California Forum

Greedy chancellor, school vaccinations, high-speed rail

Can’t make do on six-figure salary?

Re “Under pressure, UCD chancellor quits for-profit school firm” (Page 1A, March 2): One would think that $424,360 per year would fully occupy UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s time to run the university. Apparently not, since she still had time to be a board member for a controversial for-profit school and collect a cool $70,000 annually plus a hefty stock package worth $100,000.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty should keep the focus on this issue until UC policies are put in place to prevent this kind of greedy behavior from occurring again.

Robert A. Dell'Agostino, Sacramento

Technology can track vaccinations

Re “Vaccination records plague school districts” (Local, Feb. 28): California specializes in technological advancements, so why can’t local school districts track how many of their students are fully vaccinated?

During my recent travels to Pakistan, I visited a mobile health company that works with health ministries in Asia to develop mobile technology solutions to improve their immunization programs, including a vaccination record keeping system for 45,000 children in Karachi.

Field health care providers, like our school nurses, can input data and manage records of their clients with smartphones. They can send automated text messages to parents and caregivers to inform them about timely immunizations or vaccination clinics. The app is considered a user-friendly interface that would reduce error rates and show ways to improve record-keeping and automation.

Can we also use mobile technology to efficiently and accurately collect and report data, perhaps by learning from other places?

Yumi Sera, Elk Grove

High-speed rail make sense

Re “High-speed rail detour is smart, if tricky politically” (Letters, Feb. 24): It’s time for high-speed rail that can relieve road congestion.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, annual time spent in traffic costs $140 billion in lost time and productivity. The cost will skyrocket with population growth.

High-speed rail will boost the economy via infrastructure investment. Environmental benefits are enormous. A study by the Center for Clean Air Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology concluded that building a nationwide network could mean 29 million fewer car trips and 500,000 fewer plane flights each year, saving 6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Nour Sultan, Albany

Stop fiddling and build this

I’m 76 years old. I’ll never get to ride high-speed rail, but I know that in 30 years when our freeways are essentially parking lots, high-speed rail will be the way to travel long distances.

Dan Walters’ myopic columns carp that people won’t use rail transportation. By the time this conveyance is completed, there will be a myriad of ways to access the terminals. With its own dedicated track, time and distances will shrink. Distant towns will be bedroom communities of the Bay Area and eventually, Southern California.

If we can continue to fund travel to the moon and Mars, and waste money on senseless wars, then we can surely find the funds to build high-speed rail. Let’s get on with it.

Roger Klaves, Paradise

Hatefulness is destroying the GOP

Re “Trump is last straw for GOP” (Viewpoints, Feb. 26): Ben Boychuk says the Republican Party resembles the Whig Party of 1850. The GOP’s deterioration was fueled by unrelenting hatred of the nation’s first black president.

Rush Limbaugh vowed to help make President Barack Obama a failure. Charles Krauthammer routinely condemns the president. Others like Michael Savage, Mark Levine and Sean Hannity spew their venom via talk radio.

Factor in the tea party and Republicans Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, who are in the process of destroying each other.

In short, this sheer hatred of Obama has destroyed the Republican Party that has been so determined to destroy him.

Bhima Rao Nagarajan, Elk Grove

Liars poker is a losing game

The Republican Party insiders made a deal with Trump, which he signed. Now they are behind closed doors dealing with the likes of Sheldon Adelson to discourage Trump voters. The Republican Party bows to the Koch brothers, not the want and needs of the American voters.

Wayne Ertl, Orangevale

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