Letters to the Editor

Angelique Ashby, Delta grab, plastic bags, community colleges

Angelique Ashby’s credibility problem

Re “Violent crime still must be addressed” (Editorials, March 9): Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby should have known boundary changes in her own district would affect crime statistics. A drop of 48 percent in crime should have raised questions about the effects of boundary changes. To tout such a dramatic drop in crime without connecting the dots reflects a naiveté that raises questions about her mayoral candidacy.

Irwin Karp, Sacramento

Who is Ashby trying to fool?

Councilwoman Angelique Ashby got caught in a big campaign lie. It’s nice of the police chief to take the fall for her since she is endorsed by the police officers’ union. But as a lawyer, she should have known the data was false.

As former president of the Natomas Community Association, I can assure you Ashby was notified that her data was wrong. I’ve personally pointed out to her staff members that the numbers were limited to violent crimes in a very low-crime neighborhood.

Curtis Vandermolen,

West Sacramento

Stop the latest water heist

Re “South state agency set to make Delta purchase” (Local, March 9): Southern California is repeating its predatory strategy that destroyed the Owens Valley, devastated its local economy and turned that area into a moonscape.

Now the Metropolitan Water District wants to do it to our Sacramento River Delta. We need to stop it.

Bruce Hilliard, Sacramento

Creeping fees fleece consumers

Re “County supervisors prepare to vote on plastic bag ban” (Local, March 9): Why not go all-in and charge a fee or ban the egg carton, the bag holding frozen food, or bags filled when selecting fruits or vegetables? Let’s not ignore the box for a pair of shoes or a child’s toy.

Imagine the fees collected with a shopping bag containing multiple packaged items, each with their own separate government fee. This is not about protecting the environment or safety or health. Of course, the government needs all the money it can get because officials spend it so wisely.

Dean Dal Ben, Sacramento

College faculty short-changed

Re “Replacing chief of community colleges is tricky but vital” (Editorials, March 8): The $8.3 billion community college budget is less than $4,000 annually per student. The K-12 budget is three times larger; California State University’s four times; the University of California’s is five times.

While the editorial described only a small portion of the disparate duties of community college instructors, it focused on recommendations for the qualifications of a new chancellor. Faculty take-home pay has been eroded by wage stagnation, higher medical and pension costs.

David Kuchera,


Rhee misses the big picture

Re “Grandpa’s giving, but Grandma’s the realist” (Foon Rhee, March 8): I believe that Sacramento Bee associate editor Foon Rhee missed the mark in his comparison of Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sanders has correctly pinpointed the major problems facing this nation, including income inequality at levels rivaling the Gilded Age, Citizens United, climate change, lack of universal health care, prohibitively high college education costs.

The top 1 percent is frightened by the thought of a Sanders presidency, because the obscenely rich know it could be the end to their Gilded Age.

Ken Newman,


Looking forward to S.F. Giants’ return

With the San Francisco Giants scheduled to play the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field on March 30, I reminisced with my friends the times that the Giants have played here.

As a child, I recall going to an exhibition game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at old Edmonds Field. I also recall seeing the Cleveland Indians play an exhibition game there.

James Queirolo,


Find another way to honor Ike

Re “President’s depot visit preserved in mural” (Tony Bijak, Feb. 29): The proposed Sacramento train station mural should depict local history instead of a “whistle stop” visit by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Rather, he should be remembered for the creation of our extensive national highway network, not the railroad system.

The train station mural should, instead, honor Theodore Judah looking out at the Sierra Nevada over the American, Yuba and Bear rivers. Or possibly it should honor the first Central Pacific train depot in Newcastle.

A mural as a depiction of history should, in my opinion, tell a strong story for years to come.

Judy Gaffney, Newcastle


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