Letters to the Editor

Outdated Pledge, Clinton bias, remembering Bergeson

Protesters carry an American flag chanting “all lives matter” as they congregate at the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday after Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed outside the store by Baton Rouge police, where he was selling CDs.
Protesters carry an American flag chanting “all lives matter” as they congregate at the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday after Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed outside the store by Baton Rouge police, where he was selling CDs. The Associated Press

Pledge of Allegiance outdated

I taught elementary school for 26 years, and I never started a day having my students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because it is not true, but a perpetuation of a myth. For anyone in the year 2016, to believe this country is a “republic for which it stands,” is far from reality. To infer that it’s the power of the people that leads our government is a disservice to most Americans, because they now know that this government is controlled by corporations that have bought off the representatives voted to serve “the people.”

And, the pledge ends with “and justice for all.” Again, a myth. To say all Americans receive equal justice is once again not true. It’s in words, but not put into action.

When I starting teaching I decided that I wouldn’t be repeating myths and untruths. The pledge is outdated and untrue.

Don Brown, West Sacramento

Showing bias against Clinton

Re “Clinton should not be president” (Letters, July 7): The 10 letters to the editor, all on the subject of Hillary Clinton’s emails, were against the Democratic nominee for president, which reflects the bias of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board.

Does anyone consider Clinton’s accomplishments? During her tenure, Clinton traveled over a million miles, oversaw thousands of people in the State Department, and handled tens of thousands of emails, all in the post-Iraq-war era of jihadist terrorism.

If you want Donald Trump for president, forget objectivity and keep repeating the Republican mantra about emails.

Joan Walthall, Sacramento

GOP should tread carefully

Republicans outraged by Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” handling of confidential material on her email server and calling for her prosecution for such carelessness should tread carefully, lest someone review their reckless release of classified information when it suits their political aims. I’m certain they wouldn’t want to be subject to the same degree of scrutiny or prosecution.

Mike Neff, Sacramento

Remembering Marian Bergeson

Re “She was the first woman to serving in both of California’s houses” (Page 7A, July 7): I was lucky. I initially got to know Marian Bergeson as a wife, mother and local school board member before she ran for the Assembly and Senate. Despite being political opposites, here’s what this lifelong Democrat would tell his Orange County friends every time she ran for reelection: “If you want to go to heaven, vote for Marian.” RIP dear friend.

Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach

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