Letters for August 6, 2015

Thanks, Cosmo

Re “Ain't no sunshine” by Cosmo Garvin (SN&R Bites, July 30):

I am truly sorry to see you go. Your outstanding investigative reporting will be sorely missed. The Bee should take lessons from you. That being said, have you ever considered being a journalism/English teacher (high school or college)? I think you would be good. Thank you for working to make our community a better one!

Carlos Rico


Miss you!

Re “Ain’t no sunshine” by Cosmo Garvin (SN&R Bites, July 30):

Cosmo Garvin will be missed. As Sacramento’s best journalist, he cut through the spin, noise and the occasional condescension dispensed by politicos and their water carriers. Cosmo reported the news fearlessly and reported it well by putting public service over access or advertiser dollars. His Bites column was a weekly education in civics. Sadly, this is a tough time for Cosmo to leave SN&R. As we enter an eventful period in our civic life, I hope that all of Sacramento’s journalists follow Cosmo’s example and give us the unvarnished truth about city government.

Jason Orta


More legal guns, less blood

Re “The new Wild West” by Alastair Bland (SN&R Feature Story, July 30):

Wow, part of California is finally lining up with the rest of the country. Urban parts of California are some of the last holdouts prohibiting the law-abiding to legally carry. The rest of the country has been issuing carry permits for years, and every time a new law passed allowing private citizens to apply for a permit, it was followed by shrieking about how “Blood will be running in the streets!” And it has never, ever happened.

Tom Aiken


More legal guns, less crime

Re “The new Wild West” by Alastair Bland (SN&R Feature Story, July 30):

The tone of this article doesn’t surprise me given the editorial slant of the newspaper. Keep in mind what Sheriff Scott Jones says prompted his initial direction to give more CCW permits to law-abiding citizens: because of the reduction in Sheriff’s resources. I train citizens to be legally licensed to carry a firearm. In an emergency, when seconds or minutes count, the first responders may never make it in time. Every year, thousands of citizens use their legally owned firearms to thwart the intentions of criminals. Does SN&R believe it is coincidental that the violent crime rate has plummeted in Sacramento?

Michael Kennedy