Letters to the Editor

Hacked emails, the republic, the revolution, making amends

An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Russian President Vladimir Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?
An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Russian President Vladimir Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election? The New York Times

Putin, hackers divert attention

Re “Congress must get to the bottom of creepy email hack” (Editorials, July 27): The Democrats are so good at diverting attention from the email screw-ups of Hillary Clinton and her Democratic friends. The information contained in the hacked emails is the issue, not Putin and his Russian technicians.

Why do the media always seem to go in the direction of a gentle tug given by their very biased Democratic dog collar?

Russ Brown, Carmichael

Having despair of our republic

Re “Can Democrats not self-destruct?” (Viewpoints, July 26): I first voted in 1968 and have played both sides of the aisle: Richard Nixon or John McCain, Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton, and occasional wild cards like John Anderson. National politics is fun and very important for each citizen. However, I begin to despair of our republic.

My medulla oblongata still rings from the Republican convention and its reptilian appeals to hatred and angst. Donald Trump did not help: “Behold, I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to a great America but by me!” Caveat emptor.

Meanwhile, the Democrats display their own version of systemic chaos. At least they lace their messages with positive tones of inclusion. Yet, will such generosity of spirit end up hamstrung by frivolous emails and recalcitrant Sandernistas? Very sad.

I will vote my conscience in November. And we will get the government we deserve.

Richard Davis, Elk Grove

Experiencing a rebellion

Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

We are experiencing a rebellion this election cycle. The people are tired of the ruling elite in both parties, considering the people their subjects. Voters are intent on taking their government back from the establishment. That is why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are so popular.

The good news for the elites is that unlike the French Revolution, there are no guillotines involved, just votes.

Lynn King, Folsom

Health rate hikes not equal

Re “Rate hikes show rising health costs and Obamacare’s flaws” (Viewpoints, July 26): There’s a stark difference between the proposed rate hikes by Blue Shield and Anthem, and the lower rate hikes by Kaiser. Some insurance carriers do a better job at containing health care costs.

Insurance carriers shouldn’t just be passing along high costs to consumers from the drug companies, hospitals and health care providers. They should be aggressively working to negotiate lower costs while improving the quality of care.

Emily Rusch, Oakland, executive director

of CALPIRG

Steinberg wants amends?

Re “Steinberg seeking amends from his opponents” (Page 1A, July 25): Darrell Steinberg wants amends from his opponents before they are in his good graces. This kind of behavior is why many people voted for Angelique Ashby and not a career politician.

It’s most likely the chamber and the firefighters supported Ashby because they had worked with her on the City Council, and respected her efforts to serve all the citizens of her district and believed she would serve everyone in Sacramento if elected mayor.

I guess in all those years in the public sector, Steinberg only learned to be self-serving.

Michael Barcena,

Sacramento

A bigger issue than streetlights

Re “With arena coming, city begins effort to illuminate downtown’s dark corners” (Page 1A, July 25): If the city wants to make citizens feel safer downtown, instead of spending $1.7 million on streetlamps, it should address the real reason people feel don’t feel safe: the homeless, who wander and lurk on K Street Mall, accosting people.

Jack Schwab, Fair Oaks

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