Letters to the Editor

Trump, abortion, hunting

Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15.
Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15. The Washington Post

Trump represents a new low

Re “Trump-loving Republicans are living in a crazy dream” (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): Donald Trump’s inclusion and lead in the Republican race for president is an unbelievable statement of Americans at their lowest.

I respect the decorum and democratic process of our presidential elections. I expect anyone running for public office to place high regard of all individuals and have compassion for those whose lives are not one of privilege.

I hold his opponents responsible for cowering rather than speaking out against his sexism and racism.

Adell Wyckoff, Galt

Trump hardly a sideshow act

Re “Trump just a sideshow act” (Letters, Aug. 18): I disagree with Geary Tiffany’s opinion that Donald Trump is a sideshow. Speaking your mind off the cuff free of filters, writers, advisers and polls was unheard of until now.

Trump doesn’t need to be president, but he sees how we are going straight downhill fast, and as a patriot, he’s doing what he believes is his duty. Stay the course, Trumpster; you got my vote.

David Brannan, Citrus Heights

Setting the facts straight

Re “Crisis pregnancy centers face an underhanded assault” (Viewpoints, Aug. 19): The Reproductive FACT Act does not “bully” anyone. It requires that licensed facilities that see women for time-sensitive pregnancy-related services share neutral information about programs in California that help pay for comprehensive reproductive health care. Unlicensed facilities have to tell pregnant women that they are not licensed medical professionals.

The National Council of Jewish Women Sacramento believes that women should be fully informed and free to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

Beryl Michaels, Carmichael

Bishop misses the point

The fact that Catholic leaders such as Bishop Jaime Soto continue to vilify women who choose to terminate a pregnancy and those who help them make that difficult decision indicates again how removed they are from the lives of poor and otherwise vulnerable women.

I agree with Sister Joan Chittister, who said: “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think, in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. … That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth.”

Lee Rossi, San Carlos

Trophy hunting is not conservation

Re “Responsible hunting helps save lions” (Another View, Aug. 19): If all that “regulated hunting” money actually did end up in conservancies and wildlife parks, there would indeed be less poaching. As it stands, much of the profit ends up in corrupt government pockets or private profit for local individuals like the attendants who lured a lion outside park boundaries for a dentist to slaughter.

Trophy hunting has nothing to do with wildlife conservation. Responsible hunters understand this. Trophy hunting is about sadistic vanity, nothing more. To kill an individual in its prime, decapitate it and hang the severed head on some distant wall for personal pleasure is perverse and has nothing to do with the conservation of a species.

Erin Hauge, Sacramento

Trophy hunters are selfish

The overwhelming number of people who learned about and were saddened and appalled by Cecil’s killing by a trophy hunter do not think of African lions as “game.” The killing of lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, elephants or any species of animal for one person’s trophy is such a senseless and selfish act. In a veiled attempt to deflect attention from Safari Club’s craven, trophy-hunting agenda, Don Giottonini attempts to portray his organization as a selfless conservation organization.

Then why is Safari Club International opposing Speaker Toni Atkins’ legislation, Assembly Bill 96, to ban the importation and sale of ivory in order to protect the rapidly diminishing population of wild elephants that are killed for the value of their tusks?

Bill Yeates, Sacramento

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