is exactly what we should not do. The time to start is now.

The governor is right on.

Charles Clayton,

Walnut Grove

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