Letters to the Editor

Trump and policy, Prince and opioids, Katehi and family

In Donald Trump’s major foreign policy speech on Wednesday, his theme “America First” is a slogan with a troubled history. The isolationist America First Committee tried to keep the United States out of World War II.
In Donald Trump’s major foreign policy speech on Wednesday, his theme “America First” is a slogan with a troubled history. The isolationist America First Committee tried to keep the United States out of World War II. Tribune News Service

‘America first’ term is scary

Re “Trump pledges to put ‘America first,’ retool foreign policy” (Page 9A, April 28): The term “America first” as put forth by Donald Trump sent a chill up my spine. Anyone who is old enough to remember pre-World War II days will recall that “America First” was an organization that not only opposed our entry into the war but also turned out to contain as members many Nazi sympathizers. They wanted to prevent U.S. involvement in the European conflict in order to aid the Nazi cause.

Trump shows his ignorance of American history in his jingoistic rhetoric.

Ginger Bartel-Sherb, Sacramento

Opioids are overly prescribed

Re “Prince’s death puts opioids center stage” (Editorials, April 29): It is indeed tragic if Prince’s death was connected to an opioid addiction. The problem has been around for years, yet I haven’t seen a change in the frequency of prescriptions.

Two of my loved ones recently were given prescriptions for 20 Norco tablets after minor medical procedures. Neither procedure led to severe pain, and the initial pain lasted only a day or two. My loved ones did not fill their prescriptions. Why are opioids prescribed to this extent?

Melissa Hallas, Orangevale

Outraged over family privilege

Re “Katehi put on leave” (Page 1A, April 28): As a California taxpayer, who paid 100 percent of my daughter’s tuition and fees at a California university, I am outraged at Linda Katehi’s family privilege. UC President Janet Napolitano has no choice but to relieve Katehi of her duties.

Paul Koscheka, Antelope

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