Crime stats for the sheriff
Re “Reform could bring millions out of shadows” (Forum, Nov. 23): Shouldn’t Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones give President Barack Obama credit, not blame, for border security? The Department of Homeland Security reports a doubling of customs and border agents, and increasing radar and aircraft surveillance of the Southwest border to nearly 100 percent. Crime rates in border states are down. Seizures of illegal drugs are up 41 percent; seizure of drug money up 74 percent; seizure of illegal guns up 159 percent. The estimate for illegal border crossings is down 50 percent.
Is there cognitive dissonance going on here?
Dan Fiske, Sacramento
Sheriff should learn civics
Someone should hand Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones a civics book. He says, “Congress is a body, not a person; it is difficult to hold anyone singularly responsible.” Oh, really? Meet John Boehner, speaker of the House, who has single-handedly blocked a vote on the bipartisan Senate bill on immigration. The Senate passed the bill, but the speaker refuses to let the House vote on it. In the meantime, I’m certain that Jones’ campaign for a Republican nomination for political office is going very well.
Anthony Barcellos, Davis
7 million are grateful
Re “GOP is committed to failure” (Letters, Nov. 23): I’ve added something new to my list of what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving: health insurance.
When I recently volunteered to help at a Covered California event in Richmond, the people in line before the doors opened gave new meaning to the number “7 million enrolled.” All looked hopeful. One fellow had all his important papers clutched in a brown bag rolled under his arm.
We can all be thankful that our tax dollars are being better spent to help make available preventive care in doctors’ offices rather than emergency rooms.
Carol Weed, Walnut Creek
A solution on climate?
Re “Glacier National Park losing its ice to warming” (Page A18, Nov. 23): For evidence of whether or not we are experiencing climate change, The Bee has many articles that inform and alarm us. We read about the monster blizzard in Buffalo, N.Y., that dropped almost one year’s worth of snow in one storm and what will happen when that snow melts, and about Glacier National Park losing its ice.
What’s going on? How can we stop it or slow it down? Well, one solution is to put a price on carbon emissions from fossil fuel, then give the money back to us. That revenue-neutral idea would send a signal that will give a boost to renewable or low carbon energy, and we will not be hurt by rising prices.
Jim Lerner, Sacramento