Re "Shining a light on border crisis" (Forum, Sept. 7): Some say this is not a black and white issue. I say it is. If we are going to have borders, then we should guard and protect them at all times. If not, then just open up all borders for everybody worldwide to migrate to wherever they want to and set up shop.
Re "An environmentalist makes the case for high-speed rail" (Forum, Aug. 31): I agree with the ideas in the article, except the estimate for annual carbon dioxide or CO2 emission benefits when the train is up and running between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Our governor has said that this train is more about connecting people, and I agree.
Re "A story of overcoming" (Page A1, Aug.31) and "A careful approach on personal details" (Forum, Sept. 7): I applaud all contributors for two excellent articles and the two-way dynamic of courage, honesty, and sensitivity. Both stories provided heartfelt responses by the readers.
Re "A careful approach on personal details" (Forum, Sept. 7): I notice a significant discrepancy in tone with two recent articles regarding mental health issues. The sensitivity Joyce Terhaar notes in Cynthia Craft's article about Jordana Steinberg's battle with childhood mood disorder was completely lacking in Patrick McGreevy's article about Secretary of State Debra Bowen's struggle with depression.
Re "Brown needs to answer EPA on impact of Delta tunnels" (Forum, Sept. 7): EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in his letter states what I have heard nobody else say, and he is dead-on. He indicates a decreased reliance on the Delta. The EPA also stated that a plan for "greater fresh water flows through the Delta" was needed.
Re "Paid sick leave a humane and sensible right" (Editorial, Aug. 28) and "Tesla lured with giant incentives" (Dan Morain, Sept. 7): The editorial board and progressive politicians easily conclude that California businesses have a moral, humanitarian obligation to provide paid sick leave. This is described as a basic worker's right: the right to be paid, for not working.
Re "Debra Bowen should have revealed depression earlier" (Capitol & California, Sept. 9): Naturally, we feel compassion for someone with mental health problems. However, Dan Walters correctly described the failures of the secretary of state's office under Debra Bowen's administration. And, local elections officials note they are just fine conducting the November election without her.
Re "Cost tied to San Juan Unified Superintendent's Ouster top $3 million" (Page A1 Sept. 11): After reading this article, I am sick. Sick of the pain and tumult cause by one person's alleged lack of empathy and social awareness. Sick at the fact that $3 million would pay for 30 teachers, 50 paraprofessionals or 600 field trips. And sick that we as a public community can do more to prevent such messes.
Re "Court backs Yelp in ratings case" (Business, Sept. 5): "The Mafia wishes it had this ruling" was a comment made by the plaintiff's attorney when the federal appeals court recently ruled that Yelp can raise or lower the rating of business depending on whether or not they advertise with Yelp.
Re "Amid dreck, some gems worthy of Brown's signature" (Editorial, Sept. 12): Interesting to read The Bee editorial board so very casually support "allowing family and law enforcement the right to obtain a temporary restraining order on someone who seems like a clear threat from having a firearm."
Re "San Juan's claims cost $3.4 million" (Page A1, Sept. 11): I'm outraged at the huge settlement the San Juan Board of Education paid from the reserve fund for the actions of our last superintendent. Nine women filed formal complaints before the board took notice? Not acceptable.
Re "Bottom line is all that seems to matter" (Sports, Sept. 10): Ailene Voisin laments the fact that the NFL is only protecting its bottom line. Yeah, what does she expect?
I can't believe there was no mention of 9/11 on your front page. It would be respectful to all the people who lost their lives on that tragic day to have a banner at the top, a half-mast flag--something to indicate that we haven't forgotten their sacrifices.
Re "Obama says US will destroy Islamic State in Iraq, Syria" (Page A1, Sept. 11): Seems I've heard that before. At the end of the month, the family will be holding services for our brother, a Vietnam veteran. He and tens of thousands of other young men prove that air bombardment can not and will not change the course of history.
In 2008, Congress adopted a bill that in some cases paid California commercial salmon fishermen $100,000 or more not to fish. They were told to pick their best year between 2002 and 2005, and the government would pay them the same amount to make up for lost fishing opportunities.
Re "Water shortage some success" (Page A1, Sept. 11): Please show leadership by example, not with directives. I am angered and concerned with county governments and large private companies that water their green landscapes in the middle of the day and flood the gutters around them with water. I realize that some places that have cosmetics are of great concern, but try to be as careful as the public is.
Re "Sacramento pursuing plan to allow urban farms" (City Beat, Sept. 8): The proposal that is currently being discussed at the city is, in large part, a product of the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition. Over the last year, our coalition has engaged people growing food in our community to identify and address barriers keeping urban agriculture from growing in Sacramento. We have put forth a proposal that addresses these issues and will open up new economic opportunities and increase food access for all city residents.
Re "State water use drops markedly" (Page A1, Sept. 10): Lawns are turning brown all over our neighborhood in North Natomas under the city watering restrictions. However, the many parks in the area are as lush and green as they ever were. I suspect that's true all over Sacramento.
Re "Carbon tax could curb warming" (Sept. 11): Contrary to Al Gore and his believers in the world, there has been no increase in the world's temperature for the past 18 years. If we believe those so-called scientists that rely on computer models that have been shown to be fraudulent, we should all be 15 feet underwater.
Re "There's no room for blaming victims in domestic violence cases" (Sept. 10, Our Region): I applaud Marcos Breton for coming out with the story of Leslie Pinkston about domestic violence . We can't blame Janay Rice for standing behind her man. We don't know what Ray Rice is telling his wife. Possibly that he will kill her or their daughter if she does not stand beside him?
Re "Rice abuse video nothing we didn't know already" (Viewpoints, Sept. 10): It seems interesting to me that Roger Goodell is now the evil incarnate. Who are all these people calling for him to step down? The guilty party is being punished.
Re "Woman with kids battles eviction" (Sept. 11): The woman complains of a rodent problem, and the housing authority remedies the situation. Woman says the problem isn't solved and stops paying rent.
On Sept. 11, a day of infamy in American history when over 2,000 Americans lost their lives to a brutal attack by Muslim extremists back in 2001, and The Bee doesn't see fit to run a front-page story?
Re "Sacramento region must defend its water interests more aggressively" (SacBee.com, Sept. 10): Once again, we are treated to the symptoms of the problem and the palliative cure being to more efficiently manage our limited water resources and more aggressively defend our water interests.
Re "Obama declares air war against ISIS" (Page A1, Sept. 11): Forget going to grandma's for Thanksgiving. Decorating that Christmas tree? Don't even thinks about it. Families are being wrenched apart again.
I'm being enlightened about the cost of college. The past and present attendees owe a trillion in payments, to whom, the taxpayer? Or government pensions?
We have million dollar coaches, half a million dollar college directors being showered with greenbacks per year, making more than the president. However, not one is capable of showing enough intelligence of charging the NFL or the NBA, a couple billion each per year to pay for the taxpayers' farm system. If they are educated fools, so be it.
If his address to the nation Wednesday night was a guided missile, then the president's plan to destroy ISIS was right on target.
Re "Schwarzenegger makes rare return to state capital" (Nation/World, Sept. 7): Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent visit to the state capital was significant in that it drew attention to his success in promoting California's global warming law, AB 32, which was enacted in 2006. This landmark law paved the way for the rest of the nation to begin looking at ways to tackle the issue of climate change.
Re "Shining a light on border crisis" (Forum, Sept. 7): California should not provide help for unaccompanied minors in Immigration Court. They broke our laws, should be deported ASAP and charge their deportation by plane to their own governments. After, all we give their countries foreign aid.
Re "Local cops: Officer Friendly or GI Joe?" (Editorial, Sept. 10): All this NSA surveillance and militarization of our police since 9/11. I read an article recently stating that Americans were 8 times more likely to be killed by police than terrorists, and another stating that NSA spying hadn't foiled even one terrorist plot. This information was published on both liberal and conservative alternate media sites, citing sources.
Measure L is about giving Sacramento a chance to govern itself like so many other cities that are moving forward such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. To me, it makes perfect sense.
Why haven't we heard more about the fighters most feared by ISIS? The Women's Protection Unit, a 7,000-strong military group located in the northeastern part of Syria, has been fighting the terrorists and are supplied mainly by the local communities.
Re "Quit whining about Tesla" (Letters, Sept.9): The Bee is castigated for criticizing Nevada's tax subsidy for Tesla's battery plant. As the letter writer notes, the benefiting company is merely acting like a business.
I support Measure L because we need the elected representative of the city of Sacramento (the mayor, not the unelected city manager) to have the authority to carry out the vision and platform we voted for. A Yes vote on Measure L will make our government more accountable, efficient and ready to meet the opportunities and challenges of our future.
Re "UN climate agency reports carbon dioxide growing at alarming rate" (Sept. 10): Reading this article encourages a simple exercise. Let's put this in perspective. The following information and figures come from a website: http://bit.ly/CO2Gigatons2014
Re "Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal" (Business, Sept. 10): Elon Musk is now going to have to transfer those new batteries built in Reno about 240 miles to Fremont to put into his new electric cars. This will most likely be done using our workhorse carbon-emitting diesel trucks.
Re Letter writer Roberta Almerez has painted the cyclists who use the Parkway Trail with a very wide brush.
Re "Local cops: Officer Friendly or GI Joe?" (Editorial, Sept. 10): Perhaps you could use your influence to persuade the Davis Police Department to donate their recently acquired MRAP to UC Davis' art department as raw material for a significant work of public art. This could be a terrific piece of public relations, a real coup for community identity: the ultimate "swords to plowshares" statement.
Re "There's no room for blaming victims in domestic violence cases" (Our Region, Sept. 10): I commend Marcos Breton's article, especially the statement "young women are brutalized and manipulated in unhealthy relationships that play out in plain sight every day."
Having just returned from a 6,500-mile road trip across North America to Maine and back, I want my fellow Sacramentans to know that I can honestly and knowledgeably state that right here in Sacramento we do have the worst driving surface.
Re "Tesla a big step in Reno renewal "(Page A1, Sept. 10): Although it is very disappointing for California to lose Tesla's Gigafactory with its 6,500 jobs to Reno, all is not lost. California's chief objective in locating the factory here was to reduce unemployment numbers. We can still achieve that objective by simply giving our unemployed job seekers the opportunity to relocate to Reno. This can be done by offering them one-way tickets on Greyhound.
I just became aware of this Measure L that's before the city. I've always assumed the mayor was the person in charge of Sacramento's budget. Turns out, that's not the case.
Re "UN climate agency reports carbon dioxide growing at alarming rate" (SacBee.com, Sept. 9): Carbon dioxide is now accumulating in the atmosphere at nearly three parts per million per year. At that rate ,we will move from 400 to 450 ppm over the next 16 years.
Re "Health costs for counties with influx of inmates" (The Public Eye, Sept. 8): Thank you, Brad Branan, for writing a piece that illuminates the disastrous difficulty of asking county jails to provide adequate mental health treatment.
Re "Teacher tenure benefits pupils" (Letters, Sept. 10): State superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson defends tenure as benefiting students. He cites poor performance in schools in the Southern U.S. as proof.
Re "Parent-driven intervention helps kids at toddler age" (Healthy Choices, Sept. 9): I am an ex- employee of the Regional Center in Sacramento and a mother of a child who was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old and made significant gains with early intervention. I was very pleased to see this article regarding intervention for infants who show symptoms of autism as young as 6 months old.
Re "Law students' work pays" (Viewpoints, Sept. 9): Let me get this straight. Your lover takes intimate pictures of you. You two have a falling out. The person, who owns the pictures, may put them on the Internet. Now you're upset that the pictures you voluntary posed for may be out on the Internet somewhere. You feel humiliated, even though you may never see the photos or meet someone who has. Now you want the government to assuage your feelings and make you feel better.
The CalPERS candidate's signs are scattered all about town, creating an eyesore. Most of the signs are placed on cyclone fences surrounding empty lots, on telephone poles or mounted on a post. Many times, the signs are two or three for the same candidate creating a cluttered mess on the downtown corners.
Re "Back-seat driver: Confrontation lands cyclist in court on assault charges" (Our Region, Sept.4): Most confrontations between cyclists and other cyclists or pedestrians could be prevented if every bicycle sold came equipped with a bell.
Re "However it's labeled, the need to engage our enemies is clear" (Viewpoints, Sept. 9): Michael Gerson's useless commentary on labeling and euphemisms is typical of the ongoing attempt by right-wing pundits to discount anything the president attempts to do or say. This purposeful and continuous undermining completely ignores the root of why the president is so cautious. He has been hatefully challenged at every attempt to get Congress to work with him.
Re "A healthy re-evaluation of the militarization of local police" (Editorial, Sept. 10): The sight of an armed military vehicle lumbering through our city streets is frightening, and use of that vehicle to quell protests is unconscionable. However, the idea that drug lords, gangs and terrorists have weapons superior to our city police forces should be terrifying to all of us.
How can we thank and praise Jordana Steinberg and California Secretary of State Debra Bowen enough for speaking out about their mental disorders?
Re "Court told of bias in Senate" (Page A1): More crooks in the Senate? We need only look at the president pro tem chief crook in charge. Did we hear when termed out, he might get a judgeship?
Re "Goodell does not rule out Rice's returning to NFL" (Sports, Sept. 9): The NFL's knee-jerk reaction to domestic violence among its players is appalling. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and punishment should be applied. However,cutting out the cancer rather than trying to cure it is just as bad as ignoring it.
Sacramento voters need to pay very close attention to what's happening in regard to city charter reform. Measure L is a vote that will have a great impact on Sacramento.
Re "Immigration reform again is a mirage" (Editorial, Sept. 9): You stated in your editorial that Obama has succumbed in fixing the immigration system.
Heather Fargo and Steve Hansen should stick to their political rhetoric, like "Stop the Power Grab." The moment either of them starting talking about anything of substance they were completely lost.
When an opportunity comes along to make your city government more accountable, more efficient and more productive, you take that opportunity. That's what measure L is: Sacramento's opportunity.
Re "Schwarzenegger donates a pumped-up selfie" (Editorial, Sept. 9): It was enough to make a person shudder at the mean, sarcastic editorial board's review of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "pumped-up selfie." Who are these mean little people who are dipping their pen nibs in blood? But they missed one...
Re "Unlikely Assemblyman Steve Fox accustomed to beating the odds" (SacBee.com, Sept. 6): Recently, Christopher Cadelago of your staff published an article concerning Assemblymember Steve Fox. Unlike Cadelago, I live in Fox's assembly district. The fact that Fox has run in upwards of 100 elections seems foolish to me.
Re "Health costs for counties rise with influx of inmates" (The Public Eye, Sept. 8): The headline accurately depicts the increasing costs of health care in county jails. However, it fails to mention cost savings that can be incurred if alternatives to incarceration were implemented instead of imprisoning people with mental health issues.
Re "Family sues, alleging widespread failings, cover-up in 2013 prison pepper-spray death" (Sacto 911, Sept. 4): The heinous crime committed against Joseph Duran last year and the inexcusable cover up that followed his death is disturbing. From the aggressive pepper spraying to the absence of medical treatment and finally the secretive disposal of the body, is a shocking abuse of power.
When the lead spokesperson against Measure L makes the case to change the system, it's time to change the system.
Re "Jail health costs soaring" (Page A1, Sept. 8): The increasing cost of incarceration is a problem regardless of whether the incarcerated are in county jails or state prisons. As the prison system expands health services to meet the medical and psychological needs of inmates, health care costs are ballooning. The solution, however, is in addressing the size of the prison population, not in reducing correctional health costs.
Re "America's 'skills gap" goes far beyond computer engineering" (Viewpoints, Sept. 1): Rachel Burstein's article on critical thinking is excellent. Research also reveals that many college graduates have not acquired critical thinking skills essential for career progression. Business executives report that many graduates cannot reliably advance beyond entry-level positions for want of critical thinking skills. Similarly, it is evident that many citizens cast their votes based solely on vacuous political slogans.
I was shocked by the clip I saw on YouTube recently. As a longtime resident, I was looking forward to hearing a robust debate on this governance change. I was expecting former Mayor Heather Fargo to offer solid reasons why I should vote against Measure L. Instead, Mayor Fargo said that she doesn't think governments always need to be efficient and that it's hard to get anything done in our current system.
Re "Supreme Court's Prop 49 ruling shows arrogance" (Viewpoints, Sept. 7): So the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer's Association doesn't want Proposition 49 on the ballot, and the California Supreme Court has agreed with them. They may have taken away the people's voice in this one instance, but here's one where they haven't.
Re "Another Nutting for El Dorado County Supervisor" (Endorsement, Sept. 3): The Bee editorial board's endorsement of Jennifer Nutting implies that residents of El Dorado County shouldn't worry about whether or not we get honest governance, as long as we have strong leadership, which we apparently need to "overcome the infighting among electeds" Nutting has made no secret of her intention to cause trouble for her family's political enemies, particularly Vern Pierson. The Bee's editorial board seems to think her vengeance-taking would somehow "heal the rifts in the county." I doubt that.
Re "One debate in governor's race is just not enough" (Editorial, Sept. 6): Would more debates between Gov. Jerry Brown and candidate Neel Kashkari really be of any value to the voters? Kashkari has already revealed that he does not understand the initiative process by advocating that the $10 billion approved by the voters for the high-speed train be shifted to be used for more water storage facilities. These funds can't be shifted without two more votes by the people: One to stop the high-speed train initiative and another to approve a new initiative on bonds for water storage.
Re "Potential move to the Giants has Rivercats taking a beating (Our Region, Sept. 7): Marcos Breton's column regarding the Rivercats' possible switch of Minor League Baseball affiliation leaves out the fact that the organization was recently deemed the most valuable minor league franchise. There is no doubt the fanbase that made this team the best is connected to to the team via the Oakland A's.
In my private and professional life, I have known many physicians. I have found no difference in breadth of knowledge outside one's profession or prevalence of desirable personal traits between them and any other educated people, and nothing at all to indicate that they would be better legislative representatives than others. Congressman Ami Bera's TV ad, which reprises his 2010 campaign and is based primarily on his MD degree rather than his paltry legislative record or his real estate business, must therefore be designed to appeal to those who still think physicians are a higher class of humans.
So, "It's hard to get anything done in our current system"? If that's what former Mayor Heather Fargo thinks, then why is she against trying something better? That doesn't make any sense to me, especially since we will have a chance to vote to re-approve the change in 2020 if it does not help things run better.
Re "Obama: U.S. military to help in Ebola battle" (Page A1, Sept. 8): Blowing up and burning down West Africa may be the only way to protect our homeland security. Finally, Obama has a strategy to use our military.
I find your editorial page has dropped most of your interesting columnists. I would take a wild guess that it concerns costs. Would it be to much to ask for a Paul Krugman or Thomas Friedman once in awhile? You know, just to keep an old man alert.
Re "Immigration action delayed" (Page A1, Sept. 7): In Sunday's version of CBS' "60 Minutes," the humanitarian work of Winston Wertheim- a British citizen who orchestrated the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children at the beginning of World War II and likely saved them from Nazi death camps- was featured. He found homes for the children and arranged for their passage to Britain.
Re "Banda needs to hit ground running as school opens" (Editorial, Aug. 31): It was disturbing that The Bee's editorial staff feels the first step Sacramento City Unified School superintendent Jose Banda needs to take is to meet the mayor right away and, by association, meet Michele Rhee too.
Re "Improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24):Thank you for considering the safety of bicyclists by advocating more bicycle lanes. Vehicular access to alternate transport routes is often not considered, limiting their usefulness. Just as for commuter trains in the Bay Area, where parking lots were added as an afterthought, car parking is also neglected for bicyclists who would rather park near work and ride the remainder of the distance.
Re "NFL policy recognizes power of women" (Viewpoints, Sept. 6): The article explains why NFL fans should not kid themselves as to why the league is modifying its policy on domestic violence and imposing tougher penalties on guilty players. In effect, not to do so would negatively affect the league's bottom line because about half of NFL fans are women who spend big bucks supporting the game.
I was all prepared to vote for Jerry Brown, even though the Democrats control too much California government. However, I am holding off.
Re "Bureaucrats acquiring more power" (Capitol & California, Sept. 7): Isn't it true that for some to acquire more power, others have to give some up?
Re "Elon Musk jilts California" (Editorial, Sept. 5) and "L.A. tops nation in industry workers" (Business, Sept. 2): Editorial whining viewed next to a headline about L.A. leading with 510,900 industry workers is strange. Because of water, California should be subsidizing industries' relocation back to our original Manufacturing Belt: Detroit, Youngstown, Gary and the like, even though their owners, like Musk, want to live in California.
Neither Reno nor California have enough water.
Re "El Dorado's Nutting political drama nears end" (Sept. 6): Kudos to The Bee for publishing a more complete coverage of the special election in El Dorado County. I was shocked when The Bee endorsed Jennifer Nutting since there are so many candidates running.
Re "ISIL: Obama needs to get tougher" (Letters, Sept.2): It is clear that appeals to their humanity don't sway ISIS. Quite the contrary, they label such appeals as a sign of weakness.
Re "Executive paperwork" (Capitol & California, Sept. 7): Reading the article in Sunday's Bee regarding bills that are on the governor's desk for signature. I was dismayed to read SB 838, Audrie's Law: " Juveniles who sexually assault unconscious or disabled victims would face tougher penalties."
Re "Hetch Hetchy lawsuit a reminder that species law applies to all" (Viewpoints, Sept. 6): Craig Manson reminds us that the burden of the ongoing drought in California must be shared by all. From what I observed during my recent stay in Lemoore, the residents and farmers of Kings County did not get the memo.
Re "Tenure makes money for unions" (Letters, Sept. 6): Marcia Fritz, as do so many who seem to have bought into the idea that the destruction of our teachers' union is a civil rights issue, reiterates the red herring fallacy, "Democratic candidates and union officials win, children lose," when condemning the governor for defending our tenure rights.
Re "Sacramento Charter High leading the pack in SAT takers" (Our Region, Sept. 5): St. Hope's Sacramento Charter High deserves recognition for fostering a college-going culture in which 88 percent of its seniors took the SAT last year. However, The Bee excluded key facts from its story that left readers with only a partial understanding of the performance of our area's high schools.
Re "Bowen tells of depression struggle" (Capitol & California, Sept. 6): Secretary of State Debra Bowen's admission of her struggle with depression should be a wake-up call for all those people who think depression is just in one's head. The fact that Bowen has only now admitted she has had a long battle with depression - talking openly due to Robin Williams' death from depression - is a sure sign that this debilitating condition should not be hidden. The fact that there is still a stigma on those suffering from depression is horrific and keeps people from getting the help they need.
Re "One debate in governor's race is just not enough" (Editorial, Sept. 6): The so-called debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari was an exercise in bumper sticker polemics and a press conference disguised as debate.
Gov. Brown is a sham. When he ran for governor four years ago, he wanted numerous debates against Meg Whitman. Now he only agrees to one debate and has it on the evening of the opening of the NFL football season.
Re "Strong-mayor campaign gets labor support, $100,000 donation from Tsakopoulos" (City Beat, Sept. 3): I attended the Oak Park forum, and what Ryan Lillis failed to mention was Michelle Rhee's statement that her husband really doesn't base his decision-making on public testimony at city council meetings. He gets his feedback from the community.
Re Sacramento's power players line up behind strong-mayor plan" (Our Region, Sept. 6): I'm pleased to see that the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and the city's major labor unions are finally agreeing on how Sacramento is best governed by supporting Measure L.
Re "NFL policy recognizes power of women" (Viewpoints, Sept. 6): In saying "Can Goodell do for the NFL what Pope Francis has done for the Catholic Church: reboot an institution stuck in the past with its bad habits," apparently Karen Skelton fails to recognize the Catholic Church is struck in the first century in its treatment of women through its stubborn refusal to allow ordination of women as priests.
Re Sacramento's power players line up behind strong-mayor plan" (Our Region, Sept. 6):
Re Sacramento's power players line up behind strong-mayor plan" (Our Region, Sept. 6): After reading this article on the strong-mayor initiative, I don't know whether to be dismayed or disheartened. I refuse to be disheartened by the obscene show of power by strong-mayor supporters at a recent rally.
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.