Letters to the Editor

Hit-run sentence too light: Letters to the editor, Dec. 8, 2018

Along with his attorney, Eddie Ruiz, right, Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla listens to statements made by Gavin Gladding’s family during his sentencing of three years in prison for the hit-and-run killing of the Clovis Unified vice principal.
Along with his attorney, Eddie Ruiz, right, Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla listens to statements made by Gavin Gladding’s family during his sentencing of three years in prison for the hit-and-run killing of the Clovis Unified vice principal. Fresno Bee file

Hit-run sentence way too light

How much is a life worth? Apparently you can hit and run, turn your car around, leave the person to die, repair and paint your car, seek help to avoid getting caught from your girlfriend who was with you during this heinous crime and so call friends and only be given three years.

A man who was a son, brother, husband and father who had his whole life ahead of him had it cut short because an 18 year old child wasn’t man enough to help Gavin Gladding out after hitting him. I’m appalled, hurt and cannot believe our legal system, which I respect, only gave three years for this murder.

Families, friends and Gavin’s community are destroyed due to the biggest decision this kid and his girlfriend could have made to possibly change the outcome. And they chose not to do the right thing. I rest my case.

Christie A. Cooper, Squaw Valley

Reform needed at Electoral College

The Electoral College needs to be reformed. As it now stands, it is undemocratic.

The whole idea of a democracy is true representation. In the case of the Electoral College, in 48 of the 50 states it is winner-take-all, regardless of the proportion of the people who vote for one candidate for president in that state. If 51 percent of the people in a given state vote for one candidate for president, all the Electoral College votes go to that candidate for president. Why is it that the other 49 percent of the state’s voters are not represented? This is undemocratic.

The Electoral College vote should be prorated on the basis of the voters who voted in that state. This will be truly democratic. If 49 percent of the people voted for a different candidate, then their votes should go to that candidate. The Electoral College voting system should also not be optional but mandatory. It should be straightforward and not controversial, by allowing people to have discretion in their voting in the Electoral College. As it now stands, the Electoral college is undemocratic.

Gary Dashjian, Clovis

Good turnout in November election

Fresno County was projected to have at least 56 percent voter participation for the November election. The increased voter participation should make our residents and elected officials proud.

Fifty-six percent: we haven’t had that high of turnout in any midterm election after the new millennium began. I have been working with Mi Familia Vota, a national civic engagement organization, for four and a half years, making this an especially hopeful moment for me. I believe that now, more than ever, we are going to see some great changes in the Central Valley because more and more people are participating in the election process. This includes those who can vote and those who can inspire voters.

The election results show us that our community is taking action to define who we want to be and how we want to be represented. I am looking forward to the changes that our community is bringing forth.

Giselle Gasca, Fresno

Save salmon, turn off pumps in river

Regarding “San Joaquin River salmon make big gains, but don’t call it a comeback yet” (Nov. 25), common-sense Californians find it incredible that a dam (Friant) was built in California that wiped out a salmon run probably 800,000 strong. What in the world were they thinking?

Your report left out that the south Delta diversion pumps kill nearly all baby salmon migrating down the San Joaquin River. This presents a real challenge to the fish being restored in the San Joaquin River. Why are these diversion pumps allowed to continue killing salmon? Two wrongs don’t make a right.

John McManus, president, Golden Gate Salmon Association

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