Letters to the Editor

Millennial and Sanders, John Wayne, water, etc.

After winning the Indiana Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said the win will help him “pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States.”
After winning the Indiana Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said the win will help him “pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States.” The Associated Press

Campaign lost, argument won?

Re “A liberal millennial’s case against Sanders” (Forum, May 1): Young Hillary Clinton supporter Nathaniel Haas draws an overwrought and clichéd caricature of her opponent, Bernie Sanders.

Sanders is no tea party leftist. He has a long record of working with others in both houses of Congress. He has upstaged Clinton on campaign issues and largely framed the Democratic debate.

Clinton’s greater support from minorities owes to her history as a front-and-center political player, not to any civil rights shortcomings on Sanders’ part.

A tuition-free public university would mostly be a restoration of a system of years past.

Nathaniel, in dismissing his own peers who support Sanders as the “entitlement generation,” ignores others like me, an old New Deal-whelped progressive, who relishes the return of bold proposals and real reform.

Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

Millennial should do the math

To support his opinion of Sen. Bernie Sanders as somebody who promises “free stuff,” Nathaniel Haas, who is now attending law school at USC, derides Sanders’ plan to make college free for undergraduate students attending public institutions. His criticisms are unconvincing.

Haas first complains that Sanders’ plan will require that states raise taxes or cut spending to pay for it. The recent revenue from tuition and fees for the UC and CSU systems combined is approximately $5.2 billion. California would be responsible for one third of that or about $1.73 billion. That is about $45 in extra taxes annually for every man, woman and child in California.

Next, Haas irrationally claims the plan fails to help the neediest. While Sanders’ plan doesn’t explicitly expand the Pell Grant system, it doesn’t eliminate it, and it eliminates tuition and fees at public institutions. Seems like help to me.

Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael

Voters should demand what they want

Nathaniel Haas is urging voters to do what Democrats have been doing for the last 40 years – lower the bar.

He claims that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposals are “impossible politically.” They are only impossible as long as voters don’t stand up and demand what they want, and as long as we are too cheap to pay for these important investments in the future of our country. They are impossible as long as we don’t require the Department of Defense and other agencies to balance their budgets and eliminate waste. They are impossible as long as we give entitlements to large corporations and allow corporate tax dodges.

Anybody who is involved in bargaining knows that everybody doesn’t get what they want, but if we don’t ask for what we want, we most assuredly won’t get it. When did we become a country of corporate lickspittles?

Dawn Wolfson, Cameron Park

John Wayne deserves his day

Re “If the Duke can’t get his day, who can?” (Forum, Jack Ohman, May 1): The U.S. Congress deemed John Wayne worthy of a commemorative gold coin, but the California Legislature doesn’t think he deserves a special day?

I’m 76, and I can think of no other action star who presented the ideal image of a man in so many films. He stood tall, did what was right, protected the weak and promoted patriotism. He inspired many of us to try harder to be good people.

Racist? He was married to a Hispanic woman. He honored the Indians in “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “Hondo.” He honorably played a WWII German patriot in “Sea Chase.” He probably killed as many white outlaws and criminals as he did Indians and others – the same ethnic groups killed by many other movie heroes who are not called racist.

A couple of supposed racist comments should not cancel out all of the good he portrayed.

Give John Wayne his day.

Ron W. Loutzenhiser, Galt

Why raise the levees?

Re “Inevitable changes in California’s water supply” (Viewpoints, May 1): When is it time to admit sea level is rising and it is better to move to higher ground rather than raise levees? When is it time to admit that the CO2 emissions associated with a project are mostly warming the planet and not providing significant benefit?

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

Trump is just waking America up

Re “Trump has hustled millions of people” (Letters , May 1): Letter writer Brian Gray has it very wrong. Donald Trump is anything but spoiled. Saying he is privileged is also wrong. Trump took the millions he got from his dad and turned it into billions of dollars. That’s working hard and getting it done in a big way.

David Brannan, Citrus Heights

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