Letters to the Editor

Gun control, legal immigrants, presidential candidates, fireworks

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses a bill under consideration for his signature with Tom Dyer, his chief deputy legislative affairs secretary. Last week, Brown signed legislation expanding California’s decades-old ban on assault weapons and regulating ammunition sales.
Gov. Jerry Brown discusses a bill under consideration for his signature with Tom Dyer, his chief deputy legislative affairs secretary. Last week, Brown signed legislation expanding California’s decades-old ban on assault weapons and regulating ammunition sales. The Associated Press

Make this nation a safer place to live

Re “Brown signs gun bills to limit rifles, bullet capacity, ammo sales” (Page 1A, July 2): I am 16 and scared. A year from now I will be getting ready to leave the comfort of my home, my parents and my small city as I go to college. I’m scared of this world I am entering. A world full of violence and hate. A world where innocent people die every day by use of firearms.

National opinion overwhelmingly is to tighten regulations so that innocent Americans are not the subject of premature deaths. We have yet to act on a united, national level. Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature are making attempts that don’t go unnoticed, but when will Congress act?

Contact your representative and make this nation less scary.

Surina Khurana, Granite Bay

More important than gun control

Since Jan. 1, there have been 8,500 homicides in this country, with a gun being used in 5,815. Now that is terrible, but may I point out that there have also been 17,106 DUI-related deaths, 50,596 due to alcohol, and 177,087 caused by tobacco use. Texting is also responsible for 3,031 vehicle deaths. Also, your great leaders of this state want recreational marijuana, which means more people will die while driving. In the big picture, guns are playing a small part in all these deaths.

Wise up, people. Gun control isn’t the answer for everything. It’s each person controlling their choices and if they need help, asking for it.

Larry Wolf, Valley Springs

Legal immigrants, not illegal

Re “New citizens symbolize America” (Insight, Foon Rhee, July 5): Donald Trump supports legal citizenship. Had he been in attendance, he would have applauded these new citizens. His position on immigration is not complicated – entry and citizenship through legal means.

Does Foon Rhee not get it or did he choose to misrepresent Trump’s position?

Drin Welker, Sacramento

False equivalency of candidates

Re “America’s politics contorted” (Insight, July 4): In his dyspeptic take on the election, Dan Walters wonders why “neither political party could find a decent human being to carry its banner,” suggesting an equivalence between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as to human decency.

But only one of them has uttered sexist, racist, violence-encouraging and fear-mongering comments. Only one has made personal insults the hallmark of the campaign. Only one has made creepy comments about dating his daughter. Only one has made this campaign about his personality and his prejudices, and not public policy.

This false equivalency is a sham.

Brian Sweeney, Sacramento

Aerial spraying an insane practice

Re “Mosquito spraying also killed my bees” (Letters, June 27): Many years ago, communities were sprayed with a pesticide called DDT. It was later determined that there were unforeseen consequences of this spraying that were alarming. Today, pesticides are still sprayed via aircraft on our communities, and you can be certain there are undesired effects.

The reader who wrote of his bees dying is an example. Pesticides don’t just target mosquitoes, they also kill other insects and disrupt the natural balance. There will come a time when people will look back at aerial spraying of pesticides and wonder how such an insane practice ever was allowed.

James Langford, Rio Linda

Safe and sane fireworks at 2 a.m.?

Everyone is commenting about “safe and sane” fireworks. How about some “safe and sane” responsible individuals to use these fireworks? My neighborhood sounded like a war zone at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when jerks with no better sense continued firing off M-80s and other noisy fireworks.

Put a stop to this insane practice of disturbing other people’s peace.

Marie Reed, Sacramento

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