Letters to the Editor

Letters: Sanders and polls, Goldman Sachs and crimes, gambling and families, regs and gray wolves

An April 7 McClatchy/Marist poll shows Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders beating all three Republicans running for president.
An April 7 McClatchy/Marist poll shows Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders beating all three Republicans running for president. The Associated Press

What about Bernie Sanders?

Re “Analysis: Kasich could win presidency” (Insight, April 13): The article discusses Clinton, Cruz, Kasich and Trump, but leaves off Sanders, so the story is incomplete. The Morning Consult may have not have polled regarding Sanders vs. the Republicans, but McClatchy/Marist did on April 7.

The complete general-election match-up results for that McClatchy/Marist poll were:

Clinton 50%, Trump 41%

Clinton 47%, Cruz 47%

Kasich 51%, Clinton 42%

Sanders 57%, Trump 37%

Sanders 53%, Cruz 41%

Sanders 52%, Kasich 41%

Notice that Sanders performs better than Clinton against the Republican candidates in all cases. He even beats Kasich.

James Wells, Roseville

What about criminal activity?

Re “Goldman Sachs hit for $5 billion” (Page 1A, April 12): While I applaud the work that assistant U.S. attorneys Colleen Kennedy and Kelli Taylor did to bring about this settlement, I’m dismayed that these settlements never assign any accountability for the criminal activity that leads to them. Also it’s never revealed how much money/profit is made from this fraud. I wonder if the U.S. attorney knows what plausible deniability is in regard to what high-level employees of the company knew before these massive frauds where perpetrated.

Mark Tulowitzky, Roseville

Regulate the gas companies

When I arrived in Maui, Hawaii, I stopped by the Costco for supplies on my way from the airport. When I filled up my car, I was shocked to see regular gas was $2.39 per gallon. When I filled up Tuesday at Costco in Marina Del Rey, it was $2.65 per gallon.

Now it is well known, that as the most remote archipelago of islands in the world, the Hawaiian Islands consistently have the highest fuel prices in the United States, well obviously, not any more.

As we all have long suspected California refiners have been gouging us in Southern California for years. So Maui is cheaper, really?

Maybe it’s time to bring the oil companies in California under the control of the Public Utilities Commission, like SoCal Edison and PG&E. The companies are allowed to make a profit for their shareholders, and pay a dividend, but they have to petition the board for price increases. Since the oil companies refuse to play fair, I guess it’s time to make them.

William Rehwald,

Santa Monica

Casinos, gambling destroy families

My name is Tony and my life was destroyed by the casinos. How many lives, how many divorces, how many college funds were destroyed by the local casinos. No one is talking about it. The politicians are silent and no help is being offered. If there were strip joints in our neighborhood, there will be thousands of people marching to close them down. It seems like no one cares about our families.

Tony Irish, Elk Grove

Right on about minimum wage

Re “California’s minimum wage hike has winners and losers” (Viewpoints, April 12): Daniel Weintraub’s analysis is the most complete and analytical discussion yet of the pros and cons of the big minimum wage increases in California. He correctly points out that this move will not make a significant improvement in poverty, and probably will have no effect at all. He calls it a “big gamble on behalf of the working poor.”

It is a gamble for workers and employees. California is too diverse to have one uniform minimum wage. Wages should follow each different economic environment.

Willie Bruce Pruitt,

Roseville

Regs needed to aid gray wolves

The California Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering new regulations to ban nighttime hunting and lethal trapping in California’s gray wolf habitat. These regulations are an essential step in establishing a strong wolf recovery and management plan for California.

Mistaken killings of returning gray wolves pose a very real threat to the Shasta pack family and gray wolf recovery in California overall. Documented cases throughout the United States show that wolves are frequently killed by hunters targeting coyotes during night hunts and by lethal traps and snares set for coyotes and other animals.

While wolf recovery and management in California will be a long-term effort involving many stakeholders, the most immediate risks to the species can be addressed right now. The commission’s adoption of a ban against nighttime hunting and lethal trapping in wolf habitat would greatly reduce the likelihood of Endangered Species Act violations caused by mistaken killings.

Erin Hauge, Sacramento

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