Letters to the Editor

Tragic loss, new lows, Thanksgiving giggle, Warriors

Alexandra Barnes, the niece and goddaughter of Belinda Paris, drowned while swimming in the ocean on Sept. 1. The donation of her organs brought some comfort to her grieving family.
Alexandra Barnes, the niece and goddaughter of Belinda Paris, drowned while swimming in the ocean on Sept. 1. The donation of her organs brought some comfort to her grieving family. apayne@sacbee.com

Loss offers new perspective

Re “In tragic loss, the gift of life” (Insight, Nov. 26): I had a horrible Wednesday, some persistent health problems, a serious disagreement with a loved one. Thursday brought me my Sacramento Bee and reporter Claudia Buck’s beautiful piece on Alexandra Barnes, whose sudden death and subsequent organ donations brought life to so many.

Her story brought new perspective on how fleeting life can be, how thankful I am for what I do have, my health can improve, hurts can be forgiven, and the knowledge that when I gave life to five human beings decades ago, in death I can, hopefully, give life to as many through my organ donations.

I checked my driver’s license, and yes, I had made that choice in September when I renewed.

Judith Fox, Citrus Heights

My Thanksgiving Day thoughts

The political right – the GOP clown car of candidates, Republican governors and legislators, and talking heads from Fox News to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter has reached new lows in discussions about new and future immigrants. The talk has risen to new levels of hateful rhetoric. It is up to those of goodwill to counter this process.

We should give thanks that immigrants still come to America as most of our ancestors have done, that we will support political and economic moderation, American ideals, and say so out loud and continuously. It will keep immigrants coming. They believe in America.

Reginald Bronner, Lincoln

Thanks for Thanksgiving giggle

Re “Union should give up losing game plan” (Viewpoints, Nov. 26): Thank you for the Thanksgiving Day laugh. The article by Glenn Spencer and his concern for workers made me laugh – the U.S. Chamber of Commerce caring about workers. And then there is the Workforce Freedom Initiative. Seriously, that’s funny stuff.

The irony is thick enough to use as gravy on mashed potatoes.

Michael Santos, Antelope

Warriors’ teamwork a delight

Re “Around the NBA” (Sports, Nov. 25): With all of the stress and turmoil in the world and in our country, it is a delight to observe the Golden State Warriors basketball team breaking the record by going 16-0 at the start of the season.

It appears that all of the players are a team. I enjoy watching not only the star players, but I enjoy watching the bench and coaching staff, and the way they support, cheer and interact with each other.

The interviews, the smiles and the references to their families and teammates are something I truly enjoy.

A.J. Ponzo, Rocklin

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