Re "City would sprout new digital billboards in Kings deal" (Our Region, April 15): In addition to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to support a very weak basketball team, the city is granting the rights to erect six digital billboards around the city to the new team owners. I, and thousands of other citizens, have no interest in being assaulted by visual pollution. Let an artist with a spray can create an attractive mural on a bare concrete wall and people will cry "vandalism." But let the economic system create billboards pushing products everywhere we turn, mostly for things we have no interest in, and people seem to accept the intrusions. I lecture on public art and public space which belongs to all of us. I consider billboards to be the ugliest graffiti of all.

Re "Secret scores have consumers pegged--fairly or not" (Business, April 15): One line caught my eye: the worst thing that can happen is the consumer receives an offer they are not interested in. I am 89 years old and have received several offers for prepaid funeral services. Have these sales people looked at my stored DNA and determined I will need such service soon? It is worrisome and interferes with my plans for summers vacation.

Re "City would sprout new digital billboards in Kings deal" (Our Region, April 15): Digital billboards are among some of the ugliest things ever invented. Leave it to Sacramento to confuse becoming a world class city with becoming a world crass city by garbaging up our city's skyline with six more digital billboards they are essentially giving to the Kings' ownership group.

Re “Making a difference is most important” (Dan Morain, April 15): Charles Piller deserves recognition for his outstanding reporting of the Bay Bridge debacle. His meticulous and persistent reporting has hopefully struck fear in Caltrans and other government agencies entrusted with the public’s safety and responsible use of tax dollars. While it is too late to change the shameful outcome of the Bay Bridge, we can only hope other officials think twice before taking shortcuts that risk our safety and land them on the front page of the newspaper. Well done, Charles.

Re "Ose misleads on Obama" (Letters, April 14): Robert N. Wiens' letter is a great example of the mentality of most liberal democrats. When Bush was president and Pelosi and the democratic controlled House were in charge of the budget during the last few years of the Bush administration, it was President Bush who was spending America into bankruptcy.

Re "Reuse of water grows in area" (Page A1, April 14): What we really need next is for local and state codes to drop all permit and code requirements for simple, graywater recycling systems for watering home landscapes and urban gardens, ones that do not employ outside electrical pumps, elaborate storage systems or other complex methods.

Re "Issa working on his McCarthy imitation" (Viewpoints, April 13): When all else fails to explain any investigation into their behavior, liberals always fall back on the reflexive adjective of McCarthyism to wash away their sins. As usual, liberal emotionalism trumps any facts.

Senator Carol Liu and Governor Jerry Brown are trying to pass SB 173, an absurd piece of nonsense that assaults one of our state's most successful programs: parent education.

I am in my late 70s, and in my opinion I have come to find myself living within the authority of the most corrupt United States presidential administration in my lifetime. I am sure there are many federal employees that don't support this corruption, which is apparently occurring in all politically useful federal agencies.

Re: "Climate panel urges speedier action" (Page A1, April 14): Grim as it was, the summary report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was not all bad news. While stressing the urgency of ending foot-dragging by political leaders and the dire consequences if we do not, the report also found hope in the rising political will around the world to take action. One solution stands out as most hopeful: "putting a price on emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases." A revenue-neutral carbon tax, where middle and lower income citizens receive a check to offset the cost to consumers, is the best form of this solution according to scientists and economists across the political spectrum. We the people have a chance to move our political leaders along and address the climate issue most fairly by advocating for this form of carbon tax.

On February 14, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing took up the issue that would have created a waiver from the 2 year P.E. requirement for Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps students. After hearing testimony from both sides, the Commission voted to maintain P.E. as a requirement for high school students.

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 "Teachers have won this battle (Marcos Breton, April 13): There are several problems with linking teacher performance with scores.

Re "Teachers have won this battle" (Marcos Breton, April 13): The failed No Child Left Behind Act punishes schools for student test scores. Marcos Breton would prefer to punish individual teachers for those same scores. Attempting to improve learning by holding teachers accountable for test scores has never worked. Anywhere.

For the first time in three generations, the leader of a major nation is changing European borders with force. A Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine should be met with the strongest possible response short of war, the best way to prevent a future broader war.

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."

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