Letters for May 29, 2014

Readers are appalled, call SN&R leftist idiots and comment on, of course, the Sacramento Kings arena

That quiz sucks

Re “QuizUp for the Sacramento primary” by Nick Miller (SN&R Feature Story, May 22):

I found your primary-election quiz and scoring system to be fundamentally flawed. Sixteen of the 20 questions involve races in which I cannot vote because I am not in that district. Thus, it is mathematically possible for me to have perfect knowledge of all ballot items on which I can legally vote and still get a rating which you deem should invalidate me from voting. Clearly, this is an absurd result. Maybe you think that your quiz is funny, but I think it is appalling.

Ken Wilcox

via email

SN&R = racist, ignorant, leftist idiots

Re “Guide to Roseville, Rocklin & Granite Bay” (SN&R Best of the Burbs, May 22):

My husband and I are Hispanic, and we have lived in Granite Bay for over 20 years. People of every race and ethnicity live in the Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay area.

Only a racist, ignorant, leftist idiot would proclaim that the way to identify a local from Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay would be that their skin tone is a “John-Boehner-spray-tan orange.”

What the hell is the matter with you people?

Sylvia Martinez

Granite Bay

Cooper’s for kids

Re “Union revenge” (SN&R Letters, May 22):

Let’s get some things straight here: The Sacramento City Teachers Association has endorsed Ali Cooper, but has not given him any money. Many teachers are volunteering and working for Cooper because we believe in him and his message. I am a classroom teacher at a low-socioeconomic school. I believe in his commitment to increase services to neighborhoods, which in turn will help the families and children in our schools. Research has shown over and over again that the No. 1 problem with student achievement is poverty. In California, one out of four children live in poverty. Cooper believes in reinvesting in our communities. He understands that Sacramento needs to work for everyone, not just big developers and billionaires. Just look at how Councilman Jay Schenirer voted on the big-box ordinance and now the huge independent expenditure by Wal-Mart. It doesn’t get any clearer that as to whom Schenirer is beholding.

Carlos Rico


Arenas really bring change

Re “Not OK on K Street” by Cosmo Garvin (SN&R Bites, May 22):

As someone who just moved from Indianapolis, I can say that Indy’s downtown stadiums are pretty great (and I really don’t care for professional sports). Sure, the traffic gets a little backed up during Pacer’s games, but it’s been managed well, and I could walk to a Colt’s game from my affordable apartment (not that I would spend a week’s paycheck to see a ball being thrown around).

I drove my husband to the airport here in Sacramento last week, and when he saw the sign for the arena, he said, “That is where they stadium is?! It’s so far away!”

I’ve heard Indy and Sacto compared by urban planners, and one thing Indy has that we don’t is a great downtown. There’s a nice mall, walking and biking paths that go out to developing neighborhoods, three sports arenas, and it doesn’t look rundown. (OK, Indy’s dining scene has nothing on Mother.)

It’s starting to see the benefit of not just being a city by definition, but actually giving its residents things to do and reasons for people to visit. I was determined to move out of Indiana, but I’m starting to think I took Indianapolis for granted. I don’t know the whole story, but I really want an arena downtown. I just hope the city does it right.

Katie Goad