Letters to the Editor

Newsom and death penalty: Letters to the editor, April 21, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. AP

Scrapping death penalty is wrong

In the blink of an eye Gavin Newsom both insulted and increased the victimization of one of California’s most vulnerable populations: the families of murder victims.

His statement that the death penalty would not soften the blow for crime victims’ families only exposes his lack of understanding as to what occurs when families lose loved ones to horrible crimes. The blow unbeknownst to Mr. Newsom was already dealt when innocent family members were murdered.

To Gavin Newsom I say this: our daughter was innocent. She was brutally murdered. The perpetrator was neither a person of color, mentally ill or poor. The murderer was convicted in Monterey County in trial where he had two defense attorneys and a jury of his peers. Due to overwhelming evidence he was convicted. A second trial on punishment resulted in the jury of his peers recommending death and a very intelligent and wise judge sentencing him to death. No hat tricks, just justice according to and required by law.

And so in response to Gavin Newsom’s morality: best check yourself. Your real reason for a moratorium on the death penalty may be found in your polling data and not in the issue of personal morality.

William Hickman, Clovis

Carbon dividend a political win-win

I occasionally write to my congressman, Devin Nunes, about climate change. He always responds with a thoughtful, respectful letter. While he dismisses the threat of climate change, he acknowledges that rising carbon dioxide levels are of concern: “On the most basic level, you and I can agree we must reduce carbon emissions — irrespective of its impact on the climate. In doing so, we can accomplish my goal of reducing our reliance on foreign oil and creating jobs, and we can accomplish our goal of reducing carbon in the atmosphere.”

I find this heartening, since it suggests that there are actually some areas of agreement on both sides of the aisle. Both sides want to cut air pollution, reduce carbon in the atmosphere, and create jobs in our Valley.

Both college Republicans and Democrats get it: last year they created Students for Carbon Dividends, a group promoting a free-market solution to climate change.

There is now a bipartisan bill in Congress — HR 763 — which would put a fee on carbon dioxide and return all revenues to American households. It would also grow our economy, create more jobs, and help clean up our air. That’s a win-win for all of us.

Don Gaede, Fresno

Moral need to speak truthfully

In the April 16 opinion piece, “100 days of Democratic leadership in the House,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy states, “We have fought tirelessly against infanticide, a brutal practice of murdering infants born alive after a botched abortion; this is not a pro-life issue — this is a matter of doing what is morally right.”

Given his stated desire to do what is moral, is it too much to ask that the congressman representing California’s 23rd congressional district not lie?

Abortion is a medical procedure. “Infanticide” is not part of the procedure. The congressman might have used “late-term” abortion instead. But this too is a procedure that does not exist.

The words we use matter. The foundation of morality as taught to children includes the admonition to not tell lies.

Because the congressman is not using medically accurate terminology when discussing the medically complex subject of abortion, he is spreading disinformation. This is the opposite of his moral and ethical responsibility to tell the truth when communicating to his constituents, colleagues and the general public.

Jeremy E. Grenemyer, Chowchilla

He’s leaving Fresno to see theater

With the new announcement of the 2019-20 Broadway in Fresno comes a major letdown. Again Fresno arts take a beating as we get four shows, rushed into the early-to-mid part of 2020, still perplexed where the 2019 dates are, and nothing new and noteworthy.

Fresno has theater lovers, we sold out two weeks of “Lion King” and “Wicked,” but then Broadway Across America's top billing for the upcoming season is the much anticipated "Waitress," which runs for one night in the middle of graduation season. Either SMG or B.A.A. needs to wake up — we are a large city, we support the arts. If you want people to spend money in Fresno and in downtown especially, give us a reason to, because this upcoming year, my season ticket money will be spent out of town seeing better shows.

Travis Hauert, Fresno