Sunday’s Letters to the Editor
Suing the victims
EDITOR: I’ve been reading about how some parents and students who applied to various admissions programs at the University of California, Stanford (and perhaps other schools) are suing those schools because certain rich parents got their kids into these schools under fraudulent conditions.
But it appears that the accused parents and the accused who aided such undeserving students went through all sorts of gyrations and manipulations to get those kids into the universities of their choice. That implies that the universities didn’t admit such students knowing that the students were lacking in merit and were snookered themselves.
So if anybody should be sued, it’s the rich parents who helped create such fraud, not the universities. By the plaintiffs not having enough common sense to understand the situation only indicates to me that perhaps these same plaintiff students (and, indirectly, this includes their parents) weren’t bright enough in the first place to be considered by the universities in question.
Run for office
EDITOR: I took a Democratic Party poll. One question said check boxes for three issues most important to me. I was surprised and disappointed to see that “halting endless wars” wasn’t one of the choices. “Fighting terror” was. What happened to this party that it drags its feet on opposing war, single-payer health care or a Green New Deal?
The answer, of course, is donations from weapons manufacturers, drug and insurance companies and oil companies. Corporate donations have undermined our system and blocked change for decades. That’s why we’re having a progressive political revolution. Our congressman, for instance, isn’t on the wrong side of these issues, but he isn’t working for them. Instead he works on container protocol bills, winery tax breaks and post office name changes.
For a couple years, Democrats had control of the federal government, but because donors prevented them from prosecuting Wall Street fraudsters, pulling out of Afghanistan or doing anything significant about inequality, they lost traction.
Establishment politicians only provide incremental change. We need real change now. We don’t have time for political games. We have problems at every level. Please run for office. Any office. City council, supervisor, school board. We, the people, are the change we’ve been waiting for.
Democratic candidate for Congress, 5th District
EDITOR: When we moved here 19 years ago, I visited the AAA office to obtain a car insurance quote. I was greeted with, “Welcome to the pedestrian-killing capital of the United States.”
Not long ago, The Press Democrat’s editorial was headlined “Slow down before you kill someone.”
Until everyone respects the laws established to protect us, until these very laws are strictly enforced, and until the fines for infractions are increased and driver education is emphasized, specifically paying attention and driving responsibly, these senseless deaths will continue.
The pedestrian public needs to take notice as well. Your life and the lives of others depend upon it.
ROBERT B. CHILDS
The power of words
EDITOR: There has been some concern expressed that the words of our president have inspired violence like the recent mass shooting in New Zealand. On the other hand, our president has stated that this absolutely isn’t true. Thus, there seem to be a couple of possibilities.