Our moral responsibility
“New Zealand mosque shooter broadcast slaughter on Facebook” (sacbee.com, March 15): The ideology that promotes racial superiority or the hate that prompted the attack in New Zealand is an affront to democracy. It is antithetical to the spirit of any religious doctrine. All of us have a civic and moral duty to publicly condemn this hateful ideology. Its message, as well as its use of political violence, has no legitimate place in our civil society and political discourse. But remember: We cannot fight hate with hate. We must teach tolerance, love and the respect for human dignity.
It’s time for change
“Reactions to Stephon Clark decisions show society’s lack of respect for rule of law” (sacbee.com, March 14): There was no disrespect for the law. The law is wrong. A shooter always claims self defense and that they feared for their life. Would a jury believe this, or would they conclude it is manslaughter? These officers should have stepped back, spread out and taken a deep breath. Then they should have spoken calmly to Clark, who was blinded by lights. None of this would have happened if they’d done so. We will see what happens in the civil trial and, in the meantime, I want the reform bill passed. All of us are at risk if the law is not changed. Something that seasoned diplomats and hostage negotiators know, but many civilians fail to understand, is that stepping back and hesitating is a win for all. Stephon Clark had no place to go and was trapped. People want change, and if peace officers do not want it, then find another line of work.
Charles R. Donaldson, Sr.
To protect and serve
“Reactions to Stephon Clark decisions show society’s lack of respect for rule of law” (sacbee.com, March 14): The Sacramento Bee published the truth in this brilliant article by Timothy Davis. As a law abiding citizen, I expect police to uphold the law and protect the people they are hired to serve. Asking them to second-guess the actions of a resistant suspect endangers innocent lives. Why is this so difficult to understand? A society that refuses to stand up against criminals and allows them to do they as they wish is on its last legs.
One at a time
“Commentary: ‘For the People’ is a censorship bill, plain and simple” (sacbee.com, March 17): Why does the Sacramento Bee bother with Ben Boychuk? His consistent pandering to the far right is a waste of paper. We know he doesn’t want corporate and dark money out of politics because, without it, the Republicans would lose a significant number of offices. Think President Donald Trump and his kind will walk door-to-door talking to voters? No. But a group of motivated teachers, carpenters, and firefighters (those who work for a living) will. Elections are won one vote at a time. Without grotesque amounts of money, the conservatives know they’d lose ... bigly!
Not black enough?
“This man ate at black-owned restaurants for a month. They’re more scarce than you think” (sacbee.com, March 14): Benjy Egel recounts the admirable quest of Berry Accius to eat at a black-owned restaurant each day of Black History Month. Where it went wrong was when Egel chose to include Accius’ statement that he had not thought to dine at Pangaea Beer Café or Urban Roots because “neither feel particularly black.” Both establishments are owned by Rob Archie, a black man. When Archie brought the best of craft and Belgian beer to Sacramento over ten years ago, he was guided by his own passions and he brought the best of himself. To say that Archie’s restaurants are not “black enough” is to imply that he is not black enough.