Letters to the Editor

iPhones, bathrooms, students, Trump

Why issue iPhone to an employee?

Re “Apple refuses to help FBI hack killer’s phone” (Page 1A, Feb. 18): If the government or a business issues an iPhone to an employee, that employee can use a pass code preventing the employer from viewing information stored on that phone.

What if the employee uses the phone for child pornography or drug sales or takes photos of a rape? If Apple believes the user’s privacy rights trump the owner’s rights, then why would any business or government issue an iPhone to any employee?

Dean Dal Ben, Sacramento

Should privacy take precedence?

The information contained on our electronic devices must remain inviolate. Though we may detest those who use their device for evil, we cannot allow law enforcement to view even our most private thoughts.

We hope that our government operates on a higher moral standard. The iPhone is a marvelous invention. We use it to kill one another while we drive and to walk in front of trains while staring at it.

Elliott E. McCloud,


Stop government snooping

The list of federal government abuses of the meaning and intent of the Constitution is becoming endless. Go, Apple!

Edward J Clemow,


Unisex bathrooms make sense

Re “Take a timeout in childishness over bathrooms” (Editorials, Feb. 17): The flap about changing to non-gender bathrooms is just plain silly. Anyone been to a park lately? Some of the bathrooms are specific, some not marked at all, and some are marked to include all sexes. These include national, state and county parks, and have been this way for years.

I suggest those opposed to making this change: Ask the public how many times they have used the “single” bathroom for the other sex when the specific one was occupied.

Stephanie Surber,


State abandoned college students

Re “Shameful graduation rates” (Letters, Feb. 17): A letter writer lauds the four-year graduation rate at private colleges, condemning “free” public colleges and the lack of students’ responsibility for their lower rates.

The University of California tuition exceeds $12,000 per year, and with books and other “incidentals,” food and lodging, it is well over $35,000.

Most private college students are supported by rich families. Even with loans, many public students have to work outside jobs while attending, stretching their time to graduate, and with heavy debt.

The UC had no tuition or fees until 1961. Likewise, junior colleges had no tuition or fees, unlike today’s community colleges.

The students have not shirked their responsibilities; the people of California have abandoned them to the greed of loan companies and others.

Bill Jurkovich,

Citrus Heights

Cartoonist’s selective memory

Re “The strict constructionist” (Editorial cartoon, Feb.17): In suggesting Republicans are taking a wrecking ball to the Constitution for seeking to delay the next Supreme Court nominee, cartoonist Jack Ohman ignores recent history.

In 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama joined 24 colleagues to filibuster the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito. In July 2007, well before President George W. Bush left office, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said the Senate should not confirm another Bush nominee, except in extraordinary circumstances.

James McCandless,


Worse than waterboarding

Donald Trump praises torture to get information from terrorists. He also said waterboarding is torture but worse forms of torture should be used. What could be worse than waterboarding? How about requiring the bad guys to spend an hour watching and listening to the rantings of Trump?

John West, Sacramento


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