Letters to the Editor

Desert respite, positive example, builders pay

A desert respite for veterans

Re “Obama puts 1.8M acres under federal protection” (Capitol & California, Feb. 13): Thanks to the hard work of Californians from all walks of life, including veterans, Latino and tribal leaders, business owners and elected officials, President Barack Obama used his powers under the Antiquities Act to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains National Monuments in the California desert.

Of particular importance to veterans, the Mojave Trails National Monument designation helps protect Camp Iron Mountain, the best known and best preserved of 13 World War II camps that were part of Gen. George Patton’s desert training center where troops were trained to help defeat the Axis forces in North Africa in 1943.

Spending time outdoors in the desert has made a huge difference for many veterans as they transition to civilian life. Perhaps most important of all, these areas provide some peace of mind to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Michael Seaman, Arden Arcade

Follow their positive example

Re “How to really pay our respects” (Shawn Hubler, Feb. 18): Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all Americans, especially the politicians, followed the positive example of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Express your strongly held views powerfully and explain your reasons. Then go out to lunch and enjoy each other’s company and smile. There is no need to demonize people with whom we disagree

Glenda R. Smith, Carmichael

Builders should pay for levees

Re “Property tax hike afoot to fix levees” (Page 1A, Feb. 15): If this average $42 increase in property taxes is not approved by the voters, we’re told it may “bring a building moratorium.”

Since builders are impacted, they should pay for the levee repairs. For too long builders have depended on the taxpayer, both local and federal, to subsidize their operations. If builders had to pay for levees there would be less building on flood-prone sites.

Clarence Kooi, Sacramento

Report state retirement rip-offs

I would like to see a list of state employees with more than one retirement package with California. Let’s also see how many are working another job with the state while collecting retirement packages. All Californians would like to know who is ripping off our state.

James Jowers, Sacramento

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