Letters to the Editor

Many vets had their lives taken

Many vets had their lives taken

Re “Thanking veterans today and beyond” (Editorials, Nov. 11): We honor my brother veterans. They deserve every bit of that honor for their sacrifice of time away from home and family. But do not dishonor them when they are killed in the line of duty by saying they “gave” their lives for their country.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Their lives were taken, except for the very few who sacrificed their lives for their buddies. In the sands and deserts of some godforsaken place, they don’t fight for our freedom. We have not fought a war for our freedom since World War II, nor anyone else’s since Korea.

Think about it. When will we ever learn?

Jim Piper, Citrus Heights

Democrats are the biggest liars

Re “Enough with the Pinocchios for president” (Editorials, Nov. 10): The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board supports the biggest liars of our present day, our sitting president and other Democratic leaders. That is fact, not fiction.

Including race relations, the Affordable Care Act and foreign policy, we are lied to almost daily.

If the GOP candidates err, no harm is done. When our leader lies, much harm can occur.

Paul Giese,

North Highlands

Unfair to GOP, as usual

The Bee’s editorial board could have been looking in the mirror when compiling the editorial about lying and obfuscating by Republican presidential candidates. Or the board could have been looking at both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. But nope, predictably, it only targeted Republicans.

In truth, most political candidates are inexperienced amateurs compared to The Bee’s aggregation of highly experienced, professional Pinocchios.

John DeKellis, Rocklin

If liars ineligible, whom to endorse?

It is a rare occasion when I agree with a Bee editorial, but this is one of those occasions. Lies, misrepresentations and unlawful behavior have become commonplace in our political process.

Yes, something’s wrong when this much irresponsible behavior goes unpunished. Voters should send a message.

In addition to some of the Republican candidates mentioned in the editorial, your Pinocchio stance would also seem to eliminate Hillary Clinton from the Oval Office.

So whom will the editorial board support for president?

Larry Welker, Sacramento

What about Hillary Clinton’s lies?

The editorial would have more credibility if it also included the Democratic Pinocchio running for president, Hillary Clinton, who outright lied to the American public and the parents of those Americans killed in the Benghazi attack. The editorial board lost an opportunity to appear “fair and balanced” for once. The board is correct, however, in saying a Pinocchio doesn’t belong in the Oval Office. Certainly, our current one has taught us that.

Alfonso Fernandez,


State agencies need to be leashed

Re “Coastal panel ambitious” (Dan Walters, Nov. 10): Dan Walters’ column about the “mission creep” of state agencies is quite correct. The Legislature continually allows agencies to take actions when they are unwilling (or unable) to obtain the political results they want via the legislative process. Our legislators would rather blame some anonymous and mysterious commission.

This lack of will can likely be attributed to the absence of that vital organ required to make difficult decisions or to act decisively in dangerous circumstances. The solution is to elect people who are, mentally at least, anatomically correct.

Michael McMurry,

Suisun City

Don’t let ball field fall into ruin

Re “He envisions diamond as a gem again” (City Beat, Nov. 9): Kudos to Leon Lee and his attempts to restore Renfree Field. If he is successful in the restoration, I sincerely hope that local law enforcement doesn’t stand by and let the place be vandalized and stripped of anything valuable like they have over the last several years.

John Goodman,



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