Re "How to protect yourself from seafood fraud" (Nosh Pit, April 13): Labeling an entire industry as catching people in bait and switch is a bit over the top.
Re "Climate panel urges speedier action" (Page A1, April 14) The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has again dialed back a climate crisis, pushing the possibility toward the end of this century, with temperature rise declining from 9 to 3.4 F.
Re "In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity" (April 11): The Ryan budget, passed by the House of Representatives with not a single democratic vote, is destructive and underhanded.
Re "Does wealth equal health?" (The Conversation, April 6): Health care is a volatile issue because we're talking choice, lifestyle and death. Appropriate to our country's culture, accountability and responsibility remain unmentioned.
Re Let's follow a few rules of the road, please (Editorials, April 11): Perhaps the only benefit of the horrific fiery crash near Orland is that it will perhaps make The Bee editorial writers rethink their editorial Friday, which blamed every motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist for the chaos on the streets.
Re "Does wealth equal health?" (The Conversation, April 6): As a physician, I was surprised to read Daniel Weintraub 's belief that "health care can patch us up, but it can't really keep us healthy."
Re "Let's follow a few rules of the road, please (Editorials, April 11): Besides criticizing scofflaw cyclists, the editorial board takes "Helmetless, unlighted cyclists wearing colors suitable for night guerrilla ops" to task for contributing to road danger.
Re "Issa working on his McCarthy imitation" (Viewpoints, April 13): Dana Milbank is right. Congressman Darrell Issa should back off. How dare he go forward with investigating the Obama administration, just because he's the head of a congressional committee whose job is to investigate corruption in government. Doesn't he get it?
Re "Knowledgeable Citizens" (Letters, April 11): I agree with Peter Hays that it would be inadvisable to eliminate classes that teach students to be good citizens. However, with two kids in high school I can safely report that the subjects he's worried about, those that teach how to prepare a bill, understand environmental pollutants or write a coherent report are things kids today learn in middle school.
Re "AP has gone over the top with its grammatical ruling" (Viewpoints, April 12): Give it up, Gregory Favre. You're fighting a losing battle in railing against the incorrect use of "over."
Re "Sacramento planners approve Kings' arena design" (Our Region, April 10): Well, they have done it again. When the architects for the downtown arena were given the task of giving us something that inspired and brightened the otherwise visually challenged downtown area, they did it.
Re "Expelling Eich, other enemies of the People" (Viewpoints, April 12): Shaming public figures is neither censorship nor a violation of any person's free speech rights.
Re "Daydreaming could be seen as attention disorder" (April 12): Just when you thought the pharmaceutical industry couldn't get less credible, they come out with a diagnosis of sluggish cognitive tempo.
Re "McCutcheon ruling will not open floodgates" (Another View, April 9): I take exception to the idea of stipulating that political contributions only be given to a political party versus specific candidates. This would lead to a party establishment only supporting candidates of which they personally approve, to the detriment to grassroots-supported candidates who may be at odds with the establishment leadership.
Re "Expelling Eich, other 'enemies of the people' (Viewpoints, April 12): Does anyone consider that biologically-driven same sex attraction might be Nature's constraint on over-population? If the union of one man, one woman is the definition of marriage, that equals breeders. Unions of one man/one man or one woman/one woman might equal adoption of children that breeders cannot accommodate for any number of reasons. When will the opinions of biologists and geneticists be printed alongside those of politicians and the religious? Brendan Eich, Ben Boychuk writes, "was a good manager and a nice fellow who never discriminated against anyone, " yet he gave $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign. Never discriminated? Was his contribution washed clean by the blood of the political? "Culture is often more powerful than law," writes Boychuk. True, because stereotypic opinions of gay culture are more powerful than equity for gay tax-paying citizens. Shame.
Re "Six Californias measure would create the nation's richest and poorest states" (Editorials, April 12): I believe rural counties of some states, including ours, desire to secede because they believe their interests are not properly considered by their respective legislatures.
Re "Expelling Eich, other 'enemies of the people'" (Viewpoint, April 12): Ben Boychuk might revere the First Amendment, but he doesn't seem to understand the principles behind it very well. Freedom of speech is not an absolute entitlement to be free of consequences for that speech.
Re "Don't blame U.S." (Letters, April 6): Frank Wandell is entitled to his opinion, but it was expressed like someone who neither served in Vietnam nor lost, whether physically or psychologically, someone near and dear to him there.
Re "Rejection list long at elite colleges" (Page A1, April 9): I agree with the Stanford dean, when he says he is in a shock that so many bright students are being turned away because of low admission rates of higher universities. Stanford accepted 5 %? Whew! Where's the logic? If this country expects to be No.#1, how can we hope to be top-notch in sciences, economics, math, understanding of governmental affairs? The brains are being left by the wayside. We are missing the boat!
Re "Prison tactics found horrific" (Page A1, April 11): The only thing I found horrific about this report is the degree of disconnect demonstrated by "Appointed for Life" Federal Judges like Lawrence Karlton! Perhaps these demagogues should leave the sterility of their protected chambers and see what it's like to attempt to control insane felons shoving feces into their own breathing tube!
Re "Christians, again, are last to get it right" (Leonard Pitts, April 6): Leonard Pitts attacks Christianity for what he considers failures, but neglects to mention that Christianity has been the greatest influence of all time in doing good works by voluntary giving and sacrificial service.
Re "RT chief calls Fix50 transit aid too low" (Page A1, April 11): Maintain Highway 50? Please. But dinosaurs have returned to Caltrans with Fix50's plan for "Improved traffic operations throughout the project area." When did this myth replace sustainability? Our best institutions deserve blame too for Sacramento's growing strip freeway development. We need to plan to reclaim the city and its neigborhoods from freeways by tearing down or undergrounding or covering them up. When will we ever learn?
Re "Does wealth =health?" (The Conversation, April 6): I read the column by Daniel Weintraub with great interest. After I had a painful operation, my doctor told me that if I didn't change my life style, I would be back soon. That was 41 years ago.
I learned to get to know my own body and I quit my job. No more stress and 12 hour work days. I quit smoking, changed my diet, subscribed to Prevention Magazine and read several books about natural remedies.
So far I am doing fine. It does not matter if one is poor or rich, if one abuses the body constantly the pain and cost will be high. Educating the public about how to live a healthier lifestyle should do wonders. I had to learn to eat not what I liked but what my body liked. Reducing stress helped greatly.
Re "Mass stabbing at high school" (Viewpoints, April 11): NRA off the hook? I don't think so. While a mass stabbing at a high school is a tragedy, and many lives will be affected forever, guess what. Nobody died. Guess why. NO GUNS!
Re New Feast section: I am very disappointed to see that you have replaced A&E with Feast, yet another section devoted to food. We all know that we are the farm to fork capital, but two weekly sections devoted to eating and drinking seems a bit obsessive even to this foodie. And many Feast columns aren't even local! Although it had become the "Incredible Shrinking" A&E, it was an important resource for those seeking information about the arts in the region. The Tuesday replacement is but a pale substitute. The Sunday paper has a much greater circulation than Tuesday's, so the information will now not reach nearly as many people. As a Sacramento Art Commission member, I am concerned that the arts have lost an important vehicle for communication. How about expanding Feast to include the arts and making it a feast for the senses as well as the stomach?
Re "Let's follow a few rules of the road, please" (Editorials, April 11): I commend the Bee for calling for restraint and rule-following on our shared roadways and for limiting your usual castigation of cyclists.
Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna commendably seeks ways for RT to improve safety. RT could start with video surveillance of its bus drivers, who often drive aggressively. Standing near the front of a crowded express bus headed down I-5 can be a harrowing experience, as drivers routinely tailgate (sometimes slamming on the brakes due to following too closely); make unnecessary lane changes; often drive one-handed (or even one-fingered); and occasionally top out at 70 MPH. In addition, theyâll periodically shoot the breeze with a friendly passenger (often perched in front of the white line). On Monday a 3-Bus driver charged down the freeway while locked in amiable conversation with a friend, driving with the left hand while gesturing animatedly with the right (and was so thoroughly distracted that on exiting the freeway the bus veered off-route by sailing past the left turn at Greenhaven Drive).
Re "Prison tactics found horrific" (Page A1, April 11): We have 33,000 mentally ill inmates in prison who are being treated badly. Presumably these folks have all committed felonies and were mentally ill before they did so. Would it not be better for them and cheaper for society to treat these illnesses before they become felons.
Re "High-speed police chases are no place for trivial pursuit" (Viewpoints, April 8): Kudos to Bruce Maiman for calling attention to the tragic absurdity of high-speed chases by police. Before giving chase, police should ask themselves a very simple question: Will the danger to life caused by my chase be greater than the danger to life if I don't give chase?
As an evangelical Christian and U.S. citizen, I am concerned about the loss of free speech for those who do not support the LGBT agenda. I am rather neutral when it comes to gender/sexuality issues, but I see LGBT organizations becoming more intolerant of anything they do not agree with.