Letters to the Editor

Kaepernick’s right, overtime pay, presidential debates

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem over what he describes as oppression of minorities in the United States is apparently winning support from some veterans on Twitter under #VeteransForKaepernick. Kaepernick said he’ll continue the protest during San Francisco’s preseason game at San Diego on Sept. 1.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem over what he describes as oppression of minorities in the United States is apparently winning support from some veterans on Twitter under #VeteransForKaepernick. Kaepernick said he’ll continue the protest during San Francisco’s preseason game at San Diego on Sept. 1. Associated Press

Kap exercising 1st Amendment right

Re “Kaepernick simply arrogant, disrespectful” (Letters, Aug. 30): The First Amendment is the greatest part of our Constitution. It differentiates us from nearly the entire world. So to call Colin Kaepernick arrogant for using his “pulpit” to espouse his views is to show total disdain for the very thing that truly makes America great.

Arrogance is believing that no one but veterans, or those who gave their lives for the principles we live by, are worthy of the term “American.” Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and Dorothy Day were each Americans who fought for the rights that haters espouse.

Please do not judge Kaepernick for using the same pulpit that is being used by Donald Trump or Sean Hannity or any other mouth that roared. Bravo to Kaepernick for having the audacity to use his rights to call us to be a better country. In times past, he would have been labeled “uppity.”

Danny Delgado,

Sacramento

In support of Kaepernick

After reading all the negative comments on Colin Kaepernick, I must stand to support his actions. I am Native American with five children, and my entire family has never stood for the national anthem, nor will we. The genocide committed against us and other people of color has never stopped. Being people of color, we are still targets of racism and national greed. I say to these critics, educate yourselves. Make this a discussion centered upon your education.

Let’s start this education with California history. Are you aware that more than 98 percent of all California natives were victims of genocide in various forms? Or that treaties signed in the 1850s were discarded, with the California Legislature leading the way?

Today, we see cultural genocide all the time, like the Winnemem Wintu and their sacred sites. People of color have a hidden history and an ignored presence. Educate yourself and find out why.

Wesley Elliott, Sacramento

Overtime pay will hurt farmers

Re “Farm work overtime is small price to pay” (Editorials, Aug. 29): I could live with the overtime bill being phased in over six years, but it is on top of a 50 percent higher minimum wage over six years. Wages are by far my biggest expense on the farm.

Besides the wages I pay for my workers, I have to pay 30 percent workers’ compensation, Social Security, unemployment, health insurance and vacation pay. The cost of food will not necessarily go up in the store. If the vegetables from Mexico, the wine from Argentina, the milk from Nevada and the strawberries from China are cheaper, then the farmers will have to sell for less.

The editorial states that agriculture contributes billions to California’s economy. What about the net to the farmer? I predict that the overtime on top of wage increases will be the end of several commodities in California.

Joe Daehling, Elk Grove

Let all presidential candidates debate

Less than a month from now, the first presidential debate will take place; unfortunately, as it stands now, only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be involved. This is a travesty!

We can’t have a real democracy without a free exchange of ideas and an informed public. These debates should include all the candidates who are on the ballot in enough states to be able to win the presidency. This year, that means Clinton, Trump, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

The Democrats and Republicans created the Commission on Presidential Debates to seize control of the debates from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, who called the commission “a fraud on the American voter.” This commission set up arbitrary polling requirements and uses some polls that don’t even offer the Green Party as an option.

Clinton and Trump are afraid of having Stein in those debates. Why?

Alan Shank, Woodland

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