Letters to the Editor

Strong mayor, Steve Hansen, ethics, Bill Maher, dog death, etc.

Johnson is a role model

Re “Strong mayor heading to defeat” (Page A1, Nov. 5): Anything worth doing takes persistence, perseverance and stubborn determination. You need to have tenacity especially when facing something challenging. It’s not easy to go against the grain. A weak man can’t withstand what appears to be defeat.

That being said, Mayor Kevin Johnson is not weak.

He has proven to me that he is a strong mayor. I congratulate him on his efforts. I did not vote for Measure L for several reasons, but I sure respect Johnson’s determination.

When faced with something challenging, I hope our youths will look to our mayor and see a strong man who did not give up teaching them to be persistent in fighting for what they believe in. Johnson’s efforts were a job well-done or perhaps a job well begun.

I know I could not stop fighting for something I truly believe in, and I don’t think he can either. While I do not often agree with his practices, I do respect his tenacity, persistence and often times stubborn determination.

Rhonda Erwin, Sacramento

Johnson was repudiated

The defeat of Measure L may well have been a repudiation of Kevin Johnson’s tenure as mayor, despite what The Bee thinks. Sacramento residents want a leader who deals with real issues like closed libraries, horrendous pension debt, unequal enforcement of traffic laws between bicyclists and motorists, huge potholes, and perpetually financially troubled opera, symphony and ballet.

We need a mayor, not an athletic director. Who cares about being a world class city when such basic problems remain unresolved?

Jacqui Koukol, Sacramento

Sacramento could be better

I congratulate Heather Fargo and the core group of women who organized to oppose Measure L. I received a call from a member of that group wondering why I, as former president of the League of Women Voters, supported this measure.

I replied that I trusted Measure L in Mayor Kevin Johnson’s hands, and would be proud to stand next to this man again for his vision that Sacramento can become more than just a collection of neighborhoods.

Lola Acosta, Sacramento

In praise of ethics, Hansen

Kudos to council member Steve Hansen for starting the work of forming an ethics commission.

Sacramento should have an ethics commission with subpoena and enforcement powers that could act when, hopefully not often, the need arises. History will show that now is a perfect time to undertake this initiative.

The last few years have been marked by gifts of city property to nonprofits and individuals, failures to report donations, and behests received by the mayor and council members that may have led to council actions that favored behest donors.

We have a City Council in which some members may be serving for a long time. Now is the perfect time to create an ethics commission in which they hold themselves and future council members accountable to a high ethical standard.

Jason Orta, Sacramento

Cohn’s loss explained

Re “Longtime city leaders defeated” (Capitol & California): Steve Cohn blames his defeat for an Assembly seat by Kevin McCarty on a campaign run in the gutter. Do voters really pay any attention anymore to negative mailers? I don’t think so.

Mine go directly in the recycle bin. His defeat was directly linked to his vote for including Measure L on the ballot. The 40,000 Sacramentans who signed petitions calling for a vote on the public arena subsidy did not forget.

Lorraine Gervais, Sacramento

Fairness is a moving target

Re “Freedom of speech at UC Berkeley – for liberals” (Viewpoints, Nov. 5): Ruben Navarrette is complaining that conservatives are treated unfairly in America.

Fairness is important. A sense of fairness was behind the list of grievances laid out in the Declaration of Independence. Fairness is enshrined in our Constitution in terms like “due process” and “equal protection.” Fairness to all people is the thread from which the fabrics of free societies are formed.

Less than a week ago, Navarrette wrote on the subject of fairness. His words? “Life is unfair. Get used to it.” His subject? Liberal Democrats concerned about the unfairness of current income inequality.

So he is concerned about fairness when it affects the inalienable right of a conservative to be a commencement speaker, but dripping with contempt for fairness when it affects the economic well-being of millions of Americans? Navarrette has a very unfair way of invoking fairness.

Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael

Protest Islamic State

We take exception to Ruben Navarrette’s column. Bill Maher was asked to speak at a commencement, not to give a diatribe on radical Islam. He won’t. Furthermore, Maher is an avowed atheist, and is equally critical of all religions.

Why are only the Muslims protesting a graduation speech? Is it because they cannot deny what he has said about radicals? If they need to protest, why aren’t they fashioning anti-Islamic State signs?

Joanrae & Denis De Luchi, Fair Oaks

Punishment to fit the crime

Re “Accused drowner of dog nabbed” (Our Region, Nov. 6): This man needs to be put in prison for a long time, and I hope the general population will treat him the same way he treated that dog.

Also, the man who killed the police officers and left children without a father needs to get the death penalty, ASAP. I am sick and tired of these deranged miscreants who sit in jail and don’t get what they deserve.

Denise Johnston, Applegate

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