Letters to the Editor

Clinton, gay marraige, firefighters

Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Minneapolis.
Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Minneapolis. The Associated Press

Hillary email scandal overblown

Re “Another 125 Clinton emails termed classified” (Page 1A, Sept. 1): I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton, but what is being done to her now is nothing but political character assassination aided by the media for sound bites and headlines rather than fact.

Just look past the headline to the fact that the emails had information that was not classified at the time but were “upgraded” to “confidential” later. Most people don’t look past a headline with the term “classified.” They think of “secret” or “top secret, which none were. The contents were innocuous, and that they were even “classified” is absurd.

The scandal here is not Clinton’s, but the politicians who are continuing this slanderous “investigation” and the media that perpetrate it in search of headlines.

Just keep yelling a lie and eventually people will believe it. Just look at the polls.

Bill Jurkovich,

Citrus Heights

Clarifying classifying process

The emails obtained on Hillary Clinton’s server were not classified at the time they were written. Classification can later be determined “classified,” as in this case. She did nothing wrong, but the article implies her wrongdoing.

Every day there are security incidents or accidental security violations that are classifed because one agency or another makes an error in handling it. Clinton is not lying at all, but the media do not understand the process.

I am a retired special agent and did background investigations on those who needed security clearances. Classifying info is very complicated.

Kathryn Gorrell,

Sacramento

Clerk can’t shirk her duty

Re “Marriage license standoff heats up” (Page 10A, Sept. 2): Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Rowan, who has multiple divorces and marriages, is objecting on religious grounds? Really? She is neither a hero nor martyr. She is a homophobe, cowardly using her religion to deny others their rights.

And to any candidate for office: If your faith might prevent you from fulfilling your duties in a civil society, then you should not run for that office.

Joseph Slabbinck,

Citrus Heights

It’s not about the hypocrisy

I know it’s titillating to focus on the blatant hypocrisy of the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of her deep commitment to the “sanctity of marriage” – if only because that commitment apparently escaped her temporarily when she became pregnant with twins by her third husband while she was still married to her first husband.

But there’s really only one valid issue here, and it’s not her forgivable human frailties or anyone’s right to hold dear their religious convictions. She holds a civil government position, not a religious one. Taxpayers pay her salary and she took an oath to uphold the constitutions of her state and country.

If her religious beliefs prevent her from following the law as clearly defined, then she needs to find a different job that will accommodate those beliefs.

Chris Barr, Carmichael

EMS calls don’t need firefighters

Re “Don’t cut corners with firefighters” (Letters, Sept. 1): As a former ambulance EMT, I can assure you that neither a firetruck nor firefighters are needed for the most common EMS calls: difficulty breathing and chest pains.

Although firefighters are willing to help, they usually end up standing around because the ambulance paramedic and EMT are fully able to handle the situation. Firetrucks do not carry advanced life support equipment, as ambulances do, and they cannot transport patients.

Unless there is need for possible fire suppression or extrication, having this additional personnel and equipment does seem to be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Roland Brady, Sacramento

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