Letters to the Editor

Medal of Freedom, Trump’s diagnosis, cap and trade, pot potency

The mental health of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is of interest to several readers.
The mental health of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is of interest to several readers. The Associated Press

Endo’s sacrifice worthy of medal

Re “Unsung WWII hero deserves the Medal of Freedom” (Forum, Aug. 28): Amanda Tyler’s call to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mitsuye Endo is on the mark. My father, James C. Purcell, was Endo’s attorney who argued her case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He knew injustice when he saw it, partly because he was raised at Folsom Prison, where his father was a guard and his mother was postmistress. Thanks for bringing attention to Mitsuye Endo’s sacrifice and her worthiness for the Medal of Freedom.

James M. Purcell, Los Gatos

Thanks for clearing up Trump’s case

Re “Evidence shows Trump does not have personality disorder, but …” (Forum, Aug. 28): I started reading this article with great interest hoping to gain some insight into the enigmatic Donald Trump. OK, he’s not clinically diagnosable as having narcissistic personality disorder. Further on, the article seems to hint at the possibility of psychopathy and states that narcissism is a particular form of psychopathy. Wouldn’t that be worse?

We lay people can’t be expected to understand all the nuances of psychiatric diagnoses, particularly when the subject must consent to the diagnosis. And although the article stated that Trump could not be diagnosed, it hinted that such a diagnosis of Trump might be applicable. And was that a direct challenge about the author possibly being sued at the end? I’m no further along in my understanding, but thanks!

Lorraine Gervais,


Trump not a psychopath

Paul Mattiuzzi accuses a candidate for president of being a psychopath without ever interviewing him or anyone who is in his family or worked with him for years, and tries to beg off saying it is “just an opinion.” No, it is not. As a medical professional, you are forbidden to make this unsubstantiated diagnosis in a public forum.

Hurling insults during the debates was encouraged and loved by the media for ratings who gave Trump free publicity. No one liked it, but that is the way he won.

Now he has made a pivot and is addressing the things the Democrats have failed at, illegal immigration, the economy, crime in the inner cities and failure to stop ISIS. The liberals are in a panic about this pivot to the middle and the only way they think they have to combat Trump now is to say he is insane.

Kay Walsh, Sacramento

Cap and trade is not the answer

Re “Look beyond cap and trade to develop effective climate policies” (Viewpoints, Aug. 28): I agree with Oscar Reyes’ assessment. It is time to reconsider cap and trade. It is a system that is complex, inefficient and creates a cash cow for politicians. It’s time to look at an alternative that is not regressive or damaging to our economy.

Most economists agree that pricing carbon is the best way to reduce carbon pollution. By placing a gradually increasing fee on carbon at its source, the mine, the refinery and rebating those fees directly to U.S. citizens in an equal share, the market itself would move us painlessly to an equitable solution. Revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend will price carbon out of our economy while creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.

Bob Rodger, Los Osos

Flex fuels could eliminate gasoline

Re “After a long road change is in the air” (Editorials, Aug. 28): California can reduce emissions and eliminate petroleum use if Gov. Jerry Brown and our Legislature would act to incentivize production and distribution of flex fuels in California. Give a tax rebate for flex fuel cars or flex fuel conversions. Offer business incentives to counties or companies that make alternate fuels from waste products – especially if they make methane from landfill or other waste products. Then circumvent the oil companies by offering a rebate to gas stations for each alternate fuel pump they have. Small-business gas stations will pick up the distribution.

It’s a win-win in so many ways. We improve our air quality, slow climate change, recycle our waste, reduce landfills, help small businesses, reduce oil dependency and create another green industry for our state.

Chris Paros, Sacramento

Pot potency should not be limited

Re “Potency in pot will be regulated by state” (Forum, Aug. 28): Assemblyman Rob Bonta wants to legalize marijuana for the wrong reason. Future research should expand the availability and diversity of cannabis strains of varying strengths. Limiting the potency of cannabis would be harmful to patients who need strong medicine.

Peter Keyes, Sacramento

Poll shows support for death penalty

Re “A macabre and failed system of justice” (Forum, Aug. 21): Dan Morain commendably describes the barbarous murders committed by death row inmates. All too often, we forget the awful deeds that led juries to impose the ultimate sentence in their cases.

But his description of the current status of capital punishment in California is incomplete and misleading. He claims that many Californians are opposed or ambivalent about the death penalty. But, a recent state poll shows that 75 percent of the electorate supports continuing the ultimate punishment.

Proposition 66 will end any further delay of the death penalty due to government inertia. Today, at least 15 death row inmates would be immediately eligible for execution if the new regulations were in effect.

Opponents have resorted to a war of attrition to undermine the public will.

I hope that Morain will reject surrender to these underhanded guerrilla tactics and vote for Proposition 66.

Vern Pierson, Placerville, district attorney,

El Dorado County


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