Going it alone
EDITOR: President Donald Trump recently mused, threateningly, about withholding immigration enforcement from California as a way to punish the 40 million residents of this progressive state by presumably encouraging an increase in crime. We should consider calling his bluff.
Such a unilateral executive action, with the stated intent to endanger Californians, would implicitly sever us from the union by presidential whimsy. Such an overt act would undermine any charges of secession leveled against Golden State citizens for deciding to go it alone.
Californians send more taxes to D.C. than are returned in federal services. As the seventh-ranked world economy, our new independent nation state would surely prosper.
We have our rich Central Valley farms, Silicon Valley tech giants, financial centers and a diverse population integrated into mainstream endeavors. Add in our robust film and media industry in the south and wine in the north.
We have major container port facilities connecting trade to the Asian markets. We excel with airplane, auto and rocket assembly plants, fine universities and strong historic and cultural ties to our neighbor Mexico. We have a bounty of natural resources (the Sierra, giant redwoods and the Pacific coastline) that draw foreign tourists to our state.
Before dissing our state again, Trump should be careful about what he wishes for.
EDITOR: I would like to respond to the letter from Dennis Tobin (“No one cares,” Feb. 24). He again states that “nobody cares” about possible “collusion with the Russians to rig this election.” By “again,” I am referring to his previous letter, which was almost identical to the latest one (“On Russia: Nobody cares,” June 27).
I felt compelled to respond to his first letter (“Russian hacking,” Letters, July 2), because, as I stated then, I know many that do care — a lot. It has been proven that Russia launched a social media attack to aid the campaign of our current president. This alone should be enough to convince skeptics that this a serious threat to our democratic system.
Much of the Russian misinformation campaign (call it what it is — propaganda) used the technique of repeating over and over inflammatory, divisive and misleading opinions and commentary.
Tobin’s letter, I’m sure, is intended to be patriotic. But I can state unequivocally that he is wrong. I, for one (and most of the people I listed in my initial response letter), am concerned, which automatically renders his “no one cares” statement false.
And, as a U.S. Navy veteran (1968-1972), I am concerned that there is any apathy for our current threatening situation with Russia.
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EDITOR: Gilbert H. Vieira (“Students’ clear thinking,” Letters, Wednesday) asks that we judge for ourselves the 27-word statement known as our Second Amendment. The problem is you published an edited 24-word version, omitting three words from the final line. You left out “of the people.” The final line is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It makes a huge difference. It is the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs. Does your staff check for accuracy?