Letters to the Editor

Immigration, UC tuition, ‘The Wizard’

Editorial wrong on immigration

Re “Obama prepares to make correct immigration move” (Editorial, Nov. 15): I was fascinated to read the editorial regarding the president’s proposal to provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and see no discussion whatsoever of the fundamental issue at play. That issue is whether or not the president’s proposed action is constitutional. Recently, President Barack Obama said the actions he intends to make weren’t within his authority under our constitutional system of government.

The editorial got it wrong. It’s not those who oppose comprehensive immigration overhaul who must show they can lead by proposing an initiative. It’s the president who must show he can lead by proposing something, even if it’s not everything he wants, that has the potential to garner sufficient support in Congress to pass.

It appears this president and The Bee’s editorial board look to take the easy way out. Just assert he has the authority and assume no one’s going to take action to stop him.

Tom McCaffery, Sacramento

Immigration, Lincoln, the Bible

Just over 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln realized the divine right of freedom for all when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, President Barack Obama, of whom I am no fan, seeks to free millions more from the bondage of non-documentation, basically paperwork. By doing so he grants dignity to many friends and neighbors and fulfills Leviticus 19:34 in loving the foreigner as ourselves. I would rather be on the side of Lincoln, the Bible and human dignity than a political fight any day.

Jonathan Schrader, Elk Grove

Give new Congress a chance

What’s the rush? Give Congress until March 31 to craft an immigration reform bill to send to the president. Republicans want the immigration issue settled, so give them a fair shot at formulating a bill. This president seems to want to divide America.

Doug Hinchey, Lincoln

Overdue for conversation on UC

Re “UC funds measure value we place on public education” (Editorials, Nov. 17): The Bee is right that we are overdue for a discussion of California’s priorities – and that this week’s UC regents meeting is an ideal place to begin.

Decades of state disinvestment in the University of California threatens this academic treasure and economic engine for California. Today, California provides less than 12 percent of UC’s funds. Due to these state cuts, UC’s budget shortfall remains at approximately $460 million below the level of state support provided in 2007-08, when UC educated fewer students.

UC’s positive impact on California is palpable: In addition to its being an engine for social mobility, critical research and skilled workers, it supports 430,000 California jobs and generates $46.3 billion in economic activity. A UC education enhances the earnings potential of tens of thousands of students and provides one of the most successful ways up the social ladder to underrepresented minority groups.

This needed conversation should lead to our state’s reinvestment in this California treasure, so that tuition increases or the UC’s diminishment can be avoided.

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine,

co-chairs, California Coalition for Public Higher Education

Lawsuit abuse must stop

Re “Proposition 65 is a cancer on California’s small businesses” (Viewpoints, Nov. 17): Kudos to Mark Snyder for blowing the whistle on Proposition 65 lawsuit abuse. These types of lawsuits only feed the perception that our lawsuit system mainly serves the interests of lawyers rather than ordinary people.

Proposition 65 was written by and for trial lawyers, and the average private settlement for a Proposition 65 lawsuit averages $60,000. This is not about safe drinking water or carcinogens anymore; it is about lawyers making money. If we are ever going to improve our business climate and encourage job creation in our state, stopping lawsuit abuse has to be a top priority.

Our state’s 3.5 million small businesses are struggling to survive, and the threat of Proposition 65 shakedown lawsuits only hinders their growth.

Tom Scott, Folsom,

executive director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Greed is good?

Re “Re-examine our values” (Letters, Nov. 17): I enjoyed Dawn Wolfon’s excellent comments on The Bee’s articles on nursing homes. There is a growing tendency to monetize every aspect of society.

Perhaps we should consider replacing the motto “In God We Trust,” which appears on our currency, with “Greed Is Good.” Perhaps we should also consider amending the opening paragraph of the Constitution from “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility …” to: “In order to more fully monetize and privatize the economy for the benefit of the few.”

Jean James, Citrus Heights

Long live ‘The Wizard’

On Nov. 17, several comic strips paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of “The Wizard of Id.” The Bee does not run that comic strip. Instead we get “WuMo” (horrible) and “Mark Trail” (“Oh, Mark, this place is just beautiful!”).

Does James Allen really get paid to write that stimulating dialogue? I obviously chose the wrong profession.

Bring on The Wizard.

Ron O’Connor, Sacramento

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