Letters to the Editor

Sensitive people, common sense, Starbucks holiday cup, etc.

People are too sensitive

Re “ ‘Microaggression’ kicks up debate on college campuses” (Page 1A, Nov. 12): Even if the right not to be offended exists, which it does not, how would anyone avoid violating such a right? Almost anything you say or do may offend someone.

Recently, on a college campus, some took offense at a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds that he was a racist. Some even object to a speaker addressing a group as “ladies and gentlemen” because it is insensitive to transgender people.

Even if you were totally silent, some super-sensitive people would be offended. Where does this insanity end?

Paul Greisen, Sacramento

Everyone is offended

The article reminds me of a magazine cartoon some years ago. The subject was cancer, no laughing matter then or now. Several white-coated medical researchers were huddled around a report of some sort. All of them looked glum as one researcher announced: “It’s official. Everything causes cancer.”

The article could have been boiled down just as succinctly: “It’s official. Everything is offensive.”

Rick Lavelle, Sacramento

Finally, some common sense

Re “Foolish sideshows hurt protesters’ credibility” (Editorial notebook, Nov. 12): It was a pleasure to read Erika D. Smith’s article on protesters at the University of Missouri. For once, here’s a journalist who has the courage to point out the illegal actions taken by people while attempting to “protect” their rights.

Now, if she would write an article regarding the fact that most violent outcomes between police and African Americans (or anyone else for that matter) are the result of the victim’s actions. Police officers have a right to perform their duty, and I believe that many young people killed by officers would be alive today had they simply obeyed instructions and not escalated the situation.

Paul E. Adler, Roseville

Another ginned-up controversy

Re “Starbucks, Trump spar over cups” (Page 9A, Nov. 11): Here’s the problem with the news media. They claim since someone has a problem with the Starbucks holiday cup, there is a problem. This becomes a few people yelling they have a problem, and the rest of us having to listen – pretty much what any parent is used to doing with a 3-year-old.

The difference between parents and the media is that the parent knows there isn’t a problem other than the screaming child.

Barry Wagner, Folsom

Cup color isn’t important

How can we be so obsessed over the coffee cup at Starbucks? There are so many who have no cup and no coffee.

There are other things we can do. We can buy a homeless person a cup of coffee; they won’t care what color the cup is, but the message of Christian kindness will be quite clear. We can join the Sacramento Food Bank’s Run to Feed the Hungry and help provide a Thanksgiving meal to families who won’t otherwise have one. We can volunteer.

Richard Maw, Sacramento

Big Brother is running amok

Re “Food should come with a carbon label” (Letters, Nov. 11): It never ceases to amaze me how many “sheep” want government to watch over and be a part of their lives. Are there really people who can’t get educated and make their own informed choices?

Proposition 65 warning notices have been largely ignored from their inception. Be prepared for government’s next step to put warning labels on each person (maybe on the back of one’s neck or forehead). After all, the methane gas we produce must be harmful to our climate.

Mark Roberts, Loomis

Pot really stinks

Re “Help wanted: Medical pot chief” (The Buzz, Nov. 10): My neighbor grows a single 10-foot marijuana plant. Pot is not nicknamed skunk weed for nothing.

Due to the stench, I have no enjoyment of my patio and yard. If this new medical marijuana rules chief allows people to grow even a single plant, then neighbors should be allowed to sue for the nuisance. We are getting closer to approving recreational pot, so maybe everyone will be on their couches scarfing peanut butter cups and nobody will care about the outdoors anyway.

Dan Fiske, Sacramento

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