Letters to the Editor

Groundwater pollution, golden rule, Tom Brady, refugees, etc.

New England Patriots fans hold a sign that refers to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. Federal Judge Richard M. Berman overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of Brady on Thursday morning. The league said it will appeal the ruling.
New England Patriots fans hold a sign that refers to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. Federal Judge Richard M. Berman overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of Brady on Thursday morning. The league said it will appeal the ruling. The Associated Press

Legacy of polluting our groundwater

Re “Critic: Safety of water devalued” (Capitol & California, Sept. 5): Will Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy be the polluting of our groundwater?

In firing Derek Chernow, acting director of the state Department of Conservation, and Elena Miller, the state’s oil and gas supervisor, in 2011, Brown was perhaps thinking of the need for jobs for Californians, and the need to fast track new oil field permits.

But who will remember a few more jobs in 2011? Californians will remember polluted groundwater for years. What a pity that Miller was not valued for not approving new permits for oil field injection wells. According to Chernow, the permits “violated the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the EPA agreed.”

Is there any evidence that groundwater was polluted? A group of Central Valley farmers filed suit alleging that oil production approved by the Brown administration has contaminated their wells.

Shouldn’t all permits that violate the Safe Drinking Water Act be rescinded?

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

The golden rule of politics

Re “Lobbyists pile on climate change bill” (Page 3B, Data Tracker, Aug. 29): The Sacramento Bee has clearly documented that special-interest money is the main determinant in how our legislators vote. We delude ourselves into believing that we can easily vote them out of office.

In the real world, that just isn’t the case. Any influence the public may have lies not in the ballot box, for these people know that on Election Day the same special-interest money that bought their vote in committee will be available to inundate the airwaves with their re-election pitches and almost guarantee re-election. They live by the golden rule: He who has the gold, rules.

We desperately need to find a way to change that. Perhaps with a citizens ballot initiative?

Denis Golemis, Rocklin

A fair editorial for Tom Brady?

Re “A fair victory for the cheater Tom Brady” (Editorials, Sept. 4): It was a great surprise, and even greater dismay, to read The Sacramento Bee’s editorial concerning the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.

The board writes that there is a “mountain of evidence” that this team cheated. The NFL report only said that “it is likely” or “probable” that Brady knew what was going on. When the judge asked Commissioner Roger Goodell if the NFL had any direct evidence, the answer was “no.”

The editorial board’s conclusion is that we need to pass on to our children that there are two kinds of rules, legal rules and moral rules, and we need to have both in order to have an honorable victory. I think you should add that in making judgments, there needs to be honor in presenting the facts rather than unproven innuendo.

Linda Schneider, Roseville

Educate yourselves about firefighters

I saw four firefighters filling their cart on Friday at Costco in Rancho Cordova. No fewer than five people came up to them and accused them of buying groceries with tax dollars and stated how they should be out saving lives, not shopping.

Firefighters pay 100 percent of their meal costs from their own pockets. There are no tax dollars going to feed them.

Before you hurl uninformed comments at our local heroes, educate yourself. If you can’t read or are happy marinating in ignorance, keep the comments to yourself.

Ted Wood,

Rancho Cordova

Who are refugees in Europe, the U.S.?

We all have been watching the exodus of the people from Syria and Iraq with sympathy. The picture of that little boy on the beach will never leave my memory. I heard a man say all he wanted was to live his life in peace.

There, they are called refugees. Here, we call them illegal immigrants. What, exactly, is the difference?

Adele Solander,

Carmichael

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