Letters to the Editor

Who’s being hysterical?

Who’s being hysterical?

Re “Stop hysteria on Syrian refugees” (Editorials, Nov. 19): Since FBI Director James Comey admits the FBI is unable to properly vet Syrian refugees, just who is being hysterical about letting these people into our country? Seems it must be President Barack Obama, Gov. Jerry Brown and The Bee’s editorial board. Others are just trying to keep our country safe.

Joe Phelan, Lincoln

It’s safety, not intolerance

As usual, liberals demonize anyone who does not see things their way. So much for the tolerance, inclusiveness and fairness they preach about constantly. You can’t admit that others have legitimate concerns for the safety of American families.

Ideologues like The Bee’s editorial board abhor the thought of U.S. “boots on the ground” in Syria, but are perfectly willing to risk allowing Islamic State “boots on the ground” here in Sacramento. If history is repeated here, will you ask the survivors and families of the dead and injured to stop their hysteria?

Dean Stoller, Fair Oaks

Parking app won’t be enough

Re “Seeking to ease arena visitors’ way” (Insight, Nov. 17): The new arena plans first abandoned the existing site in Natomas, which has superior parking and traffic infrastructure. Then they stuck a crushed can downtown adjacent to Interstate 5 and downstream from the confluence of two major rivers in a city with serious flood concerns.

All the phone parking apps in the world won’t make it easy to exit a downtown parking garage with 300 other fans simultaneously. The obvious plan would be for the city of Sacramento to negotiate an agreement with West Sacramento to utilize existing parking at Raley Field and run shuttles to the new arena.

Tim Worley, West Sacramento

No free parking for disabled

The city is considering charging $20 per metered spot near the new arena. Unless the “free parking” policy for vehicles with handicapped placards is altered, I fear the city will see very little revenue.

Already, many disabled people find it almost impossible to get a close-in metered space due to placard abuse. If placard abusers still take disabled parking spots, at least they will no longer do it for free.

Cynthia Cooke,

Sacramento

Downtown parking isn’t pleasant

As a Sacramento native, I love visiting downtown with my wife and family members. We can usually find a spot in a garage and I don’t mind paying the fee, but can anybody really justify the small spaces?

If we were all the size of hobbits and we all drove Smart cars, it might not be so bad. However, squeezing into one of those micro-spaces and then attempting to extricate yourself through the few inches your door is allowed to open without scratching the car next to you is not my idea of pleasant.

Rick McNamer, Yuba City

Sacramento is too crowded

Re “No elbow room anymore on roads” (Back-seat driver, Nov. 16): Congestion in Sacramento County is not limited to roads. Try buying a few good seats to an event at the Community Center Theater or Sleep Train Arena or even a local movie theater. Try finding a place to park within three blocks of a local restaurant and then try getting seated in less than 40 minutes.

The leaders of our city and county have let their greed for more money via building permits and property and sales taxes, along with their sorry lack of planning, ruin what was once one of the best places to live in the entire U.S.

My hope for Sacramento is that between droughts and congestion, more people will leave and fewer will move in.

Mary Bane, Sacramento

NRA’s strength isn’t money

Re “Ballot measure will bypass NRA on gun control” (Viewpoints, Nov. 17): Larry Cohen perpetuates the myth that politicians are somehow beholden to the National Rifle Association because it spends so much money lobbying and contributing to campaigns.

That seems odd to me, because one man (Michael Bloomberg) consistently outspends the NRA in anti-gun lobbying and campaign contributions, and yet still suffers losses in opinion polls and at the ballot box. The truth is, the NRA is successful because of people like me, who give them $25 a year to do many things, including lobby and defend the Bill of Rights in court. The NRA has more than 5 million members, something that no anti-gun organization can claim. That is an army of 5 million people who are willing to write and call our legislators, write letters to the editor and vote.

Brian Bainter, Elk Grove

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