Letters to the Editor

Letters: Money can’t solve homelessness + Wine country fire + George W. Bush

Throwing money

Re “The buck doesn’t stop with bureaucrats. Here’s who is to blame for homelessness in Sacramento” (Editorials, Oct. 24): In 2005, my wife and I moved to midtown Sacramento beginning a zealous period of providing private transitional room and board for people having a hard time, and needing a place to live while getting their lives in order. For the next couple years, several people, best described as homeless or bordering on homelessness, lived with us. We charged no rent but expected them to get their lives in order and become productive members of society, capable of living on their own. Despite our encouragement and help, few rose to the occasion. We learned that many like the freedom homelessness offers, but will accept assistance from others provided the rules accompanying it aren’t too demanding. Sacramento must be mindful of this before throwing big money at its homeless problem. Money can’t solve some problems.

Edward Joseph Pierini, Jr., Sacramento

New homeless

Thousands of families have been victims of the recent series of wild fires. Now they will become victims of their insurance companies, mortgage holders, government agencies, and regulators. It will all happen in relative secrecy, and away from the glare of publicity as was the case in the mortgage melt-down 10 years ago. Liens will be filed. Foreclosures and bankruptcies will spike, creating a new group of permanent homeless.

Jack Edwards, Folsom

George W. Bush

Re “George W. Bush spoke the truth. So why did Steve Bannon have a problem with that?” (Viewpoints, Oct. 24): While I believe Donald Trump will be the worst president in modern history, I think George W. Bush still has that title. Trump's words and actions have not lead to the death of thousands, yet. Bush's words about the “axis of evil” led to the invasion of Iraq and put North Korea into a race to build a bomb or suffer the same fate. Bush’s actions changed the way we are viewed by the world. The best thing that came from Bush's presidency was making America receptive to Obama.

Doug Haight, Fair Oaks

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