Letters to the Editor

Climate Change Summit, Minimum Wage, Name revisions

The slippery slope: How far is too far?

Re “History’s revisions now taint names honored in the past” (Insight, July 22): I recently discovered on Wikipedia that the original design of the state seal of California was created by Army Maj. Robert S. Garnett. “However, because of the friction then in existence between the military and civil authorities, Garnett was unwilling to introduce the design to the constitutional convention, so convention clerk Caleb Lyon introduced it as his own design, with Garnett’s approval. Garnett later became the first general to be killed in the Civil War, where he served as a Confederate general.”

Thus the question arises whether the seal should be redesigned. As a fourth-generation Californian, I’d hate to see the seal redesigned simply because the designer of the seal fought for the Confederacy. I hope that grade school teachers can use that fact as a topic for children to learn more about California history and its place in U.S. history.

Lori Abbott Moreland, Sacramento

Names serve as reminder

Instead of changing the names of streets, roads, parks, schools and cities bearing the names of objectionable historical figures, namely people involved with the Confederacy, why don’t we consider them to be much like sticky notes, reminding us that racial prejudice and bigotry exist, and that we must continually be on guard against them?

Michael Baxter,


Who will be deserving?

If we make a rule that we can only name our buildings, cities, parks and streets after individuals who lived exemplary lives of unconditional acceptance, compassion, selflessness, good works and love, we are going to have to start naming everything after our dogs.

Michael R. Gorman,


A glaring omission in summit

Re “Brown’s climate alarm” (Page 1A, July 22): I scoured the article searching for the smallest hint that Pope Francis and Gov. Jerry Brown would address one of the big causes of global warming, the overpopulation of human beings on this little planet we call Earth.

The time is way overdue for the Catholic Church and other religious bodies to put an end to their objections to birth control. Instead of banning it, they should be promoting it for the sake of humanity.

The recommendations made by the conferees to limit carbon emissions will come to naught if our numbers continue to grow at the current rate.

Doris Concklin,


Natives know danger of rivers

Re “Warning signs aren’t enough at Discovery Park” (Editorials, July 22): I am a native Sacramentan – 63 years. I have never set foot in the Sacramento River. Why? Mom knows best. Her warnings of junk in the river, sudden drop-offs and swirling water ring true today. Life jackets? All these deaths were adults with little common sense. Being an Olympic swimmer wouldn’t have saved any of those people.

Mike Hardin, Sacramento

Green lawns in Land Park, too

Re “Curtis Park lawns spark debate during drought” (Local, July 22): Kudos to Michael Feliciano for taking action and bringing attention to neighbors who care more about their green lawns than helping with California’s water crisis.

In the neighborhood I live, Land Park, I witness the same thing. Many homes are going brown, but too many think they are above it. This is a California problem, regardless of your economic status. Everyone needs to contribute.

Don Brown, Sacramento

Chamber is wrong on wages

Re “Raising minimum wage is a bad idea at the wrong time” (Viewpoints, July 22): Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce President Peter Tateishi repeats self-serving misconceptions that raising the minimum wage causes trouble for the economy. Companies that voluntarily raised wages report that doing so has helped their stability and their bottom line.

Tateishi probably lives well, but too many scrape by to the point where they have to rely on the public dole. We pay, Tateishi and his friends save. Today’s economy needs to be rejiggered so people who work hard can have a good life. It will benefit us all.

William D. Bandes,



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