Letters to the Editor

Goodwill Industries is not showing proper respect to workers

People line up at the Goodwill Outlet Store on Franklin Boulevard in Sacramento on May 13.
People line up at the Goodwill Outlet Store on Franklin Boulevard in Sacramento on May 13. The Sacramento Bee

Goodwill

Re “Goodwill employee expected sympathy after he saw co-worker crushed. But he was fired” (sacbee.com, June 12): Profit seems to be the motive of Sacramento Goodwill at the expense of employees who they marginalize by treating as expendable. You have lost sight of your stated mandate, if you purport to help the post-incarcerated population through employment opportunities and exploit them through lack of or poor safety policies which results in the death of an employee and possible injury of other employees. The proliferation of Goodwill sites in Sacramento raises questions as well. Reporter Marjie Lundstrom noted extremely high compensation for the CEO in a previous article. A charity doesn’t deserve my donations or business if it purports to focus on the under-served but refuses to make the workplace a model for safe employment in the community or offer fair wages to employees. What is the real motive of Goodwill? Demonizing an employee who only sought a safe work environment and exploiting his background against him is as low as it gets. Goodwill is not on moral high ground. It needs to fix its policies to reflect its stated mandate.

Karla LaZier, Sacramento

Bedbugs

My sympathy is for Goodwill employees. It appears that some companies, like some people, never change. In the late 1940s, my mother briefly worked for Goodwill. Goodwill fired her when she warned a customer away from purchasing a mattress currently in use by a bedbug.

Lillian Rammelkamp, Citrus Heights

Dental care

Re “She keeps her teeth in a box – evidence of a system that failed her” (sacbee.com, June 8) My organization, Advancing Justice-LA, advocates for increased access to health care, including dental coverage. We applaud California lawmakers for fully restoring critical adult dental benefits to Medi-Cal. Since 2009, Medi-Cal beneficiaries, who are among the poorest Californians, have gone without critical services, including dentures, root canals and gum treatments. This has led to tooth decay, unnecessary extractions, job loss and decreased quality of life for many elderly and poor. Communities of color face increased risk of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, which increases the risk of oral health problems. Good oral hygiene also helps stave off complications from serious chronic conditions and additional health burdens. Without timely and equitable access to oral health, many people are forced into more expensive emergency room visits for easily preventable conditions. We urge the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to ensure that the final state budget includes the necessary funding for these services.

Stewart Kwoh, Los Angeles

Anti-Muslim protest

Re “What people are saying about that anti-sharia protest in Roseville“ (Letters, June 12): The article left the inaccurate impression that sharia law is a clear and present danger in our community and that the groups protesting the ACT for America demonstration were fewer in number and commitment. The threat of sharia law is a faux threat promoted by those who traffic in faux news. The largest of the three groups present Saturday was on the Galleria corner of the intersection. Included in this coalition of local residents were several faith-based groups who came to support their Muslim community members and to uphold our common constitutional right to freedom of religion. The article neglected to mention the rise of hate crimes in the Roseville area, including the vandalism of a mosque in February. People of every political belief stood together on Saturday to counter the claims of those who came to preach hate and intolerance. That should be the headline of the day.

Barbara V. Smith, Auburn

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