Weaving solutions, not war language
Re “Drought stresses imperiled fish, too” (Page 1A, June 7): Water wars, sparking conflicts, battle lines, fights, casualties: Is this article about water policy or Syria?
Our obsessive need to divide every issue into two opposing sides in a multidimensional world is fundamentally irrational. Nothing in this world has only two sides. And we wonder why solutions elude us. We cannot even talk about our lives without revealing our slavery to the language of war, of us vs. them.
People vs. fish? What? Our position at the top of the food chain will be little comfort when there is no longer a food chain to be on top of. Until we start learning to join in the weaving together all of the threads of life instead of trying to choose two threads to use as whips on each other, we will never find a solution to of our problems.
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Michael R. Gorman,
Better late than never, senator
Re “Ride service ends for state senators” (Page 1A, June 7): When canceling the plan to haul around drunk politicians in Sacramento, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León used the word “confusion” in his emailed statement.
Confused, you say? The only guy confused by the program to haul around these drunks was him – the very guy who signed off on the plan.
Too bad it had to come down to public outcry for these clowns to sober up.
Congratulatory accolades to The Sacramento Bee for bringing this ill-conceived fiasco to our attention. Good job!
Carl Pederson, Fresno
Now, better decision-making
It appears some members of the state Senate have a drinking problem. Mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings would be a positive alternative to free limo rides for overimbibing members at local watering holes. This may also improve decision-making as well as put taxpayer funds to better use.
Lane splitting at slow speeds
Re “Bill aims to slow lane splitting” (Page 2A, Back-seat driver, June 5): Someone once said “there are old motorcyclists and bold motorcyclists, but there are no old, bold motorcyclists.” I am an old motorcyclist. Therefore by default, I am not a bold motorcyclist.
I split lanes during rush hour traffic when traffic is 25 mph or slower, and I do so at not more than 5 to 10 mph faster than traffic. If traffic is moving, I do not split lanes. Sitting stopped in traffic is annoying. Moving, even slowly, is tolerable. At faster speeds, I would say 45 mph and higher, you are not splitting lanes; you are changing lanes and you should do so by the rules of the road that apply to all drivers. Lane splitting keeps me moving, and I am thankful for that little bit of freedom.
Albert F. Kammerer,
D-Day invasion forgotten?
The June 6 edition of The Sacramento Bee featured two major issues, “Ride service ends for state senators” and “Harris gets 50 years to life in shotgun killing of husband.” However, there was no mention of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion.
I searched every section of the paper and found the only hint of D-Day was in the puzzle Word Sleuth and a comic depicting Snoopy as a soldier swimming ashore with the caption, “June 6, 1944. To Remember.”
Have we all become so content with our lives that one of the most significant events of World War II has been forgotten? On that day, allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. The human sacrifices of so many young men hastened the end of the war.
As a Korean War veteran, I salute all the servicemen and women of the world.
Charles R. Moy, Folsom
Classic Peanuts covered D-Day
Saturday was the 71st anniversary of D-Day. The only mention of it in The Sacramento Bee was the “Classic Peanuts” cartoon with Snoopy slogging through the beachhead.
Shame on you!
Michael Jon Foft,
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