Letters to the Editor

Plastic bags, Natomas, arena, etc.

Let us vote on bag ban

Re “With state ban on hold, locals must fight plastic bags” (Editorials, Feb. 25): Why are plastic bags so important that they must be banned? Ban proponents denounce the manufacturers like they are some evil entity, but their claims are hollow. I have not seen the scourge of plastic bags on the landscape around here, and some recyclers handle them just fine.

It is actually to force people to “reusable” bags by banning plastic and charging for any other type of single-use bag. Is it “a small inconvenience” to buy and carry a dozen canvas bags whenever one goes to the supermarket and have to wash them to keep them clean? Indeed, why should there be any inconvenience?

The proponents are against the right of the people to vote on the ban. What are they afraid of? Let the people vote on how they want to live, not the politicians.

Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

Stand up to politicians

I was elated to see the many people, via referendum, questioning the controlling liberal politicians who wanted to slam yet another law through the system without input from the voting public – much to the dismay of The Bee’s editorial board and the California Grocers Association.

Don’t you people believe in the vote? Frankly, I don’t care where the money came from to put this issue on the ballot. The important thing is that it will be on the ballot for people to decide something that will affect a very real part of their everyday way of life.

Tom Buck, Gold River

Plastic bags are reusable

I like plastic bags. Yes, they do blow around, but I’ll bet that their energy footprint is less than hauling tons of paper bags from the factory to the grocery store and tons of used paper bags back to the paper factory.

Besides, they are reusable. Just take them back to the store with you for your next purchases. They store easily under the seat of your car and you are less likely to forget them.

Patrick Tobin, Nevada City

Why not keep old arena?

Re “Kings, city can’t neglect Natomas” (Editorials, Feb. 26): Why this huge rush to replace Sleep Train Arena with some other alternative use, one we can’t even decide on without considerably more discussion? Isn’t Sacramento a big enough town to support more than one sports/entertainment arena?

Though it may no longer pass muster to meet the NBA’s ever more demanding “gold standard,” Sleep Train could, with a relatively modest makeover, still serve well as a secondary venue for numerous local events such as high school or small college sports, concerts, conventions or exhibitions.

A minor-league hockey franchise is another possibility, like the popular one in Stockton. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, I attended a hockey game at a smaller suburban arena, while the big arena downtown hosted a more glamorous figure skating event.

But maybe yet another shopping mall might be more in keeping with our local style? Maybe we’re just not a “world-class” city, after all.

Roger Monty, Sacramento

Use arena land for medical school

I would propose a combination of current suggestions. A University of California medical school campus, plus a full-service modern teaching hospital. UC Davis medical school would move to this new campus, and its current facilities would be restructured as community medical clinics. Also, a Kaiser Permanente medical clinic should be built to serve Kaiser members in the surrounding areas.

The Natomas basin will soon be cleared for building houses and other structures. Additional schools are already being planned for the expected influx of residents. Moreover, there are already a number of senior communities in and around the Natomas area, and more will be built or expanded.

Needless to say, a plan such as this would greatly stimulate economic development in the form of businesses and services in North Natomas and Rio Linda.

Leonard Lipps, Sacramento

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