Letters to the Editor

Panama Papers, minimum wage, fool’s gold, inflated grades, abortion punishment

Russian cellist and House of Music Director Sergei Roldugin, left, was named in a sweeping investigation into the offshore financial dealings that implicated a number of people who are believed to be Russian President Vladamir Putin’s close friends.
Russian cellist and House of Music Director Sergei Roldugin, left, was named in a sweeping investigation into the offshore financial dealings that implicated a number of people who are believed to be Russian President Vladamir Putin’s close friends. The Associated Press

Oh, the struggles of the rich

Re “Huge document leak exposes how the wealthy hide money” (Page 1A, April 4): Once again The Sacramento Bee shows its liberal bias by bashing the wealthy. Wealth is a terrible burden, and the reporting on the Panama Papers does nothing but increase the derision aimed at the struggling rich.

Of course the wealthy hide money offshore to evade taxes; this is simple Reaganomics. The rich avoid taxes, but someone has to pay the government’s bills, so the middle- and lower-class end up paying. The money trickles up from the people who have little to those with a lot.

The wealthy are the only ones qualified to make decisions that need to be made. No mere employee would decide to send his job overseas to a country with low wages and few worker protections; it takes someone who is unprejudiced by the need to eat and have a home. That’s why the rich are called “The Job Enders.”

I would say cancel my subscription, but this is kind of fun.

Peter Rodman, Sacramento

Making sense of social justice

Re “Brown signs bill to boost minimum wage to $15” (Page 1A, April 5): Per Gov. Jerry Brown, it is OK to sign an economic bill that does not make economic sense in the name of social justice. No one should be surprised at this logic from a Democrat. The legislative test for Democrats now is: does it make me feel warm and fuzzy? If yes, go for it.

Paul Greisen, Sacramento

Democrats like taxing the poor

Re “GOP does bidding of big business” (Letters, April 4): Letter writer Jim Kelley blames the GOP and big business for the high prices of gas and food. But it is progressive mandates that make our gas almost $1 a gallon more expensive. Same for eggs from happy chickens. The new minimum wage will increase the price of produce.

Democrats are selectively hitting the poor for unaffordable moving-violation costs. Rich Republicans seldom smoke while the Democrats raise the tobacco taxes on the poor.

Gerald Holmquist,

Roseville

The real fools and giving gold

Re “Minimum wage hike is fool’s gold” (Letters, April 4): Letter writer Charles Hummer suggests a minimum wage increase will result in fewer jobs. I am reminded of hearing Republicans intone that trying the same thing over and over is the definition of insanity. The real fool’s gold is giving more and more tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. After 50 years, how many more jobs are there? Oh, yeah. Maybe we just haven’t tried long enough to squeeze more than 90 percent of our nation’s wealth to the thin upper crust. Yeah, sure, that’s the ticket.

William Caple,

Sacramento

Meeting uncertain bar in school

Re “Instructors must own up to their role in grade inflation” (Viewpoints, April 5): Columnist Karin Klein shares the illusion with President Barack Obama that if you work hard and follow the rules you can succeed. Neither addresses the reality that the rules are changing at the whims of individuals, teachers and politicians, who are at a loss to define excellence.

The rules are changing, putting students and teachers at risk. So, students, work hard and take your chances and hope for a little grade inflation to save you.

Bernard Allen Goldberg,

Sacramento

Hypocrisy in abortion debate

Re “Trump backtracks on question of punishing women for abortion” (Sacbee.com, March 30): I find it odd that the anti-abortion crowd would not punish the mother for having an abortion if the procedure was illegal – only the doctor who performs it. Haven’t they been calling abortion murder? Isn’t the woman abetting the doctor by taking the victim to the doctor for the unlawful procedure?

Jon Maloney, Sacramento

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