Re “This 32-year-old woman’s accused killer, deported 5 times, found not guilty of murder” (sacbee.com, Nov. 30): It is difficult to put into words my sympathy for the Steinle family, my anger at her killer, and my disappointment with the jury verdict. An innocent woman was killed, her family grieves and the admitted killer essentially gets to walk away. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate admitted possessing the weapon while denying he pulled the trigger, a fact proved false by testimony, and the jury couldn’t even find him guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Victims are often an afterthought, discarded while the public worries about the perpetrator’s rights. This was one of those cases and the entire nation is worse for this terrible miscarriage. When all is said and done, Kate Steinle remains dead, her family torn asunder by her death, and no one, including the killer, is held accountable. Shame on us.
Lennie Chancey, Roseville
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Re “‘We have rapists in this building’: Women say sexual abuse isn’t reported at California Capitol” (sacbee.com, Nov. 28): Lobbyist Samantha Corbin’s suggestion that asking someone out for date at the workplace is harassment is saying millions of couples’ relationships are based on sexual harassment. That is insulting. What her statement suggests is that some people can’t differentiate between sexual harassment and normal adult conversation and behavior and that is where the problem lies. What we are seeing is one gender controlling the work rules to another, and it perpetuates the attitude that women are the weaker sex.
Michael Santos, Antelope
Re “Highlights of Senate, House GOP bills to overhaul tax code” (sacbee.com, Dec. 1): Overnight, a family can find that the medical expenses deduction, never previously used, has become their largest deduction. Current tax law provides some relief from the devastating expenses of caring for a loved one. Loss of the medical deduction, as contained in the House version of the tax bill, will be a cruel financial blow for many families. The shock may also be unexpected because most coverage of the revisions has barely mentioned the medical deductions. Unfortunately, there apparently are no powerful lobbying interests for the splintered assisted care industry.
Daryl Petrig, Fair Oaks
Do Democrats not understand that taxation is a process whereby government takes people’s money? If they did, they would understand that tax cuts do not give anyone anything, but merely take less from them. The Bush tax cuts were never described by Democrats as anything but a gift to the rich. That is until they were about to expire. Then they belatedly seemed to note that the cuts were of substantial benefit to the middle class. Of course, they still had to demagogue the issue by insisting they not be renewed for the rich. They seemed not to notice that once the rich were excluded, there was no reason to extend the cuts since, according to Democrats, the rich were the ones who benefited.
Paul Greisen, Sacramento
Re “One day it’s Pocahontas, on another LaVar Ball. How do we keep track of the Trump circus?” (Foon Rhee, Nov. 27): President Donald Trump is casting doubt on the authenticity of the “Access Hollywood” tape. But he admitted to it last year, apologized, and excused it as locker room talk, as if that is a valid excuse. Now, he is saying the tape was faked. Was he lying then, or lying now? How stupid does he think we are? Actually, pretty stupid, and he might be correct. His base is probably buying this, just like they are buying the middle class tax cut for Christmas.
Gabriel Lewin, Davis
I have lived in room and board hotels in Sacramento for the last five years. There are some horrific things in this unregulated industry. Drug use is rampant, and landlords threaten residents if they say anything. Adult Protective Services is effective to a degree, but we need to more supervision of these places. Operators prey on the disabled and elderly people who more often than not can’t defend themselves.
Christopher Fowler, Sacramento
Re “A liberal spends a year with devout Trump voters, and discovers he’s been wrong” (Viewpoints, Oct. 26): Ken Stern’s article hits the nail on the head for this society especially after this 2016 election. Stern, a liberal, lives with hard core Republicans for a year and comes out loving the conservatives. His opinion piece is extremely enlightening and well written. I love his quote from one of the pastors that he interacted with, “We can agree to disagree on gay marriage and disagree on abortion, but we probably agree on eight out of 10 things that are important to society.” This is such a relevant statement. We love to focus on what divides the two political parties instead of being open-minded to one another and focusing on the positive.
Avery Martin, Livingston