This is what terrorists want
Re “GOP leaders fight plan to accept Syrians” (Page 10A, Nov. 17): Republican governors and presidential candidates have given the terrorists a big win. Terrorists are by definition a tiny minority who try to inflict enormous fear and panic through isolated acts of violence. By refusing to grant a safe environment to innocent Syrian refugees, who have seen more atrocities than those in the United States or Europe, Republicans are giving the terrorists exactly what they want.
If only these Republican officials had the courage and conviction to protect those in need and not bow down to the tyranny of the Islamic State. The French have the right idea as they retake the streets of Paris, dine outdoors and let the terrorists know they will not allow fear to cloud the minds of good people everywhere.
John Angell, Sacramento
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To all the xenophobic, irrational, hate-mongering governors and politicians looking to curry political favor by condemning all Syrian refugees as terrorists and outsiders who cannot be trusted, I have two born-in-the-USA words – Timothy McVeigh.
Margaret M. Williams, Sacramento
Petulant Obama doesn’t understand
Re “Obama is right to resist warmongers” (Editorials, Nov. 17): The editorial board must have watched a different news conference than many other Americans. I saw a petulant, peevish, annoyed and defensive president holding onto his failed view that the Islamic State is “contained.”
He lacks the understanding why the terrorists are a growing problem for the civilized people of the world. This terror problem is only growing. People are concerned by his lack of foresight and leadership.
Doug Hinchey, Lincoln
Muslims must speak out
Muslim leaders, men who these terrorists will listen to, must get in this fight. They must flood the airwaves and social media and tell these individuals that they have been brainwashed and lied to about their faith. Unlike their promise to become a martyr when killing those who do not honor their god, they must be shown how they have been used and will go to hell for murdering the innocent.
Please set your brothers straight for the sake of humanity.
Norma Loudenslager, Citrus Heights
Students today are ungrateful
Re “California students should count their blessings” (Numbers crunch, Nov. 14): It is disturbing to read about the growing unrest at many of our country’s finest universities. In my day, attending and graduating a university was a hard-fought goal. Education meant attending class, learning all we could and seeking a degree to better our economic opportunities.
Today, a number of students attending our tax-supported institutions of higher learning are wasting their opportunity, hiding beneath the mask of concern. They want free tuition, loan forgiveness and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. I say increase tuition, increase the need for student loans and lower the minimum wage. I bet we would have more serious students attending class and fewer protests.
But how do we get to Bay Area?
Re “It pays to be near Bay Area’s bustle” (Page 1A, Nov. 13): Yes, it does. It also would help if transportation to the Bay Area was in the 21st century instead of the 19th. It takes three hours to travel the 120 miles from Sacramento to San Jose on Amtrak’s Capital Corridor, about the same speed as trains in 1876.
It’s a scandal, unworthy of California. It would pay to triple the speed to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, hardly high-tech by international standards.
Edric Cane, Carmichael
Deportations enforce the law
Re “What would deporting 11 million people look like?” (Insight, Nov. 14): During the Democratic and Republican debates, we listened to candidates point out that we are a “nation of laws” and that no one is above the law. Then we heard them say that there’s no way we can deport 11 million illegal immigrants, even though they have clearly broken our laws, but should be given amnesty or put on a path to citizenship. This is a slap in the face to every law-abiding citizen.
While there are millions of people standing in line and waiting their turn to come to America legally, it is wrong to allow others to cross our borders illegally, flout our laws and simply become more faces in the crowd.
So, what would deporting 11 million people look like? It would look like we are a nation of laws, and not a nation trying to have it both ways.
Coty Artrip, Sacramento
An ugly echo of history
Re “Trump’s ugly deportation plan” (Viewpoints, Nov. 13): Donald Trump’s massive deportation plan is also unrealistic, cruel and unjust. During “Operation Wetback” in the 1950s, many Americans were rounded up and deported just because they were of Mexican origin.
Many who were deported had been here for generations. People forget that the Southwest U.S. was once part of Mexico. The first wave of deportations occurred during the Great Depression, but Mexican people were asked to return as “braceros” to help with labor shortages during World War II.
Mauricio E. Leiva,
America is losing its moral compass
Re “America must bear witness to slain children” (Viewpoints, Nov. 11): Leonard Pitts Jr. failed to take advantage of an opportunity to connect the violent deaths of young blacks in Chicago to other young blacks. Not once does he mention black-on-black violence. Not once does he mention the unraveling of the black family as the root cause of misguided black youths and their vices.
Instead, he blames the racism migrating blacks faced decades ago as the reason why blacks are killing blacks in Chicago. The violence in Chicago, and across our country, is only going to worsen. Our presidential candidates have hardly paid any attention. Does anyone really think Donald Trump cares about blacks killing blacks?
We are losing our moral compass. And, sadly, I see no end in sight.
Jose Gonzalez, Roseville
Jones is the one with no clue
Re “Sheriff makes immigration top issue in campaign” (Capitol & California, Nov. 17): Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, announcing his run for Ami Bera’s seat in Congress, seems to be channeling a bit of Donald Trump and some of Ted Cruz. The last thing we need in Congress is another lawmaker using inflammatory language and fear tactics that will add to the extreme partisanship.
His comment that “this administration has no clue” has me motivated to do all I can to support Bera’s re-election.
Not just growers short-changed
Re “Sacramento district criticized for buying Chinese canned fruit” (Page 1A, Nov. 16): While I applaud the article, I hasten to point out that it is not only California’s fruit growers who are being undermined by this purchase.
The fruit is actually the smallest cost of the canned product; the container and the canning process are the greater expense. I am surprised that the financial loss of farmworkers, the cannery and its laborers and American container manufacturers was not mentioned as well.
Donald P. Quesenberry,
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