Re "Sacramento police seek man who allegedly drowned dog with bowling ball" (Sacto 911, Sept. 28): After all these years, I'm wondering why I'm not immune to the cruelty of the human animal. Man drowns dog with bowling ball. Wasn't it 15 years ago when a man drowned his wife and newborn baby in the San Francisco Bay?
Re "Balanced plan for a strong mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): The Bee's editorial favoring a strong mayor produces superficial and flawed reasoning throughout because your opinion is derived from its preconceived conclusion.
Re "Pastor will live on streets to raise shelter funds" (Our Region, Sept. 28): In 1975, I and 24 other Westmont College students participated in a sociological exercise that required us to live on the streets of San Francisco for three days and two nights with nothing more than a dollar each and no safety net to catch us if we ran into trouble. My world view has been profoundly shaped by that experiment.
Re "Sacramento cycling culture can be menacing" (Our Region, Sept. 28): The unfortunate hit-and-run incident involving Hillary Abramson was heart-wrenching to read in Marcos Breton's article last Sunday. As a cyclist who was involved in trying to make Freeport Boulevard usable to cyclists, the reality is local officials are reticent to make changes that would upset motorists or even remove parking lanes to accommodate the rapid rise in bicycle use.
Re "Balanced plan for stronger mayor" (Forum, Sept. 21): The Bee's support for Measure L on the November 2014 ballot is good news for city voters. For over 25 years as a volunteer protecting county seniors, and as former executive director and president of the County Taxpayers Association, I faced five Sacramento City mayors and city councils, and I found them often disconnected.
Re "Measure L is a balanced plan to grant more power to Sacramentos mayors" (Editorial, Sept. 21): Did anyone at The Bee think through the subhead to the lead piece, "It's time for city charter update, no matter how you feel about KJ"? The question of a need for a change in their charter hinges squarely on the voters views of the present mayor.
Re "Johnson's legacy riding on fight for strong mayor" (Page A1, Sept. 28): I like Mayor Kevin Johnson and think he's been so good for our city. I am against the strong-mayor proposal though, as things are fine the way it is.
Re "Undocumented students deserve more financial aid" (Viewpoints, Sept. 27): One need not be "a first generation student of color" to experience hardship. Students of every immigration status and sexual orientation have earned degrees by going to work. The author missed this option.
Re "Sacramento cycling culture can be menacing" (Our Region, Sept. 28): Perhaps it's time for cyclists to carry liability insurance just as motorists do. Exemptions could be made for youths. Bikes would potentially have a clearly visible decal showing proof of insurance, and offenders would face fines and penalties to be determined.
Re "Balanced plan for stronger mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): I saw Mayor Kevin Johnson and his most persuasive wife at the W-X Farmers' Market and talked about Measure L. I was moved by their arguments to write this letter.
Re "Prop. 46 will protect patients" (Viewpoints, Sept. 26): What the advocates of Proposition 46 fail to explain is that there are no limits on economic damages. What the opponents fail to explain is the difference between economic damages and non-economic damages.
Re "Ami Bera omits some facts in first campaign ad" (Ad Watch, Sept. 26): "Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove's second TV ad of the race ups the ante by attacking Republican rival Doug Ose on the subject of his personal wealth."
Re "Walkers in peril without better bike lanes" (Our Region, Sept. 28): Yes, everyone is in peril. Bike lanes are necessary but alone are not the answer.
Re "Measure L is a balanced plan to grant more power to Sacramentos mayors" (Editorial, Sept. 21): I disagree with The Bee's editorial position that Measure L, the strong-mayor charter amendment, is balanced.
Re "Festivals vex park advocated" (Our Region, Sept. 28): Loud and raunchy concerts like the Aftershock event do not belong on the American River Parkway. There are other venues in the area where Aftershock could be staged.
Re "Balanced plan for a strong mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): I was very disappointed but not surprised by The Bee's endorsement of Measure L. The strength of democratic, "bottom-up" political influence is presently in strong neighborhood associations.
Re "Tom McClintock on his upcoming contest" (Capitol & California, Sept. 28): Here are some other questions for Congressman McClintock.
Re "Balanced plan for stronger mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): Good job, editorial board. You have fallen for the con that is Measure L or the Checks and Balance Act of 2014.
Re "Johnson's legacy riding on fight for strong mayor" (Page A1, Sept. 28) and "Forum on Ferguson violence highlights mayors conference in Sacramento" (City Beat, Sept. 28): Are you kidding me? Two such articles in the same issue? Ryan Lillis' piece was fair and balanced, but who among readers would not believe that the Ferguson piece was Mayor Johnson shamelessly playing the race card?
Re "Governor approves two domestic violence bills" (SacBee.com, Sept. 26): No one stands up in favor of domestic violence. However, one of the dangerously intended provisions of a DV bill just signed by Gov. Brown reads "It also lets judges issue restraining orders based solely on the testimony of the person requesting the order."
Re "Expansion of state recycling is urged": Every two weeks I put a full can at the curb with the boxes and newspapers. Looking at the photo on the headline of The Bee, I wonder how many copies of this newspaper are in the photo. I may find a place to take my newspapers and cardboard boxes were I know they will be recycled. Few people will make this effort. I appreciate that The Bee educated me on what is happening.
The King fire swept through 93,000 acres and last year the Rim fire burnt 253,000 acres of prime woodland and timber.
Re "Sac Zoo thinks small" (Our Region, Sept. 26): Until 1991, I lived in Michigan where my family visited the Detroit Zoo annually. It is built on 125 acres where animals have large areas to roam and play. The penguin house included a large island surrounded by a moat where the penguins could zoom by, visible through glass.
Several recent letters and editorials debate how best to handle government's bonded debt, but none mentions the possibility of public banking to make the bonds serve their public purpose better.
Re "Doug Ose hits gas station, says global warming science sketchy" (The Buzz, Sept. 27): Ose and Ami Bera should agree a gas tax is a bad idea. We don't need a tax. We need a carbon fee with 100 percent of that fee returned to taxpayers.
Re "FCC commissioners hear testimony on net neutrality in Sacramento" (Business, Sept. 25): I am a big supporter of the Internet freedom movement, and I have always been gratified with having Rep. Doris Matsui as my elected representative. She has consistently fought for consumer choice when it comes to the Internet economy.
Re "Cal to raise academic requirements for student athletes" (Sports, Sept. 26): Raising the academic standards for student athletes dooms Cal to its perpetual doormat role. The limited pool of quality student athletes that want a West Coast base will almost always choose another PAC 12 school over Berkeley. With poor athletic facilities, undesirable location, revolving coaches and an administration and student body that provide mostly fair weather support, Cal athletics are doomed to a continuing legacy of failure in major revenue sports.
Re "Look up from your smartphone, please" (Viewpoints, Sept. 27): Peter Rodman's article expressed my feelings exactly. I have been repeatedly frustrated by the complete lack of response by people preoccupied with their smartphones. Hopefully his article will create more communication.
Re "Flag football hard to watch" (Sports, Sept. 26): Media treatment of the raging professional football controversy sadly reveals more about America's football fans than it does about America's football players. Millions who know almost nothing about the game fill stadiums every Sunday seeking gladiator mayhem, not athletic excellence.
California is in dire straits. Governor Brown has wreaked havoc with untold financial and social handouts that can't be paid by the working people of this state. Don't take my word for it, just go to the "CA Debt Clock" website at USdebtclock.org and watch the clock in action while constantly ticking off the numbers for unemployment, state assistance and more.
Re "If you stay on your smartphone, it's like you're not even present" (Viewpoints, Sept. 27): Peter Rodman's article was right on: everyone is hunched over their phones or iPads, no one is even aware that you are there. I watched a couple at dinner: she was on her iPad the entire time they were eating. Her husband ate and stared into space. I almost wanted to invite him to join us.
Re "Coercion is wrong" (Letters, Sept. 21): Regarding Paul Beard's letter defending a billionaire's closing of a public beach, I own several properties, but I have a hard time understanding how the case against Vinod Khosla will endanger my property rights.
Re "Settlement swift and fair in CHP beating" (Editorial, Sept. 26): Once again, it would appear the most dangerous foe to a rogue police officer is an alert bystander with a cellphone camera. Brutal incidents such as that referenced in the editorial are becoming more common, as are the associated insurance payouts absorbed by taxpayers.
Re "Judge rules Bee carriers are employees, not independent contractors" (Business, Sept. 27) and "Major challenges await Bowens successor in California" (Page A1, Sept. 27): Cheryl Dell says the case "is not about the newspaper carriers; it is about lining the pockets of class-action plaintiff lawyers." Regardless The Bee now reaps what it sows.
As I cruise the pages of both The Modesto and Fresno Bee online editions, I can't help but notice the often lively debates and back and forth between readers. The conversations are direct, rarely insulting and seem to be well self-policed. There are some who take things a bit too far but very rarely.
Re "FBI chief says smartphone encryption is too secure" (Page A1, Sept. 26): Let me get this straight: the head of Big Brother is upset that he doesn't have easy access to our private information? I am a law-abiding citizen, but that doesn't mean that I should be willing to share my privacy with the government.
We have watched with horror on TV as ISIS has continued to behead captured individuals. However, if TV had been available in the several hundred years of the last part of the Middle Ages and during the Catholic Inquisition saga, folks could have watched with similar horror as the church executed thousands of heretics, many by burning at the stake.
Re "Holder resigns, Senate battle looms over replacement" (Page A1, Sept. 26): We have the who, what and where but no why? With so many important issues on the plate of the attorney general's office, why is Eric Holder leaving? More than that; as many of the issues are directly related to Obama's presidency, why is the president letting Holder leave?
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): When there are more in Congress like Ami Bera, it will again be among our most venerated institutions.
Re "Prop. 46 will protect patients" (Viewpoints, Sept. 26): If the proponents of Proposition 46 are so concerned with the need for drug testing of doctors as claimed in the opinion piece, why does their initiative also include raising malpractice awards and requiring the use of a poorly functional drug database?
Enjoyed the letter about the president golfing. I remember other letters about former President George W. Bush riding a bike and falling off and spending too much time in Texas. I am surprised he did not mention the salute. Yeah, saw some bad ones too under Bush.
Re "Airstrikes could be start of a long fight" (Editorial, Sept. 24): By ignoring history, the editors choose permanent war. Yes, extremist groups in Syria and Iraq use brutal killing to recruit more fighters. What a surprise.
Re "Knitting boosts health (Health and Medicine, Sept. 25): Sammy Caiola's article about the health benefits of knitting and crocheting is right on the money. Studies have shown that the repetitiveness of both skills helps release serotonin in the brain - the "feel-good" chemical. But wouldn't it be nice to get healthy and do something for children in need at the same time?
Re "Global marches draw attention to climate change (Nation/World, Sept. 21): It is inspiring to see enraged protesters take to the streets to address climate change, but until that sentiment is reflected in the votes of our politicians, our country will continue to fall short in its reduction of climate change.
Re "FCC commissioners hear testimony on net neutrality in Sacramento" (Business, Sept. 24): Recently, Congresswoman Doris Matsui convened a forum to address a vitally important subject. Net neutrality is the norm that treats all Internet data equally. I hope that media will provide adequate coverage for this issue. Earlier this year, the Open Internet rules were struck down. A proposal to implement a paid prioritization is now being considered, which would enable preferential treatment for a fee.
Going to my morning coffee hideout, I recognized an individual riding their bike, going in the wrong direction on the 50 mph section of Madison Avenue. I had enjoyed a very pleasant conversation with this individual and politely explained how dangerous it was traveling in the wrong direction on the road. His reply was "It is not that way in the country I am from, you can ride anywhere you want."
Re "Red-light cameras more about money than traffic safety" (Editorial, Sept. 24): Unless you've been hit by a car whose driver ran a red light, you might continue to see these cameras as a nuisance. Having been hit by a thoughtless driver, I remain hopeful that these cameras are a deterrent to those who do not value the lives of other human beings, rather instead value the size of their bank account.
Re "Dina Hidalgo retires from California Senate after nepotism complaints" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 23): So let me get this straight: Dina Hidalgo is employed by the state and works for Sen. Darrell Steinberg which has paid $139,000 to investigate her. Now Steinberg agrees to part ways with her and pay her $85,000 plus her legal costs of $13,000. The agreement states that Steinberg will not make public, "records relating to any Senate investigation relating to Ms. Hidalgo."
Re "More work to cement health reform gains" (Viewpoints, Sept. 24): Last year, my parishioners joined with community leaders across California to help enroll low-income Californians in Medi-Cal.
Republicans shut down government services just to stir up ideological drama. They lobbied to weaken real reform of our broken health insurance system, then after it passed, they've been working to prevent many people benefitting from even those modest improvements. Republican leadership in the House won't even consider closing the most egregious tax loopholes through which billions of dollars are squirreled into off-shore bank accounts. The rest of us are left with more taxes, unrepaired roads and higher college tuition costs for our children.
Re "Sacramento Sikhs split with Bera over Indian government's role in 1984 massacre" (Our Region, Sept. 24): I was a student at IIT, Kanpur, India in 1984 at the time of rioting against Sikhs. Kanpur was the second worst affected city after Delhi. I broke my right hand in trying to protect my Sikh professor and his family who were being attacked by a mob. The rioting was a horrible thing to happen, a blot on the face of India.
Re "North Coast goes to pot" (Capitol & California, Sept. 24): In describing the war between pot growers and cops during harvest season in the Emerald Triangle, Dan Walters writes "Humboldt Gold" - "highly potent, prized and profitable marijuana obtained from un-pollinated female plants."
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): The editorial board says it's important for constituents to show up at town halls to ask tough questions and hold members of Congress accountable. I've been to Dr. Ami Bera's town halls before and was impressed.
Re "Senator rips prison fund shifts" (Sept. 24): How would placing constraints on the prison budget save money? Prisons cost taxpayers about $10 billion annually. The problem in dealing with prison costs is the lack of objective data required to make funding decisions.
The governor was absolutely wrong when he said "You can't manufacture water", while explaining why we need another massive water bond that will produce virtually no water. The fact is, we can manufacture water, and we've been legally doing it by irrigating with showers, tub and laundry water for over two decades at homes, apartments and other residences across the state. Not only that, people and agencies actually save money when they reuse this good water, instead of squander money like this new bond will do.
Re "CPS tipped off to killer's instability" (The Public Eye, Sept. 21): The Bee implies Child Protective Services is solely responsible for the child's death regardless of multi-agency involvement. Where is the critique of Sutter, mental health and law enforcement? Sutter evaluated the mother to be a danger to the children and allowed the mother to leave the premises knowing she was planning to move. Why not a 5150 hold, provide services and medication stabilization? Law enforcement determined the children to be safe.
Elon Musk announced that his Solar City will build the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Western Hemisphere in New York. This is the same man who will build the mega battery plant in Nevada and a Space X facility in Texas.
Re "Prop. 45 is deceiving and damaging" (Viewpoints, Sept. 24): As a health insurance agent, I support Proposition 45. I'm surprised that Dr. Stacey Wallach can't support an initiative that would help her patients actually keep their health insurance.
Re "Red-light cameras contract reveal programs are more about making money than making roads safe" (Editorial, Sept. 21): How could you get it so wrong? Red-light cameras do save lives, and it makes money from law breakers. In just one search, I found numerous articles about studies that show that they do, including the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsement, Sept. 20): Jeff Harris is the grassroots candidate and has tremendous support in District 3 neighborhoods. His work as chair of the Parks Commission, rebuilding McKinley Playground, setting up and training neighborhood watches and on his neighborhood association board have prepared him for city leadership and proven his commitment.
Re "Obama asserts U.S. leadership, tells UN to follow us," (Nation/World, Sept. 24): Two weeks ago, conservative commentators and pundits were livid when President Obama admitted on national TV that his administration still hadn't decided on a strategy to deal with ISIS. Wednesday at the United Nations, it was clear who was in charge and what the strategy would be.
Re "Syria strikes seen lasting 'years'" (Page A1, Sept. 24): Here we go again, entering another unwinnable war and for what? To win the hearts and minds of Middle Eastern people, to make the world safe from terrorists, to expand the principles of democracy? No, there is only one reason we are once again fighting the so called war on terror, and that's to keep the oil flowing to America.
Re "Secretary of state candidates Padilla and Peterson disagree on Bowen" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 23): The article missed a critical point. On the topic of Debra Bowen's job performance, a discussion of her recent legal defeat against the ACLU was nowhere to be seen.
Re "Congress adds to its shame, while work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): The partisanship gridlock is petulant and despicable. I see the problem resting with the completely polarized leaders. We need grassroots, bottom-up efforts to break through it all - the kind of efforts that propelled so much of our nation's great accomplishments.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Bike lanes should be payed for by bike riders, not through our automobile registration fees.
Re Field Poll: Obamaâs popularity dives to record low in California (Page 1, Sep. 2, 2014)
Re "Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): Wow, the president authorized targeted airstrikes in Syria. Who'd have thought?
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): It is truly refreshing to see collaboration between some of our school districts and a taxpayer group on a better way to reduce costs for school construction. This is an idea whose time has certainly come.
Re "Liberia to try new way to fight Ebola" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): On my last day visiting friends in Sacramento, I was grateful to read about new methods to fight Ebola. The Center for Disease Control just came out with a worst case scenario of over one million infections, good time to try something new.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsements, Sept. 20): I am in agreement with The Bee's endorsement of Jeff Harris for City Council. I would add my belief that Harris will be a councilmember who would be very accessible to all of his constituents.
In an era of partisan polarization, I'm proud of our congressional representatives who have pledged to fight Alzheimer's disease by co-sponsoring legislation to assist people with Alzheimer's and hasten the end of this disease that affects over half a million California families, including mine.
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): Taking a break from work allows recovery from the daily grind, but we don't have the luxury to abandon our duties, and Congress should be no exception to this rule.
Re "New spirit fills capital as it grows," (Our Region, Sept. 21): I don't know what Marcos Breton thinks he's doing these days, but it long ago stopped being journalism- if it ever was.
Re "Obama's popularity dives to record low in California" (Page A1, Sept. 2): I supported Obama to become the president and really thought things were going to change entirely with new system and laws but to me, everything feels the same from when George W. Bush was president.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (Our Region, Sept. 16): Thank you for publishing the story of the Valley elderberry beetle. It is encouraging to see that the Endangered Species Act is being upheld, especially for a species that is not the typical cute and cuddly image of wildlife conservation.
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): Reading about the school districts working with the Sacramento Taxpayers Association to help bring down school construction costs represents a cooperative approach that is welcome news- especially in Sacramento.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsement, Sept. 20): The Bee's endorsement of Jeff Harris for District 3 City Council is right on the mark. He will indeed be a strong advocate for smart infill development, work tirelessly for all neighborhoods in the district and help restore city services to pre-recession levels.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsements, Sept. 20): With Jeff Harris, District 3 and the entire city of Sacramento will have a council member who is forward thinking and thoughtful.
I would like to personally thank the thousands of workers and volunteers from all of our local and state agencies for their courage and tireless efforts to protect our communities from the devastating effects of the King Fire. I would also like to thank our school district superintendents, administrators, educators and staff for their leadership and prompt action to ensure our students' safety.
Re "Smooth of voice, savvy of game" (Business, Sept. 23): The well-deserved and informative article about Duane Kuiper finally mentioned his Giants broadcasting partner, Mike Krukow, as a "by the way."
Re "Hospital mergers putting women's reproductive health care in jeopardy" (Another View, Sept. 23): Dr. Beverly Sansone's support of SB 1094 is beyond sad. The bill is simply a smokescreen and is about access to abortion. I was surprised that a medical doctor, who knows the medical, scientific and biological truth that every abortion kills a living child would support this bill.
Re "Police should get warrants for drones" (Viewpoints, Sept. 23): Drones are a promising technology for water conservation. Some drones are able to travel to the edge of space and cover the Central Valley in 3 hours. Susan Ustin of UC Davis has projected a savings 1 to 2 percent of agricultural water using drone data in combination with other information. One percent of California's agricultural water is enough to provide a 10 minute shower to 1 billion people.
Re "Study confirms criticism of Big Bang finding" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): The article on the Big Bang debate is very interesting; interesting from the standpoint of the huge question these theorists leave unanswered. The best guess on the street these days as to the formation of our universe remains the Big Bang theory. What is not explained is how did whatever banged get wherever it banged?
Re "Red light contract" (Page A1, Sept. 21): It is not surprising to hear of red-light camera companies trying to buy their contracts with the county. Red-light cameras charade as safety devices when they really are revenue producers at the price of more rear-end crashes and little to no change in other collisions.
Open letter to the Savage family: Not sure, who was responsible for the change in affiliations, we can only hope that you are doing the right thing.
Re "Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): Here are some sobering facts regarding global warming.
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): Dave Walrath is concerned about the potential costs of additional school bond issuances that, at worst, would be a couple of hundred thousand dollars, but he doesn't seem to mind the tens of millions of dollars saved by the San Juan Unified School District that is staying in our community.
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): The Sacramento Taxpayers Association and our school districts working together on a comprehensive cost strategy for our schools? Simply put, this makes sense.
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): In every company, agency and group, the attitude of the staff comes from the attitude of the leader.
Re "Carbon trends aren't slowing" (Page A1, Sept. 22): We are at a tipping point regarding newspaper articles and scientific and economic consensus on the current dangers of climate change and the economic feasibility of a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax. According to this increasingly available information, we are at a tipping point in which, if changes are not made in the next few years, the earth will warm to an extent "incompatible with human civilization in its current form."
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): I was very pleased to read Diana Lambert's story calling attention to an alternative and better way to finance school construction.
Whenever I read, or hear the phrase "boots on the ground," I cringe. The president and his administration coined this awful insensitive phrase, and all media outlets quickly followed suit.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14): Patrick Mulvaney confuses climate change and local weather.
Re "The rich and even richer rule congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Where would Doug Ose be on this list if he was still in Congress? A few months ago, The Bee reported his wealth grew significantly while still in Congress. It more than tripled, making him the 10th richest member of Congress in 2004. At about $100 million dollars, hat's more then Feinstein and Pelosi combined to put into perspective.
Re "Companies void taxes but still get services" (Letters, Sept. 21): While I think it is unfortunate for American companies to move their headquarters overseas for tax purposes, it should be noted that these American companies do not avoid paying income taxes on that revenue generated in the U.S. U.S. income taxes are paid on U.S. revenue.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (Our Region, Sept. 16): Thank you for your article, and kudos to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for maintaining protections for the valley elderberry longhorn beetle. The scientific peer review process is an important part of ensuring that decisions made under the Endangered Species Act are based on science. Its reassuring to see the FWS actually listening to the scientists.
Re "Red-light contract process" (Page A1, Sept. 21): Free meals are the tip of the iceberg in questionable activity by Redflex.
I am writing this letter to show my disappointment in the city of Sacramento and its local TV stations for not asking more about the information I sent to them regarding National Ataxia Awareness Day, which is September 25.
Re "Focus on tenure distracts from schools' issues" (Forum, Sept. 14): Steve O'Donoghue maintains that focus on tenure is misdirection when it comes to addressing the casual factors for poor student performance. Instead, he would have us tackle incredibly complex and longstanding issues that may take generations and probably vast sums of money to solve.