Letters to the Editor

Future leaders, sales tax, germs, Paris march, developers, etc.

We are the future

Re “Young leaders ready to step up” (Viewpoints, Jan. 14): As one among the young generation, the opportunity to get to take the lead gives me hope. Getting the chance to put our opinions out there will help build our community because we are building it for ourselves to live in as we grow.

As we graduate from our 16 or more years of hard work, we did all that work to settle down and find a job, not to sit around and wait for an opportunity.

Haley Arakaki, Sacramento

A better way to tax sales

Re “Auburn fights Costco project” (Our Region, Jan. 14): The city of Auburn decries the possibility of lost sales taxes if Placer County approves a new Costco store outside the city limits. In a sense, the current sales tax distribution seems inequitable between cities and counties. County residents go to shopping malls and pay sales taxes to the cities. The reverse will happen if Costco is built on county land.

A more equitable system needs to be established. Already, many stores ask for their customers’ ZIP code. Perhaps future sales tax receipts could be distributed proportionately to the various ZIP codes provided by the customers.

John Kosman, Fair Oaks

Paid for box-office draw

Re “A role of a lifetime in hunt for equal pay” (Editorials, Jan. 15): Maybe Chris Hemsworth’s career is not so critically acclaimed as Charlize Theron’s, but pictures in which he is the star tend to make a lot more money than hers. In fact, according to Internet Movie Database, she doesn’t seem to be much of a box-office draw at all. The name of the game in Hollywood has always been: Who is going to get people to pay money to see this movie? A good case could be made for Jennifer Lawrence being underpaid for “The Huntsman,” but that’s because she is a box-office draw. Charlize Theron is not.

Andrew Rodriguez, Jackson

Germiest Place on Earth

Re “Measles lesson: It’s a small world after all” (Page A1, Jan. 14): Disneyland may be known as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but I’ve said for some time that its slogan should be “The Germiest Place on Earth.”

People travel from all over the globe, booking well in advance, to bring the magic of Disneyland to their families. Taking into account expense, travel and limited vacation time, normally sane people make rash decisions regarding inconvenient contagious illnesses: Dope ’em up with medicine and hit the fun park where they will come in direct contact with an average daily attendance of 40,000 people.

Enter at your own risk, but it is wise to be up on your immunizations and sporting a full bottle of hand sanitizer.

Kelli Wheeler, Sacramento

Ambassador represents U.S.

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.

As America’s ambassador to France, she stands in good company with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Gouverneur Morris and James Monroe, who are among those who have served in that position since the American Revolution.

Rebel Kreklow, Fair Oaks

Photo staged for security

World leaders did not march in Paris in front of the people. They and their security guards had gathered on a quiet side street for a photo and then left.

Gisela Wilken, Grass Valley

Early education enriches

Re “California should put families, early childhood education first” (Viewpoints, Jan. 15): The article points out that parents and caregivers need outside resources to help with education. I would like to pay tribute to the PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, started by Harold Grinspoon, a Jewish philanthropist, as a literacy and music engagement program for Jewish and interfaith families with young children. It is modeled after Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. I have received books and CDs for my grandchildren, and it has greatly enhanced their appreciation for reading and music. I wish more philanthropists would give their money for early childhood education. Thank you, Mr. Grinspoon!

Laraine Silberstein, Sacramento

Developers to improve road

Re “Board backs taking control of roadway” (Our Region, Jan. 15): I was not surprised to read that the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors backed transferring control of Jackson Road without any consideration of the negative effect on Amador, Calaveras and Alpine counties. I can’t recall ever reading of a time when they did not back projects proposed by developers.

However, the story revealed an interesting fact: The developers are paying for the road improvements. While the rural counties worked hard to come up with a plan that would mitigate the negative impacts of urbanizing Jackson Road, that was rejected as being too expensive. Too expensive for whom, supervisors? Not your taxpayers, unless the developers find a way to renege on paying for improvements.

Katie Quinn, Jackson

RT should focus on service

Re “RT agrees light rail needs fixing” (Our Region, Jan. 14): A group of special interest developers are pushing RT to make improvements for the new arena. The Bee failed to mention that the same developers haven’t funded any of the improvements they want. Instead, enabled by Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, they are attempting to bully RT to pay. Serna should be ashamed.

How quickly have we forgotten that RT had a $3 million budget gap closed with reserves last year. As a taxpayer, I don’t understand how The Bee could give these vampires a pass. These are the same developers who have for years taken advantage of our tax dollars to subsidize their projects. These guys are tax vampires.

If they want improvements, they should show up to the RT board meeting with some money. The RT board should run these folks off, if they expect RT to pay for all of their desires. RT’s priority should be focused upon restoration of the service cut five years ago.

Lynn Merrick, Citrus Heights

The rich rule the rest

Re “House backs easier fiscal rules” (Page B6, Jan. 15): Every time I start to think of voting Republican again, they promote the interests of the rich over the rest of us. This time they want to gut the Dodd-Frank Act that provided some protections against a replay of the Great Recession we are only now starting to come out of. The bill is HR 37, titled the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, although it has nothing to do with that. It actually provides for Wall Street and big banks to go back to their risky ways of the past, with the taxpayers insuring their risky investments: a replay of their greed and the great collapse.

Democrat Rep. Ami Bera voted for it, although it’s the opposite of what he campaigned. Just another typical politician. The rich rule. And you wonder why people don’t vote. It’s really a Hobson’s choice (none at all).

Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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