Letters to the Editor

Ferguson riots, Jonathan Gruber, funding the arts, etc.

Media fomented unrest

Re “No indictment, no peace” (Page A1, Nov. 25): I am greatly disappointed in the media coverage of the Ferguson, Mo., incident. It is almost as if they wanted riots and violent reaction. I watched the coverage of the district attorney’s reading of the grand jury indictment. He took care to state the amount of time and testimony and evidence that was presented to the jury. He read the evidence summary. CBS stopped coverage in the middle of this description and went right to the “reaction – live.” He had not finished.

It was as if the media was not interested in what the jury actually heard and found. I did not see any of the summary of evidence in The Bee’s coverage. In the interest of truth, or at least in the interest of hearing what the jury heard and what they based their decision on, it should have been printed in its entirety. The social media and the media had already convicted this officer on innuendo and conflicting “witnesses” and the emotion of the moment. They took these descriptions as “truth” and ignored what was presented to the grand jury.

Even if the people of Ferguson dispute this material, it should have been presented to the public completely. We need open and accurate and impartial reporting of the news, not stories based on rumor, emotion and innuendo.

Patti Gantenbein, Carmichael

Mayor is off-base

I was very upset at watching Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on TV after the news of no charges against the Ferguson police officer. He has every right to his opinion, but as mayor he was remiss in making a speech saying how disappointed he was. As leader of the community he should show more respect for the system of the grand jury and encourage the community to do the same.

I can’t help but wonder: Had it been here in our city, would Johnson still want to condemn an officer when the grand jury could find no credible evidence of wrongdoing? I really wonder.

Viola Hall, Sacramento

Deeply ingrained disrespect

Black people bemoan the lack of trust of them by society. Yet the rioting demonstrates that they are not interested in earning the trust of America. They are showing a deeply ingrained disrespect of the laws of the U.S., the Constitution and the people, and appear to be nothing but thieving thugs.

I don’t believe that their behavior reflects black Americans as a whole, but they are doing their best to damage the image of all black Americans.

Michael Buck, Lincoln

Sitting in judgment

It’s amazing how many people feel they can sit in judgment, in Ferguson and elsewhere, not having been there and not having heard any of the testimony. It’s a tragedy all the way around, but burning down a town is not the answer. A little tough love would be to require the citizens to clean up their own mess. Obviously, many of them need a lesson in self-control.

Sally Dishman, Sacramento

Another fake scandal?

Re “Gruber fetish obscures huge Obamacare gains” (Editorial, Nov. 24): Fake scandal? Are The Bee editorial board members really so obtuse that they think Jonathan Gruber did not describe a deception in which the president was a full participant? He now acts as if he barely knows a man who visited the White House 19 times and does not agree that the American people are stupid. Yet it was he who repeatedly stated the individual mandate was not a tax and then sent his minions into the Supreme Court to argue that it was tax. It was also he who betrayed his attitude toward the great unwashed, describing them as those who cling to guns, religion and pickup trucks. It appears The Bee agrees that it is OK to deceive those who can’t otherwise be persuaded to accept what is good for them.

You did get one thing right. If it wasn’t for those evil people at Fox News, few would have heard about this scandal. Certainly, The Bee wouldn’t have told them.

Paul H. Greisen, Sacramento

Other arts-funding sources

Re “Home for the arts is ‘one loan away’ ” (City Beat, Nov. 24): I have two observations about this article:

▪ Why not look to alternative funding sources for the Fremont School Studios? Kickstarter defines itself as “The world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games … and more.” I don’t have $2.5 million, but I’d be willing to join with other arts lovers to give what I can to help with the studios.

▪ There is a great deal of talk comparing the Community Center Theater with the Mondavi and Harris centers. I have not seen recognition that both of these theaters are on college campuses. Perhaps the better location for a major new theater would be on the campus of California State University, Sacramento. It has thriving theater and arts programs, and perhaps it could generate fundraising interest among their alumni and other donors to assist in raising funds.

Let’s look for alternatives and not rely on a City Council that has mortgaged the city to build a sports arena.

Susana Watson, Rancho Murieta

Business Dems not real deal

Re “Business interests spend to mold Dems in their image” (Page A1, Nov. 24): As the candidate who helped to eliminate Alfonso Sanchez in Senate District 20, I speak for the Republican Party voters who choose me over the other Democrats. People do not want a dog-and-pony show on the ballot, they want people to reflect their political values and principles.

My area also had a congressional district that was a Democrat-on-Democrat race, and many Republicans chose to leave the ballot blank. I ran because I am for providing voter choice. Just because Alfonso may be 15 percent more friendly to Republicans does not cut the mustard.

Why vote when both candidates are just merely clones of the same mother?

I support moves to repeal the top-two primary, so voters would have real choice on the ballot instead of costly same-party battles that do not engage the voters of the party left out.

Matthew Munson, Ontario

The West’s climate change story

Re “Glacier National Park losing its ice to warming” (Page A18, Nov. 23): What is happening in Glacier National Park in Montana “is occurring to greater or lesser extents, in mountains across the North American West.”

These melting glaciers result in shrinking snowpacks, the natural storage reservoirs that provide water to the cities, farms and industries of the Rocky Mountain states. Drought-stricken California knows only too well the consequences of shrinking snowpacks. California will issue $7.5 billion in bonds to adapt to climate change. It has absorbed $2.2 billion in drought-related losses.

Soon we will hear about Rocky Mountain costs to adapt to and absorb losses from climate change.

Harold Ferber, Elk Grove


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