Letters to the Editor

Letters: Let teenagers sleep

Veterinarian does good deed

Re “Homeless woman’s dog is ‘my everything’; she welcomes free veterinary care” (Page 1B, Nov. 6): Dr. James Reynolds is doing a wonderful job by volunteering his time and skills to care for the pets of homeless people.

Those pets are family members and cannot be left behind when housing is available and offered. It would behoove other vets to volunteer, too. There is no way that poor people can pay for vet services. Sacramento must make housing available for people with pets. One reason why many homeless remain so is because they won’t give up their dog or cat.

B.D. Miller, Sacramento

Don’t wake teens too early

Re “Kids not getting enough sleep? Start school later” (Dan Walters, Nov. 4): Starting school later could benefit all aspects of our teens’ lives. Moving high school start times closer to 8:30 a.m. has worked to improve academic learning, decrease tardiness and lessen rates of depression and anxiety.

The San Juan Unified School District Board is discussing this topic and has the power to improve student success by making a start-time change. The board should work with students’ natural sleep cycles. A well-rested teen is a healthier student.

Karen Vick, Sacramento

End daylight saving time

Who benefits from resetting our clocks twice a year, to daylight saving time and back to standard? It’s a nuisance, and it takes several days to adjust your sleeping routine. Can’t those who do benefit, if they do, simply adjust their routine and leave our clocks alone? It’s an irritant to the bulk of us.

Robert Daniels, Sutter Creek

Scourge of human trafficking

Re “Nonprofit has raised millions to help teen sex victims. Now it struggles to deliver.” (Page 1A, Nov. 6): As a physician involved in the care of adolescent victims of human trafficking, I am responding to the challenges faced by Courage Worldwide.

Sex trafficking of minors is a larger problem than most understand. In my experience, the organizations in this community, including Courage Worldwide, do amazing work and create a true difference in the lives of the victims they serve.

We should rise together to support these organizations and advocate for changes in the rules governing the care of these special victims. We should help them grow. Should the organizations and the people doing this incredibly difficult work fall victim themselves to insurmountable bureaucracy and criticism, who then will be left to care for our most vulnerable?

Ron Chambers, Sacramento

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