Letters to the Editor

Equal time, Trump’s campaign, carbon fee, young farmers

Stephen Bannon, the Breitbart News executive chairman, was named chief executive of Donald Trump’s campaign last week.
Stephen Bannon, the Breitbart News executive chairman, was named chief executive of Donald Trump’s campaign last week. Zuma Press

Candidates should get equal time

Re “We cover this unreal campaign, applying our values” (Forum, Joyce Terhaar, Aug. 14): This column was about the concern that if “one candidate dominates the news cycle because of behavior” that the other candidate isn’t getting the same exposure.

Maybe the press and TV news can balance that inequity by providing equal time. If Donald Trump gets half a page of press, or 10 minutes of TV time, for his outbursts then Hillary Clinton should get equal coverage for her reply or for one of her speeches. Why should Trump get all that free press for insulting a Gold Star mother, praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, etc. Let’s have equal space and time for Hillary.

A.D. Dopson, Elk Grove

Revenue neutral carbon fee needed

Re “An Rx for cap and trade” (Forum, Aug. 14): Severin Borenstein of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is right. Cap and trade is not giving business a predictable, appropriate cost of emitting CO2. A price on greenhouse gas emissions would give business a predictable cost of emitting CO2.

The California Air Resources Board scoping plan says Californians emitted 372 million tons of CO2 in 2014. Stanford scientists say each ton did $220 worth of damage worldwide. If we put a price on those CO2 emission damages, and used George Schultz’s revenue neutral carbon fee, every Californian would get about $2,098 dollars per year or $174 dollars per month. That is enough to pay the $1.99 per gallon increase in gasoline prices, and enough to see significant decreases in California’s CO2 emissions.

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

Alienating half of the audience

Re “Pol doesn’t get his name in the paper” (Forum, Aug. 14): Jack Ohman doesn’t seem to understand why newspapers are failing and shrinking.

First, the pressure from other news sources has increased with better TV coverage and the new, alternative web media. Changes in tech are going to continue. Second, The Sacramento Bee abandons half the potential readers with its left and far-left views. Most conservatives are aware of The Bee’s bias.

If The Bee was serious about the business end of their world, it would have real conservatives on the editorial board and included in its news stories. The bias for Hillary Clinton is just the latest example of how the newspaper puts its finger on the scale toward the left. The Bee doesn’t have to become Fox News to take advantage of the benefits of presenting a conservative viewpoint.

Mike Mattos, Rocklin

The man behind Trump’s curtain

Re “Trump shuffles chiefs running his campaign” (Page 1A, Aug. 18): “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.” – Thomas Jefferson

The following quote from GOP consultant Rick Wilson:

“If you were looking for a tone or pivot, (Stephen) Bannon will pivot you in a dark, racist and divisive direction. It will be a nationalistic, hateful campaign.”

The citizenry will be fed anything but enlightenment by the doubling down of a campaign constantly dispensing fear, conspiracy and outright lies to keep the people from any discussion of substance and goals.

A common tactic of defense lawyers when they have no credible facts to present the jury is to attack the witness, in this case, the other candidate.

Get ready for the “stuff” to hit the wall to see if any sticks. See how much in the way of rational comments we get from The Donald.

Bob Eason, Roseville

Trump speaks, makes less sense

Re “Trump’s foreign trade policy would be economic poison” (Viewpoints, Aug. 14): Jock O’Connell’s occasional submissions to The Sacramento Bee are reason enough to subscribe. Not only does he inform with real facts and figures, his analysis is always erudite, interesting and compelling.

The more Donald Trump speaks, the less sense he makes. Selling himself as an accomplished businessman is not the same as actually being one, as those who’ve had to deal with him would attest.

Farah Ray Robbins,


We should support young farmers

Re “Congress, forgive young farmers’ student loans” (Forum, Aug. 7): U.S. representatives from California should get on the bandwagon to move the “Young Farmer Success Act” explained in The Bee Forum article. Young Chico farmer Rory Crowley urges Congress to forgive student loans of young farmers, and pass HR 2590, introduced by a New York House member with one California co-author.

The bill should have strong support from California’s delegation to maintain our standing as the country’s breadbasket and the success of this vital part of our state economy. It is easy to spot the struggling college-educated farmers at our many farmer’s markets, and to hear their stories.

I am grateful for the young people motivated to take on this tough profession. We need their educated expertise to meet the many new challenges that threaten the variety of bountiful crops we take for granted. We’re spoiled, and I asked our Congresswoman Doris Matsui to help keep it that way.

Rose King, Sacramento

Bicycle courtesy would help a lot

Re “No bike riding on sidewalks” (Letters, Aug. 16): A little bicycle courtesy is not a fix-all to the pedestrian vs. bicyclist issue, but I feel it would go a long way in preventing accidents and calming the feelings between the two sides.

When our children were growing up we used to ride the American River recreation trail and cyclists would always call out their presence when approaching others from behind. These days it seems no one is teaching any biking courtesy. Since bikes are fast and silent, a simple announcement by riders approaching others from behind would warn walkers, joggers, etc. that a bike was there. I don’t mind stepping off the trail or sidewalk if a bicycle is coming; and a simple “thank you” would be nice.

Sharon K. Ranasinghe, Sacramento


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