Re "Passive Obama's strategy on Ukraine is just to write it off" (Viewpoints, Sept. 5): Charles Krauthammer, stating that "Obama has no strategy in Syria" is absolutely correct. I'd hoped that he, or any other writer, would suggest that on Nov. 5, or shortly thereafter, Obama will have strategy.
Re "Tesla's Elon Musk jilts California, despite subsidies" (Editorial, Sept. 5): The editorial board's vitriol and sarcasm about Tesla's decision to build the battery factory near Reno instead of here in California was uncalled for.
Re "Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible, unless you're state's top education official" (Editorial, Sept. 4): The Bee's editorial echoes the fallacy that job protections for teachers are bad for students.
Re "Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant" (Business, Sept. 4): Why would anyone in his right mind build a manufacturing facility in California? The state is hostile toward business while beholding to unions, trial lawyers and environmental zealots. Government is elected by voters who are increasingly uninformed, ideological or on the dole. Most have no idea what's involved in operating a profitable business.
Re "We need old-fashioned morality" (Letters, Sept. 5) Really, Linda Schulman? You say that if a woman comes into my room, then this means sexual consent? That is absurd.
Re "Texas-based mattress firm acquires Sacramento's Sleep Train for $425 million" (Page A1, Sept. 5): After 30 years of reading your newspaper, I am fully aware of The Bee's liberal leanings, and I use other sources to keep myself abreast of what is really happening in this world of ours. Recent editions show the extreme bias in which The Bee operates.
Re Sacramento's power players line up behind strong-mayor plan" (Our Region, Sept. 6): I don't care if the city of Sacramento gets a strong mayor or not, but when a developer gives $100,000 to back that proposal, then it is best to be wary.
Re "Back-seat Driver: Confrontation lands cyclist in court on assault charges" (Our Region, Sept. 5): It's about time someone has taken on those macho bike riders who think they're in the Tour De France every time they put on their sunglasses. They can be incredibly rude and arrogant to civilians who have a right to use the bike trails too.
Re "Strong-mayor campaign gets labor support, $100,000 donation from Tsakopoulos" (City Beat, Sept. 3): Surprise, the money boys and the unions are beginning to circle the bandwagons and pour cash into Kevin Johnson's strong-mayor scheme. Never hurts to put out another trick pony for our one-issue mayor to play with.
Re "New Book says CIA official in Benghazi slowed rescue" (Nation/World, Sept.5): If there was ever any doubt as to the political bent of the Sacramento Bee, it was removed by the placement of the three small paragraphs about the new book regarding the Benghazi tragedy.
Re "Sacramento Charter High leads the pack of most students taking the SAT" (Our Region, Sept. 5): Sacramento Charter High School and other public schools deserve commendation for their commitment to providing a college preparatory curriculum to their students. The Sacramento Bee should recognize, however, that some private schools have developed programs that make college admission a reality for students who otherwise might not have that opportunity.
Re "A monument to public funding" (Letters, Sept. 5): Mark A. Meir's point about the statue of Columbus and Isabella is well taken. I'd like to extend the conceit a bit further.
Re "Bequest helps fund classical music in region" (Sept. 3): In an era of Sacramento's media filling the airwaves and publications with arenas, basketball teams and more arenas, it is refreshing to hear that there is still interest in the preservation of classical music in the Sacramento region.
Re "Don't aid Israel's 'theft'" (Letters, Sept. 4): From whom is Israel stealing land?
Re "A Los Angeles judge granted a fourth delay for Senator Wright" (Capitol & California, Sept. 4): Sen. Rod Wright was found guilty of eight felony counts in January 2014, in a case that took more than three years. A judge just granted a fourth delay to sentencing for his lawyers to have more time to review the prosecution's arguments against a new trial. What have his lawyers been doing for the past 7 months if not reviewing the case?
Re "Backers flock to strong mayor" (Our Region, Sept. 4): As a union member, sometimes I think our leaders do stupid things. One is the support of the Strong Mayor for Sacramento.
Re "California said to lose Tesla bid" (Page A1, Sept. 4): California's loss of the Tesla battery factory may have happened, regardless of legislative neglect. The legislature's failure to provide incentives prior to its August recess is nothing short of astoundingly unfortunate.
Re "Strong-mayor campaign gets labor support, $100,000 donation from Tsakopoulos" (City Beat, Sept. 3): As a neighborhood advocate, I cannot support Measure L. When I see regional developers like Angelo Tsakopoulos writing checks for $100,000, I know that something is wrong.
Re "Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible- unless you're state's top education official" (Editorial, Sept. 4): It is easy to see why Gov. Brown and Democrat lawmakers defend teacher tenure rules that guarantees jobs after 18 months, and last-in-first-out rules that fire exceptional teachers while protecting awful teachers. Nontenured teachers don't pay union dues.
Re "Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible- unless you're state's top education official" (Editorial, Sept. 4): The Bee wants you to believe they are the experts on public education I have been on two school boards for over 25 years. During that time, I can count on one hand the number of teachers who we let go, and it wasn't difficult at all.
Yes, we should have boots on the ground. We need to stop the nonsense and stop it now. This fight is the right fight to get in, and the sooner the better.
Re Arizona gun cartoon (Cartoons, Aug. 31): Could you explain to your readers that the NRA is not at fault for the horrible tragedy in Arizona? The poorly drawn cartoon implies that the NRA is some how responsible. This is like blaming the Shriners for every clown car crash.
Re "Broken finger on statue in California Capitol Rotunda follows late-night coin toss" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 2): I was saddened to read that the Capitol expert believes that the coins tossed at the Queen were not the cause of the damage. He remarks that a penny could not have inflicted the damage.
Re "Video depicts beheading of second American journalist" (SacBee.com, Sept. 3): By any reasonable standard, the recent beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are crimes against humanity. It is time the United Nations pushes back with all its might against ISIS and the state leaders who harbor these despicable terrorists.
Re "2 Feet Now Connect Lot to Terminal" (Our Region, Sept. 2): If there ever was a positive spin on a dismal situation, this is the one. The airport management tells us that in responding to users' requests, it has provided signs for walkway to the terminals. Passengers do not have a choice but to walk because shuttle buses are not frequent enough. Rare is a passenger who wants a stroll from the parking lot to the terminal when he/she is rushing to catch a plane.
Re "Bill would start first diaper aid program in US" (Page A1, Aug. 2): So much for the plastic and paper bags. How about the disposable diapers? There are thousands and possibly millions of disposable diapers discarded yearly with human waste, however nothing is being done to curtail this.
Re "Broken finger on statue in California Capitol Rotunda follows late-night coin toss" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 2): Few understand the real meaning of the statue in the Capitol Rotunda, "Columbus' Last Appeal to Queen Isabella." It has little to do with Columbus. It is in fact about government funding of a successful special exploratory project; i.e., a monument to the budget.
Darrell Fong is the wrong candidate for state assembly. A majority of the city council doesn't support him, and neither does his own police union of 30 years, especially after he voted to lay off police officers. Two years into his first term as a councilmember, Fong displayed disinterest in his then current job and decided that he would rather run for state assembly.
Re "Another Nutting for El Dorado Supervisor" (Endorsements, Sept. 3): Call it politically motivated, but Ray Nutting was convicted, and the appeals process confirmed those convictions in California. Mr. Nutting, to my knowledge, has lived comfortably off of inherited wealth, while billing himself for "clearing" his own land, then billing the government for those improvements. Legal? Perhaps. Ethical? Hardly. Attributing his convictions on bad paperwork is ridiculous.
Re "Rove's PAC takes aim at Bera" (Capitol & California, Sept. 1): In the last week I have received two fliers in the mail that have been sent by Doug Ose for Congress. The fliers are so misleading and sleazy that they remind me of the work of two champions of political dirty tricks of the past: Murray Chotiner and Lee Atwater.
Re "Judges recommend $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E" (Business, Sept. 2): The outrageous recommendation of the administrative law judge and California Public Utilities Commission and the money already spent on improving the company's pipeline infrastructure, adds up to a total cost of over $4.7 billion dollars, indicating just how out of touch the ALJ and CPUC are as responsible regulators.
Re "Video depicts second atrocity" (Page A1, Sept.3): The biggest aid to terrorist groups such as ISIS for recruiting members is the free publicity they get from the world press. While the murder of kidnapped people may be news, the press errs by making it front-page news.
Re "A story of overcoming mental illness" (Page A1, Aug. 30): The California Association of School Psychologists wishes to thank Jordana Steinberg and her family for agreeing to tell her journey from anger to healing as she struggled with childhood mental illness. Her courage and honesty are inspiring.
Re "Tables turn for canines" (Page A1, Sept. 3) and "Video depicts second atrocity" (Page A1, Sept. 3): I believe your headlines in the Sept. 3 issue were inappropriately placed. Installing the huge article about dogs eating on patios on the front page, along side a smaller Page One article about the recent beheading of a U.S. journalist seems disrespectful and inappropriate. Surely, the latter event is more important and should have been the most prominent.
Re "National Park Service should have separate account to fight wildfires" (Viewpoints, Sept. 2): In response to the article by Ron Sundergill, it should be clarified that the National Park Service already receives almost all of its wildfire funds from a separate Department of Interior account. Consequently, when these funds are exhausted, the secretary of the interior may use funds from various bureaus within the department to make up the shortfall. NPS construction funds are generally tapped because they are sometimes available late in the fiscal year, perhaps due to delays in project implementation.
Re "Nude photos leak leads to investigation" (Page A2, Sept. 2): I have no sympathy for the celebrities who have had nude photos of themselves stolen from their computers. With modern technology, how can they expect any privacy on their? Why post nude photos of yourself on your computer in the first place?
Re "Elk Grove makes a move to land MLS franchise" (Our Region, Aug. 28): Elk Grove is purchasing property for $4.4 million to build a stadium for a major soccer team. While this may be a good thing for the city and provide lots of publicity, the city is using money from the stormwater protection fund. Reallocation of these funds is very concerning.
Re "Ami Bera omits some facts in first campaign ad" (Ad Watch, Aug. 29): I am glad Christopher Cadelago exposed the ridiculousness behind the so-called No Budget, No Pay bill. Cadelago hit the nail on the head when he called the bill, "mostly ceremonial."
Re "Drought savings vary greatly" (Aug. 31): The Bee's coverage of water use omitted a huge consumer: the federal government. In the last two years, hundreds of thousands of acre feet of water were released to test salmon runs on the San Joaquin. Water from torrential rain in December 2012 was released to the bay, not to farmers or storage.
Re "Sen. Franken urges Justice Department to focus on ISIL recruiting at home" (Sept. 2): Now that ISIL has beheaded the second reporter in the region, I think President Obama needs to get tougher on this group of murderous thugs. It's time that he and the U.N. put stronger sanctions on these terrorists before they get out of control.
Labor leaders are short-sighted and harming their members with their opposition to SB 52, the DISCLOSE Act, which would reveal who really funds campaign ads.
Re "We all have to pitch in to make Common Core work" (Viewpoints, Sept. 2): The two teacher advocates lay out Common Core with the following statements: it has fewer standards, teachers will be required to talk less while students will talk more to each other, there will be less material to cover, while the state will add $1.25 billion in additional spending, all while delaying new assessments.
Re "Picking fat over carbs not so bad, study says" (Page A1, Sept. 2): This study of picking fat over carbs (Atkins diet) is very confusing for people who want to stay healthy. My cholesterol was very high recently and a cardiologist recommended that I read Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book on reversing heart disease. This is the doctor that reversed former president Bill Clinton's heart disease.
Re "We hate government but should give it credit in Napa earthquake" (Viewpoints, Aug. 26): Kudos to Bruce Maiman for his column congratulating government's response to the Napa earthquake and the role California building codes played in limiting the damage and injury. Our State organization, California Building Officials (CALBO), had a pin that says, "When I do my job right, nothing happens."
Re "Israel claims swath of West Bank land" (Nation/World, Sept. 1): I am sick and tired of hearing of countries taking possession of land which is not theirs. It is theft, plain and simple.
Re "Special election to replace ousted county supervisor Ray Nutting stirs up El Dorado County" (July 25): I've known Dave Pratt for years, and I think I've gotten to know him: his business, his family and his activities for El Dorado County. I've witnessed him on all those fronts, with exemplary results.
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Re "Legislators take a walk rather than expand campaign disclosure" (Sept. 2): The Bee is right in pointing out that the California legislature dodged a few tough questions on campaign reform this session. Decisions like Citizens United have increasingly put power in the hands of wealthy donors and interests, regardless of party or ideology.
Re "New shooting range startles neighbors" (Page B1, Aug. 31): Marcos Breton's article on the Sacramento Gun Club's indoor range- to be located on Routier Road in Rancho Cordova- was slanted with the intent to feed unsubstantiated fears to those opposed to and/or afraid of guns. After reading the article, one would be lead to believe people would go to the range and shoot guns in every direction, placing everyone- including children- in constant danger. It's an indoor range. What's the problem?
Re "Both parties criticize Obama's foreign policy" (Page A10, Sept. 1):
Re "49ers' Ray McDonald arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse" (Sports, Sept. 1): I am a 17-year-old high school student who agrees with the lifetime ban on players who abuse the women in their lives. It seems appropriate to ban these players because they are role models to the younger generation, and for them to think it is OK to assault anyone is absurd and unforgivable.
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 "Both parties criticize Obama's foreign policy" (Page A10, Sept. 1): ISIS is one of the greatest threats that faces the world today. With nearly 20,000 troops from all over the world, they can inflict damage anywhere and at anytime.
Re "Tough issues await Brown signature" (Page A1, Aug. 30):
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 "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 "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 "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 "Political reform results mixed" (Capitol & California, Aug. 31): Labor leaders are short-sighted and harming their members with their opposition SB 52, the DISCLOSE Act which would reveal who really funds campaign ads.
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 "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 "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 "Doonesbury" (Comics, Aug. 31): OK, I've been patient. I've tried to survive reading "Dooesbury" only on Sundays since you removed it from your daily editions. I can't take it any longer.
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 "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 "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 "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 "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 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 "Pedestrians in street" (Letters, Aug. 31): I don't travel to downtown Sacramento often, but I made a trip to the south central downtown, 19 and P streets area last week. What struck me about this most recent visit are the number, width and frequency of well-marked bike lanes.
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 "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 "Senate OKs campus anti-rape bill" (Capitol & California, Aug. 28): If this anti-rape bill passes, it means that colleges have to mandate a standard of affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement for sexual encounters. Do you see college students signing and initialing forms before they have sex? I don't.
Re "Roseville moves homeless charity after beating death" (Aug. 30): I grew up near Saugstad Park in Roseville. It is directly behind the St. Rose Catholic Church. On a regular basis, hoboes used to walk by our house to the church for food. They were friendly, and we never thought much about it. Unfortunately today, there is an intense fear of any homeless person.
Re "Roseville moves homeless charity after beating death" (Aug. 30): Shame on you, city of Roseville, for using the death of a homeless man as a pretext to stop the Christian feeding program.
Re "Beware of too much power in executive branch" (Viewpoints, Aug. 30): While legislator Mike Gatto quite correctly points out that we should always be wary of executive power, he fails to mention that we should be wary of legislators who decry the power of the executive branch and who claim the Founding Fathers thought the legislative branch was the most important.
Re "Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare are still rising" (Viewpoints, Aug. 29): As a general rule of thumb, I usually dismiss right-wing letters from Carmichael and other like-minded, right-leaning communities and counties, for the extremely conservative gobbledygook that they are. However, I can't describe my feelings when you listed an editorial written by a stooge for the Koch Brothers' super PAC, American's for Prosperity.
Re "Roseville moves homeless charity after beating death" (Aug. 30): What would Jesus do? I'm pretty sure that he would continue feeding the homeless and then go over and encourage them to do the right thing by picking up the trash, or pick it up himself. What he would not do is criminalize homelessness or feeding homeless people.
Re Nick Anderson cartoon (Cartoons, Aug. 30): Is it some kind of reflex to automatically blame the NRA for any gun-related tragedy? In particular, the stereotypical portrayal of an NRA member being a t-shirted, baseball capped, fat white guy is insulting to every law-abiding citizen, gun owner or not .If there was any hint of color in this cartoon, the lefties would be beside themselves.
Re "California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown" (Capitol & California, Aug. 30): This legislation is arbitrary, political, stupid and anti-freedom.
Re "California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown" (Capitol & California, Aug. 30): The plastic bag ban rose, fell and rose again on the strength of the grocery workers' union support. The union president is gratified that bag money will remain within local communities.
Re "Political cartoon by Matt Wuerker" (Cartoons, Aug. 30): There should have been an asterisk between the years 1950 and 2012 to highlight Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty." When self-reliance was replaced by state reliance, the parental example changed and now generations of poverty-level young people have no collective memory of how parents used to push their children to get the education and the job skills needed to provide for themselves and their families.
Re Nick Anderson cartoon (Cartoons, Aug. 30): Why would you print this cartoon when it's so obviously biased? The NRA was not responsible for the instructor killed by the 9-year-old girl. All responsibility lies with the parent who instigated the event and the instructor who did not properly asses the capabilities of the child.
Re "Hueso's arrest for DUI not that unusual" (Capitol & California, Aug. 30): I guess it's OK to drink and drive if you're a legislator, according to Dan Walters. The overall rate for drunken driving by legislators is in line with the California rate for licensed drivers. Plus, the legislators have always lived in an environment where alcohol freely flows.
Re "Roseville handouts must shift" (Page A1, Aug. 30): It is disgraceful that our country still has individuals who are homeless, many of whom are mentally ill. We have not produced a solution to homelessness, even though many selfless organizations provide temporary shelter, food and safety.
Re "Groundwater bills go to governor" (Page A1, Aug. 30): The California legislature has passed a package to manage our state's groundwater supply. These regulations are much needed. Recent research has shown that over the past year and a half, California has fallen into a 63 trillion gallon groundwater deficit. Because we've removed so much heavy water from below ground, parts of the Sierra Nevada have lifted as much as 15 millimeters, and the reduced weight on the San Andreas fault has made earthquakes more likely to strike.
Re "Senate OKs campus anti-rape bill" (Capitol & California, Aug. 29): When did our college campuses become a police force? Is it their job to teach morality? SB 967 mandates a college adopt a policy of "affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement" from both parties in a sexual encounter. Really?
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 "Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare about to spike" (Viewpoints, Aug. 29): Yes, California consumers are "shell-shocked." They have been hammered by year after year of double digit health insurance premium increases prior to Obamacare.
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 "Gun Control mania versus Constitution" (Capitol & California, Aug. 28): As a regular visitor to your area, I'm a little shocked you choose to print so-called opinions that have no basis in fact. Most glaring is Dan Walters' statement "Advocates say strict gun laws prevent violent or criminal acts, but there is no empirical evidence that they do."
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 "Fight over Sacramento labor leader's ouster escalates" (Aug. 28): The AFL-CIO did the right thing by informing the Sacramento Central Labor Council that Bill Camp should not be terminated as of yet. I briefly talked to Camp a few times when he participated in many of the pickets and strikes for the University of California, Davis service workers over the years, during contract negotiations.
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.
Re "Is Tom McClintock a Closet Liberal" (Letters, Aug. 3): Will Democrats in a Republican district help elect an incompetent RINO who undermines the GOP?
Re " Jefferson supporters rally for independence at the California capitol" (Capitol & California, Aug. 29): I would suggest that the counties of Modoc and Siskiyou have their services cut to the level of taxes that they pay. Most of their services- roads, education and welfare- are paid for by the Bay Area county tax payers. They seem to be like teenagers who take the allowance but do not want any rules.
Re "Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare are still rising" (Viewpoints, Aug. 29); This article, written by a paid representative of Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity advocacy group, is consistent. It is filled with anti-Obamacare rhetoric, innuendo and outright nonsense.
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 Political cartoon, Aug. 29: When any company moves its headquarters or business address by merger or other means to any country other than the U.S., they should be subject to the laws that forbid foreign companies or individuals from contributing money or anything else of value to any politician or PAC.
Re "Economic growth better than reported" (Business, Aug. 29): The Bee's piece on the upward revision of second quarter GDP data to a growth rate of 4.2 percent from 4.0 percent based on the Commerce Department's report was more propaganda than news. If it was news, it would have informed readers that the jump was a reversal from a weather induced plunge of 2.1 percent in the first quarter. This leaves the economy growing at annual rate of just 1.1 percent for the first half of the year.
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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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.
Re "Napa earthquake: Power restored to thousands; cleanup continues" (Page A1, Aug. 25): On May 8, I sent emails to Redding's Record Searchlight and KRCR-TV listing underground magma flows that I detect and which could trigger earthquakes. First on my list was "East San Francisco Bay Area." It is due south of Redding. The earthquake happened near Napa, which is also due south of Redding.
Re "State insists that insurers must cover abortions" (Capitol & California, Aug, 24): California Department of Managed Health Care Executive Director Michelle Rouillard says "Abortion is a basic health care service." Try telling that to the innocent preborn child who is killed by the abortion. I doubt they would agree it is a health care service.
Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I walk 20 to 40 blocks daily on downtown Sacramento sidewalks and strongly support Hilary Abramson's opinion piece. Bikes and pedestrians in the same confined space leads to serious injuries. One experience includes nearly being run down from behind by a bicyclist and his large, leashed dog.
Re "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): I was thrilled to read Hillary Abramson's article in The Bee about getting bikes off the sidewalks. I, and my 16-pound dog, have been almost hit more times downtown than I can remember.
Re "Unlikely villain in beach's closing" (Forum, Aug. 2): Just making a lot of money and distributing some of it to other multimillionaires doesn't make Vinod Khosla a good guy, just a sharp businessman. And he doesn't know much history if he can only go as far back as Mexican land grants.
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.
Recently, I was watching Channel 3 and saw a story telling how the Sacramento City Council had written itself into plans for the now-building Kings arena in downtown. Free admission, free parking, free use of a luxury suite that might bring in $200,000 a year on the open market for 20 years.
Channel 3 had been tipped off by a Stanford researcher who studied the contract, so I wondered if The Bee had been scooped and how it was covering the story.
I went to SacBee.com and continually looked. Nothing. I contacted friends who subscribe. They, too, had seen nothing. Not even a mention in a column or op-ed. Huh?
A local journalist asked, "Are they embarrassed about being scooped?" Well, probably, but how can you explain this lack of coverage?
In dialogues with non-Muslims, I'll often ask whether or not they've actually read the Quran. Unfortunately, they often respond, "No need. I see how Muslims like ISIS behave." But have those so-called Muslims read the Quran?
Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): I had to laugh when I saw the news that the strife-torn and violence-wracked city of Davis had purchased a mine-resistant armored vehicle from the Army. It reminded me of an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show," where deputy Barney Fife admonished Sheriff Andy Taylor that the city of Mayberry was in dire straits because they had no machine guns or tear gas. Maybe Davis could procure a B-52 from the Air Force as well.
-- Patrick Eady, Sacramento
Re "Ad Watch: Health care law distorted" (Capitol & California, Aug. 23): I'm shocked. Karl Rove's Super PAC, Crossroads GPS, funded by the Koch Brothers and other Republican plutocrats making secret donations, is now runnings ads full of lies and distortions against Democrat Ami Berra? I'm really shocked.
Re "Obama should put ISIS threat at top of agenda" (Editorial, Aug. 23): Your editorial board states that "Obama came off the golf course to condemn the beheading of American journalist James Foley." However, it conveniently left off the crux of the story in that after Obama said his last word at the podium that within 8 minutes he was back on the golf course.
Re "Tax perk proposals seek final big push" (Page A1, Aug. 23): Next time politicians complain of not having enough money for needed government services, just remind them of all the tax giveaways that special interest businesses get. They always say it's about jobs but never offer any proof or final accounting.
Re "Hansen's got guts To defy Kevin Johnson" (Our Region, Aug. 20): The opposition to the "Strong Mayor" Measure L is more broadly based and diverse than Marcos Breton recognizes. It includes a growing coalition of neighborhoods, city employees and good government, including Common Cause as well as the League of Women Voters. Recently, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the nation, the Sierra Club, has decided to oppose this unjustified, high-risk and wealthy special interest backed proposal.
In 1988, George H.W. Bush ran for president. The center piece of his campaign was "Read my lips: no new taxes." After taking office, the economy fell into recession and the tax base eroded, causing huge projected annual deficits. Bush faced the choice between public crucifixion for going back on his promise or raising taxes to stem the tide of rising deficits. Bush put the country before his popularity and did the right thing. It probably cost him the election in 1992.
Re "Parking tickets out of control" (Viewpoints, Aug. 22): I strongly agree with the writer when it comes to signage regarding parking regulations. I have received tickets twice and taken pictures to show the poor placement of signs.
Re "Government Workers Waste Time" (Letters, Aug. 20): While I cannot speak for city employees or their labor relations division, my public sector colleagues and I rarely take breaks and consistently have work meetings during lunch or eat lunch at our desks while working. We do not automatically have jobs for life. Our labor contracts include legal and ethical clauses as grounds for termination or discipline.
Re "Crashes are up in I-80 construction zone" (Page A1, Aug. 21): It is hard to express enough disdain for a public employee such as Dennis Keaton who, at the start of the article says "With these numbers, we are definitely going to look into it," and by the end, tries to shift blame from Caltrans by saying "People are supposed to keep an eye on what's ahead of them."
Gov. Brown is the only thing that stands between us and another silly bill. SB 1022 requires CSUs and requests UCs to provide undergraduates with information about the economic benefits of degrees they might pursue. In a time of high tuition and soaring costs, must we spend money to tell bright college students that electrical engineering is likely to pay better than art history?
Re "Groups spar over bid to drug-test physicians" (Page A1, Aug. 22): This excellent article pointed out the real goal behind Proposition 46: to increase the dollar limit (cap) on MICRA. However, it did not explain that the cap is only on general damages, like pain and suffering, which cannot be measured and are arbitrary. Medical malpractice awards for medical expenses and loss of wages are limitless.
Re "California's share of Bank of America pact" (Business, Aug 22): As usual, The Bee reports big numbers without any context. I refer to the settlement with Bank of America where we are told that California homeowners and pension funds will get $800 million dollars.
Re "Urgent cash call by music festival" (Our Region, Aug. 11): Attending the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee was an important event in my life for many many years, until I sat through a loud salsa concert and decided the Sacramento Music Festival was not for me.
Re "CalPERS sweeps away Brown's reform" (Editorial, Aug. 22): So CalPERS has the ability to raise taxes? With their recent decision to add numerous questionable pay sweeteners to their member's pension pay calculations, isn't CalPERS effectively raising taxes on those ultimately responsible for paying for these pensions? I'm talking about California taxpayers.
Re "Calling journalist's beheading terrorism, US weighs striking Islamic State militants in Syria" (Aug. 24): It was reported that James Foley was beheaded because of the United States policy to never pay ransom. Merriam-Webster defines ransom as: "A consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity."
Re "Obama should've fixed economy" (Letters, Aug. 21): Letter writer Steve Sherman wants to blame President Obama for unrest in Ferguson because "this so-called improving economy" is not improving fast enough.
Re "Friends mourn animal rescuer" (Our Region, Aug. 20): Elaine Greenberg devoted herself to caring for abused, old and feeble Rottweilers. She went without to ensure that they were well-cared for, fed and exercised. T
Re "Holder sympathizes with those who don't trust cops" (Aug. 21): Unbelievable. Here we have the U.S. attorney General, one of the most powerful people in the world, giving the rioters his Ok to not trust cops because of his experience in getting stopped for speeding. Did it occur to Holder that maybe he was speeding when he was stopped and not because of the color of his skin? Or is he saying every time a cop stops a black person, it's because of racist attitudes on both parties?
Re "Ferguson protests prove transformative for many" (Aug. 23): When will the American media learn to distinguish between lawful protesters and rioters? The law-abiding people of America have the right to protest, according to the First Amendment. The rioters have no right to loot, burn and destroy property. Yet somehow the television news and newspaper articles continue to lump the two together.
Re "State's sacred sites should be protected" (Another View, Aug. 21): Assemblyman Mike Gatto's plea for protecting Native American sacred sites seems genuine and heartfelt. However, Gatto's sympathies don't extend to efforts to preserve California's wild places and free-flowing rivers, such as the Mokelumne River.
Re "Brown has a point about low birthrates among well-to-do" (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): Bill Whalen has it backwards. We don't need the wealthy getting busier. We need the rest getting busier - with birth control.
Doug Ose's new TV attack ad for Ami Bera is startling in its dishonesty and inaccuracy. All his so-called facts presented against the Affordable Care Act have been repeatedly debunked and proven false. Ten to fifteen million more Americans now have healthcare from the ACA, and many whose rates supposedly went up as Ose claims flatly refused to go online to get a better, less-costly plan, blinded by their hatred of President Obama. Ose further fabricates the loss of millions of dollars due to Bera, while failing to include the offset savings in other areas.
Re "Knife doesn't justify shooting" (Letters, Aug. 21): Once again we see a letter from someone who second guesses the police in a life or death situation. Walter Graviet claims he is "unable to understand how a person with a knife can pose a sufficient threat to law enforcement to justify shooting him."
Re "Davis acquires mine-resistant war vehicle while some complain of militarization of police" (Page A1, Aug. 21): It was tragic to read that the city of Davis has acquired a mine-resistant war vehicle. Davis continues to tell its residents that it does not have enough money and asks for tax increase after tax increase to maintain basic services. It is unbelievable to hear the city say that a vehicle that cost the U.S taxpayers $689,000 and must be maintained with staff trained in its usage is free.
Re "Friends Mourn Animal Rescuer" (Our Region, Aug. 20): Thank you for the article on Elaine Greenberg. I did not know Greenberg and never heard of her until the story about the seizure of her dogs.
Re "Jumping the gun on innocence" (Letters, Aug. 21): James McCandless criticizes the editorial board for saying Michael Brown had a right to presumption of innocence and due process of the law, but it doesn't extend the privilege to Officer Darren Wilson. Yet, two sentences later, he states that Brown "had stolen from, and physically abused a store clerk." As if Brown was already tried and convicted of the crime.
Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): Don't forget this administration is the one who authorized the giving away of military equipment to our cities' police departments. For what real purpose? To enhance their choice of tools to combat violence and criminals? Possibly.
Re "Video intended to shift focus" (Letters, Aug. 21): Video intended to shift focus? Perhaps - in that it provided much-needed balance to initial false claims - something missing from most media coverage of the incident up to that point.
Re "Lobbyists work to kill California bill that would outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags" (Aug. 20): A solution to saving animals, millions of dollars and helping the environment is simple: ban single-use plastic bags. Plastic pollution lasts for generations. This is not a legacy we want to leave.
Every year, California uses 19 billion single-use plastic bags, but only 3 percent are recycled. The remaining plastic bags pollute our streets, parks, rivers and beaches. Cleaning up marine debris, including bags, costs millions of dollars yearly. Momentum is building with over a third of Californians already living in one of the 115 cities and counties that have banned plastic bags.
Plastic is created using nonrenewable fossil fuels and never fully decomposes. These plastic remnants tarnish our parks, pollute our waterways and become a food source for aquatic animals. According to National Geographic, some endangered leatherback sea turtles have up to 11 pounds of plastic in their stomachs because they mistake plastic debris for jellyfish.
Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): Using the logic behind Davis getting an MRAP, I think they would be better suited in obtaining a railroad locomotive. Tracks run right through the center of town, and you never know when you might have to deal with trains getting out of control ar something nasty happening.
Re "Legislature shouldn't favor old" (Viewpoints, Aug. 20): While Barbara O'Connor, former professor and writer for hire, does her best to portray Uber and Lyft as some new business model, when it is just a version of the taxi services in third world countries except with a modern twist.
Re "Knife doesn't justify shooting" (Letters, Aug. 21): A knife is considered a deadly weapon. If somebody is lunging at you with a knife, are you going to take some time to decide where you should shoot him or by instinct are you going to shoot and just hope you stop him before he hurts you? What makes you think that a shot to the leg will allow seizure of the knife? The attacker could still be coming at you, especially if he is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): I very much agree the accumulation of military garb puts a greater distance between the police and the community, but your editorial missed a critical point. As long as we allow people to possess and carry military level weapons, police will always have a ready excuse to use a heavily armored military level response.
Re "Brown has a point about low birthrates among well-to-do" (Viewpoints, Aug. 21): Midway through his article I thought Bill Whalen had it right when he said "individual men and women making choices," but then he went on to suggest ways in which the well-to-do could have more children. There are more low-income children who already have kids. They have choices: a six-pack of beer costs $5.47, while a 12-pack of condoms cost $6.47.
Re "Brown critical of CALPERS" (Capitol & California, Aug. 21): The Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System has reached another pinnacle of irresponsibility. With CALPERS already underfunded, the board has voted irresponsibly to include special payments in calculations for pension benefits. With their 7 to 5 vote of approval the Board is sending an open invitation to courts, the public and others to attack pensions of the members of CALPERS.
Why are American workers anti-EPA and wanting to impeach Obama for the EPA requiring standards on coal companies to clean up their emissions and toxic ponds which leak into our rivers and earth contaminating it and making it unusable for human consumption, killing fish, and other wild habitat. Why aren't these workers marching on their employers who are the one's contributing these toxins and climate change producing substances into our air, water and land? Why aren't they demanding that their employer's clean up their act? That is what the EPA is trying to get these coal industries to do.
Re "Government workers waste time" (Letters, Aug. 20): I'm not sure why Sally Worthing of Granite Bay wrote. As an actual citizen of Sacramento, I've had nothing but exceptional service from its workers. So much so that I just mailed a letter to our mayor commending his City 311, Code Compliance, and Zoning Departments' staff. Only one day after my complaint was filed, these workers investigated and shut down a neighbor who was disturbing the peace and running an illegal business from his garage.
The usual local suspects have convened a meeting of the concerned over the events in Ferguson, led by Mayor Kevin Johnson. I do not recall such concern for the huge amount of black on black crime commonly perpetrated in our own city.
Re "Davis Police Department's armored truck drives a wedge between community and police" (Editorial, Aug. 21): As a long-time Davis resident, I understand the need for a tank in the city. Picnic Day has increasingly become more boisterous, and I think I saw a student with a bazooka at Trader Joe's the other day.
Re "Hansen takes a risk in opposing Johnson on 'strong mayor'" (Our Region, Aug. 19): Marcos Breton's admonition that Steve Hansen will find it impossible to work with Mayor Kevin Johnson after the election should the strong mayor initiative not pass because "KJ don't play that game" is probably the strongest argument to date that the initiative should not be supported.
I generally support the president, but his rush to play golf after delivering the James Foley condolence message was unseemly and actually disgusting. Has he lost all sense of tact and decency?
Re "Prison drop crowding county jails" (Capitol & California, Aug. 20): In the 1960s, California had the best statewide correctional system in the country. The state actually analyzed and operated corrections as a system rather than dealing with 58 county and two state systems.
I ask our representatives in local, state and national government to think of what their definition of Democracy is. Here is mine:
Re "ISIS beheads US journalist in video, threatens another" (Nation/World, Aug. 20): Perhaps this is mere semantics, but words mean things. The evil man who murdered James Foley is a terrorist, not a fighter. The article mentions "a masked black-clad fighter with a knife in one hand," and then goes on to say he warned that more Americans would be killed if there were more U.S. attacks on ISIS "fighters". It goes on to say the "fighter then killed Foley."
Re "Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola" (Page A1, Aug. 20): Three cheers to The Bee for its level-headed, fact-based reporting on Ebola, unlike other news agencies and online phishing efforts that sensationalize and worry the populous to their gain.
Re "City can't thrive without the arts (Viewpoints, Aug. 16): Classical music and opera are not totally dead in Sacramento. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Christian Baldini, will be starting its 52nd season with four concerts in the Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College on September 27.
CSO's programs will offer a variety of music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. One program will feature Malcolm MacKenzie performing celebrated arias from Verdi, Rossini and Mozart.
Re "McDonald's seeks recipe to move past fast food image" (Business, Aug. 18): If McDonald's wants to change its menu with the times, it would be to have vegan options.
Re "West Sac may limit gun sales" (Our Region, Aug. 19): I don't recall ever buying a gun in West Sacramento and have no intentions of doing so, but I read the article with a great deal of interest. The question that came to my mind was "Why?"
Re "Mo'ne Davis inspires girls to dream with Little League star-power" (SacBee.com, Aug. 20): Someone once asked "When do you think we'll see a woman ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church?" A cynical answer was "About the same time we see a girl pitch a shutout against some of the nation's best boy players in the Little League World Series."
Re "Missouri Calls in the Troops" (Page A1, Aug. 19) Ferguson in 2014 looks like Birmingham in 1963 on steroids.
Re "Hansen takes a risk in opposing Johnson on 'strong mayor'" (Our Region, Aug. 19): I have one question for the proponents of Sacramento's strong mayor initiative: why?
Re "Hansen takes a risk in opposing Johnson on 'strong mayor'" (Our Region, Aug. 19): Shouldn't priority within municipal government be given toward funding adequate fire and police protection? How about assisting the indigent, public libraries and schools and providing affordable access to parks and recreation for all? Steve Hansen stepped away from the parade of adulation that marches for Mayor Kevin Johnson, he should not be subject to potential political payback.
We need to get President Obama to address the West Coast drought issue, please go visit the WhiteHouse.gov petition at wh.gov/lu6Gb. We need as many signatures as possible. Thank you.
Re "The strong mayor ice bucket challenge" (Cartoons, Aug. 20): Hooray for Steve Hansen. It's about time somebody brought our so-called Strong Mayor down a peg.
Re "City can't thrive without the arts" (Viewpoints, Aug. 16): I hope the City Fathers are listening, but maybe they're out at a ball game. When voting for candidates to city offices, perhaps it would be good to ask questions about what their interests are and whether or not they will make a commitment to the arts.
Re "Gov. signs off on court-ordered pay raise for engineers'/scientists' managers" (The State Worker, Aug. 20): California's court has correctly ruled in favor of state engineer/scientists' managers, who sought wage increase parity with the employees they supervise. Equal compensation for equal work is a hallmark of state civil service.
Re "Davis acquires mine-resistant war vehicle while some complain of militarization of police" (SacBee.com, Aug. 20): Davis Mayor Dan Wolk had an opportunity to demonstrate real leadership by rejecting the Davis Police Department's acquisition of an armored military vehicle. Instead, we see a bit of lip service to please critics of militarization without actually taking any action: "I hope it stays in the garage."
Re "A modest proposal to reduce suicide" (Editorial, Aug. 18): Suicide is a terrible thing, but current methods of preventing it rely on standard protocols for treating depression and other mental illnesses: psychotropic drugs.
Both sides of the conversation about whether people riding bicycles should have their own space will be pleased by a research paper published Tuesday. Despite the increase in the number of people bicycling, collisions with people walking are decreasing due to efforts to provide on-street accommodations for people bicycling.
Re Lennie Chancey's letter (Letters, Aug. 19): Whether releasing information regarding Michael Brown's apparent robbery of a convenience store is or is not character assassination is a matter of relevance and intent.
Re "Water bond headed to voters" (Capitol Alert, Aug. 13): Sen. Lois Wolk is absolutely correct that Proposition 1 avoids a divisive North-South water war. Proposition 1 does so by making any tunnel-conveyance cost is borne by south of the Delta water users while making sure that each area of the state can develop locally its own water sources and storage without looking elsewhere. Dan Walters made this very point in a column last week.
Re "Woodland officer kills man, claims he was charging with a knife" (Sacto 911, Aug. 18): How many times have you heard it before? A man has a knife, so police, fearing for their lives, shoot the suspect. I am unable to understand how a person with a knife can pose a sufficient threat to law enforcement to justify shooting him.
Re "City is making progress in effort to make bicycling safer for all" (Forum, Aug. 17): I've long been appalled by the frequent presence of people riding their bikes on crowded downtown sidewalks. In fact, even the police officers from the bike unit seem to do it regularly. Walking the three blocks from my office to the Capital Athletic Club, it is highly unusual to not have at least one bike pass close by me on the sidewalk.
Re "Dams are not the answer to water woes" (Another View, Aug. 19): New dams truly are not the answer to California's long-term water problems. You can't store what you don't have. The $2.7 billion from the new water bond should be used to build not dams, but water desalinization plants. By investing in water generation, California can relieve pressure on its overtaxed state water project, potentially helping the environment, agriculture and industry. Especially if capacity is increased year by year as California's population expands
Re "Democrats: the real party of no" (Letters, Aug. 18): Democrats block bills in the Senate. Republicans block bills in the House. Last fall, the House changed their rules so that only the speaker can bring bills to a vote. They blocked the funding bill last October and blamed it on the Democrats.
Re "National Guard deployed" (Page A1, Aug. 19): We have all read the different accounts of what happened to the young man killed by police in Missouri. He was shot because of race, he was shot because he fought with the cop, he bum-rushed the cop, he robbed a store and so on.
Re "Dams are not the answer to water woes" (Another View, Aug. 19): I couldn't disagree more with Kathryn Phillips' analogy. Our population in 1970 was just under 20 million. Today it is just over 38 million. How could we not need more storage?
Re "Michael Brown killing a symbol of not just race, but also the over-militarization of police" (Editorial, Aug. 19) : As a white male teenager transplanted from upstate New York for his high school senior year, I lived in Jackson, Miss. in 1965 and '66. I watched the police react with dogs and billy clubs to James Meredith's march into Jackson with frightened horror and disgust.
Re "Michael Brown killing a symbol of not just race, but also the over-militarization of police" (Editorial, Aug. 19): The editorial board wrote "Local police responded- perhaps over-responded- in riot gear and camo, carrying guns and looking as if they were hunting terrorists, not trying to keep the peace. Officers got exactly the behavior they were dressed for in the following days of looting and violence."
Re "Committee approves higher pension calculations" (Business, Aug. 18): Public employees deserve a fair pension, but the proposal to count 99 types of special payments toward pension calculations is a blatant attempt to make an end-run around the pension-spiking fix enacted in 2012.
Re "Another dollar store bids for its rival business" (Business, Aug. 19): So far, of all the competing dollar stores, only the 99 Cents Only stores have been offering fresh produce groceries. That the 99 Cents stores offer fresh produce is especially vitally important for the health of those living in urban food deserts, meaning there's an abundance of fast food restaurants but no grocery stores to buy fruits and vegetables.