Re “America's 'skills gap' goes far beyond computer engineering, “ (Page A11, Sept. 1) Rachel Burstein's article on Labor Day, promoting sending college professors into the workplace to lead literature seminars with employees, opens up the real issues for educational reform. Young adults (those between 15 and 22) are taught by two very different pools of educators: those with advanced degrees, and those with California teaching credentials. Those with credentials deny anyone can be qualified to teach without one, and monopolize jobs in the public high school system - with excellent pay, tenure, benefits, retirement programs, etc. Those with advanced degrees (Masters and Doctorates) teach at community colleges and universities (usually as "adjunct professors"), in expensive private high schools, and as substitute teachers in the public system. Typically, they are paid by the hour with no benefits, at incomes hovering around the poverty line (except at some of the prep schools). Makes sense, right? -- George Willard Ihlefeldt, Sacramento

Re "State to fight teacher tenure ruling" (Capitol & California, Aug. 30): For Judge Rolf M. Treu to say all teachers should not be treated fairly because of some actions of a few teachers is foolish. To blame the failure of our education system on the teachers is unreasonable. It is similar to blaming police for crime, soldiers for wars, lawyers for lawbreakers, fire fighters for fires, doctors for diseases, etc. We must be honest and fair to teachers like all people in the nation. -- Mark Helsley, Sacramento

Prior to 1964 several counties had one state senator. Of the rural northern counties one one, Humboldt had a senator. The rest of of the rural counties were grouped in districts of two or three counties per district. One of the single senator counties was Los Angeles. At the time there were 6 million residents in that county. If anything the rural counties had more clout than the most populous county. At no time in the history of the state did the northern counties each have a senator. If anything it gave more representation to where the people live. -- Donald Delis, Sacramento

Re "Both parties criticize Obama's foreign policy" (Page A10, Sept. 1):

Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): I have been following the sidewalk riding discussion eagerly. Thank you for calling attention to the need for streets redesigned so that bicyclists of any age and skill level would feel safe and comfortable enough to leave pedestrians alone on the sidewalks.

Re "Tough issues await Brown signature" (Page A1, Aug. 31): The traditional coin toss done by lobbyists in the Capitol on the last night of legislative sessions has another side to it. They aim pennies from the second floor of the old Capitol and try to hit the crown of delicate and valuable statue of Queen Isabella. Apparently, a coin hit a finger of the page to the queen's left side. The finger was broken off. The multi-million dollar statue was damaged by the ill thought-through tradition. I was in an early tour group on Saturday morning. I found the broken off finger which will be fixed, if possible. As the public views the governmental bodies of our country with less regard, maybe they should act like grown-ups with responsibility and careful thought.

Re "Tough issues await Brown signature" (Page A1, Aug. 30):

Re “An environmentalist makes the case for high-speed rail,” (Viewpoints, Aug. 31): The author of this article is definately not an engineer. In order to reduce vehicle miles by 10 million a day, 15 million passengers a day would have to ride rail, which is physically impossible. The cost of construction would be at least three to four times his estimate. About half of the rail line would require miles of tunnels and acquisition of rights-of-way through urban areas. The line would have to be electrified for its entire length, and supplying renewable energy would prove impossibly expensive. California does not need to construct more new roads, just needs to maintain and improve the existing ones, which can be done at much less cost than constructing this white elephant. Also, travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles is only a fraction of vehicle miles traveled in California. The rail line would also require an operating subsidy of billions a year.

Re "Consumers can't afford cap-and-trade delay" (Forum, Aug. 24): The Little Ice Age in the 16th and 17th centuries caused great upheaval in Europe. Droughts, famine, plagues, wars were among the problems that occurred. Thankfully, the planet has warmed up and stabilized. To think that puny man can control nature is beyond comprehension. Now to the theology of climate change.

Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): As an old-time traffic cop, I can not tell you how many times I had to go about picking up the pieces of bicycle/auto collision. I can tell you that it was too many.

Re "New Groundwater Rules Shouldn't Punish Success," (Viewpoints, Aug. 30): John Woodling said it all very well. He particularly focused our attention on the fact that the new rules cannot be "cookie cutter," or one size fits all. The Sacramento Groundwater Authority is a model which we, in Sacramento, can be proud of. It should not be diminished by state actions which are aimed at those who do not have an active authority, or plan such as we have. -- Bob Walters, Member, Board of Directors, San Juan Water District, Folsom

Re "A Story of Overcoming," (Page A1, Aug. 31): There is no denying the Steinbergs went through Hell, but they are fortunate in one regard: that Jordana's illness surfaced and was addressed while she was a minor and that they had the means to send her anywhere, including out of state, for treatment. When mental illness develops in young adulthood, as it often does, parents' ability to help is hampered on multiple fronts by both California's laws and inadequate services. Even when adult children are severely impaired, without their consent, parents have no ability even to participate in, much less enforce, desperately needed treatment; and after age 26, even when still, in fact, totally dependent, they are booted from parents' insurance policies. Even WITH insurance, finding high-quality, integrated mental health care (in which psychiatrists and therapists treating the same patient actually communicate) in California is a nightmare. I, too, speak from experience. -- Constance McLennan, Rocklin

Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): In my neighborhood of East Sacramento, numerous accommodations have been made for cyclists. No matter how much is done to accommodate riders, if cyclists continue to disregard laws, they will continue to alienate and be counterproductive to changing our transportation lifestyles.

Re "Neighbors object to gun range" (Page B1, Marcos Breton, Aug 31): Why would anyone object to a gun range in their neighborhood? I can't think of one incident involving mass murder anywhere near or related to a gun range. In fact I think thugs would be less inclined to commit a crime at, or near a gun range. Neighbors should welcome the range because people that go to ranges are safe, legal gun owners that enjoy an activity in a safe, legal way. The gun isn't the problem it's the one holding the gun. Legal gun transactions, recreational shooting and legal transportation of unloaded weapons has very little to do with gun violence. Marcos Breton's suggestion that children and senior citizens' lives are in danger because of gun ranges is laughable. There's no doubt gun violence is a problem but it certainly has nothing to do with gun ranges. Mental illness needs the attention. -- Dave Putman, Citrus Heights

Re "State's most conservative, liberal cities" (Data Center, Aug. 24): Why does the mass media, including The Bee, have this obsession with constantly categorizing people and causes and regions into liberal or conservative and red or blue?

Re "A story of overcoming" (Page A1, Aug. 31): The hero in this article, for me, is Julie Steinberg. In my 20 years experience working in, with and against our fragile public mental health system, I've been inspired by the mothers. They often hang in when everyone else gives up on their ill child or adult child. I can say this because I'm such a mother. On July 23, my 45-year-old son, Patrick, passed away unexpectedly while in a hospital psych ward. He tried so hard for so long against great odds. So did I. Our current knowledge about mental illness -- how to treat it and how to navigate the politics of it -- is still in the dark ages. I applaud Jordana Steinberg for speaking out. I wish her continued success on her journey. And to Julie I say, as I do to all dedicated mothers of the mentally ill, "God bless you." -- Demerris Ranahan, Lincoln

Re "Situation no better in Elk Grove" (Forum, Aug. 30) I wonder if the writer is walking on the sidewalk on the south side of the street or on the bike-ped trail on the north side of the street. If she is on the trail then cyclists are certainly allowed and she should be walking on the left side, facing oncoming traffic. She should then have no problem with the cyclists, such as myself. She may consider it a sidewalk but it is really a trail and has different rules. -- Robert Gray, Elk Grove

Re "Neighbors object to gun range" (Page B1, Marcos Breton, Aug 31): I must say, I am very disappointed in the opinion piece by Mr. Breton. The columnist attempts to link shooting ranges with atrocities committed by criminals, without citing any evidence for the accusation whatsoever. He implies that children within the vicinity of a shooting range are inherently unsafe, once again despite a total lack of evidence to support his implication. He fails to note the presence of multiple shooting ranges in county urban areas with excellent safety records. He declines to mention the very strict regulations already governing these shooting ranges. I would invite Mr. Breton, and any other reader, to go and sit outside any of our local ranges. Tell me about all the noise you hear and criminal activity you see.....because all I ever see are respectable people safely exercising their second amendment right to keep and bear arms. No noise, no fuss. -- Brian Bainter, Elk Grove

Re "This Fight is McDavid and Goliath" (Forum, Aug. 31): There are three simple steps that will help young American workers earn a living wage. First, employers need to offer employees a consistent weekly work schedule. Do not schedule employees for 3 hours on Monday and and six hours on Tuesday. Give employees a schedule that allows them to find a second job. Second, Employers need to offer employees a consistent daily work schedule. It is insane to give employees an different schedule every day of the week. Again, this random scheduling denies workers the ability to find a second job. Finally, give employees a living wage. Earing $9.00 per hour, working 30 random hours per week is not enough for a living wage. It is clear to me that those people earning the least amount of money are getting screwed in more ways than one. -- Casey Vandenburg, Herald

Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): I agree that getting bicycles off sidewalks is a good idea. However, I would also like to see pedestrians get off the street, especially the joggers and walkers who seem to think that the bike lanes were made for them to run or walk in.

Re "Can't Pay Me to Move Back" (Forum, Aug. 24): I was amused by the letter saying there were no people riding bikes on sidewalks here in Elk Grove.

Re "Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare about to spike" (Viewpoints, Aug. 29): Americans for Prosperity, the political propaganda machine of the Koch brothers, has flooded both the airwaves with deceptive messaging and candidates with corporate cash. David Spady's article is much the same, only The Bee offered free space for political advertising.

Re "State Senate passes mental health gun bill" (Capitol & California, Aug. 27): The article states that eight Republicans voted against the bill. They stated that "California should do more to lock up mentally criminals rather than taking guns away." These Republicans should take a look back into history to discover that Ronald Reagan shut down the state's mental health treatment facilities many years ago and caused many patients to be put out onto the streets.

Re "Jeffersonians rally for independence at the California Capitol" (Capitol Alert, Aug. 28): The rural counties of California lost their representative power when the Supreme Court ruled "One man, one vote" in 1964. California's Constitution was modeled after the U.S. Constitution, whereby each state has two senators. The House was to ensure the citizens had a voice and the Senate to ensure each state, regardless of size, had offsetting voice, i.e., two senators.

Re "Obama outlines help for troops, veterans" (Page A12, Aug. 27): As reported by Katie Zezima, President Obama spoke on Tuesday about strengthening access to mental health care for veterans. We are fortunate in Sacramento to have excellent access to mental health care at the Veterans Affairs clinic and hospital.

Some of the best-in fact, the only- outstanding reporting by The Bee lately has been in the area of investigative reporting. In the recent dialogue about police use of force in Ferguson, a more personal and intrusive use of police manpower has once again awakened and annoyed residents in my South Natomas neighborhood at 1:30 a.m.

Re "Paid sick leave a humane and sensible right" (Editorial, Aug. 28): AB 1522, which would require all employers to give employees three days of sick leave a year doesn't cover just absences for an employee's sick leave. It sounds like a good idea to give employees sick leave because you don't want sick people at work.

Re "Non-Californian's response to California's drought" (Letters, Aug. 28): The Washington Post reader who commented on his local paper's coverage of the California drought tried to pin all the blame on Republicans. He may be correct in ideological terms, but he should know that not all political conservatives with financial interests in California march under the Republican flag.

As a Sacramento resident, I truly love that our city is made up of unique and established neighborhoods. I look forward to Measure L passing to give our neighborhoods the representation that we need. By placing neighborhood advisory committees into the city's Charter, we elevate the place of neighborhoods in the governance of our city.

Re "Burger King's deal rotten for taxpayers" (Editorial, Aug. 28): I had to chuckle at the board's outrage with Burger King's possible move to Canada, especially the part about "corporate America nickel-and-diming workers to squeeze a little more out of the bottom line."

Re "Businesses doing their job" (Letters, Aug. 28): Steve Sherman writes that "corporations are fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to the investors by...making money," meaning profit justifies any bad behavior. This means all humanity is really just marketable labor, all of nature just marketable land and all human interaction really is measurable in financial transactions.

Re "Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen to lead opposition to strong-mayor plan" (City Beat, Aug. 19): I am at best a casual observer of what happens during our City Council meetings. I was surprised to find that the mayor is not the person in charge. Making sure the person we elect as our city's mayor is accountable is why we have elections every four years. Measure L connects our vote to how we hold the mayor accountable.

Re "Burger King's deal rotten for taxpayers" (Editorial, Aug. 28): The Bee decries the potential Burger King escape from American tax tyranny and even proposes a lower corporate tax rate in order to make America more competitive. Naturally, lowering the corporate tax makes sense - until one realizes that personal taxes will have to rise to make up the difference.

I'm feeling troubled. If the readers of this letter live in California, they ought to feel troubled too.

Re "Elk Grove approves 100-acre land purchase" (Page A1, Aug. 28): Elk Grove residents were kept in the dark about this land purchase. Bee reporter Darrell Smith even said he didn't see the purchase because it was hidden on the "normal and routine" consent calendar on the agenda for the Aug. 27 Elk Grove City Council meeting until he received my email to City Manager Laura Gill questioning the item. Gill did not respond.

Re "Governor welcomes president of Mexico" (Page A1, Aug. 27): I am appalled Gov. Brown lied about "just hearing recently about the jailed Marine in Mexico and does not have the facts yet." Has he been living in a cave? I personally was not able to get off the freeway in time, missed the exit and was routed into Juarez. It is just as easy in California, where we should have big signs warning motorists where to exit so as not to have the same plight.

Re "Longtime labor official fired" (Page A1, Aug. 28): Look out, Sacramento. Here comes Mayor Kevin Johnson devouring city officials and offices like a swarm of locusts. Hopefully his ego will deflate as Measure L fails to pass, but this will only happen if Sacramento voters get out and vote a strong no on Measure L.

Re "Ultimate civil rights abuse" (Letters, Aug. 26): I agree with Terry McDermott's letter opposing forced funding of private companies' insurance to cover abortion. This culture of abortion on-demand devalues human life itself and makes children be considered a liability rather than an asset to our society.

Re "Jerry Brown announces film tax credit deal" (Capitol Alert, Aug. 27): California has the highest personal income tax in the country, and the last tax hike was retroactive. High taxes have led to many employers leaving the state for cheaper pastures.

Re "From sea to shining sea" (Viewpoints, Aug. 27): Kudos to Jim Morin and to The Bee for the cartoon about climate change. The visual brings the information before us in a quick and gutsy way. The drawings and the caption get immediately to the heart. Love it, but the message is so sad.

Re "Don't shut out black residents from clean energy revolution" (Viewpoints, Aug. 27): It's not racial, Mr. Stone. The subsidies are ax credits, not money given to the rich for installing solar systems.

Re "UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya" (Page A1, Aug. 26): According to an article on the front page of The Bee, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched secret air attacks agaisnt Islamic radicals in Libya without informing Washington, catching the Obama administration totally by surprise.

Re "Mexico's president, our partner" (Our Region, Aug. 27): How offensive and insensitive referring to those protesting the Mexican incarceration of our Marine a side show. Why make such a statement?

Re "Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns" (Nation/World, Aug. 27): The mere fact that a parent would allow a small 9-year-old child to fire a heavy automatic weapon is unfathomable. This is a war weapon, not a play toy or a starter target practice gun.

Re "Mexico's reforms will strengthen ties with California" (Viewpoints, Aug. 26): Why is Gov. Brown meeting with the president of Mexico and not asking for the release of the Marine being held in prison there? Why would anyone want to visit the border towns when all the killings are happening on the border?

Re "End corporate welfare" (Letters, Aug. 27): This is for John Reiger and others who need a little information on alleged freebies in taxes to corporations.

Re "Don't shut out black residents from clean energy revolution" (Viewpoints, Aug. 27): I believe Aubry Stone's comments and statistics are shifted to his side. The truth is at least 80 percent of households lease their solar with no money out of pocket costs.

Viewpoints and letter writers are correct to lament the lack of fine arts in Sacramento. I have a suggestion: come to Folsom.

Due more to circumstance than intent, the 2014 California State Fair was likely the most humane in the nation:

Re "Another Latino Legislator shames his community" (Viewpoints, Aug. 27): I don't see the most recent legislative escapades as a specifically Latino issue. I see it as an example of the arrogance that comes with one-party control of all the levers of state power.

The hard-working members of Ironworkers Local 118 know there is more to Labor Day than a three-day weekend.

Re "Don't shut out black residents from clean energy revolution" (Viewpoints, Aug. 27): Aubry Stone is not being factual when talking about households with solar panels. He indicated that solar panel owners are rich, do not pay for infrastructure charges and that the poor are having to pay more for electricity than they should to cover those costs.

Re "California officials delay massive Delta water tunnel project" (Capitol & California, Aug. 27): The Delta tunnels are now delayed, we're told. In truth, they are dead. The people of California have been able to stop the tunnels- with the aid of truthful scientists- and bring this $68 billion boondoggle to a screeching halt.

Re "Burning Man secrets revealed" (Our Region, Aug. 25): Writer Ed Fletcher made it sound like Burning Man is a family-oriented event for fun in the sun, when even the website tells of its events that involve drug and alcohol intoxication, as well as sex orgies. For instance, they claim this year will feature a theme camp called "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust", in which naked participants will be photographed. Gee, I guess some people don't worry about their careers if a picture of them naked and drunk turns up on the Internet.

Re "CalPERS is right on pension changes," (Another View, Aug. 26): The article by Warren Furutani claiming that CalPERS made the right decision about allowing temporary out-of-classification assignment pay to be counted toward retirement benefits ignores its use for pension spiking.

Re "Verdict a big victory for lawyer" (Our Region, Aug. 26): While I am happy that a jury acquitted Larry Dean Jones, Jr. of all charges in the Dec. 14, 2010 barbershop murder trial, this troubled me: "He fired his handgun only when somebody fired a couple of rounds in his direction."

Re "Ferguson mourners are urged to take role in changing US relations" (Aug. 27): I feel your pain, my black brothers on Ferguson and Staten Island. Racism is an epidemic in this country. As an immigrant, I encounter it regularly in many forms. It is painful and destroys my faith in humanity. Hideous racist acts stabs us, the victims, in the heart. Racism cripples and makes us helpless for life. Ferguson's racism will be whitewashed like so many of our other incidents of racism. When we, the victims, defend ourselves against racism, we are demonized by the media. The news sensationalizes our acts of self-defense as senseless criminal acts of violence. Leaders perpetuate racism when they tell black victims to calm down. Such responses by our leaders, including Obama, are wholly responsible for this outcome. What matters is not the color of our skin but the color of our hearts. -- Karahan Mete, Davis

Re "Saying goodbye to Michael Brown" (Page A1, Aug. 25): Publishing a large photo of the Michael Brown funeral on the front page of The Bee is entirely inappropriate.

Re "Adding names to Vietnam Memorial stirs controversy" (Capitol & California, Aug. 26): After the Gulf of Tonkin incident, we were already poised to get involved in the war. I cannot believe that anyone would not note that this very young man was gathering information for the coming war. He deserves to be there with all of his fallen comrades. Having lived through those times, you are part of history. His loss of life deserves to be recognized at the memorial.

Re "Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons" (Our Region, Aug. 26): Another corporation is pulling up stakes and moving out of the country to avoid paying the taxes imposed on them here. What do we hear from the politicians? That the corporation are un-American.

The Ferguson tragedy has precipitated violence and weeklong demonstrations. Once again, public officials are there to investigate, bear witness and search for answers. Representatives from federal, congressional and administrative branches were there. A third branch of government was not: the Supreme Court.

Every day, I read an editorial or blog somewhere, that says Obama needs to make up his mind about intervention in some country to stop the horror, America needs to make up her mind, where is our sense of outrage, our sense of duty, why aren't we doing more, etc?

Re "'Shocked' by ad funding" (Letters, Aug. 26): Chris Winchell claimed he was shocked by the "ads full of lies and distortions against Democrat Ami Bera." I wonder if he's equally shocked at the serial liar and distorter who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.?

Re "Adding names to Vietnam Memorial stirs controversy" (Capitol & California, Aug. 26): I'm a Purple Heart Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I don't see what the controversy is about adding names to the Vietnam Memorial. Any U.S. serviceman who died because of the war in Vietnam, be it outside some combat zone line, exposure to Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder suicide or any other Vietnam-related death deserves some recognition on any Vietnam memorial.

Gov. Brown and President Obama are about the same when it comes to illegal immigration. They also have not tried to get the soldier released from prison in Mexico that has been there since March of this year, for making a wrong turn.

Re "CalPERS fund seeks to lighten risk" (Business, Aug. 24): Although CalPERS earned 18.4 percent in the year ending June 30, they could do better. The total stock market returned 25.2 percent during this same period. Last year, CalPERS paid hedge fund managers $115 million or 2.6 percent in fees. It is a fool's errand to invest in hedge funds which are volatile, have performed poorly over the past years and have excessive management fees that drain away annual returns.

I got a mailer from Doug Ose. There was a link for people to tell him their Obamacare story. I clicked it and reported that Obamacare had gotten me a job at a Health Insurer two years ago when I got laid off. That job ended, and it got me insurance while I was unemployed. Then it got me another job at another health insurer.

Re "Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen to lead opposition to strong-mayor plan" (City Beat, Aug. 19): Steve Hansen's opposition appears to be sour grapes after being on the losing side of an issue fully considered by the City Council and the city attorney.

Re "Mexico's reforms will strengthen ties with California" (Viewpoints, Aug. 26): As Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieta visits Sacramento, I find it unconscionable that we welcome him knowing that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed in Mexico since March 31. For a soldier to be held this long for a minor acknowledged mistake only shows the disrespect this country has for the United States.

Re "States insist that insurers must cover elective abortions" (Aug. 24): The Bee published an article on Michelle Rouillard's denial of an exemption for Catholic hospitals to pay for abortion services on Aug. 24. It is amazing that a non-elected state official would have the temerity to make this dictatorial requirement that religious organizations completely abandon their conscience and bow their heads to a government edict, while the federal government is withdrawing that requirement.

California's drought distress was reported on the front page of my newspaper, The Washington Post. Conservative Californians that so dominate the San Joaquin Valley are getting what they deserve. After their priest of profit, Ronald Reagan, became president, he defunded the Department of Energy's alternative energy research programs and deleted tax breaks needed to expand that infant industry. All of our aspirations for a sustainable, self-reliant economy got thrown on a fossil-fueled altar that Republicans use to enrich their billionaire campaign contributors.

I have started a petition for the change of a local Orlando Middle School name. It is currently known as Robert E. Lee middle school. I had a dream to do my best to honor late Deftones bassist Chi Cheng's name for the better of others in my community. Cheng was in a car accident in 2008 and died five years later. I feel because of the Deftones and Cheng's ties with their hometown of Sacramento, who else better could support my cause? The town of Sacremento knew Cheng and the Deftones like they were family because they were. I would greatly appreciate some love and support for our petition.

Re "Assembly passes campus sexual-assault bill" (State News, Aug. 25): The major bill, SB 967, that will shape gender gaps in California for eternity is about to reach Gov. Brown's desk.

Re "Families of mentally ill children struggle for access to residential treatment" (Our Region, Aug. 24): As a child psychiatrist, I see too well the pain and suffering experienced by mentally ill teens. Unfortunately, since transferring the responsibility and the money for the care of students suffering from mental illness to the school districts, multidisciplinary teams involving mental health providers, educators/teachers, CPS and probation officers have been dismantled in favor of blinders that school districts put on so as not to deal with mentally ill students who are having troubles in school as a result.

Re "Secret cellphone tracking" (Page A9, Aug. 25): The phone companies have a lot of data on us. The probably get paid well to provide it to the FBI. Now we read that private companies can get this data and sell it.

Re "Football-focused 'Game' fails as a comeback story" (Aug. 22): I enjoy Carla Meyer's film reviews. However, I think she missed the mark on this one.

Re "Residency law used selectively," (Capitol & California, Aug. 25): Dan Walters' article reminded me of Thomas McClintock's residency. He has never lived in the Sierra foothills, where he should. When first elected, there was discussion about where he really lived, and so the residency was pushed aside.

Re "Early-warning system gave alert 10 seconds before quake" (Page A4, Aug. 25): A 10-second warning isn't much. The coyotes that inhabit an area near my house started howling and continued doing so for a full 30 seconds at 3:09 a.m., or about 11 minutes prior to the earthquake. Wonder how they knew?

Re "Sooner than later, US will have to confront ISIS" (Viewpoints, Aug. 25): Trudy Rubin is right: ISIS must be eliminated before the jihadist militia attacks the U.S.

Re "State insists that insurers must cover abortions" (Capitol & California, Aug. 24); California makes it more difficult to operate a business with the incredulous letter saying insurance companies must sell group health plans to always include the elective abortion coverage clause. What's next? No senior menus allowed in restaurants? Taco Bell must sell spaghetti? Olive Garden must sell tacos? California defies the federal Affordable Care Act which allows employers to provide health coverage excluding elective abortions. Why does California defy U.S. laws?

I have been most impressed with the character and candor of Chris Amaral, who is running for District 2 supervisor. I am also impressed that he is not a career politician and has a strong business background. We can use some of that on the El Dorado Board of Supervisors.

Re "Ose unsuitable to replace Bera" (Letters, Aug. 25): I always get a kick reading letters from people such as Stephen Farr who know nothing about The Affordable Care Act. It is anything but affordable.

Re "California's school spending should target needy students" (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): We appreciate Assemblywoman Shirley Weber's acknowledgement of the Board of Education's critical role in adopting regulations to help improve our schools. California's new funding laws direct more money where students' needs are greatest and grant more decision-making authority to local districts. Weber's op-ed highlighted critical components now included in regulations. Districts are required to adopt Local Control and Accountability Plans that demonstrate how programs and services for English language learners, low-income students and foster youth are being increased and how funds will be used to improve programs and services in the upcoming year. The law requires districts to detail how services- and expenditures to implement them- are helping schools achieve goals under eight education priorities, including student achievement, parent engagement and access to rigorous curriculum.

Re "Health care law distorted" (Ad Watch, Aug. 23): How does a statement classified as mostly misleading on the Ad Watch scale, not qualify as an outright lie? The dictionary defines a lie as making "a knowingly false statement with intent to mislead."

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I frequently have to ride along Stockton Boulevard between T Street and 2nd Avenue to get to and from meetings at my place of employment. If you think I am going to ride in the street with cars whizzing past going 40 miles an hour and 6 inches from my foot, you have another think coming.

Re "Bicyclists: Be more careful" (Letters, Aug. 16) and "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): For two days in a row The Bee has published two articles about two pedestrians sustaining severe injuries from collisions with bicyclists; one on a bike path and the other on a Sacramento city street. City streets are hazardous, but so are suburban walkways.

Re "It's futile to guess what he was thinking" (Jack Ohman, Aug. 17): Ohman wrote a refreshing article concerning our ways of jumping to conclusions regarding the reasons behind depression. Nobody really knows except that person, referring to Robin Williams.

Re "DEA tightens rule on widely used painkiller" (Page A8, Aug. 22): If Sen. Joe Manchin has a problem with painkiller abuse in West Virginia, he should limit his prohibition efforts to that state and leave the rest of us alone. The new rule will only harm those who need painkillers the most. Sick people aren't inconvenienced. They're just in pain.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): Hilary Abramson's article was a chilling account of what I fear could happen to my neighbor Helen who, at the cusp of 100 years, finds a daily meditation in sweeping her driveway and sidewalk. With poor hearing and eyesight, she is no match for the numerous encounters with idiots riding their bikes on the sidewalk.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I am 88 years old. I need to walk each day, but the sidewalks are quickly becoming unsafe for me to do so. Bicyclists whiz past me, and though I stick to the correct side of the sidewalk, I can never count on bicyclists to obey the rules. I never have had trouble with people who bike in from home going to work. They use the bicycle lanes and are familiar with the rules of the road.

Re "City is making progress in effort to make bicycling safer for all" (Forum, Aug. 17): I have an adult son who is deaf and autistic. He doesn't drive, but he rides the bus, walks and rides a recumbent trike for trips that are too far to walk. He rides on the sidewalk because, in my opinion, riding on the street in Sacramento is far too dangerous.

Re "Gas prices are sure to rise; Senate ought to hear by how much" (Editorial, Aug. 17): Most Californians live in areas with unhealthy air quality, and dirty fossil fuels contribute to billions in annual health and economic costs resulting from pollution-related asthma attacks, heart attacks, emergency room visits and even death. The oil industry has failed to do its part to clean up air pollution, which hits our most vulnerable populations the hardest: children, the elderly, low-income communities and communities of color. According to the American Lung Association in California, when fully implemented, the transition to cleaner fuels as a result of California's landmark policies will save lives and billions in costs, including $23 billion in avoided health and other societal impacts by 2025. Medical and health organizations throughout California support California's clean energy law, AB 32, and the clean fuel policies that are reducing emissions because of lives saved from avoided deaths and illnesses linked to breathing harmful air pollution.

Re "Health care law distorted" (Capitol & California, Aug. 23): Christopher Cadelago accuses Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS of distorting Obamacare for the benefit of Rep. Doug Ose in a TV ad against Ami Bera. What shall we do when Ad Watch is the one doing the distorting?

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): There is no reasonable argument for violating multiple traffic code sections that would permit or allow cars to drive on sidewalks. The same is true for the operation of bicycles.

Re "What was Robin Williams thinking? You have no idea" (Forum, Aug. 17): That Jack Ohman's candid admission of his own bout with depression did not appear to produce audible gasps, snickers or the risk of losing his job reflects some progress. It's also what readers come to expect from his soul-baring, unfiltered blog.

Re "Strong California quake causes injuries, damage" (Aug. 24): Given this reminder that California has earthquakes, shouldn't we be more concerned about putting a halt to fracking in California, since it has been linked to increased earthquakes? Much of the new fracking will occur along the San Andreas Fault.

Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): Bicyclists are their own worst enemies. By their behavior, they create the impression that they are self-righteous elitists. I write this as a former biker with more than 20 years of bicycle commuting experience.

Re "City is making progress in effort to make bicycling safer for all" (Forum, Aug. 17): Hilary Abramson was smart to bring readers' attention to the alarming number of bicycles weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic in the central city. As one who traverses Capitol Mall and L Street with great frequency, I marvel at the disregard of those on bikes for the safety of those afoot.

Re "Pluralism has served America just fine, thanks" (Forum, Aug. 24): No, the Founding Fathers said there should be no state church/denomination. Faith is not mentioned.

Re "Parking tickets out of control" (Viewpoints, Aug. 23): Ginny Fitzpatrick's article regarding overzealous parking enforcement in Sacramento is spot-on. Several months ago, I parked On J Street by Cesar Chavez Plaza. This stretch of J Street has no meters, so I bought a kiosk parking sticker for one hour. Returning to my car 45 minutes later, I discovered a ticket for parking over lines.

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