Letters to the Editor

CSU fee hike, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Garner, homeless students, etc.

What’s next for Sac State?

Re “CSUS students reject fee hike” (Page A1, Dec. 5): After Sacramento State students decided not to increase fees for a long overdue event center, the next question everyone should ask is, what’s next for Sacramento State’s future?

I attend sporting events at Sac State every year, and I’m tired of watching men’s and women’s basketball games in a high-school-grade facility. I feel Sac State’s athletic program should look into moving their basketball games to an off-campus site like Memorial Auditorium or perhaps rent a warehouse and make it into a makeshift 3,000-seat arena, similar to the first Kings arena. Otherwise maybe the entire Hornets athletic program should move back to Division II and rekindle rivalries with Chico State, San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay.

Despite the students’ vote, I believe this issue is far from over and should be brought up again within the next five years.

Marc Atwood, Roseville

In defense of DeMarcus Cousins

Re “Without Cousins in lineup, Kings are sick” (Sports, Dec. 4): I’ve often wondered why Victor Contreras and Jason Jones have been assigned to cover an NBA team they so obviously dislike. At the end of the last season, they seemed unaware of the real progress the Kings had made. Rather than analyzing improved ball movement and a tougher defense, they focused only on numbers and statistics to make their case that nothing had changed.

In his “Leading Off” column, Contreras implies that DeMarcus Cousins and, apparently, Coach Mike Malone had fabricated the story of an illness to allow Cousins to recover from an apparently exhausting effort to control himself on the court. Cuz’s recent transformation should be lauded, not used against him in a petty and baseless attack by a writer who could, himself, use a little self-control.

Suzanne Develter, Davis

Baseless attack

Victor Contreras’ column suggesting that DeMarcus Cousins is not truly ill and that all that is really ailing him is behaving himself on the basketball court made me feel that between Cousins and Contreras, the only one who has learned to behave maturely is Cousins.

I grew up reading smart, informative sports columns by Jim Murray and Bud Furillo. While I don’t expect that level of journalism in The Bee, I do expect The Bee not to print columns that are nothing more than baseless, nasty personal attacks.

Perhaps Contreras should think about the example he is setting for young people who are already too prone to using the keyboard to make similar baseless attacks against each other.

Steven Lewis, Carmichael

California’s diverse past

Re “Oroville and the argonauts” (Travel, Nov. 30): I really enjoyed Stephen Magagnini’s article on the Temple of Many Gods in Oroville. It is really important to write about the unique places that are part of California’s diverse past since most people do not know about them.

Our colorful history contributes to the wonderful diversity of cultures and religions today that make this area so vibrant. Think of having a genealogy chart that goes back to 500 A.D.

The photographer really captured the sense of what the temple is like, as did the article.

Dell Richards, Sacramento

All he wants for Christmas

Re “Officer won’t be charged in N.Y. death” (Page A1, Dec. 4): If you’re not horrified, then you’re not paying attention.

The video clearly shows an American cop strangling an unarmed, nonthreatening American citizen to death in broad daylight on an American sidewalk. Apparently, he was suspected of selling individual cigarettes illegally. Really. Oh, and this chokehold was banned years ago.

I love the holidays. I’d like to avoid nasty news like this and just enjoy the season, but thinking about this guy’s widow and six kids and the kind of lousy Christmas they’ll have makes cookies taste like sawdust and eggnog like vinegar.

You know what I really want for Christmas? I want to see a bunch of law enforcement officers, in full dress, stage a public protest of Eric Garner’s grand jury and its failure to indict. That would be huge. You cannot buy that kind of positive, hopeful imagery. Trust me, that would be a priceless Christmas memory.

Gary Nyland, Carmichael

Could have been prevented

The death of Eric Garner, caused by a chokehold New York City police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was not charged, has everyone in a rage because it was a similar case to that of Michael Brown. Both men weren’t armed with any weapons but were killed by a white officer who was not charged.

I realized that justice will not be served, and this issue will not be settled because of how these two similar cases are being handled. People need to understand that it is the duty of an officer to not just protect us, but also himself. Things may be an accident in some cases resulting in death, but in this situation, it could have been handled differently and been prevented.

Gina Thao, Stockton

Putting the children first

Re “School for homeless kids opens doors to new dreams” (Our Region, Dec. 3): I wish to provide some perspective on one of your recent articles about the renovation of Mustard Seed School for children whose parents are either homeless or transient. It’s thoughtful ideas such as these that really give people hope in the community that there are still good, hard-working people in this country who believe and understand how important the well-being of a child really is.

It seems today that as adults, we forget that we won’t be able to take care of ourselves as we get older and that ultimately we won’t be here forever. It is the children today, rich or poor, who will be the ones responsible for us and this planet in the future, so it is our responsibly to provide them with all the tools necessary for them to do so.

Najé Amina Maszewski, Stockton

Tax-free online shopping a myth

I was dismayed to see another Washington-based special interest group fear mongering in “Online sales tax bill is bad for consumers and small business” (Viewpoints, Nov. 28). The truth is that online retailers are afraid of losing their unfair advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers. The article disingenuously argues that the Marketplace Fairness Act is a tax increase. Nothing could be further from the truth, and Californians, who have been paying online sales tax since 2011, already know this.

To be clear, this bipartisan bill is not a new tax. “Tax-free” shopping online is a myth. Online retailers count on consumers’ ignorance of the law that currently requires consumers to remit sales tax. This bill simplifies collection and provides exemptions for small online businesses.

Congress must act now to close the online sales tax loophole. The cost to consumers, states and Main Street businesses is too great for us to ignore any longer.

Rex S. Hime, president & CEO, California Business Properties Association, Sacramento

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