Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

For a politician, confession is good

Re “Tone down the wild GOP remarks” (Editorials, July 28): I have spent my life as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church. For the most part, I respect people who serve in that capacity. Before entering the political scene, Mike Huckabee was a minister. From what I hear, he wears that proudly, and does not deny his Christian beliefs.

I was embarrassed for him when he said that if the Iran nuclear agreement is ratified, it would send Israel "to the door of the oven." That puts a bad face on the Christian faith.

I suggest that Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, usher Huckabee and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who suggested that Kerry "acted like Pontius Pilate," to the confessional when Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love. Genuine confession may help cleanse this cancer from us. It is not belief that counts. It is practice.

Rev. Dr. B. Lothair Green, Roseville

Republicans have right to be mad

Re "GOP's 2016 candidates: Please pay attention to us, not Trump," (Page 4B, July 28): Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump are expressing the outrage that many of us feel at the behavior emanating from the White House, and congressional members who are complicit by standing by and doing nothing. Obama picks and chooses the laws he will enforce, such as immigration.

So, yes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a liar. Trump is right about illegal immigrants, and the treaty with Iran does have the potential to lead to the vaporization of Israelis.

The survival of our nation should take precedence over comity in the Senate, and a civil, or politically correct, tone in public discourse.

Diana Zapalski, Gridley

Torture stand was publicly known

Re “Psychologists don't take part in torture” (Viewpoints, July 22): Stephen Pfeiffer and Jo Linder-Crow of the California Psychological Association claim that they had no knowledge that leaders of the American Psychological Association were colluding with the Department of Defense to allow psychologists to participate on interrogation teams who were torturing prisoners.

Where were they when leading psychologists, including Mary Pipher, author of “Reviving Ophelia,” publicly renounced the APA in 2007? Pipher wrote that the APA was on the side of the CIA and Department of Defense and at odds with the United Nations, The Red Cross, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association."

If Pfeiffer and Linder-Crow didn’t know about their leadership diluting their ethical code to support the Bush administration's enhanced interrogation techniques, they should have. All the good work psychologists do for their communities don’t make up for failing to condemn torture.

Catherine Lieb, Sacramento

Kate’s Law is not complicated

Re “Kate’s Law is a misguided reaction to tragedy” (Viewpoints, July 22): I am a longtime San Francisco resident who supports Kate’s Law, as do most of us who live here.

Many of us did not realize San Francisco was a sanctuary city until the shocking murder of Kate Steinle. We need Kate’s Law to feel a semblance of safety, because we do not know who is living on our streets. With Kate’s Law, at least something would be done with the worst of the worst after they are caught after entering our country illegally.

UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Professor Rose CuisonVillazor either did not read the bill or intentionally misstated the law. It is a simple bill that would be difficult to find confusing.

One way to deal with these illegal immigrant felons would be to send them to Davis. The weather is much better. I’ll bet there is a nice roomy spot on the sidewalk in front of Johnson and Villazors homes where they are already very welcome to live, perhaps with free legal counsel included.

Deborah Hall McMicking, San Francisco

Climate fight will create jobs

Re “Battle over carbon is clouded by questions” (Dan Walters, July 27): Dan Walter's column follows the frequent do-nothing script by suggesting that, well, warming might be bad, and maybe we should so something, but the economic costs are potentially so high.

If one looks at even the most optimistic scientifically-derived scenarios, the combination of crop loss, infrastructure damage, and days lost to work due to climate change dwarf the costs of trying to reduce our emissions now.

There are a variety of ways that we can innovate, technologically, legally, and culturally. One method that would likely create economic growth is put forward by the Citizen's Climate Lobby, and is known as Fee and Dividend.

This method would require pricing of fossil fuels at the point of extraction. The money generated would be returned to citizens on a monthly basis, resulting in money circulating through the economy and giving incentives for clean energy sources.

Matt Armstrong, Fresno

California is a punchline

Re “Ivory ban bill sparks debate” (Insight, July 28): In the real world, you can lose small children in some of the gaping potholes in the roads. The crushing drought is leaving some citizens crying out for water. Some people starve in the streets.

But that ivory problem is going to be handled. Yes, sirree. This maybe why our formerly great state is a punch line for the rest of the nation, if not the world.

Andrew G.Mattson, Sacramento

Let markets end ivory trade

Re “Ivory ban bill sparks debate” (Insight, July 28): As many as 30,000 elephants, 65 percent of central Africa's elephant population, are gunned down for their ivory annually. Perhaps, in the compelling human need for trinkets, these magnificent animals could be hunted to extinction.

Legislation barring transfer, in estates or by sale, of existing ivory artifacts is not the remedy. A person should be able to inherit or privately sell the family piano. Stringent enforcement of current California law, with a view to eradicating future commercial importation and marketing of ivory, would spare some elephants. They are dying while our borders are open to any import of more ivory.

Of course, the obvious and less cumbersome solution arises at a personal level. People should decline to purchase anything incorporating ivory. The ivory market, and not African bull elephants, would be destroyed under the simple principle of supply and demand.

William Francis Stein, Sacramento


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