Letters to the Editor

Luxury suite, parking problems, anthem hypocrisy

Under the 35-year arena lease with the Kings, the city of Sacramento will get free use of one full-sized suite for all events except NBA playoff games and a few other events.
Under the 35-year arena lease with the Kings, the city of Sacramento will get free use of one full-sized suite for all events except NBA playoff games and a few other events. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Auction tickets to luxury box

Re “City has Golden 1 Suite deal – free seats in its luxury box” (Page 1, Sept. 2): Defending the new arena to its opponents has been difficult enough. Now with the news that the city will provide free tickets for politicians to a luxury suite and requires a yearly expenditure of more than $85,000 for its administration, makes the task impossible.

This political pork barrel should be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The city is already out $255 million on the arena. This luxury suite is over the top.

Bruce Morse, Sacramento

Parking turns into a headache

Re “Free evening parking is over” (Page 1A, Sept. 1): Most of us can understand the premium pricing going into effect for downtown arena events. But the chaos being created in midtown is inexcusable and poorly hatched.

Many streets had one-hour restricted/metered parking until 6 p.m. Now it’s 10 p.m. during the week, with unrestricted parking on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Thanks for turning even a simple Tuesday or Wednesday after-work casual dinner into an ordeal for this suburbanite patron. I’m sure all those impacted restaurants will just be delighted when we stay away.

Bob Rystad, Citrus Heights

Hypocrisy toward Kap’s rights

Re “Kaepernick simply arrogant, disrespectful” (Letters, Aug. 30): Since when did the United States flag and this country’s national anthem become exclusively synonymous with support for U.S. troops past and present?

The meaning behind the anthem covers much broader social territory and freedoms. One professional athlete refuses to stand for the national anthem to draw attention to the racial and social injustice in this country and gets skewered for exercising his freedom of speech, yet millions of “patriotic” citizens sport red baseball caps that read “Make America Great Again,” implying that this country isn’t already great (and it is great), and no one, especially the Colin Kaepernick critics, takes issue?

That’s called hypocrisy. Or maybe it’s just convenient selective hearing on a mass scale, otherwise known as social injustice.

Robert Stoltz, Sacramento

Bullhook ban is right step

Re “Jerry Brown signs elephant bullhook ban” (Sacbee.com, Aug. 29): Thank you to California for leading the way to banning one of the most egregious abuses of animals in entertainment. From Gov. Jerry Brown’s lips to the ears of the whole country. When we let wild animals get back to the business of being wild animals, everybody will be happier.

Benedette Palazzola, Ann Arbor, Mich.

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