Bike fatality raises many questions
Re “CHP gets heat on fatal bike accident” (Local, Nov. 29): The California Highway Patrol should face an inquiry for its grossly cavalier attitude toward the grieving family of Margaret Bengs and toward the plain, simple truth.
The entire matter should be remanded to an outside authority. It is impossible for Jenna Berry to defend her department’s series of misstatements by arguing that now they’re concerned with an impartial process, if they weren’t interested in simple fact-checking before. The bizarre matter of the helmet is most disturbing.
If Shannon Wells-Lawler wasn’t an unusually diligent Good Samaritan, Beng’s loved ones would be completely unacquainted with the truth of this tragedy due to how it was first officially portrayed.
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Greg V. Hill, Sacramento
Call the shooter an extremist Christian
Re “Siege at Planned Parenthood clinic kills officer, 2 others” (Page 1A, Nov. 28): I’m not sure why the “siege” at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic has not been identified by the media as an act of extremist Christian domestic terrorism in America.
Planned Parenthood has been targeted on numerous occasions by extremist Christians for some time even though Planned Parenthood provides legal services to the public while especially providing services for the poor.
What is going on with this supposed liberal media? Why are some religious groups labeled terrorist while others are not?
Judy Dillon, Valley Springs
Why not label him a terrorist?
The article about the killings in Colorado made me think about the use of labels. Nowhere did it mention that the murders were an act of terrorism and that they were caused by a Christian. Any other article dealing with multiple killings involving an Arabic male is automatically labeled as “Islamic terrorism.” For consistency, it seems that you should refer to any of these attacks as the act of a Christian terrorist.
I have heard arguments from Christian groups saying that someone who kills can not be a Christian; however, I have heard the same being said about Islamic murderers by Muslims.
Rahner James, Orangevale
Conquer enemies of climate deal
Re “Big stakes, big hurdles as climate talks begin” (Page 1A, Nov. 30): Madmen in Congress are holding the world hostage in their announced opposition to any Paris climate deal. Their feigned ignorance of climate science, crocodile tears over jobs, and appeals to scientific uncertainty are flimsy excuses, at best.
Jan Freed, Los Angeles
Wallet size shouldn’t matter
Re “What do wealthy donors expect?” (Letters, Nov. 30): It is obvious that the letter writer misunderstands the intent of denying politicians donations, believing that they are based on expectations of quid pro quo. As a political donor, I only donate to campaigns that have the same basic core values that I do. If I discover a glaring discrepancy with those values – such as judging a group of people based on their ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual identity and then try to restrict or remove their freedoms – then we all have a right to do what Blake Byrne did and discontinue support of those candidates.
Though Byrne’s statement is louder because of his notoriety and his pocketbook deeper, all of our voices matter. I urge everyone and especially our leaders to review the history books. The rhetoric that is becoming mainstream bear a strong resemblance to parts of our American story that bring shame to our country, and I’d rather not repeat it.
Nancy Glatt, Roseville
Trump a self-made man? Hardly
Re “Media bias is helping Trump” (Letters, Nov. 27): David Brannan commented that Donald Trump is a “straight-talking, self-made man, who has employed thousands of people.” Yeah right. There is a joke that friends in New York City have told me: “How did Trump make $250 million? He inherited $500 million!”
John T. Johnston,
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