Letters to the Editor

LETTERS Homeless, developers, taxes, Charlie Hebdo, Obama, Muslims, etc.

Homeless out, developers in

Re “Homeless leave river life behind” (Page A1, Jan. 13): West Sacramento can now develop the river area where 65 homeless people used to camp.

Now I’m clear on how the moving of the homeless came about. I’m all for development in the greater Sacramento area. We need jobs and salaries. However, for the 65, we are now paying for health insurance for most, Social Security for half, jail time for one to three, CalFresh or food stamps for 60 percent. These are all expenses not previously supported by the public for the 65.

Chronic homelessness is cheaper than public assistance. Adults do not need intervention like children at public expense.

Barbara Ramm, Sacramento

Homelessness fatigue

My husband and I work 12 hours a day and pay an enormous amount in federal and state taxes to help support homeless programs and housing. Your front-page photo of a homeless 54-year-old man who is in and out of prison and now cares for his 1-year-old son did not elicit sympathy from me.

Instead, I was saddened by the fact that this man was so cruel and selfish that he felt the need to hang on to his son instead of considering the child’s best interest.

Perhaps keeping the child gives him priority for housing. I know educated, self-sufficient, law-abiding adults who would adopt that child in a moment. Maybe The Sacramento Bee should run an article on homeless birth control education. Since the holidays, I have become tired of reading about the homeless population’s poor decisions. We already pay for them.

Janet F OMalley, Folsom

Fortune is fleeting

Re “Get to know homeless” and “Panhandling is no right” (Letters, Jan. 13): What an eye-opening juxtaposition of heart and mind between Don Branner’s letter “Get to know homeless” and Andrew Mattson’s letter “Panhandling is no right.” The begging issue is debatable, but I know which man I’d want in my company if my good fortune should wane.

Del Jack, Sacramento

Ambassadors matter

Re “France deserved better than a limp U.S. response” (Editorials, Jan. 13): America wasn’t represented at the Je Suis Charlie march in Paris? Don’t they teach history and civics anymore?

As the American ambassador to France, Jane D. Hartley, is the face of America in France. And as America’s ambassador to France, she stands in good company with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Gouverneur Morris, a prinicpal author of the U.S. Constitution, and James Monroe, who are among those who have served in that position since the American Revolution.

Rebel Kreklow, Fair Oaks

Give Obama a break

One remembers that the same crowd now vilifying the president for appearing to turn his nose up and not attending France’s own 9/11 memorial are the same ones who have long castigated that nation of stinky-cheese-loving, bourgeois-collectivist winos.

Of course, had President Barack Obama gone, he would have been denounced for locking arms with the East German ex-communist Angela Merkel, the philandering socialist Francois Hollande and other leaders of similar ilk.

These right-wing hypocrites are champions in the dubious art of believing that they can always have it both ways.

Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

Obama stumbled badly

The Bee is 100 percent right. It is profoundly embarrassing that President Barack Obama failed to fulfill his responsibility to ensure appropriate demonstration of our country’s solidarity with our oldest ally, France, in the recent Paris march of world leaders.

He can’t undo his lapse, but he can fire his head of diplomacy, John Kerry, for being so obtuse and undiplomatic as to label criticism as quibbling, rather than owning up to the administration’s obvious goof.

Robert A. Dell’Agostino, Sacramento

Now we know who leaders are

After seeing America’s absence at the Paris rally, now we know who the world’s leaders are.

Walter Johnson, Citrus Heights

Consider Nigeria

Let me add my voice to the wonder about the world’s lack of concern for the continuing massacre in Nigeria. The killing of 17 people by a radical Islamic group in France gets continuous media coverage and world concern, while the world turns its back on the continuing slaughter of thousands by another radical Islamic group in Nigeria.

It reminds me of the world’s lack of concern for the horrific slaughter in Rwanda two decades ago. Could it be the world just doesn’t care about these desperately poor countries because they offer nothing this world values? Aren’t these desperately poor people the ones Christ asked us to care for?

John West, Sacramento

Insults aren’t humorous

I’m as horrified at the murders of the French cartoonists as anybody and don’t condone this kind of violence against innocent people in any way.

However, I must ask, how far must we go to commend the victims of Charlie Hebdo when the company has been outright disrespectful to Islam and its billion-plus followers in the name of free speech? Surely, there is a point where we realize an act of free speech is hateful and shouldn’t be glorified as comedy, of all things. I believe that it is completely possible to mourn over the deaths of human beings without making them appear pristine.

Chelsea Chung, San Jose

Harris should stick around

Re “Harris enters race for Senate” (Page A1, Jan. 14): I sure wish Kamala Harris had told voters that she was going to bail on the office of attorney general the first chance she got before we all voted.

Looks like she will serve two years in her second term before she leaves, if she is elected to the U.S. Senate. The office of attorney general needs someone dedicated to long-term service. It appears that Harris’s term will result in a wasted vote and money.

M.A. Figueroa, Sacramento

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