Letters to the Editor

Letters: Assisted death, Prop. 54, climate change, bike riders, 2nd Amendment

Betsy Davis, third from left, has a laugh with her friends during her going away party in Ojai, Calif., in July. Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: “These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness. And one rule: No crying.” The 41-year-old woman diagnosed with ALS held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill.
Betsy Davis, third from left, has a laugh with her friends during her going away party in Ojai, Calif., in July. Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: “These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness. And one rule: No crying.” The 41-year-old woman diagnosed with ALS held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill. Associated Press

Assisted death a true blessing

Re “With barbiturates and martini, an ailing man chooses his exit” (Insight, Aug. 15): What a moving and powerful article. I am filled with gratitude that these brave and beautiful people shared their stories. I too value my independence above all. Knowing these options to determine my own fate are legally available gives me a real optimism, and allays so many fears of losing that independence to age and infirmity.

Sophie Tramel, Fairfield

Give voters the advantage

Re “Proposition 54 is a special interest ploy” (Opinion, Another View, Aug. 12): Make no mistake, Proposition 54 in no way empowers special interests. Proposition 54 is on the ballot because it deals with an all-access pass to the Legislature.

Walking into the Capitol with exclusive access to the shady backrooms where deals are made is a luxury currently reserved for political insiders like Steve Maviglio. Proposition 54 gives voters the tools to hold their legislators accountable and ensures we have a voice in policy discussions that would otherwise happen in the dead of night behind closed doors.

Voters will no longer have to scramble to keep track of bills that have been gutted and amended beyond recognition, only to be voted on the very same day. With Proposition 54 voters will finally be put first, not special interests.

Grayson Gordon, Davis

How do we combat climate change?

Re “Global warming polarizes more than abortion, says climate expert” (Insight, Aug. 15): I believe that climate change may be real, but what can we do to reverse it? Why not publish the results of what has been done to reverse it and show that it was successful? For many of us it seems like an excuse to raise taxes, which are used mainly for other projects.

Carl Kube, Roseville

No bike riding on sidewalks

Re “It’s dangerous out there” (Letters, Aug. 13): Scofflaw bicyclist Don Knutson admits smashing into a pedestrian on a sidewalk in downtown Sacramento. He then proceeds to blame the victim and brag about reducing his carbon footprint. Is it any wonder that laws against riding bicycles on sidewalks need tough enforcement?

Paul Clegg, Sacramento

Phelps, Olympians are not ‘losers’

Re “Phelps shows he’s a good loser” (Page 1A, Aug. 13): Most athletes feel that making the Olympic team is winning enough, and winning a medal for many is the height of their career. And yet, in front-page caption of the photograph of the medalists in the 100 meter butterfly, The Bee identifies Phelps as a “loser” for winning a silver medal. Really?

Why undermine such a great moment?

Vincent Farhood,

Sacramento

NRA’s big lie about 2nd Amendment

Re “One ally remains firmly behind Trump: The NRA” (Insight, Aug. 11): National Rifle Association board member Grover Norquist calls Donald Trump “the most pro-Second Amendment presidential candidate” in living memory.

To which version is Norquist referring – the original version, which begins with the phrase, “A well regulated militia,” or the NRA rewrite, endorsed by a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008?

The Supreme Court ruled in 1939 and again in 1980 that the Second Amendment confers a collective right to maintain well-regulated armed state militias, such as the current-day National Guard, not an individual right to own guns.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger called the misrepresentation of the Second Amendment as guaranteeing an individual right to own guns “one of the biggest pieces of fraud on the American public” that he had seen.

Bill Durston, Gold River

Trump is like a petulant child

Donald Trump lost the presidential election during the primaries. He acted like a petulant, spoiled adolescent who has never been told no. He is the only candidate who could make Hillary Clinton look like a viable alternative. I am a registered Republican who will be voting third party.

James Pantalone,

Fair Oaks

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