Get big money out of politics
Re “Double dealing on dark money” (Letters, May 24): I can understand letter writer Rachel Johnson’s concern with one-sidedness when reading an article about getting big money out of political campaigns that focuses exclusively on conservative organizations.
I would feel the same way if the article had targeted liberal campaign donors and their agendas. But if Johnson had any familiarity with the various organizations that are dedicated to reforming campaign finance, she would know that we are committed to getting all big money out of political campaigns. This not only includes big corporations, but unions, charities, individual donors, etc., regardless of ideology.
Politicians spend far too much time fundraising. Recent studies have shown that politicians listen to their large donors, not to you, and that corporate donors receive $760 back for every dollar they donate. Conservatives and liberals need to come together to devise sensible reforms on campaign finance, or our voices will continue to be drowned out by large amounts of money.
Do something positive for Delta
Re “Delta ecosystem is in a constant state of change” (Forum, May 24): It’s sad what has happened to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. What happened to the salmon and the native fishes? We should be ashamed of ourselves. The greed and the lack of respect is beyond belief.
Years ago, we voted on whether to build the peripheral canal, and it was voted down. We have gotten so selfish that we are willing to change the world, even if it is not a positive change. As long as it suits our needs, we are all for it.
Peter Moyle and Jay Lund of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis should help the state plan changes that will make our Delta a much better place for the native habitat.
Ron Keffer, San Jose
Costs of minimum wage hike unknown
Re “Minimum wage hike needs study” (Local, Marcos Breton, May 24): California cities are increasing their minimum wage as high as $16 an hour. The column rightly recommends the city of Sacramento “proceed cautiously” as we explore implementing an increase to $15 an hour.
The outcomes of an increase are as clear as a muddy crystal ball. We have yet to see impacts of a state wage increase to $10 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2016, let alone what $16 an hour looks like. An increase in one city potentially risks the economic success we have seen when we think regionally.
If Sacramento follows suit, we could stifle the city’s economic resurgence by putting us at a severe competitive disadvantage. As we work to grow and retain businesses, and their resulting tax and job benefits, understanding the real costs here are imperative. The business community stands ready to be an active voice in these important conversations.
Peter Tateishi, Sacramento,
president and CEO,
Sacramento Metro Chamber
Enjoying the great political satire
Re “And the winner of the GOP presidential debate is …” (Forum, May 24): And the winner of the prize for best political satire is … Jack Ohman!
William D. Bandes, Roseville