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.
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Peter Rodman, Sacramento
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
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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