Letters to the Editor

LETTERS Ose’s loss, immigration, Manson’s wedding, etc.

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, right, and Republican Doug Ose, left, shake hands after debating in October.
Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, right, and Republican Doug Ose, left, shake hands after debating in October. Sacramento Bee file

Poor loser?

Re “GOP bemoans missed opportunity to beat Bera” (Capitol & California, Nov. 21): I was disappointed to read that Doug Ose “has yet to call Bera to formally congratulate him.” Sure, it was a spirited, hard-fought campaign; sure, there were too many nasty ads by both sides funded mostly by outside sources, but come on, Mr. Ose. You lost; Congressman Bera won. Personal congratulations and best wishes for the good of the district are in order.

Robert Irelan, Rancho Murieta

Ose and Bera: mudslingers

Re “Bera tops Ose as tally finishes” (Page A1, Nov. 20): Well, one mudslinger outslung the other mudslinger. There should be no congratulations, because they both should be ashamed of themselves.

The new political slogan should be “May the best negative campaign win.” Obviously, politicians are not held to truth in advertising. The Fair Political Practices Commission might consider fining any politician or sponsor of ads that are a lie or misleading.

The Sacramento Bee has been beneficial to the informed voter by analyzing some of the political ads. Unfortunately, voters rely on misleading TV ads. I approve my last mudslinging comment.

John Hightower, Orangevale

Good intentions on immigration

Re “Obama acts on immigration” (Page A1, Nov. 21): The president’s speech eloquently expressed many of the values we believe in as a nation of immigrants. The only problem is that immigration policy in the U.S. is designed to be an act of the American people as represented by Congress and not as an act of one man.

The collaboration between Congress and the president envisioned by our Founding Fathers is what can give authentic hope and lasting, fair policy for all our immigrants, as opposed to one man’s policy which in this case provides partial relief to some and nothing to many others, such as children of American citizens (one of which is mine) who have been legally waiting for approval to immigrate since being petitioned.

Is it any surprise that one man’s good intentions sans collaboration leads to divisiveness, confusion and outrage from those who were not part of the policy crafting?

Matthias Mendezona, North Highlands

Arrogance gone awry

President Barack Obama’s act on immigration might be the most flagrant disregard of the Constitution in recent memory. He said he wanted a discussion on the matter and then decides to go it on his own, blaming Congress.

It is always Obama’s way or the highway, from the moment he told Sen. John McCain that “we won, John, get over it.” The president is interested in fundamentally changing this country. He is doing it by circumventing the U.S. Constitution.

My parents immigrated here legally. We never received one red cent from the government in benefits of any kind, and we paid for everything after waiting four years in line to get into the country. My wife immigrated when she was 21 doing the same thing, having to prove she had a job and no benefits were afforded her.

If we don’t fix our borders soon our country will become the largest third-world country in existence, and fundamentally change to meet Obama’s grand vision.

Raymond Webber, Rancho Cordova

The real dictator

Re Jack Ohman’s “Over the top” cartoon (Opinion, Nov. 21): The real dictator is House Speaker John Boehner. He has refused to bring a Senate bipartisan immigration bill to a vote for a year and a half because he doesn’t have a majority of supporters in his own party. If this is not “my way or the highway,” what is it?

In these days of insane lack of compromise, how can a bill that passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support not get a vote in the House? Clearly, Boehner (in the image of his party) just wants to be able call the president names and play the blame game all the time, and has no interest in governing.

Chris Bertin, Auburn

The sheriff’s next message

Re “Sheriff takes Obama to task” (Our Region, Nov. 20): According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 11,068 deaths by firearms in the U.S. I hope Sheriff Scott Jones will make an equally passionate plea to the president for gun control in his second YouTube video. I hope he will not disappoint me. I am waiting.

Ravi Verma, Rocklin

Not the ‘correct’ move

Re “Not the ‘correct’ move” (Letters, Nov. 21): Spencer Galli persisted in the common theory that illegal immigrants continue to take jobs from Americans. In the 1950s, this might have been true. Flocks of youth would be brought in by bus from neighboring towns. If we still relied on these kids to pick our crops, we would not be able to afford to eat fruits and vegetables as there would be none available.

Certainly there are few young folks from Davis who would deign to soil their hands in the fields. And this doesn’t include the women cleaning homes and hotel rooms, or the gardeners keeping our lawns in shape.

What jobs are you referring to, Mr. Galli? Who is going to fill them if we deport these people?

Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento

Wartime inhumanity

Re “Young mother among first World War II internees” (Our Region, Nov. 17): In 1942, Fumiko Hayashida and her family were sent to an American concentration camp for the offense of “being Japanese.” As an 8-year-old, I was distressed to see our Japanese farm tenants, the Nabaro family, forced to rapidly sell all their possessions and leave for the camps. Their relatively humane treatment pales in comparison to the Bataan death march, and other Japanese wartime atrocities. However, it reminds us of how inhumane we all can become in times of war.

I have spent 10 years living in Japan, a country and people which I love.

Paul D. Jordan, Volcano

Law allows Manson to wed

Re “California is doomed!” (Letters, Nov. 20): By law, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cannot selectively prevent some inmates from getting married. As such, each prison has an administrative employee whose duties include ensuring that paperwork related to an inmate wedding is processed. This person is not a wedding planner.

If Charles Manson does get married, it will be at no added cost to taxpayers.

Jeffrey Callison, Lincoln

spokesman for the CDCR


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