Letters to the Editor

Delta tunnels, redistricting, Cuba, etc.

Dropping pumps isn’t enough

Re “Pumps dropped in tunnel plan” (Page A1, Dec. 19): The story talked about Delta tunnel planners’ latest efforts to ease public concerns by dropping massive pumping stations at the three water intakes along the Sacramento River south of Sacramento.

They just put lipstick on a pig to appease local residents. A pig can never fly – with or without lipstick!

C.J. Jawahar, Roseville

City redistricting unfair

Re “City clearly needs redistricting panel” (Editorials, Dec. 18): When the Sacramento City Council voted to change the boundaries of Districts 5 and 6 this week, it committed a terrific act of hypocrisy.

Just last week, the council agreed to follow proper process and ensure that residents aren’t disenfranchised by not fast-tracking a vote-by-mail-only special election to replace Kevin McCarty. The council also agrees that redistricting is too volatile an exercise to allow politicians to control the process.

Yet what has transpired? Politicians redrew the lines to suit their own agendas, worst of all while an entire district has no representation on the dais.

The council would have shown great foresight and consideration if it had simply delayed action until after the District 6 vacancy is filled in the spring. The outcome could have been the same, except the process would have been fair and inclusive.

Isaac Gonzalez, Sacramento

Deal with the devil

Re “After 50 years, U.S. thaws ties to Cuba” (Page A1, Dec. 18): My parents came to the U.S. from Cuba, fleeing tyranny with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes and a desire for freedom. Before my father’s passing, he regularly told our family, “You should kiss the ground underneath your feet every day for the freedoms you enjoy in this country.”

Fidel Castro, or El Diablo, as my dad called him, and his protégé, brother Raúl – Cuba’s current president for life – are both brutal dictators who continue committing atrocities against Cubans who dare speak out against the regime.

Raúl and Fidel are laughing and proclaiming loudly through their propaganda machine how they beat the Americans. To hand the Castros a public relations victory of this magnitude is unacceptable and quite literally making a deal with the devil.

Ann Gonzalez Kramer, El Dorado Hills

Tax cuts trickle down

Re “Highways see record traffic” (Page A1, Dec. 18): The most basic and fundamental economic principle in capitalism is happening. Gas prices have dropped 35 to 45 percent from six years ago. That means people have more disposable income, which results in increased spending for goods and service. It’s so simple a 5-year-old can understand it – and so complex that a liberal can’t conceive of it.

Cutting taxes would have the same result, as would, to a lesser extent, not approving additional taxes through propositions or draconian legislative tax policy.

When gas is $4 a gallon, I take no trips with my truck and RV. When gas is $2.50 a gallon or less, I take two to four trips a year. This results in food and fuel purchases and other forms of commerce that directly put money back into local businesses.

Wake up. We pay a mountain of taxes. Cutting taxes will trickle down, resulting in increased consumer spending. This means more jobs as businesses grow and a win-win for the poor and middle class.

Paul Reid, Folsom

Stand up to bleeding hearts

Re “Cost cited in office closure” (Capitol & California, Dec. 19): Why are we surprised with our budget mess when the folks elected to manage it can’t even manage their own budget? Sen. Darrell Steinberg managed the Senate’s budget the same way he wanted to manage the state’s – with his head in the sand and utter ignorance regarding anything financial. Good leaders are not afraid to make hard decisions.

We may finally have two people, new Senate Leader Kevin de León and Gov. Jerry Brown, who are willing to make tough decisions. Hopefully they’ll keep the spenders and bleeding hearts at bay, at least until we have paid for everything we’ve already committed to before increasing spending.

Tim Sloan, West Sacramento

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