Re "Airstrikes could be start of long fight", (Editorial, Sept. 24): This raises a few questions that must be answered. What standard of moderate determines which Syrian rebels we arm? How do we distinguish radicals who pose as moderates? Will the weapons be returned or destroyed after hostilities cease so they won't fall into the possession of the wrong people?
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 "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 "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 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 "Global marches focus on climate change" (Nation/World, Sept. 22): It isn't every day that a newspaper gets an opportunity at a story this large. Around 300 Sacramentans were marching for climate change while similar events were going on around the world. Then the story really gets big. I was part of the 200-300 people marching for climate change yesterday.
Re "Global marches focus on climate change" (Nation/World, Sep. 22): On the same day, The Sacramento Bee ran stories about the largest-ever climate march, with over a half million worldwide participants and record carbon pollution emissions 2013. The people, including the hundreds who marched at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday, are clearly demanding that our leaders take action to address the threat of climate change. Yet, those demands are being ignored.
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 "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters' near run-in with a sidewalk cyclist and the resulting backlash that ensued perfectly illustrates that creating a peaceful coexistence between riders and "not-riders" is more a function of attitude than infrastructure.
I just received the most wonderful news recently. Thanks to the Affordable Care Ac,t my insurance premium went up only 8 percent for the coming year. And to think all of those naysayers who questioned President Obama when he promised us a $2,500 savings. I'm tickled and thrilled that this increase is only 2 percent more than the increase I received last year.
Re "Red light contract" (Page A1, Sept. 21): Thanks for shining light on the dubious practices of Redflex, the company that operates the county's red-light cameras.
Re "Splash of color for old tunnel" (Our Region, Sept. 22): Thank you to artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel for offering to paint the 12th Street tunnel. Thanks also to Steve Cohn for giving financial assistance and to the city of Sacramento for better lighting.
We look forward to seeing the transformed tunnel in the future. Kudos for seeing a problem in the community and offering a solution.
Re "Bike riders need to ante up": The proposal for localities to impose a motor vehicle surcharge to fund bike trails should be scrapped. Bike riders need to start paying for what they want, just as motor vehicle owners do.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14): Patrick Mulvaney confuses climate change and local weather.
Re "Neel Kashkari calls candidacy 'transformational moment' for California GOP" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 22): Your reporter completely missed the emotional high points of Neel Kashkari's speech to the Republican state convention.
Smoke from California fires ends up in Nevada due to prevailing winds. On Friday morning last week, the winds changed direction and Sacramento got to see smoke. Although it was a minuscule amount, the warnings came to stay inside.
Re "New Spirit fills capital as it grows" (Our Region, Sept. 21): Upon returning home from a conference in the Midwest, it was a real treat to read Marcos Breton's op-ed on his adopted home.
Re "Report: Carbon trends aren't slowing" (Page A1, Sept. 22): With the thousands of voices crying out for action on climate change, why no mention of methane, a greenhouse gas, that according to the EPA traps 20 times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide? Could it be the inconvenient truth that, as the No. 1 producers of methane, livestock tops the list of the worst gas emitters?
Re "Carbon trends aren't slowing" (Sept. 21): I find it interesting that we have this Chicken Little mentality from climate scientists, claiming man-caused climate change comes on the eve of a U.N. Climate summit meeting.
Re "Jerry Brown signs bill requiring employers to give paid sick leave" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 10): The state does not seem to address the struggles of the small-business owners who will be burdened by laws that are only providing for the employees.
Re "Report: Carbon trends aren't slowing" (Page A1, Sept. 22): The most urgent issue of human lifetime on this planet could stand a blazing headline. There was a Times estimate of 400,000 marchers in NYC on climate change.
Re "TV spot on Ose takes it too far" (Ad Watch, Sept. 22): At least one country visited by Congressman Doug Ose wasn't included in either The Bee's remarks on Rep. Ami Bera's TV ad or the ad itself: In late summer of 2003, along with other servicemembers far from home, I was greeted and thanked for my service when Ose visited our deployed troops at Camp Victory in Baghdad. He was accompanied by Congressman Tom Osborne of Nebraska, former head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.
Re "Democratic ad hitting Doug Ose goes too far" (Ad Watch, Sept. 22): Every election- whether it's for congress, president or what have you- I and many other voters find ourselves spammed with more political ads than we know how to sort through. I feel safe saying that most of us have grown disinterested with all the lies and propaganda, and it's a shame that in our nation where we have the right to vote, so many find themselves apathetic.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14):Pat Mulvaney may be right about his concerns regarding this drought and its impact on food prices. He owns a restaurant. However, he is not a climatologist, meteorologist or geologist. Otherwise he would not imply that the drought could be permanent.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Look no further than Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann's agenda to understand his support of Art Moore. Cann Campaigned for Supervisor prior to retiring from Yosemite. In 2012, he presented his "build-out" plan on 18 acres of Mariposa's town property to be sold to Yosemite Par.
Re "Sacramento passengers tweeted during emergency landing in Los Angeles" (SacBee.com, Sept. 21): Do you ever feel like some stories you read or hear about are kind of useless? As a high school student who actually likes the news, I'd rather read about current issues, such as the King Fire or any new big court cases, not about how someone tweeted that their plan had a malfunction.
Re "Subsidies turn Emigrant Wilderness into grazing nightmare" (Forum, Sept. 14): Protecting the High Sierra Watershed is critical to ensure quality drinking water to the nearly 40 million people of California. The Bee published an article on the impact of cattle in the Sierra in April 2010, written by Tom Knudsen, highlighting our scientific research work.
Re "Giants are biggest winners in River Cats' affiliation switch" (Sports, Sept. 20): The Sacramento River Cat team is all-American baseball and family fun. The Savage family dreamed and built the River Cats for thousands of people to share and participate in.
Re "Big cats make crowds roar" (Our Region, Sept. 12): In a world of quickly diminishing wildlife due to rapid habitat destruction, poaching, forced servitude, exploitation, torture, government corruption and just plain old-fashioned greed, it's time to include wildlife animal entertainment acts on the list.
Re "The Rich - and even richer - rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Doug Ose, the Republican candidate, wants his old seat back. Ose accepted four pay raises and was the 10th richest House member in 2004. More importantly, Doug Ose's election would allow the do-nothing, vindictive Republicans yet another seat for their majority that increasingly caters to the wealthy and likes of the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove.
Dear Superintendent and Members of the San Juan Unified School District Board of Supervisors,
Re "Farms are growing in the Valley but they need more water to thrive" (Viewpoints, Sept. 21): Tim Johnson is very correct that the health of agriculture in the Sacramento Valley as well as California as a whole depends on water. What he failed to say is that we have rerouted most of our surface waters and we have mined our aquifers to a point of collapse. The California that we experience today is much different than it was in 1846 when we had marsh lands and large lakes in the central valley.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): A lot of things are coming together right now. The King Fire is on our minds, and we are wondering what we can do about it. The drought is one explanation of this fire and others all over our state. That is one of the consequences of a warming planet.
Re "Coastal panel recommends rock star's controversial Malibu project proceed" (Nation/World, Sept. 21): Hey, The Edge, keep your hands off the edge of California, meaning the unblemished hills of Malibu. Take your mansions to the south of France with your pal Bono.
Re "Red-light camera contractor spent thousands on meals for Sacramento County and CHP employees" (SacBee.com, Sept. 21): So, $3,800 paid out for meals to a dozen or so CHP and Sacramento Sheriff's department deputies over a five year period resulted in a $11.8 million contract to an out-of-state contractor.
Re "Will a changing Sacramento be enough for Major League Soccer?" (Our Region, Sept. 21): Does he ever stop? Marcos Breton lets loose with another vicious screed against old people, which evidently The Bee does not find offensive. Age, like race, gender and ethnicity is a state which humans have no control over--it is part of who we are which should not be attached to shame. I am amazed that this backward view is endorsed by the editors.
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.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (Editorial, Sept. 16): Amidst unrelenting efforts by developers to pull all the teeth from the Endangered Species Act, it is a relief to see those efforts occasionally thwarted.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Is it just me or is The Bee unusually obsessed with Tom McClintock? It may be a weird year in politics, but McClintock will have no problem defeating his faux moderate opponent.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Dan Morain's article criticized Congressman Tom McClintock for living slightly outside his district in neighboring Elk Grove, but fails to mention the fact that his opponent Art Moore's employment is in Virginia, his National Guard assignment is in Maryland, and he rents a room in Roseville to claim residency.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Morain's recent column on the CD-4 race leaves out important information.
Judging from the recent post on Tom McClintock's Facebook page asking for help, and the sudden influx of pro-McClintock letters to the editor, the McClintock campaign is a little worried.
Re "Focus on teacher tenure distracts from schools' real problems" (Forum, Sept. 14): Steve O'Donoghue says low family income is the biggest reason poor school children don't achieve. That's like saying runners don't win races because they're slow.
Re "Three-foot buffer law for cyclists now in effect" (Sept. 16): Why not charge a yearly license plate fee to the bikers who use these paths and make them put license plates on these bikes. Most of them think they own the paths, streets and roads. Have them obey stop signs as cars do or get a violation ticket as cars do.
Re "The rich - and even richer - rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Many rich members of Congress don't understand that most poor and many middle-class Americans can't afford health insurance. If people have to choose between food and rent and health insurance, they don't get health insurance.
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.
Re "Proposition 45 would undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is reason to oppose it" (Endorsements, Sept. 14): Proposition 45 would probably undermine the Affordable Care Act, but only incidentally. More importantly it would just add a new, unaccountable and permanent bureaucracy for political busy bodies with an ideological agenda to mess up health insurance even more. We don't need any more of that.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14): Thank you for your article. What we can do about climate change on a national level?
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 "Balanced plan for a strong mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): Mayor Kevin Johnson is pushing hard to for the strong-mayor bill "to streamline decisions at City Hall." However, he did everything he could to prevent the citizens of Sacramento from voting on whether to subsidize the Kings arena.
Re "Heady days for soccer fans" (Page A1, Sept. 20): Mayor Kevin Johnson needs to bring some of his attention to something other than promoting sports and making money for his wealthy supporters. If the ultimate aim is to make Sacramento world class, he should use his influence to at least attempting to address issues like the abysmal state of the local homeless population, the likely loss of the local symphony and opera and the totally inadequate convention center and community theater.
Re "State fires up olive oil turf war" (The Conversation, Sept. 14): I won't refute Elaine Corn's claim of California attempting to set some standards for the labeling of olive oil. I do question her comments that she seeks olive oil from Italy, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Israel and Australia grooves.
As someone who works in public safety and is gay, I am outraged by the Food and Drug Administration's ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. It is estimated by the American Red Cross that every two seconds someone needs blood and according to another recent study, this ban costs hospitals 219,000 pints of blood each year.
In the emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit and the delivery room, doctors make life-and-death decisions. Drugs and alcohol impair decision-making. The medical profession is high stress, and doctors have access to the most potent, mind-altering drugs on earth. Other less stressful, less important occupations, are required to undergo drug testing.
Re "Solar power on wheels" (Business, Sept. 20): There was one public grade school picked in California for the Stella debut, and that was the Rio Linda Preparatory Academy on Sept. 18.
Re "What's wrong with this picture?" (Letters, Sept. 19): In Friday's Bee, there were several letters from drivers upset about the new bicycling law.
Re "Kashkari says he was joking about lawmaker drug tests" (The Buzz, Sept. 19): Finally, I'm in agreement with something Neel Kashkari has proposed: mandatory drug testing for all California legislators and statewide officeholders.
We continually read in The Bee about all the political fundraising that goes on in our capitol and many of us wonder "wWhere does all the money go?"
Re "Folsom, El Dorado County to sue Sacramento County over expansion of Mather Airport" (Sept. 17): I live in Folsom where the cargo planes fly overhead and the noise minimal and brief. When I lived next to Mather AFB in the '80s, B-52s took off and landed day and night, many times louder than cargo jets today and there were few if any noise complaints.
Re "Cyclists don't own the road" (Letters, Sept. 19): The cyclist in front of your truck, waiting to make a left turn, was exactly where he/she was supposed to be, per California vehicle code. Cyclists are part of traffic flow, by law. In my neighborhood, there is a combined left turn/straight lane, with a bike lane to the right. If I don't use the left turn lane when turning in that direction, I risk being hit by those motorists going straight if I make my turn from the bike lane.
We don't own the road, but we do have the same rights and responsibilities to be on the road as motorists. I commute once or twice a week to work. The rest of the time, I drive. As a motorist, I do pay my share of taxes to maintain roads.
Every bicycle on the road is one less polluting car. Be thankful.
The arrogant cyclists must be stopped. If these scofflaws are not cited or arrested, motorists will continue to be injured and killed by these most irresponsible of individuals. Cyclists will continue to throw objects at vehicles, curse at them and ring their warning bells to startle them. They will continue to force motor vehicles off the roadways and cause mayhem as they roll through stop signs.
Re "Ebola shutters Sierra Leone" (Nation/World, Sept. 19): As I travel to California for a wedding, the news continues about the Ebola epidemic. The infection rates and death tolls are rising, with help only beginning to trickle in. Massive assistance will be necessary to end this epidemic. Future ability to stop this and other epidemics depends on good health care systems.
As a cyclist, I'd like to speak to Friday's bike anger that manifested itself in several letters. Falcon Lee complained about the cyclist that drifts into the road. Quite possibly the same cyclist that had a bottle thrown at her last week.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I am a cyclist so no bias here. Yesterday, while cycling, I observed bicyclists at their worst. I understand the new 3-foot law is to protect bikers, but bikers must comply with other aspects of the law if they want the respect on the road that they say they deserve.
Re "Kevin Johnson seeks to strengthen his office- does Sacramento care?" (Our Region, Sept. 17): As Marcos Breton points out, Measure L gives Sacramento the opportunity to put an end to the past years of bickering at City Hall once and for all by giving us the ability to elect a strong mayor. It was only a few years ago that turnover in the city managers office was high, council members were not working together and no one took responsibility when things went wrong.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, according to Suicide.org. Students often feel alone and afraid. Because of this, community college staff should include trained psychologists.
Re "Cyclists don't own the road" (Letters, Sept. 20): We have a serious bicyclist problem on White Rock Road. White Rock crests a hill several hundred yards prior to reaching the El Dorado County line. The posted speed limit is 55 MPH and a small sign with a bicycle symbol states "Share the road". Drivers heading east on White Rock crest the blind hill doing 55 MPH, and if a bicyclist happens to in the eastbound lane, he/she will be killed as the driver will not have time to react.
Many people may read the articles on Joan Rivers' fatal ENT procedure (endoscopy) and are hesitant to undergo the important and possible life-saving procedure.
Re Various bicycle law letters (Sept. 18): I am reading letters from cyclists with a mixture of bemusement and irritation.
For this entire week I have awoken at 4:30 am to the smell of burning wood. With the exception of Sept. 18, the air has been unhealthy, yet you list the air quality as good for El Dorado County.
Re "A free pass for arrogance?" (Letters, Sept. 19): My first experience when riding through a quiet residential neighborhood left me afraid after a driver speeding through a left turn onto the right side of the road almost collided with me. Nobody follows the speed limits. Cyclists blow stop signs because we start looking ahead at the oncoming traffic, if there is none it allows us to keep a steady pace
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (SacBee.com, Sept. 16): Far too often, we hear about the things going wrong. This bill needs to change. We need a new bill.
As a man who watched his 70-year-old father hop on his bike in Reedsport, Ore. heading for Washington, D.C., on the Centennial Trail and years later saw his son set out on the same ride, both successfully, I am more than sympathetic to cyclists.
A possible solution to the problem faced by the NFL of domestic and other violence off the field would require that the league become more proactive. Every entering NFL player as well as active players should be required to go through an anger management course as well as any other anti-violence training deemed appropriate by the NFL's appointed advisers.
Re "To win the war, Obama may have to send in troops" (Viewpoints, Sept. 19): Do we not understand this war isn't winnable? After 2001, Cheney/Bush misguidedly invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein, win the war on terror and establish a democracy. How did it all work out? Trillions spent, 4000+ U.S. lives lost, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, etc.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Since I drive a car and pay taxes for roads that are designed to be safe for cars and not bikes, I should just drive to work every day instead of biking.
Re "Strong-mayor foes get union support" (City Beat, Sept. 18): Your story says "power grab by Kevin Johnson."
It was reported recently that the House was adjourning at close of business until after the November election. This is the same House that refused to allow a vote on extended unemployment benefits. This is the same House that blamed this on the Senate for not giving them the bill that they wanted.
Re "Teams line up stadium land" (Pg. A1, Sept. 18): Your paper devoted much of the front page to a wishful thinking piece on a Major League Soccer stadium, while the reality of a horrific wildfire (the King Fire), which is here and now and threatening lives and property, was relegated to the Our Region section. What goofy priorities.
Re "Everyone should get 3 feet" (Letters, Sept. 18): In regards to Pat Whittington's letter, if a bicycle rider must call "on your left," he/she is not obeying the rules of the bicycle trail which state that walkers must walk single file on the shoulder of the trail facing bicycle traffic.
Re "Team lines up stadium land" (Page A1, Sept. 17): Enough with sports on the front page. I could care less about sports, and I would suspect most area residents would agree.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Common sense and logic has vanished, Operators of 3,000 cars and 60,000-pound trucks moving at speed of 70 mph or more, must stay clear of 30-pound bicycles that now have the right of way on roads paid for with taxes from gasoline and diesel fuel.
Re "End-of-Life Care needs Overhaul, panel says": Burke Balch is exactly right. This is just a way of putting the elderly and disabled out of their so-called misery, and bureaucrats want to be the ones to decide who is miserable and how miserable.
Re "Candymaker Mars commits millions to food research at UC Davis" (Business, Sept. 18): Davis goes to Mars- or rather Mars comes to Davis.
Re "Bera sponsors bill to block federal funding for Delta Tunnels" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 9): As a resident of this community, I am tired of watching Congressman Ami Bera do nothing for his constituents.
Re "SEIU tests mojo with CalPERS" (The State Worker, Sept. 18): My wife, a retired teacher, and I, a retired law enforcement officer, are recipients of retirement benefits from CALSTRS and CalPERS.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Would someone please explain to me the rationale of giving a 3-foot safety zone for a bicycle rider and still allow motorcycles to white line with only a six inch buffer zone on each side? I have been a motorcycle rider for over 60 years and have always been puzzled by the "No Law" white line.
Re Various letters on Dan Walters' bike column (Letters, Sept. 18): Hooray for Mr. Walters and his wicked keyboard. I can't remember when as much dust got stirred up by one article in The Bee.
Re "Air tankers from McClellan Airfield aid in fighting King Fire" (Our Region, Sept. 17): A significant volume of fire retardant is being dumped into the watershed of the South Fork of the American River to fight the King Fire near Pollock Pines. According to this article, it's approximately 150,000 gallons per day.
Re "Big changes in policy get buried" (Capitol & California, Sept. 17): The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states 1 in 9 construction workers are union and cost 30-35 percent more, not including employee benefits and employer payroll costs. That means the vast majority of construction uses experienced non-union workers.
Re "Elk Grove school district names Hoffman as new superintendent" (SacBee.com, Sept. 16): How can anyone think it is OK to spend approximately $280,000 a year with salary and expenses, for the new Elk Grove superintendent? I don't believe the superintendent should make more than the Vice President of the U.S.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): While I was moved when I read Dan Walters' account of his friend being struck by a bicyclist, I do not believe that one act of reckless behavior should be used to vilify everyone on two wheels.
Re "King Fire reaches 2,500 acres" (Our Region, Sept. 15): We are having more frequent American River Parkway fires. Now there's the King fire.
We can't afford teachers. We can't afford police. We can't afford mental health programs. We can't build homeless shelters.
Attention, criminals. Need to know where to conduct your breaking and enterings? Try all unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. Then again, you already know that.
Re "Brown sees rosy past - not reality" (Capital and California, Sept. 12): As a proud survivor of parochial education, I must respond to Dan Walters' comments regarding Pope Pius XII. Pius was personally responsible for saving thousands of Jews during World War II.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): I already try to share the road and do what the law requires. However, many- not all- bike riders are arrogant scofflaws who have no respect for car drivers and even put themselves at risk in the process.
A reader writes California should kill The drive-thrus to reduce carbon emissions. Seriously? I think he would have to do the math on that one.
Re "US Senator ties NFL's tax status to Redskins" (SacBee.com, Sept. 17): I read with interest and agree with the attempt of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to tie the tax status of the NFL in the attempt to change the name of the football team in Washington, D.C. Senator Cantwell is quoted "The NFL needs to join the rest of America in the 21st century."
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I don't own a car. I've been on my bike for several years now, so I take Dan Walters' column very personally, meaning he's right and I'm guilty of all the bicycle infractions he mentions.
Re "Disorder is a fraud" (Letters, Sept. 17): I am appalled at Victor Corbett's letter about fraud in the recent mental health disorder Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder diagnosis. My son and our family live with this disorder on a daily basis. I don't wish this on anyone.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): With due sympathy to Hilary Abramsom and appropriate disgust for the irresponsible cyclist, I assert that Dan Walters' safety crusade is misplaced. This story is newsworthy because of its rarity. We do not expect cyclists to maim or kill pedestrians because it so seldom happens- so seldom that statistics do not exist.
Re "Disorder a fraud" (Letters, Sept. 17): While the author's assertion that drug companies make millions off newly described kids' mood maladies may be true, clearly the author does not have a family member afflicted.
The Bee has written in the past few months about a possible, pending, actual, imminent and now effective law regarding safety of bikers.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Tony Bizjak explains that the car in the photo did the right thing by slowing down and passing the four women when it was safe. However, there's no mention of these facts: they are riding two abreast, the woman in front is more than 3 feet from the one next to her, and there seems to be 3 feet or more between all of them and the curb.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Just by substituting another easily available observation of dangerous and inconsiderate behavior, Dan Walters' recent piece of curmudgeonry could have been titled "If drivers want the benefits of six decades of infrastructure planning and public policy devoted to them, they should act like they deserve it."
Re "Jordana Steinbergs story draws families attention to new childhood mood disorder" (Page A1, Sept. 13): As a licensed clinical psychologist, I am glad to see emotional dysregulation discussed as a means of understanding disruptive behavior and emotional distress, especially as an alternative to the labeling and medicating of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Photo: Four women riding their bicycles in Davis, car to a near stop behind them.
Re "If bicyclists want safety and respect, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 15): I would love to invite Dan Walters to join me on my morning commute. We would bike from 27th Avenue off Franklin Boulevard toward the light rail station on 29th and R streets. It can be a race track.
Re "Four women will guide NFL abuse policies" (Page A1, Sept. 16): Harry Edwards is right-on. Alcohol figures in every case of abuse. So what? Prohibition is not the answer.
Re "Senator wants to strip NFL of tax-exempt status in light of abuse cases" (Page A1, Sept. 17): The Bee's first article about Adrian Peterson whupping his son with a branch appeared along with a full page on the deplorable conditions of California's kids in foster care. You could have added an article about the lack of fathers in the black community and discipline problems in our school system.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy in the face of global warming" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): Several letters in The Bee have expressed concern over the higher costs of gasoline and electricity if a gas tax is implemented in California. Putting a price on carbon emissions is a key solution to global warming, because the price of the products we consume then accurately reflects their true costs, including the costs of the climate damages they cause. For example, global warming intensifies droughts, and we're seeing those costs in California right now, especially to our agriculture.
Re "Urban Outfitters shows it's less than culturally sophisticated" (Editorial, Sept. 16): Long before the horrible Kent State T-shirt hit the shelves, I made a personal vow to never set foot in an Urban Outfitters store again. The crass, offensive, gutter-level mentality of their inventory was not worth my time or money.
Re "Defense!" (Cartoons, Sept. 17): Jack Ohman's editorial cartoon shows defense lawyers lined up, ready to defend NFL player transgressions. Ohman should also focus on the real issue: protecting TV revenues.
Re "Promote a cycling Solution" (Letters, Sept. 17): While I understand letter writer Al Hernandez might be concerned about cyclists' reputation, I agree with Dan Walters' observations about cyclists disobeying the traffic laws.
Re "Blood test cost varies widely" (Capitol & California, Aug. 16): The Bee ran a story about the wide range that hospitals charge for blood tests. Our own local labs also have a wide range even within the same lab.
Re "Six Californias campaign was chance to look at disparity in state" (Editorial, Sept. 16): You argue in favor of putting the Six Californias initiative on the ballot that would have spotlighted the unequal division of assets and liabilities throughout our state.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): We have biked Sacramento for over 30 years: for work, recreational biking and as many errands as possible. Although many of his points were right-on, Dan Walters went a bit too far when he stated that bikers should be willing to pay for bike lanes and road marking, "rather than making motorists pick up the tab."
Is anyone concerned that the Great Seal of Jefferson is a double cross? And is it coincidence that it's the same emblem used by Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dictator," his brilliant satire on Hitler and Nazism?
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): The carbon gas tax is going to hurt our poorest members of society. If you want to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles, kill the drive-thru lifestyle.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I've been bicycling in the Sacramento area for about 20 years and understand the reluctance to ride on the street, anticipating opening doors by inattentive drivers, cars making right turns without checking to the right, etc.
When the President of the United States comes before the American people and states; "I have a phone and a pen," that is a declaration of dictatorship.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters uses a broad brush to paint all bike riders as ill-mannered based on two humans with bad manners. Dan, there are bad guys who participate in every event known to man. Even bad newspaper reporters shouldn't taint the activities of all reporters.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters showed his arrogance when referring to the recent local government tax (for bicycles as something "that state legislators did for bicyclists recently."
Recent news on the fish killing in the McKinley Park Pond has residents disappointed at the sheer lack of basic understanding of pond maintenance by the Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation management. The pond is a great resource for folks that walk, run and wander around McKinley Park.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I am a bike rider. Not a spandex-clad, happy-go-lucky "look at my bike" rider, but just a normal bike rider trying to get to and fro without a vehicle.
Re "A case for spanking" (Letters, Sept. 16): Sure make your case for spanking. Oh yeah, and be sure to blame too much government interference.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): It's wonderful to see more people using bicycles as an alternative to cars. However, it seems that many of them are unaware of the rules of the road for cyclists: the California Vehicle Code contains specific laws pertaining to bike riders, including riding with traffic, obeying all traffic signs and signals, when to take the traffic lane and of course, never to ride on the sidewalk.
Re "Marriott starts campaign for housekeeping tips" (Our Region, Sept. 16): It has gotten so old that every place you get any type of service has a tip jar to supplement the person's wage. The person handing you a cup of coffee, roll or whatever is supposedly being paid to do that job, but management allows a jar on the counter for tips.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 15): Everyone has the right to be safe. This applies to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Re "A case for spanking" (Letters, Sep. 16): It is my belief that in order to raise law-abiding children, their parents must first set a good example and then spend the enormous amount of time and patience that it takes to lovingly and respectfully teach them good values and morals. It is also my belief that unacceptable behavior displayed by the child should be dealt with in a consistent and fair way that will teach the child the kind of behavior that is expected by the parents and society.
Re "Mayor Kevin Johnson reassembling Think Big team to work on soccer bid" (Business, Sept. 16): Mayor Johnson is reforming the Think Big team to get a Major League Soccer franchise. The Think Big team was instrumental in Sacramento keeping the Kings and the same team is forming again to get the MLS.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters is right. If bicyclists want respect, they need to drop the arrogance and follow the rules. Anyone who doesn't know the rules can find out from the DMV, AAA or the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates sites.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Cyclists should obey the law.
I support Proposition 47. This would make non-violent shoplifting of low dollar items misdemeanors so long as the store is open for business. There has been some mudslinging by the misinformed that this initiative will include burglary of firearms valued under $950. Not so. Theft of firearms from a gun store is currently a strikeable offense regardless of value, and would not be covered by Proposition 47.
Re "Brown sees rosy past, not reality" (Capitol & California, Sept. 15): In Dan Walters' column, he addresses Jerry Brown's assertion that the 1950s was .a world that worked, and it worked well." After lambasting Brown's assertion, Walters finishes his column with "Isn't it odd, however, that the two politicians Democrat Brown singles out in his rosy soliloquy were Republicans?"
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I'm an old broad who walks the river parkway daily. I have noticed that bicycle riders have changed the area. Small children are now held tightly instead of ambling free down the path. Riders speed, run stop signs and yell "On your left" as the newest entitlement group runs rough shod over walkers, jogger, strollers and leashed dogs.
Re "Obama targets coolant to curb global warming" (Nation/World, Sept. 16): Current use of the Freon 134A coolant raised the global temperature 0.11 degrees in the past two decades. While this is an enormous amount by environmental activists standards, statistically it is meaningless.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I agreed with Dan Moran's bicycle article until I got to the last two paragraphs. Suggesting that bicyclists sould bear the cost of bike lanes or paths is absurd. Will the next suggestion be that pedestrians pay some of the costs for sidewalks or walking paths? I doubt it.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): An article on the looming carbon tax is necessary because of global warming. However, Paul Steinberg doesn't explain how throwing money into California's coffers will alter climate change, admitting, "We must hold regulators accountable for where and how the resulting revenues are spent."
Re "Governor should veto groundwater policy" (Viewpoints, Sept. 13): The article ignores the public and stakeholder input that went into the recently passed groundwater legislation. The bills took shape as a result of more than six months of public meetings and hearings with input from water districts, farmers, businesses, environmental groups, community groups, homeowners and others across the state.
Re "NFL rocked again by a charge" (Page A1, Sept. 13): People were rightly outraged when Ray Rice was seen beating his fiancee. The NFL has suspended him indefinitely. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson has admitted to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch leaving him with cuts and bruises on his back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum. He is expected to play this Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): Yet another gas tax for California. The writer suggests that it is in our best interests to pay more for gas to help our children. The big oil companies make record profits every quarter, then suggest that prices are due to supply and demand. They need to return some of that money to these problems that are derived from their products.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): Professor Paul Steinberg must be living on "Giligan's Island" if he thinks that a $.45 increase gas tax on top of the highest gas tax in the nation will help anyone. The poor and middle class can ill-afford such an increase.
Re Sacramento's power players line up behind strong-mayor plan" (Our Region, Sept. 6): One who has been there must ask: exactly what do the advocates for a "strong" mayor want a mayor to do that he or she cannot do under the present system?
Re "The rich- and even richer- rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Your editorial hit the mark that too many millionaires in Congress can lead to skewed priorities and thinking, which won't build either a stronger middle class or a richer nation. This is one reason why we support the re-election of Dr. Ami Bera over Doug Ose in the 7th Congressional District race.
Re "Foodies pig out at Farm-to-Fork kickoff" (Our Region, Sept. 15) : After perusing the article about the pig roast on Sept. 14, it was apparent to me that Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney's B&L restaurant and others at the event hadn't viewed the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret." If they had, they'd be aware that raising animals for food is having a devastating effect on our planet.
Tax inversion has become rather popular these days. You know, the tactic of moving a company's headquarters abroad or joining forces with a foreign company to avoid the domestic tax rate?
Re "Obama's measured strategy against the Islamic State is the right approach" (Kansas City Star editorial, Sept. 12): President Obama is right about combating ISIS, but there is a failure to recognize the global reach of Islamic extremism. We are allying ourselves with despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia that impose Shariah law and beheadings routinely.
Re "Help the disabled by fixing ADA scams" (Editorial, Sept. 13): I compliment the board for tackling this sensitive subject. As the father of a son who has had to use a wheelchair for almost 15 years due to muscular dystrophy, I have mixed emotions on the issue.
Re "Trying to hit the brake on texting while driving" (Page A1, Sep. 15): Matt Richtel does an excellent job explaining the technical and legal issues with Scott Tibbits' Katasi device that would block texting while a vehicle is in motion. Such technical solutions should, of course, be investigated, but meanwhile let's use all of the tools at our disposal to help curb the dangerous practice.
Re "Chiang is best choice for state treasurer" (Endorsements, Sept. 15): The Bee considers Chiang as the best choice? Not a good choice but the best. If this doesn't show people that The Bee is no longer a relevant news source but an overpriced Penny Saver full of advertisements and reprints of other newspapers' articles, with an editorial board that will support any Democrat for office who can draw a breath, I don't know what will.
Re "Jordana Steinbergs story draws families attention to new childhood mood disorder" (Page A1, Sept. 13): Drug manufacturers stand to make millions, if not billions, off the newly described kids' mood malady, "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder," as they did off of the pills they sold to combat ADHD.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): Professor Paul F. Steinberg claims the campaign against increasing our gas tax is causing families anxiety and that while it may hurt, "our gas consumption is hurting even more."
The morning newspaper with my coffee is a longtime, enjoyable ritual before facing the day. However, pleasure is being outweighed by the growing irritation of fighting through pages of ads to unearth the columns of news.
Re "Pig Roast attracts 900 feasters" (Our Region, Sept. 15): It saddened me to see the photos of pigs being roasted at Raley Field. Apparently, 20 pigs were slaughtered so that people could eat them. There were a handful of animal rights protesters there to show their distaste.
Re "State poised to restrict groundwater pumping," (Page A1, Sept. 15): The Bee's article on proposed groundwater legislation did not mention that of the three bills sent to the governor, one (SB 1168) exempts most of Southern California from the controls that AB 1739 imposes on the rest of California. While the assembly bill addresses the issue of groundwater management and control, the two Senate bills are but pandering to Southern California by exempting them from the controls and costs of the proposed legislation.
Re "California's rich closed budget gap" (Capitol & California, Sept.14): Dan Walters tells us that the top income earners (the one per centers) paid twice the California income tax in 2012 than they did in 2010. While he did provide a figure for taxable income for that group for 2012, he neglected to cite a number for 2010.
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 "Amid dreck, some gems worthy of Brown's signature" (Editorial,Sept. 12): I am responding specifically to the statement of your editorial board which says that psychologists, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers are opposed to the bill (AB 2198, regarding training on suicide prevention) "because they don't like to be told what to do."
Re "Support for California death penalty slipping" (Capitol & California, Sept. 12): Have you carefully considered the death penalty? It does not only kill the executed; it kills something within each of us, something sacred and personal, our essences, our souls. The death penalty negates all the teachings of humanity and makes everyone in the state that performs the execution guilty of premeditated murder, premeditated by a juror of our peers.
Re "A careful approach on personal details" (Forum, Sept. 7): Agreed. The article on Jordana Steinberg and her family was respectful and sensitive, but where was the respect and sensitivity in the article on Debra Bowen six days later? It felt like I could have been reading the National Enquirer.
I live in a small town north of Sacramento in Colusa County where life is largely agrarian-based. I have written letters addressing many issues over the years. This latest issue almost has me in tears. I have learned that someone has accusing the Farmer's Rice Cooperative of misrepresentation.
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 "Water agencies..." (Capitol & California, Sept. 13): Since I do not have a pool or a lawn, I would imagine my water usage is considerably less than a pool owner. My concern is that we have learned recently that many upper crust individuals hold racist views which they inadvertently disclosed through social media to the world.
Re "Heads banging as fest begins" (Our Region, Sept. 14): Aside from its issues with the Save the American River Parkway Association, the county received noise complaints last year from South Natomas residents when the Aftershock concert was increased to two days and the racket started up again Sunday morning shortly after 9 a.m.
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 "With Peterson out, Vikings promote Banyard" (Sports, Sept. 13): Reading the Associated Press wire story, one question passed my mind: how come we never hear about domestic violence cases in the NHL, MLB or NBA?
Re "NFL rocked again by a charge" (Page A1, Sept. 13): This world is a mess. You take God out of the school and parents' rights away from the parent, and you wonder why our children grow up to be messy adults.
Re "ADA has failed to protect from lawsuit extortion" (Editorial, Sept. 13): The solution to this frustrating problem is really quite simple. The problem is not the Americans with Disabilities Act. The problem is California's private right of action.
Re "Judge gives Wright 3-month jail sentence" (Page A1, Sept. 13): Sen. Rod Wright has now been found guilty of eight felonies and sentence has been imposed, but surprise, surprise he still collects $8,000 a month from the taxpayers of California while he's in jail.
Re "NFL rocked again by a charge" (Page A1, Sept. 13): I was a student athlete when the anabolic steroid craze began. I avoided using them because I feared for my health. Many of my peers, however, saw it differently. Supposedly serious athletes would use any competitive edge they could get.
Re "Tesla factory loss, California's benefit" (SacBee.com, Sept. 13): Only a Democratic governor with his head in the sand would say that losing the Tesla Battery plant to Nevada, with its 20,000 jobs and a 100 billion dollar impact on Nevada's economy was a benefit to California, because it would put more electric cars on our highways.
Re "An easy fix for ADA abuses" (Editorial, Sept. 13): A statue that is vague and provides for private enforcement is guaranteed to be abused by predatory attorneys. This statute is a prime example. It requires that owners make reasonable accommodations for disabled people and leaves owners open to the charge that whatever they do is not reasonable. This is in addition to benign technical violations.
Re "Governor should reject groundwater legislation" (Viewpoints, Sept. 13): I am not surprised these two farmer participants in the Northern California Water Association would argue against the latest attempts by the state to regulate their water usage including their sales to Southern California of their excess. They claim their members are paying thousands to hire well drilling contractors. How sad.
Re "Casino workers notified of possible closure" (Nation/World, Sept. 12): People and Republicans are against unions fighting for their members. Here is a case where the unions will fight for employees' working conditions. Left up to the Republicans, employers and Trump, they would rather employees lose their health benefits and retirement hopes to champion the bottom line profits and line their own pockets.
Re "Governor should reject groundwater legislation," (Viewpoints, Sept. 13): The article about legislation on the governor's desk that would put state controls on ground and surface water is very informative.
Re "Where is tenant's responsibility" (Letters, Sept. 11): Letter writer Donna McCloskey listed a number of interesting questions regarding "Woman with kids battles eviction." Are the premises clean? What has she done to help herself? Where is her responsibility to her family? How old are her two kids? Indicting, I guess, that they might be able to get jobs. Does she have a job?
Re "Tax breaks make others suffer" (Business, Sept.12): It always amazes me when people want to justify denying tax breaks to a business that wants to locate in California.
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.
On Thursday, Sept. 11, I passed a terrible accident on El Camino near Mission. When I got home later, I asked my husband where Carol was and he said she was hit by a drunken driver. The accident was on El Camino in front of Skip's Kitchen.
Re "Firefighters and Black Chamber support of Measure L" (City Beat, Sept. 11): In politics, I like to see broad-based support for any changes that would be proposed for approval by the voters. If an issue can bring support from groups that are traditionally on opposite sides, I think that the issue has merit. I believe the latest announcement about the Black Chamber and Firefighter's union support for Measure L illustrates this perfectly.
Re "San Juan School District settles women's lawsuit for $3.2 million" (Page A1, Sept. 11): The San Juan Unified School District's three-plus million dollar lawsuit shows the need for teacher tenure laws. These administrators had no tenure and thus were subject to the arrogance of the superintendent.
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 Most athletes accused of abuse play on" (Sports, Sept. 12): As the NFL is a legal monopoly as far as the sport of American football goes, it seems they should also monopolize domestic abuse as well.
Re "Analysts doubt Islamic State threat to US" (Page A12, Sept. 11): U.S. intelligence agencies and other analysts are questioning whether ISIS is a really an immediate threat to the United States. History tells us religious wars, with killing of innocents, have gone on nonstop in the Middle East for the past thousand years or more and, after President Obama's current attempt to fix things, will likely go on for another thousand years.
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.
"Oops" is one of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's most famous responses. I never thought I'd hear that refrain from the White House.
Re "Fires plague American River Parkway this summer" (City Beat, Sept. 15): I have worked for the city fire department for over 20 years and can say for certain this is the worst fire season we have experienced in the American River Parkway. The sad truth is these fires could easily have been prevented.
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 "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.
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 "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.