A practical choice to lead America
Democrats and Republicans bicker while our country falls apart with huge debt, lost jobs, a shrinking middle class, rampant illegal immigration and global disrespect.
U.S. lawmakers are more devoted to their ideologies than to serving our country. It’s time for a practical leader who recognizes the problems and takes a pragmatic approach to solving them.
Donald Trump has his faults, but he is not an ideologue. He could not be any worse than our previous political leaders.
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Dr. Horst Weinberg, Sacramento
Meg Whitman clobbers Christie
Re “HP executive Whitman blasts Christie for endorsing ‘demagogue’ Trump” (Capitol & California, Feb. 29): How refreshing to see Meg Whitman blast Gov. Chris Christie for endorsing Donald Trump. It is about time for responsible Republican leaders to speak the truth.
Perhaps Christie is looking to score a place on the Trump ticket. If so, he will become the 2016 version of Sarah Palin, and the Democrats will have a field day during the presidential race.
Will Connell, Grass Valley
GOP has only itself to blame
Re “Rubio, Cruz keep up attacks on Trump as Super Tuesday looms” (Page 2A, Feb. 28): If the Republican Party leaders really wanted to defeat Donald Trump, they needed to eliminate every candidate except the one who was getting the most votes other than Trump.
Sens. Cruz and Rubio have spent too much time tearing each other to shreds and solidifying Trump’s message that the politicians have done nothing of note during the past few years and it’s time to let someone else try.
Ronald Avanzino, Lincoln
Trump favors full disclosure
Whenever I hear or read something outrageous uttered by Donald Trump, I’m reminded of the story about the emperor who had no clothes.
Tom Dithridge, Carmichael
The homeless conundrum
Re “Are Seattle’s tent cities a fix for homelessness?” (Page 1A, Feb. 28): Of course tent cities are not a fix for homelessness. But they can be a valuable stopgap measure to take homeless people off the streets. Placerville built a homeless tent community three years ago that was successful at no cost to the taxpayer. In fact, Hangtown Haven was so successful that the city’s power structure shut us down and threw 40 men and women out onto the street.
No one needs to go to Seattle to see how it’s done. We did it right here in El Dorado County.
Art Edwards, Placerville
president, Community Haven, formally Hangtown Haven
California’s a homeless magnet
Re “Activists push capital to consider tent cities” (Local, March 1): Having worked for the state, I know whereof I speak about the chronic homeless problem. Word gets out around the country that California provides more freebies, food, health care, education, housing and so forth than any other state. We need to put people in power who will put a stop to this absurd situation.
Tom Simpson, Stockton
What is student doing there?
Re “N. Korea puts tearful American on display for ‘anti-state crime’ ” (Page 10A, March 1): What was this 21-year-old student doing in North Korea? Now the United States has to negotiate his release and give worldwide attention to this awful government. How much money, time and resources is it going to take to get this student released?
A.J. Ponzo, Rocklin
Winning takes time and patience
Re “Owner does great job on arena, not on team” (Sports, Feb. 29): Since Vivek Ranadive purchased the team, the Sacramento Kings have improved, slowly but surely.
The Kings have a nice young core of players that can evolve into something special. The team’s won-loss record may say otherwise, but winning takes time. Remember when the Golden State Warriors only won 23 games four seasons ago, and now they’re the best team in the league.
Oscar Duenas, Sacramento
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