Letters to the Editor

Shining city on the hill is flickering

Shining city on the hill is flickering

Re “GOP leaders repudiate Trump, finally” (Editorials, Dec. 9): As our nation tries to weather the anger and desperation rising from the dark side of humanity, I wonder where we can still find Ronald Reagan’s “shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.”

There are far too many people who want to lead our nation by excluding refugees who are fleeing from death and starvation. They stereotype and scrutinize American citizens because they worship the Muslim faith, and they call for massive military warfare in foreign lands, where far more innocent people will die than will our intended targets.

People who were inspired by Reagan’s words must speak against such purveyors of fear.

Dan Fong, Rancho Cordova

Trump reflects deep racist strain

For years, Democrats have been saying that Republican voting behavior is driven by coded racism and fascism.

I always thought that was a wildly exaggerated and mean-spirited claim. So it’s a rude awakening to see an openly racist-fascist Republican candidate who has inspired hate crimes earning wild applause and leading in polls.

If you listen to why people find him refreshing, it’s because he “cuts through political correctness and talks about issues no one else will talk about.”

That appears to be code for: “I feel liberated because I don’t have to express my racism and fascism in code anymore.”

Christopher Smith, Citrus Heights

Intolerance is deep-seated

Religious intolerance is not new to America. The state of Rhode Island was founded for the practice of religious tolerance by Roger Williams as he fled the intolerant Puritans.

Papists were generally not wanted in Colonial America until finally finding refuge in early Maryland. The Jews have a history of religious discrimination.

Fortunately, the Founding Fathers, scholars of history, knowledgeable of the effects of religious intolerance and how it caused wars, persecutions and mayhem in the history of European countries, included the freedom of religious worship and the absence of any religious test for becoming president in the U.S. Constitution.

The proof is in the pudding. Demagogues playing the religious card have come and gone in America, unable to create any long-lasting countrywide divisiveness. While other countries in the world and their divisive bloody religious wars have gone on for centuries.

Anthony R. Folcarelli, Roseville

Trump plays into jihadists’ hand

Imagine the satisfaction of jihadists worldwide who are watching the rise of Donald Trump.

Not only has he succumbed completely to their tactics by stoking the fear they instill, but he has advanced their goal by exhorting us to abandon our principles and all that makes the home of the brave great.

As despicable as is his sacrifice on the altar of ambition, it pales in comparison to the fact that this would-be commander in chief gives aid and comfort to the enemy in his every public statement.

They want us to be afraid. He says we must be. They want us to believe their war is about religion and not a criminal conspiracy. He defines the fight as them against us, ignorant that they are killing Muslims.

They claim Muslims must choose their way and reject ours. He eliminates the choice by rejecting all Muslims in the name of America.

He may be their unwitting recruitment tool.

Nancy Luque, Carmichael

Too many Muslims remain silent

Donald Trump’s call to halt Muslim immigration, until more is known, is a logical one. Their scriptures condone deceit to the end of expanding the Muslim caliphate throughout the world.

Until I start reading about Muslims in the U.S. reporting on suspected subversive activity of their families, friends and neighbors, I won’t trust them. Should they claim fear of retaliation, remind them that they can report anonymously.

Their silence speaks louder than their claims of peace in the name of Allah.

Diana Zapalski, Gridley


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