Jack Ohman

Drug prices, black lives, presidential candidates, recreational pot

The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune

Stop the rising costs of drugs

Re “We need protection from baseless drug price hikes” (Forum, Oct. 2): Rep. Doris Matsui made some important points in her article, but what she proposes does not go far enough. Big Pharma has proven itself to be interested more in profit than the public good. If drug companies are not willing to reduce their costs significantly, it may be time to nationalize the industry. Life-saving drugs should not be the purview of an industry that cares not whether patients live or die but is more interested in the almighty dollar.

Research of new drugs should be removed from drug companies and handed over to government labs and universities, many of which have already developed treatments and vaccines. Once a drug is approved it would be made available at a reasonable price. All profits would go to the lab or university that developed the drug.

This would encourage the development of drugs and treatment protocols for diseases and conditions that are currently given short shrift because of low profit thresholds. Nationalization is the only cure for the greed of the drug companies.

Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento

Where’s the help for black lives?

Re “Kaepernick, the unexpected leader, is finding his voice” (Forum, Erika D. Smith, Oct. 2): Yes, black lives matter. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to matter to each other. The loss of lives through gang activity continues. But what are the overpaid athletes and rap stars doing besides getting on their knees? Isn’t it time for more wealthy entertainment figures to help young gang members by becoming proactive? Why are there not more after-school programs to help keep teenagers off the streets?

The very young need more attention to help set them on the right path before the gangs take over; properly staffed preschools might be a start. These are just a few of things wealthy men and women could do for these communities.

Get up off your knees and take positive action. And for those of you doing the right thing, society thanks you. For those who are not, please give these ideas some thought.

Joanrae De Luchi,

Fair Oaks

Don’t try to manipulate voters

Re “The many reasons to support Clinton, not just stop Trump” (Endorsements, Oct. 2): Like many Americans, I do not believe any of the candidates are fit to be president. For all the reasons that The Bee’s editorial board expresses concern about Donald Trump, I share those concerns. The problem is that the board does not seem to understand or perhaps care that for a president to be a an effective leader they need to have the trust of the people they serve.

In Hillary Clinton’s case, her disregard of the truth makes her unfit. The endorsement suggests there are many reasons to support Clinton, and we should ignore her mistakes. It notes the use of her private email server as an example. What the editors do not seem to understand is that although the use of the server is troublesome, her dishonesty regarding its contents to all of us is the bigger issue.

It is time to just give readers all the facts. The American people are capable of making the right decision if they have the right information, and the editorial board needs to trust us and not try to manipulate us.

Gary Susnara, Rocklin

Unanswered questions of pot

Re “Parents should be wary of marijuana legalization” (Viewpoints, Oct. 2): Bravo, Sen. Dianne Feinstein. You are right on. However, other issues need to be addressed.

California has serious problems with water. Farmers can barely water their crops. Groundwater is being pumped continuously. Untainted drinking water is critical. We can’t even water our yards. How can one justify watering a toxic weed? What about our environment?

We can’t stop tobacco usage despite health warnings. Now, we add marijuana to the mix. Ingesting it as a food is even more ludicrous. It is a mind-altering drug. How is that going be detected when someone is driving under its influence?

These are serious problems. This proposition isn’t good for our state or our people. It’s absolutely about the money.

Regina Viani, Carmichael

Bond debt tied to driverless future

Re “Driverless cars propel us into an uncharted future” (Forum, Oct. 2): As John M. Hein noted, “We must rapidly build our expertise and knowledge to keep pace with developments” with regard to the driverless car future. Autonomous vehicles will radically change the way Americans do many things, including how we use open spaces such as parking lots and garages.

In Sacramento, we have 36 years of bond debt tied to future parking revenues – revenues which need to increase in order to fulfill obligations. Any deficit will result in a raid on our general fund dollars which pay for essential services like police, fire and parks.

We might not have been able to foresee this possibility when we were rushing to craft the entertainment and sports center deal, but we’re going to have to deal with it now whether we’re ready or not.

Isaac Gonzalez,

Sacramento

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