Letters to the Editor

Zika, voting rights, Trump, Khan

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is behind the large outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. Four Zika infections in the Miami area are likely the first caused by mosquito bites in the continental U.S.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is behind the large outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. Four Zika infections in the Miami area are likely the first caused by mosquito bites in the continental U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Showing ID is not too much to ask

Re “Three victories for voting rights” (Editorials, Aug. 2): I have to show my ID when I write a check, get on a plane, look at my safe deposit box, go to the doctor’s office, and check into a hospital. Even people applying for welfare have to provide some form of identification. Why shouldn’t I show my ID to vote?

The editorial board states “that every eligible voter should have a fair chance to have their voice heard.” I have a right to know that all votes are legal and accurate. In every election cycle, someone casts illegal votes or some dead person votes.

Jennifer Garets, Fair Oaks

We must stop the spread of Zika

Re “Zika virus spurs call for caution in Miami,” (Page 1A, Aug. 2): Our officials have waited, doing nothing, and now Zika is in Miami. The CDC is concerned because insecticides aren’t working and a vaccine is several years away. They expect to see more outbreaks in other places.

Since the mosquito lives about a week and must bite an infected person, the key to stopping the spread is to prevent infected persons from contacting mosquitoes. As not all infected persons show symptoms, all travelers from Zika areas should be tested upon entry to the United States. People who test positive should be kept mosquito free for the 10 days they can spread the disease.

This is a minor inconvenience compared to the disaster that will occur if they are allowed to spread the disease. Still our officials wait, waiting for disaster.

Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

Edison isn’t at fault for San Onofre

Re “Will PUC get the message?” (Dan Walters, July 27): Dan Walters misfires when he attacks the San Onofre settlement. Allegations that mismanagement prompted the closure of the plant are simply not credible. In fact, there is a substantial record from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that identifies Mitsubishi’s faulty computer codes as the cause of the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant.

The current California Public Utilities Commission proceeding regarding the plant’s closure is providing the opportunity for others to confirm for themselves that the settlement is reasonable and should stand.

The settlement ensures that Edison shareholders, not customers, pay for faulty steam generators from the day they were no longer providing power.

Edison is pursuing arbitration to maximize recovery from Mitsubishi. The settlement requires that 50 percent of any proceeds (minus legal fees) be returned to customers. From insurance alone, the settlement also has already provided for the return of $293 million to customers.

Ron Nichols, Southern California Edison president

Trump is a stooge for Manafort

Re “GOP recoils from Trump” (Page 1A, Aug. 2): Donald Trump is a stooge and useful idiot under the control of Russia’s long-time paid puppet, Paul Manafort. This ignorant presidential candidate has no cogent thoughts, positions, or policies of his own. With Russia pulling the strings, it is no surprise the only GOP platform item the Trump campaign fought for and won was a pro-Russia stance on Ukraine, a fact they’re now denying.

I’m watching the Trump presidential campaign, and it’s frightening. Will the vision of Republican leaders ever improve?

Peggy Beasley, Elk Grove

GOP sacrifices too much to Trump

Here’s another conspiracy theory for you: Donald Trump does not want to be president. Perhaps, he has become more and more outrageous to sabotage his candidacy; wondering what he has to say and who has to malign before he goes too far.

Still, key Republicans are unwilling to withdraw their support. Are they so wedded to winning at all costs that they are willing to sacrifice civility and the Constitution?

Connie Clark, Sacramento

Clinton’s Iraq war vote cost lives

Donald Trump, a highly successful businessman, had nothing to do with Khirz and Ghazala Khan’s son's death. No one should insult Donald Trump by saying he has not read the Constitution. Mr. Khan should have done some research first before making such an unfounded statement. Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. That is the reason so many of our soldiers have been killed.

Ingrid Croissant-Huber, Roseville

Blame Clinton for Khan debacle

My heart goes out to all families who lost family members in this war against Islamic terrorists. The shame was when Hillary Clinton put the Khan family on stage to denounce Donald Trump. He has done more than any other when it comes to our military and our veterans.

Dewayne Ertl, Orangevale

I did not see any reference to Hillary Clinton lying to Chris Wallace about the e-mail scandal on Fox News Sunday. The Washington Post just gave her four Pinocchios. The Sacramento Bee is biased toward Hillary Clinton.

Heidi Hines, El Dorado Hills


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