Letters to the Editor

Valley does back plastic bag ban

A pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach.
A pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. Associated Press file

Valley does back plastic bag ban

Re “Let locals take care of issues” (Dan Walters, Oct. 31): Columnist Dan Walters’ statement that Central Valley residents don’t care about plastic-bag pollution has no foundation in fact. In the only major independent poll on the upcoming referendum on a statewide plastic bag ban, conducted by the University of Southern California at Dornsife, respondents from the Central Valley overwhelmingly supported a ban – just like voters in the rest of the state.

Out-of-state plastic companies may have spent $4 million to put the referendum on the ballot, but citizens from all of the state’s regions won’t be fooled by their attempt to overturn a state law supported by Californians.

Kevin Hall, Fresno

Class warfare not OK for anyone

Re “Shameful argument in gas station fight” (Editorials, Nov. 2): An interesting article that points to class warfare. “Pitting the poor neighborhood of Oak Park against the more well-off Curtis Park homeowners is a shameful way to win friends and do business in this city.”

Apparently the editorial board turns a deaf ear to President Obama and Hillary Clinton when they opine about class warfare. Both pit high-income against low-income Americans, citizens against illegal immigrants, and black people against white people. Two wrongs don’t make a right and I don’t support either position, but the board must not be selective in their targets.

Pat McCulley,

El Dorado Hills

Don’t blame victim of excessive force

Re “Protect cops, not disrespectful kids” (Letters to the Editor, Nov. 2): For starters, Leslie Brown got the facts wrong. The girl was not asked to get off her phone. She had glanced at her phone, put it away, was asked to surrender it and declined. She did not try to hit the cop; she flailed out when he put his arm around her neck. And he didn’t have to use force, he chose to use force, and only after moving her Chromebook off her desk so that it wouldn’t be damaged.

That the girl was disrespectful is not in dispute. She deserved a detention or perhaps additional homework. She did nothing to justify the abuse of authority and the excessive force that was used against her by a man more than twice her size.

In a sane society, the school would have called her foster mom and had her take the student home. What have we come to that the school called in an officer allegedly known for his violent over-reactions? What does it say about the officer that he was more concerned about damaging the Chromebook than about injuring the girl? Most importantly, why are so many people in our society clamoring for the girl to take responsibility for her actions, but not the bully who injured her?

Dawn Wolfson,

Cameron Park

Try long-term plan for Natomas owls

Re “Owls’ fate spurts fear in North Natomas” (Page 3A, Nov. 2): People need homes as well as the construction jobs created to build them. Burrowing owls need homes and the habitat to survive. Why bother with a construction hiatus during nesting when the fledglings will be shown the door along with their colony when it’s time to build? That doesn’t sound like a thoughtful plan.

Ken White, Sacramento

There’s nothing new about Ryan

Re “New House speaker slams door on immigration reform” (Page 1A, Nov. 2): I was encouraged to hear the speech by the new speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, after he was sworn in last Thursday. His tone seemed hopeful as he promised to change the way business is done, wipe the slate clean and even reach across the aisle to get things done.

Then he went on the Sunday talk shows and revealed his true agenda: Get rid of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. He also refused to work with the White House on immigration reform.

Ryan shows he is very much in line with the hard-right Freedom Caucus, which refuses to compromise on anything. So, a new tone in Washington? Sounds more like lyrics from the famous rock group, The Who: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

Stephen Farr, Folsom

Decriminalize pot, don’t market it

Re “Marijuana plan sets leadership” (Page 6A, Nov. 3) Vote no on any marijuana ballot measures. Decriminalize it at the federal level. The struggle to keep our children on track does not need to be muddled by the state telling us that marijuana is OK because lawmakers have found a way to control and tax it. Marijuana, like alcohol, should never be marketed.

John Fierro, Sacramento

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