Letters to the Editor

Obamacare architect, bank executives, voting, etc.

Fewer jobs for Americans

Re “Obama’s plan will let millions stay in U.S.” (Page A1, Nov. 14): Consistent with his six-year track record, President Barack Obama has gotten it wrong again. In a struggling economy where Americans have dropped out of the workforce or taken part-time jobs because full-time work is just nonexistent, Obama will magnify the problem by allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in America.

What a slap in the face to those Americans trying to keep their families together. What a slap in the face to those immigrants who have spent years trying to become citizens according to our laws – doing it the right way. How disturbing that our president is more concerned about the welfare of citizens of other countries than he is about American citizens.

Will Carpentier, El Dorado Hills

Where is the outrage?

Re “Video fuels GOP campaign to dismantle health law” (Page A5, Nov. 13): Another headline inferring that the GOP is up to no good. Well, I would have thought that every American, despite their political affiliation, would be outraged. An architect of this administration’s signature health care bill, Jonathan Gruber, with a smug smile on his face, informs those attending the meeting that our health care law, which affects and impacts our entire population, was crafted and then presented willfully as one big fat lie. Of course, how else could they present this bill when the people were too “stupid” to understand the bounty and wonderment of this masterful piece of legislation?

I guess the Democrats are not concerned about how things are represented, as long as their agenda proceeds as prescribed by this administration, all for the good of the “stupid” American people. I suppose it was just another bump in the road.

I am outraged and insulted by Gruber’s demeaning rhetoric.

Regina Viani, Carmichael

Political deception

It is bad enough when political candidates make campaign promises, only to pander to special interests when elected. Now, politicians and their supporting staffs use outright lies and deception to influence voters.

It is inaccurate and disgusting that the Obama administration claims such practices are needed to overcome voter stupidity. Even Congress is manipulated into passing bills such as Obamacare with little knowledge of its contents, according to Nancy Pelosi.

Locally, voters just passed a proposition to more than double Placer County supervisors’ pay, despite prior votes strongly rejecting any raise. The proposition had to be read carefully to see that the limits suggested are based on other counties with much higher pay. I’m sorry to say I have no civilized idea to counter dishonest and deceptive politicians.

Robert Reark, Granite Bay

Army’s unconscionable act

Re “Army life ending for thousands amid cuts” (Page A1, Nov 13): Capt. Elder Saintjuste has served this country during war and peace for 20 years. He started as an enlisted man and rose to captain. He is now being told he will be retired at a lower rank and less pay. He has served honorably, and now we are telling him and all those who put their lives in danger that they no longer matter. Congressmen earn a guaranteed pension after just one term served. It is no wonder that the faith and respect for the functions of government are questioned and despised by many. Give this captain what he has honorably earned and a strong salute for his service to his country.

Pat Whittington, Grizzly Flats

Bank execs should go to prison

Re “Banks fined in exchange fixing,” (Business, Nov. 13): JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, HSBC Bank, UBS and Royal Bank of Scotland have agreed to pay $3.4 billion in fines arising out of illegal conduct in fixing currency trading rates. During the past two years, J.P. Morgan has paid more than $15.9 billion in fines to governmental agencies for a wide variety of illegal acts. It is clear that JPMorgan Chase and other big banks consider these fines just a routine cost of doing business.

The big banks will not shape up until some of their executives go to prison. Prosecutors could start with JPMorgan Chase’s CEO, Jamie Dimon, who was given a raise at the end of 2013 despite the fact that the bank paid more than $20 billion in fines and settlements during that year.

Rick Sims, Dutch Flat

Hostage rescue policy needed

The State Department needs to develop a formal policy not to rescue American citizens who travel to dangerous countries such as Iran, North Korea and Syria, unless they are on official government business such as serving in the military or at an embassy. There are three reasons.

First, non-government-related rescue missions are becoming all too frequent and expensive. Second, when missions fail, the results can be devastating. It can result in death and damage the morale of American citizens. Third, this administration inconsistently selects who to rescue. For instance, in recent times, the government has rescued seven people from Iran and North Korea, but it took the efforts of a major cable news network to secure the recent release of a veteran Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder jailed in Mexico.

Let’s hold our government and this administration accountable for their decisions.

Kurt Kleier, San Francisco

My vote counts

Re “Priorities? Really?” (Letters, Nov. 13): While it is a sad state of affairs that so many chose, yet again, not to vote in last week’s election, it is an abomination that letter writer John Kepko espouses that those relatively few of us who cherish and exercise that right should not have their vote counted. I can recommend more than a few countries where he can relocate and not be burdened by the tenets of democracy.

Loren Metzger, Carmichael


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