Letters to the Editor

Liquor, dog killing, Congress, top-two primary, etc.

Doused with alcohol

Re “Licenses exceed liquor law” (Our Region, Feb. 22): Herein lies the ultimate negligence and arrogance of our elected leaders. Research studies have proven the number of alcohol outlets is an indicator of readily available alcohol and overall alcohol consumption. Research also confirms a high density of outlets corresponds with a proportional increase in alcohol-related violence, underage drinking, unprotected sex and drunken driving.

Elected officials are civil servants to the community, not dictators who can ignore the impacts of their decisions. Community mobilization is the only way to ensure we elect leaders who can create a vibrant neighborhood without dousing it with alcohol. I live in the Arden Arcade area and intend to make this issue, and other community wellness issues such as pre-K education, the focus of the next election for our county supervisor position.

Paul Nolfo, Sacramento

Dog’s death was murder

Re “Tips lead to arrest in dog burning” (Our Region, Feb. 21): First, thank you to those who caught this murderer. Yes, murderer. When will we start to tell the truth and call things as they are?

I was compelled to look up the definition of “malicious maiming” – to disable or disfigure usually by depriving of the use of a limb or bodily member. This would indicate the dog is still alive. She is not. She had absolutely no chance of fleeing. If charged with a lesser crime, the accused will no doubt be free very soon and in our neighborhoods to kill again.

Karen J. Fong, Sacramento

Blame Reid for Congress’ woes

Re “Dim view of Congress continues” (Capitol & California, Feb. 21): Really? Americans are already weighing in on the new Congress’ performance? They’ve hardly had time to get going. Yet comparing them to years of Sen. Harry Reid, who refused to even bring up hundreds of bills from the House for a vote, would be ridiculous. Reid was the reason things didn’t get done in Congress.

Will Carpentier, El Dorado Hills

Who is disenfranchised?

Re “Top-two primary a failure” (Letters, Feb. 21): A self-proclaimed liberal Democrat from Roseville says that he did not vote for an Assembly candidate in his conservative county because of a terrible “top-two” system and that he was disenfranchised. For clarification and by his own admission, he chose not to vote, and therefore was not disenfranchised or deprived.

When you consider the following I do not think his was such a bitter pill to swallow. In the 2012 presidential election, a number of Republicans in this very liberal state had the opportunity to vote for the conservative guy or the far-left incumbent. If you voted Mitt Romney for president, your vote did not matter because of the system we have in California. All 55 electoral votes from California went to the Democrat who may have received a majority of the popular vote, but not all of it. Please, explain how this nonsense computes. Who is disenfranchised now?

Greg Hutson, Gold River

City Hall is functioning fine

Re “Sacramento City Hall must reform how it does business” (Viewpoints, Feb. 19): During her tenure as mayor, Heather Fargo tried unsuccessfully to revitalize the business climate in downtown Sacramento. She got nowhere with a sports arena, the railyard and the K Street business district, for example.

Contrast her lack of success with Mayor Kevin Johnson’s string of accomplishments in revitalizing those same downtown areas. Like him or not, the mayor is bringing prosperity back to downtown. So why are League of Women Voters President Paula Lee and Eye on Sacramento President Craig Powell wanting to reform the way the mayor and the city do business?

Miguel Acosta, Sacramento

Time for serious lawmaking

Re “Bill would shield bikers from police discrimination (The Buzz, Feb. 18): It saddens me to realize that while we have so many pressing problems in California (balancing the budget, health care, education, pension reform, crime, prison overcrowding, etc.), our elected officials are spending time on sensitivity training for police relative to how motorcycle-riding “doctors, lawyers and plumbers” dress while riding

Considering we are paying Assembly members $95,000 a year, might I suggest that Assemblymen Ken Cooley and Katcho Achadjian re-evaluate their priorities and get to work on the real issues their constituents are paying them to solve. We expect to get our money’s worth.

James M. Schwedler, Folsom

Ugly mixing of old and new

Re “Hotel Marshall replacement plan is moving forward” (Our Region, Feb. 20): The plan to incorporate the facade of the old Marshall Hotel into a new 10-story Hyatt Place is a tragic mess. The artist’s rendering shows a cheap, clunky design with no character jammed next to a thin movie set left over from the old building. We can find better design work off any freeway interchange in Rancho Cordova. San Francisco has seen a number of examples of this type of effort in recent years, where a thin layer of old masonry has been left, in the name of preservation, as a mask over the base of a bleak and forgettable project.

While I normally applaud efforts to preserve history, not all old buildings are worth saving. The Marshall just isn’t all that special. Yes, it has its charm, but not enough to warrant this assault. Better a painless euthanasia than a soulless lobotomy.

Mark A. Meier, Carmichael

Big Oil must pitch in on climate

Re “Big Oil targets carbon limits” (Business, Feb. 20): The article underscores the fact that while the impacts of a changing climate are being experienced here in California and around the globe, corporations that profit from the burning of fossil fuel are still fighting much-needed pollution controls.

Unless responsible climate action is taken, we face a future that will be filled with increasing weather extremes that can lead to water and food shortages, more frequent catastrophic wildfires and increasing threats to our health, homes and livelihoods. Many in California will be hit hardest by these impacts.

The facts are clear and the science is settled. It’s time for all of us – including big energy companies – to take on global warming by working to cut pollution and secure sensible policies for climate change adaptation needed to secure a healthy future for our children and grandchildren.

John Friedrich, South Lake Tahoe


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