Letters to the Editor

Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets a supporter as he leaves the stage during a town hall event in New York on Sept. 18.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets a supporter as he leaves the stage during a town hall event in New York on Sept. 18. The Associated Press

Sanders would fix this disaster

Re “Sanders’ socialism would be disaster” (Letters, Sept. 21): Edward Khachadourian’s views are the opposite of reality. When he mentions our Founding Fathers’ “dedication of power to the citizenry” he fails to mention that the citizenry they included was restricted to white males wealthy enough to own land. Since then America has made considerable progress eroding the original safeguards that created a wealthy, white, monopoly on power (think ending slavery, women’s vote, etc.).

The “system of centralized control and concentrated power” that he fears is already here in the form of billionaire CEOs and their pet politicians. Bernie Sanders’ goal is to break their chokehold on this nation by elevating the voices of everyday working Americans in our national dialogue, rather than leaving them drowned out by the megaphones of millionaires.

Daniel Schmidt, Fair Oaks

Founding Fathers would like Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist, which means he wants government to benefit all people and wants businesses to make a profit as long as they are not detrimental to the common good.

Courts, fire departments, the Hoover Dam, Medicare, minimum wage, paved roads, postal service, schools and Social Security are all examples of democratic socialist programs.

In the tradition of Jefferson, Lincoln and California (before Reagan), Sanders wants to make college education free. He is for universal health care, which many other countries provide with less cost and better outcomes than our system. Sanders wants profits to be shared with workers rather than going to just CEOs and stockholders.

Sanders campaigns for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. I’ll take his vision over the greedy fearful trickle-down peons any day. It’s what our Founding Fathers would have wanted.

James Wells, Roseville

Sanders would be far from a disaster

Letter writer Edward Khachadourian suggestion that Bernie Sanders’ popularity is due to the dumbing down of America made me laugh.

On the same day the letter ran, there was a story about drug price spikes. The story detailed how a hedge fund raised the price of a drug by more than 5,555 percent on the day it acquired the drug-maker, driving the annual cost of the life-saving treatment to thousands of dollars a year.

Sanders has struck a chord with those of us that are fed up with the free rein hedge funds, Wall Street bankers and corporations have had in America. His positions are not one of centralized control and concentrated power taking away the peoples’ voice. His positions would give the people more of a voice and hold our elected representatives more accountable. His position to take on Wall Street will help do away with the quest for dollars at the expense of everyone else.

Mike Holzer, Roseville

Sanders’ socialism would work

The letter writer says that Bernie Sanders wants socialism because of his “contempt for the intelligence of the electorate.”

What Sanders actually proposes is single-payer health care, which costs our Canadian neighbors half as much as the privatized U.S. system and provides better outcomes – longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality, etc.

Locally, the letter writer probably prefers getting his electricity from privately owned PG&E rather than (socialist) publicly owned SMUD. Maybe PG&E has those un-contemptuous electrons, but it still charges more than SMUD.

It seems to me that the anti-socialists have had their way for some time now. Government used to finance public education and infrastructure, but the anti-socialists have been chipping away at that, so funding for higher education has declined 55 percent since 1972 and our infrastructure is crumbling. I wonder why tuition is so much higher now.

Could we be paying the price of the real contempt?

Mark Dempsey, Orangevale

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