Letters to the Editor

Joaquin Arambula child-abuse case: Letters to the editor, May 16, 2019

Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula testifies in his misdemeanor child abuse trial, in Superior Court, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula testifies in his misdemeanor child abuse trial, in Superior Court, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Fresno Bee file

Arambula case a terrible injustice

In 37 years in education, I supervised hundreds of child abuse cases that were referred to Child Protective Services (CPS). In those cases, I have never seen a single misdemeanor case taken to trial, particularly where CPS determined there was insufficient cause to act. Police officers were often present because they too had been notified. Never did officers overrule CPS.

Did no one consider the possible long-term effects of this prosecution and whether anything else could be done to help that would be less injurious to all involved? After all, no one has alleged that his child is in immediate danger. For instance, the family could have been referred to counseling. Seeking punishment for Dr. Arambula, rather than addressing the problem, may have irreparably damaged his family. Sibling has been pitted against sibling. The children have been sent the message that their parents have little say over their behaviors. Will his daughter someday have to live with the thought that an overzealous prosecutor used her to ruin her father’s medical and political careers?

It seems the trial of Dr. Arambula is taking place for political reasons. It is a terrible injustice to this family, to what end?

Michael MacChesney, Fresno

Arambula case mesmerizes, appalls

I am both mesmerized and appalled by the detailed coverage each day in The Fresno Bee (above the fold!) of the trial of Joaquin Arambula. What seems clear is that the purported victim is an intellectually gifted but very headstrong child. Unfortunately, the psychological harm to this child and the entire Arambula family from this public hearing will be enormous.

I only wish a small percentage of time given by the police and attorneys to this case could be applied to children living with real abuse and neglect in our community.

Karana Hattersley-Drayton, Fresno

Barr and Mueller and the report

Mr. Rod Palmer and many others claim that AG Barr lied about not knowing how Mueller had felt concerning the characterization of the report. Obviously, Mr. Palmer (and others) did not get the entire news on the subject. Perhaps Mr. Nadler has not learned of the truth.

Mr. Barr had called Mueller after receiving the letter and asked for clarification on his meaning about Barr’s position (on misrepresentation). Mueller told Barr that he (Barr) was not the one that misrepresented the report, it was the media that was misrepresenting the report. AG Barr asked Mueller if there was anything that he wrote that was incorrect and Mueller responded, “no.” Consequently, Mr. Barr does not know of anyone that thought he had misled the public. Mr. Barr did not lie about the question.

It is also known that the report may not be released unredacted. Mr. Barr would be committing a crime if he does. There is grand jury testimony that is not permitted to be made public. The entire House Judicial Committee has been offered to see the unredacted report in private, but may not take notes. They all have refused. They don’t want to see the report because it would confirm that there was no collusion nor obstruction of justice.

Thomas Williams, Fresno

‘Mediocre white guys’ a cheap shot

This letter is in response Brianna Calix’s May 9 article, “Is Fresno run by ‘mediocre white guys’? Some think so. Here’s what the numbers show.”

It suffices to say a more diplomatic approach to investigating issues of male or white privilege, to say nothing of mediocrity, in the workplace would have been preferred, and I think it is unfair to make blanket statements about the city’s civil servants who have presumably dedicated a fair share of their career to this city.

I also fault the article for not demonstrating what it was purported to show; the “some who think so” was (surprise) a director of the Women’s Studies Program at Fresno State. In fact, the women interviewed for this story, women who actually work for the city, were pretty dismissive of the idea, one even claiming her gender had helped her receive promotions. The “numbers” showed nothing more than the gender imbalances in various fields, not unlike the economy at large, but did not imply more.

Privilege and mediocrity in the workplace are important issues that are worth our attention, but they are not exactly the same issue. We can do better than the cheap, shambolic headlines.

Coulter Woolf, Fresno

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