Letters to the Editor

Listen to Harvey, but don’t be nice to Donald Trump

Highways around downtown Houston are empty as floodwaters from Harvey overflow the bayous around the city last week.
Highways around downtown Houston are empty as floodwaters from Harvey overflow the bayous around the city last week. AP

A wake-up call

Re “Think Harvey-like flooding couldn’t happen to Sacramento? Think again” (sacbee.com, Aug. 30): This is excellent for us to ponder. If complacency is your attitude, what’s happening in Texas should be a wake-up call. We must reach out to our legislators, both locally and nationally, and insist on climate change as a top priority. We also must insist a fee be placed on carbon pollution.

Billie Hamilton,

Sacramento

No compassion

Re “Letters to the Editor: Don’t be mean” (sacbee.com, Aug. 31): The plea for compassion for Donald Trump might be warranted if he had actually gotten his feet wet, met with or even mentioned one victim of Harvey. I thought Jack Ohman was quite generous in his cartoon. He didn’t show the number 45 on the hat Trump flaunted – available for $40 at his campaign store. Once again, the entire world saw that it’s “all about Trump,” nothing and no one else. Compassion? I don’t think so.

Peggy Beasley, Elk Grove

On drug prices

Re “In the fight to keep health care costs down, this bill would drive up drug costs,” (sacbee.com, Aug. 30): Finally, lawmakers are tackling the high price of prescription drugs. No wonder the industry is trying block it. Community pharmacies are often faced with “take it or leave it” contracts with pharmacy benefit managers to secure inclusion in their network. The contracts often restrict pharmacists from telling patients when cheaper drugs or copayments are available.

Clint Hopkins, Sacramento

The middlemen

Re “In the fight to keep health care costs down, this bill would drive up drug costs,” (sacbee.com, Aug. 30): Contrary to the claims of a Beltway consultant, pharmacy benefit managers, the mysterious middlemen of the industry, drive up costs. That’s why the Consumers Union, Health Access, California Medical Association and California Pharmacists Association back Assembly Bill 315 by Assemblyman Jim Wood. It provides transparency and should be approved.

Pierre Del Prato,

Sacramento

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