Letters to the Editor

Transit tax, UC Davis chancellor

A $3.6 billion sales tax measure will be on the November ballot for a countywide transportation improvement. The measure would increase the county sales tax by a half-cent for 30 years. A similar 30-year sales tax took effect in 2009.
A $3.6 billion sales tax measure will be on the November ballot for a countywide transportation improvement. The measure would increase the county sales tax by a half-cent for 30 years. A similar 30-year sales tax took effect in 2009. jvillegas@sacbee.com

How many tax hikes are needed?

Re “Deal clears way for $3.6 billion road, transit tax measure” (Page 1A, April 23): Sacramento leaders have negotiated a compromise that they say clears the way to put a $3.6 billion sales tax measure on the November ballot for countywide transportation improvements. The measure would increase county sales taxes by half a cent for 30 years.

Folks, that’s a long time. Sacramento County voters passed a half-cent transportation tax for 30 years in 2004, and it went into effect in 2009. Thus it has only been seven years since the first tax was passed, and now the county is asking taxpayers to pass another 30-year tax that will overlap the first one. I find that incredible. Why wasn’t the first tax increase sufficient to do the job? Will still a third 30-year tax be needed in seven years?

Jack Seal, Folsom

We don’t need more taxes

They are asking for another half-cent tax for transit and road repairs? We are half-centing ourselves to death. Look back to 2004 when a half-cent tax was passed for this same reason. What results are we seeing?

I don’t ride light rail because of its filth and crime. Show me where that last half-cent tax went, because the roads are still a mess. I think it’s time that our elected officials work with what they have.

Remember money is well spent if you spend it like it’s your own and not other people’s. Show me more responsibility before I give you more money. It’s a NO vote for me.

Dave Putman,

Citrus Heights

How about sensible gun laws?

Re “New gun restrictions clear Senate panel” (Capitol & California, April 20) The first paragraph of the article reads “A state Senate committee advanced five bills Tuesday whose authors say they will keep more firearms out of the hands of those who are not allowed to possess them and help reduce the threat of mass shootings.” None of these bills would accomplish that goal.

None of the five bills that passed the Senate committee will stop a determined psycho or terrorist from committing horrendous acts of violence upon unarmed civilians in a gun free zone.

If these politicians were sincere about passing legislation that would reduce gun violence, they would craft a bill that would place mandatory sentences of five years for possession of a firearm while committing a misdemeanor and 10 years for possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

No ifs, ands or buts, and no plea bargaining. We need legislation that is based in logic and common sense, not emotion.

Christopher Hudson,

Roseville

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