No sanctuary for criminals

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat Legislature recently signed legislation to make California a sanctuary state.

We have all heard the horror stories of illegal felons committing horrible acts, and one even happened a little too close to home. Kate Steinle was a CalPoly graduate who was shot by an illegal immigrant who was deported seven times and had over five felony convictions.

Law enforcement has been adamantly against making California a sanctuary state from the start. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown expressed his opposition to the law saying, “it’s a hazardous law for Californians and people sworn to protect and serve Californians and we would like to see it changed.”

So, why won’t Rep. Salud Carbajal back our law enforcement and take a stand against sanctuary cities?

I attended Rep. Carbajal’s town hall meeting in Morro Bay and when asked about sanctuary cities, he just referred to it being a state rights issue.

That answer simply won’t work. Voters have already seen Carbajal go against our law enforcement by voting against commonsense legislation like Kate’s Law. We need to know if he is for creating a safety net for illegal felons in our cities. Losing one life is a life too many, and if another incident happens, the blood will be on Carbajal’s hands.

Gary Vandeman


Turn off the NFL

This is to encourage all of us NFL watchers to continue to turn off the games until the players all stand up during the national anthem. As a veteran I think they are disrespecting every veteran and all of those men and women who gave their lives so these players can make millions and continue to disrespect all of the dead and wounded veterans.

This is not the venue for First Amendment rights. We come and watch football to forget the garbage going on and enjoy the game — men of all colors playing a great game. By the players not standing, putting their hand over their heart and respecting our national anthem we all need to turn off the NFL games and send a message since the national TV networks will not show the fans in the stadium booing and showing signs. Make the owners and Goodell feel the financial pain.

If these NFL players really want to make a difference then they can take their families to Richmond, Pinole or Oakland and walk the streets with the real people. See what needs doing and not buy a new Escalade this year and support a family.

Then go to the local police department and sit down with the officers who put their lives on the line every day so those people have a chance of being safe. The bad 1 percent should not blight an entire country and its cities.

Based on 2016 statics, 111 Hispanics, 325 whites and 258 blacks were killed by police out of a total of 990 reported. Some of every color have lost their lives. Too many men and women have died defending our country for these prima donnas to not show them respect and honor.

Jeff Scott


Editor's note: The above letter has been corrected to reflect that the 2016 statistics listed by the writer refer to the diversity in numbers of people killed by police.