Letters to the Editor

Parking, restrooms, construction jobs, tax returns, hunters

Residential permit parking in midtown is changing.
Residential permit parking in midtown is changing. RBenton@sacbee.com

Why residential parking changes?

Re “Free evening parking is over” (Page 1A, Sept. 1): One aspect of the new parking changes because of the arena that has not been mentioned is the residential parking permit program.

Much to my surprise, permit parking at 27th and N streets has been changed. Previously, the permit hours were from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Now, the permit time extends to 10 p.m. Does the city parking department really think that arena-goers are going to be extending to the outer edges of midtown? Would it not have made more sense to leave any prospective changes up to the residents, as parking needs change? Or, could it be an attempt to increase parking revenues?

Joan Bach, Sacramento

Gold Rush Days had few restrooms

My family and I attended Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days over the weekend, as we have so many other years. When my 5-year-old granddaughter needed to use the restroom, I was appalled to find two facilities near the railroad tracks closed to the public. Ten minutes later, someone at one of the information booths pointed to a facility nearly hidden behind a wooden fence. There was a long line for three toilets, one of which was backed up and wouldn’t flush.

It is unacceptable and unconscionable that a city asks its citizens to participate in and support its events but makes no effort to provide basic and decent accommodations. Depriving families with children of decent restroom availability is deplorable.

My hope is that, with all the various offerings of events, both paid and free, restroom facilities will be a topic in future planning.

Sondra Olson, Davis

Filling the gap in construction jobs

Re “Contractors see shortage of plumbers, electricians” (Page 4A, Sept. 4): The article correctly identifies the substantial shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. There are currently 203,000 unfilled jobs in the residential construction sector and the continued graying of the existing workforce is outstripping the number of incoming replacements.

The proposed solution of temporarily loosening restrictions on migrants and easing legalization requirements for entry to the U.S. is absolutely the wrong answer. Any such misguided proposal, at best, is a temporary answer to a permanent problem. The solution is to recognize the large population of underserved and at-risk youths who graduate from secondary schools with no pathway or interest in further education. They want jobs. We need to connect with these youths through vocational training in our schools or by industry-based nonprofits and associations.

Such training programs today are only restrained in the number of workers they can produce by the lack of public-private funding.

John Courson,

Rancho Murieta

No need to see tax returns

It is ridiculous to require political candidates to release their personal tax returns. This information is confidential and of no concern to the public. If a candidate is financially crooked, you can bet that fact wouldn’t turn up in a tax return. In any case, how much federal taxes a candidate pays has nothing to do with his or her ability to do the job.

Leonard R. Cook,

West Sacramento

Blanket criticism of hunters unfair

Re “Dove hunters, stop trespassing” (Letters, Sept. 5): L. Medeiros makes hunters out to be beer-swilling law-breakers that indiscriminately shoot where people work and/or live. I see no alcohol with the careful hunters crowding the small amount of public lands open to hunting.

That blanket tarring of hunters would be unacceptable if applied to other groups.

Paul Chollet, Auburn

Health care prices keep going up

Re “Bad news for Obamacare haters” (The numbers crunch, Sept. 3): What Foon Rhee fails to point out is that premiums have gone up every year, with another price hike coming in November.

Doug Hinchey, Lincoln

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