Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Rialto v. Phillips 66, light rail, Ohman, etc.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Rialto tax was ‘cynical politics’

Re “Beware of Good Schools and Good Jobs, and cynical politics” (Forum, March 20): A key theme in Dan Morain’s column on the city of Rialto v. Phillips 66 was this: “A multibillion-dollar corporation spends tens of thousands of dollars to sway voters, and saves millions in taxes.”

Isn’t the real fundamental problem here the way the Rialto government saw Phillips as a big financial cookie jar they could reach their hand into? The pro-ballot argument basically said “they’re rich, they can afford it, so let’s tax them.”

This whole thing feels to me more like a strong-arm robbery of Phillips made acceptable by a vote of the people. That is the real “cynical politics” of this issue.

Companies could do less lobbying if government would stop wielding multimillion-dollar hammers over them.

David Beaver,

Portola Valley

RT should call in consultants

Re “Hard tasks await next supervisors” (Editorials, March 20): Did Regional Transit ridership decrease with discontinuance of transfers in 2009? In that year, I’d just returned from a monthlong stay in Minneapolis where a rider could pay bus fare and purchase a transfer for 25 cents that was good for two hours in any direction. Minneapolis’ light rail went to major malls and to the airport.

I returned to Sacramento and transfers were history. Even light-rail ticket purchases no longer transferred to a bus that could get a rider closer to their destination. Does Sacramento Regional Transit call in consultants from cities that have superior transit, such as Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis? If not, please do.

Vada Russell, Sacramento

Just more liberal name-calling

Re “Ohman is right about debates” (Letters, March 20): So, according to Kay Walsh, Donald Trump’s people are “former Democrats, people who never voted, bigots, haters, racists and star-struck fools.” That is so typical of the so-called tolerant left.

Well, I am none of those and I am voting for Trump. Why? Because I refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton, who I think is untrustworthy, arrogant, unethical, power hungry and an elitist who lacks integrity.

Dennis Johnson, Woodland

Ohman is wrong about debates

Donald Trump supporters are for supporting our laws, like legal immigration, and they are against giving illegal immigrants citizenship and providing educational benefits.

Trump supporters are not racist because they want Muslim and other refugees denied entry into the United States for an additional six months to allow proper vetting in an effort to weed out terrorists.

Leslie H. Brown,


Profile of Trump’s army is off base

The letter writer delights in pointing out that Donald Trump’s people are “former Democrats, people who never voted, bigots, haters, racists and star-struck fools.” My guess is that only one or two soldiers in Trump’s army fits her description.

Richard K. Thompson, Roseville

I see Oak Park differently

Re “Oak Park is the new ‘it’ neighborhood, but not everyone’s happy” (Forum, March 13): I read Erika Smith’s article with some disappointment regarding the neighborhood protests against the high price of housing and lack of local employment.

A trip by the Guild Theatre advertised an upcoming play for 12 bucks a ticket. I bought a Sac High T-shirt next door at Underground Books for about $10. Two local ladies waited on me. One shop down, a young local sold me a cup of coffee for $2.50 at Old Soul coffee shop. The local cook in back seemed to know everybody coming through the front door by their first name. Across the street, I caught the blues riffs escaping from the Blues Cafe, loaded with local residents. I got a beer and sandwich at Oak Park Brewery.

Gentrification? Retail business pricing out the local residents? All I saw was a thriving, enthusiastic and upbeat end of town where everybody was having a good time. I bet most of the residents, if polled, are pretty happy with what’s happening here.

Kirk Pocan, Elk Grove

Work together for tent cities

Re “Tent city is worth a try for homeless” (Editorials, March 13): I read the editorial with interest and hope. Yes, this is a temporary solution to a persistent problem, yet it could give some people time to find a suitable, stable place to live.

Have you ever been without a place to stay and not sure where you’d go? I have, and it is scary. There are children, teenagers and families with no roof over their heads.

If people clearly see there is truly a housing problem, greater effort will be put forth to assist. We have board and care, assisted living and rehab centers in our neighborhood, and there are challenges they present, yet we can all work together.

Tina Vanbarriger, Orangevale

Wind power equals water savings

Re “Half-truths disguise the full truths of drought effects” (Forum, Another View, March 20): A lot of people might not know this, but wind power conserves billions of gallons of water every year.

Because generating electricity from wind requires no thermal cooling, wind helps conserve water that would otherwise be used to ensure that conventional power plants don’t overheat. In 2015, this saved almost 73 billion gallons. That breaks down to 226 gallons of water for every American.

This is important to remember for states that struggle with drought. At a time when every drop counts, wind power saved the state 3.4 billion gallons of water in 2014.

Hannah Hunt,

Washington, D.C.,

senior analyst, American Wind Energy Association


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