Letters to the Editor

Combat jobs open to all, police supposed to protect, danger of climate change

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces Thursday that he has ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, and that he is giving the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans to make the historic change.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces Thursday that he has ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, and that he is giving the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans to make the historic change. The Associated Press

Not seeing difference in sexes

Re “U.S. opens all combat jobs to women” (Page 14A, Dec. 4): In all societies from time immemorial, men have been the protectors, providers and warriors, and women have been the nurturers and peace-seekers.

Now the Obama administration has directed a new social order; the Army is to place women in direct combat; no longer nurturers, now warriors.

War and combat change a person; it is about survival and remorselessness in the killing of other persons, and the death of your fellow soldiers. Women will be taught remorselessness, to kill, to see and to participate in all the terrors of war, and if not remorseless, then to come home with PTSD, but in any case no longer nurturers.

Obama doesn’t recognize realities or the benefits in differences; we must all be the same to be equal, whatever the cost to society, its people, its children. No differences, equality means being the same. That is his idea of equality.

Bill Jurkovich,

Citrus Heights

Who should I be scared of?

Re “Officer in recorded beating won’t be charged” (Page 9A, Dec. 4): It seems as though there is a constant battle of where to draw the line with police these days. As citizens, we are supposed to feel protected by police, yet we hear incident after incident of cops crossing the line and acting in violence.

How are citizens supposed to feel protected when we hear countless stories about people getting brutally beaten or shot for crimes that aren’t that serious. Even worse, there have been occasions where innocent people have been killed simply because of the mentality of the police.

As a law-abiding citizen, I should hope that the police are just in their actions. I should be afraid of people who commit crimes, not the ones who prevent them.

Michelle Finn, Chico

Australia limited the carnage

Re “Mass shootings fuel debate on guns” (Page 3B, Dec. 3): Yes, semi-automatic guns are a part of the problem, but mental illness is also an issue. To get placed on the list of prohibited gun buyers, a mentally ill patient must have had a 14-day certification upheld in court. There are thousands of patients in treatment whose illness has not yet risen to a level of certification. In addition, it is hard to assess who will become a danger to others. The only real predictor is a prior violent act.

The intersection of the dangerously mentally ill and guns is inevitable. In 1996 after 35 tourists were shot by a deranged man, Australians overcame opposition from their NRA and banned semi-automatic guns.

There have been no similar mass shootings in Australia in two decades. About 643,000 semi-automatic guns were bought back. Australians can keep semi-automatic guns at a gun range where they can shoot endlessly.

Dan Fiske, Sacramento

More surveillance to combat terrorism

Re “Is encryption really why Paris was attacked?” (Editorials, Nov. 22): America’s goal is to keep the nation safe at all costs, so more surveillance should be administered in order to fight the modern war, which is not fought in the traditional way.

The opponent today is constantly evolving. Those who believe that cameras on the street are enough are thinking linearly. The systems thinking approach is much more than just cameras – we need additional tools that will monitor online and cell communication to help us prevent destruction before the attack occurs. We need surveillance of all forms and border security.

According to Pew Research, “Americans are divided in their concerns about government surveillance of digital communications.”

Will these solutions cause an escalation in radicalization of the population? Are we seeking an unreasonable goal? However, without surveillance, the government will be constantly one step behind the terrorist.

Vanith Biddappa,

Elk Grove

Wake up to danger of climate change

It’s no secret that climate change has taken effect. It’s a proven fact by scientists that global warming exists. We have to start now to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions before it’s too late.

We have a selfish generation and the damage that we are inflicting to our planet is only going to make it harder for future generations to live. Yet we still continue to waste our resources. Hopefully the Paris summit can wake us up.

Brandon Landwehr,



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