Letters to the Editor

Women don’t belong in combat

Latonia Randle, 48, packs up her belongings early in the morning after spending the night with her husband in their tent on the west side of the Sacramento County courthouse in April. Homeless people have been camping overnight for months at the courthouse, enticed by its relative safety, security and proximity to services. But court leaders and law enforcement, frustrated by their numbers, security issues and costs of cleanup, are looking to state judicial officials for answers.
Latonia Randle, 48, packs up her belongings early in the morning after spending the night with her husband in their tent on the west side of the Sacramento County courthouse in April. Homeless people have been camping overnight for months at the courthouse, enticed by its relative safety, security and proximity to services. But court leaders and law enforcement, frustrated by their numbers, security issues and costs of cleanup, are looking to state judicial officials for answers. rpench@sacbee.com

Homeless shelters

Re “It takes two hours each morning to clean up after homeless campers at this courthouse” (sacbee.com, May 26) I've noticed the only useful government-funded shelters for the homeless have been accidental. Like the courthouse with its elevation and overhangs, structures are built that end up being more helpful to the down-and-out.

The most useful homeless project has to be the W-X elevated freeway. Faces change but the shelter is always there, dry in a rainstorm.

We need to open public bathrooms and clean them daily. City of Trees? Sure. Farm-to-Fork Capital? Whatever that means. But be careful lest someone climb the water tower and paint the truth: No place to poop here.

Peter Rodman, Sacramento

Food stamps

Re “What Trump food stamp cuts mean for California” (sacbee.com, May 25): There have not been food "stamps" for 17 years. So no one could possibly be walking around with envelopes of food stamps. Maybe those are discount coupons. Good for them. The program is now run electronically. And there are regular reviews of the program to protect against fraud. If you see evidence of fraud, please contact your county Department of Social Service.

Rita Saenz, Sacramento

Women in combat

Re “An Army leader told her women didn’t belong in combat units. That only made her try harder” (sacbee.com, May 26): Guess I’m old school. It’s great that women are breaking work glass ceilings and barriers everywhere. I would like to see the Catholic Church allow women priests. But I draw the line on sending women warriors into battle. Too many bad things can happen to them, if captured, that wouldn’t happen to a man. Military, let’s take a step back on that bad decision.

John West, Sacramento

Drug prices

Re “Your drug costs might drop if lawmakers can agree on why they’re so high” (sacbee.com, May 28): A start to curb soaring drug prices would be a ban on all advertising. But more likely this would go directly to their bottom line.

Don Anderson, Folsom

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