Letters to the Editor

Ashby’s campaign, Linda Katehi, GOP in disarray, Trump’s rise, minimum wage

Sacramento mayoral candidate Angelique Ashby announced a news conference last week and her campaign manager, Josh Pulliam, sent a note to a Sacramento Bee editor stating that The Bee’s reporter would be barred from attending attending the meeting.
Sacramento mayoral candidate Angelique Ashby announced a news conference last week and her campaign manager, Josh Pulliam, sent a note to a Sacramento Bee editor stating that The Bee’s reporter would be barred from attending attending the meeting. aseng@sacbee.com

Ashby’s pettiness hurts campaign

Re “Ashby picks a petty – and revealing – fight” (Editorials, April 8): Who touts and defends obviously erroneous – laughable – crime stats? Who accuses those who question those stats of underhanded tactics? And who recently barred a Sacramento Bee reporter from her press conference? Angelique Ashby is the answer, albeit rhetorically, to each question.

I want a mayor who can be trusted to make City Hall more transparent, not less, after the last four years of misconduct and scandal. Ashby has clearly shown herself to be part of that problem by thwarting transparency and not owning up to her mistakes, however small or honest.

I’m reminded of something Darrell Steinberg said during the KCRA debate after Ashby’s press conference debacle: “Who do you trust to be a great mayor, to build coalitions, to heal the rifts in the city?”

I certainly don’t trust that Ashby would be able to build coalitions or heal rifts when this is how she conducts her campaign.

Edith Brennan, Sacramento

Katehi should be dismissed

Re “Katehi apologizes in hearing” (Page 1A, April 4): In various forums, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has failed miserably to justify her desire to supplement her meager annual UC salary of $424,360 by accepting highly paid positions with two major for-profit corporations.

She claimed she wanted to help students (her legal fiduciary responsibility on a board is the interests of investors, not students) and to provide much needed board diversity. These moonlighting roles provide no benefit to the university. She said she needs involvement with corporations for fundraising. Involvement does not necessitate employment.

Katehi should resign. Four California lawmakers and the San Francisco Chronicle have called for her resignation. In Arizona, 22 lawmakers asked for the resignation of the president of the University of Arizona for joining the DeVry Education Group board. People are tired of highly paid public servants abusing their offices. I urge everyone to contact the UC Regents and their state legislators to ask for Katehi’s dismissal.

John Proffitt, Davis

Now what for Republicans?

Re “The approaching GOP train wreck” (Viewpoints, April 8): Columnist Charles Krauthammer predicts the Republican Party’s experience to nominate its presidential candidate will leave itself so torn that a victory in the general election is at best a wish. His disappointment is mirrored by virtually every conservative journalist with a national readership.

What is absent in their regret is an unbiased explanation for this disarray and a strategy for the party to restore itself. Until Republican leaders accept demographic trends, separate governance from social beliefs and can convince their electorate that progress is achievable with compromise, Republicans will continue to decline as a minority party.

Naysayers can participate in their debates, but a minority cannot be given veto power. Nothing in the word “No” implies a successful result. Throughout the earth’s timeline, those who adapt to life conditions thrive and those unable or unwilling to do so become extinct.

Dan Fong,

Rancho Cordova

Excited to see Trump in office

Re “Electoral map gives Trump a reality check” (Page A1, April 3): I’m not surprised. As a Donald Trump supporter, this is to be expected and will continue. The more he’s made out to be a bad person, the better it gets for him. He’s not going to get everything right, he’s human. But he learns quickly and is very, very different from his detractors and opponents insomuch that he’s a self-made man, not a lifetime politician. Many politicians can’t cut it in the private sector.

Trump owes nobody and kowtows to nobody. I’m really excited about getting a real person who loves this country and wants to get us back on the right track. Our country is sinking fast.

David Brannan,

Citrus Heights

Missing the point on minimum wage

Numerous letters to editor have criticized the phased-in minimum wage hike. Some argued that it must result in price increases and layoffs. But there also is significant evidence it will increase consumer spending, helping to rebuild the economy.

The minimum wage historically was a starting point for the young, one writer said. Perhaps, but millions of people today are underpaid, among them waitresses, widows, college graduates and ex-prisoners. Raises are small and infrequent even for hard workers, and true upward mobility is rare.

One contributor claimed the wage hike is a hidden tax, a devious scheme to soak the wealthy. Taxes will increase due to higher civil service payrolls; no secret there. There’s no hidden agenda, only a conviction that no one who works full time should live in poverty; that citizens and businesses can make adjustments to prevent this; and that six years is enough time to make them.

David Barrett, Sacramento

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