Re “After #MeToo, then what? We can’t hashtag our way out of sexual harassment” (Shawn Hubler, Oct. 22): I have to speak up about all the men who treated me with respect and encouragement when I was young and in the workforce. It’s horrible when harassment happens, and it needs to be stopped, but not all males are scum and the entire gender doesn’t need to be vilified. I was lucky to work for and with Gov. Pete Wilson, Bob White, Martin Wilson, Fred Beteta, Mike Villines, George Dunn, Bill Hauck, and others. Nearly every male I worked with in governor’s campaigns and administrations was professional. They treated me with respect and mentored me, helping me become who I am today. Yes, there may have been some inappropriate comments by a few rude men, but it wasn’t worth my time to acknowledge them. I never felt threatened or bullied or uncomfortable. I am grateful for the encouraging and supportive culture in the Wilson administration. I was honored to be a part of their team and work with these honorable and respectful men. I cannot say enough good things about them. I also see my husband, Jeff Randle, work daily with a mostly female staff at Randle Communications. He respects, encourages and supports them and would never make a woman feel threatened or harassed. And he is one of many, many good men I know who work in this city and in this country. Let’s hold the ones who crossed the line accountable and stop the harassment. But let’s also acknowledge the good and honorable men who work daily with women and have professional, courteous and encouraging relationships. #TheGoodOnes
Kellie Randle, Sacramento
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I agree that a hashtag isn’t enough to help stop sexual harassment. I have experienced this at school, work, and in society in general. We should consider that males have more dominance over women so it’s harder to break free of something so traditional. If women had equal power, men might not disrespect us so much. It also doesn’t help that the leader of the country has been accused of being a sex offender. That almost tells men it is OK, and that they can still achieve a lot even if they have done that.
Danyella Christine Nebreda, Sacramento
Re “Doctors said it was just a migraine – then a friend had to save my life. Here’s why suing is pointless” (California Forum, Oct. 29): Shawnda Westly’s commentary inappropriately attacks California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, which is important to preserve access to care for seniors, children and working families. The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act provides unlimited compensation for medical costs and lost income for injured patients. It also limits fees attorneys can collect. Californians voted overwhelmingly to uphold MICRA in 2014. At the Sacramento Native American Health Center, Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act protections provide thousands of Sacramento residents with access to health care to ensure individuals and families of every race and socioeconomic level receive much-needed services. While I sympathize with anyone who has experienced an unfavorable medical outcome, changing MICRA and decreasing access to care is not the answer.
Britta Guerrero, Sacramento
Re “Why laws against prostitution are unconstitutional” (California Forum, Oct. 29): UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky makes a thoughtful argument for why legislators should consider legalizing prostitution. However, his argument that laws outlawing prostitution are unconstitutional is mistaken. The government in Lawrence v. Texas could point to no harm that consensual homosexual sex created. The government limits many consensual activities that it finds harmful. The sale of organs is illegal. One cannot work for less than minimum wage. It strains credibility to think there is no logical reason for a ban on prostitution other than animus for the people who engage in that activity. Maybe Chemerinsky is right that legalizing prostitution would limit the most exploitation. Maybe he is wrong. This is a matter for debate in legislatures, not one for judges who have little experience in public health policy to adjudicate.
Zachary Cardin, Owings Mills, Md
Re “A shrunken Delta tunnels project? Decision time is upon California” (California Forum, Oct. 29): Jay Lund reminds the rest of us that conditions in the Delta continue to deteriorate. So why is anyone talking about removing any more water from nature’s carefully engineered river system? Physicians use the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to do no harm. In the case of the Delta, those who would treat and perhaps cure California’s water ills must follow the same rule. No tunnels.
Kathryn A. Klar, Richmond
Trump’s tax cuts
Re “When Trump talks big tax cuts, California’s middle class should check its wallets” (Editorials, Oct. 29): The U.S. tax code has become an obstacle to prosperity for families in California. Congress has an opportunity to provide tax relief for individuals, small businesses, and reduce cronyism. The complexity of the tax code and amount I pay forces me to spend more time on doing my own taxes. Giving it to someone else to do it for me takes more time and I still have to pay for the service. Congress should support a tax plan which provides individual and corporate tax relief, removes cronyism, encourage tax-free entrepreneurship, and removes double taxation on profits made abroad.
Michael Flynn, Folsom
Re “We need just one Republican to break the spell Trump has cast on so many GOP voters” (California Forum, Oct. 29): Writer Sasha Abramsky hit the nail on the head with his column about the lack of willingness of Republican leaders to call out Donald Trump. I heard Abramsky speak at the Bee Book Club last month and have read his amazing book, “Jumping at Shadows.” Written prior to Trump’s election in 2016, it evokes the fears Trump seems to promote: immigrants, Obama, liberals, Mexicans, Muslims, Democrats, and anyone who disagrees with him including war heroes such as John McCain or other Republicans who criticize him such as Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake.
Patricia Davis, Carmichael
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