Letters to the Editor

Not disqualified, Cruz stands tall

Sen. Ted Cruz, shown this week in Las Vegas, distinguishes himself by his support for the Second Amendment and opposition to abortion, a letter writer says.
Sen. Ted Cruz, shown this week in Las Vegas, distinguishes himself by his support for the Second Amendment and opposition to abortion, a letter writer says. The Associated Press

Not disqualified, Cruz stands tall

Re “GOP debate exposes flaws of both Trump and Cruz” (Editorials, Dec. 17): The Bee points out that Ted Cruz is “a full-blown climate change denier,” an automatic disqualifier to be president. That poor man.

He probably thinks that climate issues are about science and listens to scientists who actually think something as insignificant as the sun is the primary driver of the climate.

He clearly doesn’t understand that this is a done deal, not because scientists agree but because liberal politicians have declared it a political fact. But he was a lost cause anyway. He supports the Second Amendment, believes that unborn children shouldn’t be killed, that national security is a huge issue and that people who come to the United States should follow the legal process.

Perhaps if the editorial board were to send Cruz a few editions of The Bee’s editorial page, he will see the dark side. An automatic disqualifier? No way.

James Rushford, Sacramento

State’s economy no longer glistens

Re “State’s economy is doing well” Viewpoints, Dec. 14): The op-ed by F. Noel Perry and Christopher Thornberg paints an overly rosy picture of California’s business climate.

If as the authors’ state, California is so business friendly, why are companies like Tesla, Hyperloop Technologies and Faraday Futures – California-based companies – choosing to locate thousands of manufacturing jobs just across the border in Nevada?

Perry’s own company, LeapFrog Enterprises, outsources its manufacturing to China. According to data reported by the Center for Jobs and the Economy, the average annual wages for people employed in the manufacturing sector in California is more than $80,000.

We should be doing all that we can in California to grow manufacturing jobs and the middle-class economy that goes with them. Simply pointing to the fact that the most populous state in the nation has created more jobs than any other state without looking at the types of jobs we are creating will do nothing to address the two-tiered economy that exists in California.

Kirk Clark, California Business Roundtable, Sacramento

Middle class is fighting for crumbs

Re “Middle class no longer a majority in U.S., study says” (Page 4B, Dec. 10): The anger gripping much of America and manifesting itself in bigoted, hateful, intolerant and rude behavior is as misguided as it is morally wrong.

As offensive and destructive as the divisive hate-speak nurtured by a divisive political domestic political climate is, perhaps the real anger should be directed at the 1 percent who control virtually everything and make obscene profits.

The middle class is in decline and citizens are feeling increasingly powerless to alter the downward spiral of their lives. No wonder so many are angry.

Tragically, we tend to blame the most vulnerable among us for our collective inability to address income inequality in this nation.

Thus, the 1 percent always wins, as a once-powerful middle class fights for crumbs. This is a Greek tragedy.

Stephen R. Hoover, Sacramento

Future depends on renewable energy

Re “California is wrong model for world on climate” (Viewpoints, Dec. 11): David Spady of Americans for Prosperity decries “activist billionaires” who support tackling the problem, but neglects to tell us that the fossil-fuel billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch started and heavily fund his organization.

Since the Kochs and other fossil-fuel billionaires have the most to lose in the transition to a clean-energy economy, is it no wonder they are paying Spady to decry California’s efforts?

James Dawson, Davis

California fares well against Texas

Does the alleged unfriendly business environment in California negatively impact our economy? Comparing California with Texas, a supposed business-friendly state, California’s GDP in 2014 was $2.1 trillion while Texas’ was $1.4 trillion.

California has a larger population. So adjusting for population, the California has a GDP per capita of $54,459 while Texas is at $54,414. This suggests California is at least equal to the “business-friendly” Texas. Evidence trumps rhetoric.

Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael

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