Letters to the Editor

Prayer phrase, American Muslims, Pearl Harbor

Jeannetta Million, center, of Victorious Believers Church leads a group of local pastors in a brief prayer vigil last week in San Bernardino.
Jeannetta Million, center, of Victorious Believers Church leads a group of local pastors in a brief prayer vigil last week in San Bernardino. The Associated Press

Don’t stop praying in wake of tragedy

Re “Prayer phrase fuels backlash on Twitter” (Page 4B, Dec. 5): “Thoughts and prayers” have been used repeatedly these days as a reaction to tragedy. Many have made light of this. Is it because we have detected a bit of emptiness in these words?

Let’s remember that old saying: “Pray as if everything depended on God and act as if everything depended on us.” If either part is missing, the solution falters. To say “God isn’t fixing this” is a faithless sentiment. Let’s put God and prayer back in our day-to-day lives, and we will be amazed at what God does.

Richard L. Connors,

Sacramento

To end shootings, try public funding

Re “Will fear be our new normal?” (Marcos Breton, Dec. 6): Fear is already our “new normal.” But it need not be tomorrow’s moral paradigm. Consider this: The Republican Party is little more than a subsidiary of the National Rifle Association. Craven GOP promises of “prayers and concern” for victims of mass shootings must be tossed into the category of meretricious claptrap.

There is no solution to this without ending the sale of military-style weapons. Public funding for electoral campaigns could help. Candidates in such contests would owe their allegiance to the public, not shady donors.

John Robin Witt,

Sacramento

We need help from American Muslims

Re “Obama aims to be reassuring voice” (Page 1A, Dec. 7): First- and second-generation immigrants can and will support the U.S.A. Italian, German and Japanese Americans fought valiantly against fascism in World War II. At first their loyalty was questioned, but when given a chance, helped defeat the evil systems and helped restore their homelands to democracy and freedom.

A.J. Ponzo, Rocklin

Pearl Harbor, Iraq both big mistakes

Re “Lessons we can learn from response to Pearl Harbor” (Editorials, Dec. 7): Our invasion of Iraq in 2003 was as big of a mistake as Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Each attacker imagined that shock and awe would terrify their opponents into never resisting future political demands.

But people who are attacked, both here and abroad, do not meekly submit to attackers. They resist to the best of their ability for as long as necessary. Choosing now to expand our attacks in Iraq and Syria would only compound the original mistake from 2003. Let’s be smarter.

Jim Eychaner, Carmichael

Happy holidays, Sacramento!

Re “Sacramento parking meter rates to rise this week” (Page 2B, Dec. 6): We can thank the Sacramento City Council for raising parking rates – just in time for the holidays.

It must be time now to start paying for the new downtown arena that Mayor Kevin Johnson just had to have. Just wait until the city needs more money to redesign all the downtown freeway exits and entrances to keep traffic flowing. Where do you think the city is going to get the money for that? Thank you, Sacramento City Council, for being the Scrooge that you are.

Lance Morris, Sacramento

Sacramento doing right by homeless

Re “Homeless need all the help, funding they can get” (Editorials, Nov. 13): It’s great that Sacramento County is gearing up to help the homeless in a big way. Everyone deserves to be helped. I understand that some choose to be homeless, living their lives freely without any responsibilities, but this isn’t necessarily the case for everyone who is without a home. The homeless should be helped.

James Hunter, Sacramento

Homeless people need more shelters

The county cannot turn its back on the fact that we need a short-term solution for homeless people – emergency shelters. It’s great that the county is giving more money to solve the problem of homelessness in Sacramento. But we cannot have people sleeping outside during freezing and stormy weather. They could end up in county hospitals, or worse, the morgue.

Cal Expo needs to reopen as an emergency shelter and temporary solution to help these people during the winter months. Tents don’t work in the harsh storms, and leaving people without emergency shelter only forces them to break the law by camping out.

Tammy Halcomb, Sacramento

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