Keep up the work cops, civic groups
Re “Mentally ill black man subdued peacefully by police” (Page 1B, May 21): I am encouraged to know that because of informed community members and “officers willing to listen and de-escalate,” a person suffering from mental illness was peacefully transferred to a hospital. Vigilant community groups, such as Black Lives Matter, can make a positive difference by keeping us awake to the challenges of stigma and race. Thank you.
Gail Marie Erlandson,
Stop playing politics with kids
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Re “A reformer is about to take the reins at city schools” (Marcos Breton, May 21): As a district parent, I agree the arrival of Superintendent Jorge Aguilar is a breath of fresh air for Sacramento City Unified School District. I also agree that Jonathan Raymond was a transformational leader. But I have grown weary of Breton’s (and The Bee’s) habit of casting teachers and “zero sum” parents as villains. No reform will succeed without a leader who demonstrates respect for teachers, even when he disagrees with them. And no reform will succeed without leaders taking into account the desires of all parents. It’s long past time for Breton and The Bee to recognize this and stop playing politics with our kids.
Matt Mitchell, Sacramento
Sad to see garbage piling up on island
Re “38M pieces of trash washed up on island” (Page 1B, May 17): This report about trash pollution on otherwise uninhabited Henderson Island is so sad. We’ve seen identical scenes on beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and in Bali, Indonesia. Americans do their bit, too. If every person did a good deed every day by picking up just one piece of trash, what a better world it would be.
Harry Wyeth, Grass Valley
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