Letters to the Editor

LETTERS Vaccines, equal pay, bullying and revenge, etc.

Robert Kennedy Jr. speaks to audience members at the Crest Theater in Sacramento on April 7, promoting the movie “Trace Amounts,” which challenges the safety and efficacy of vaccines for children.
Robert Kennedy Jr. speaks to audience members at the Crest Theater in Sacramento on April 7, promoting the movie “Trace Amounts,” which challenges the safety and efficacy of vaccines for children. rbenton@sacbee.com

Bar unvaccinated children

Re “Vaccines require civil debate” (Letters, April 10): The anti-vaccine concerned grandmother tells us that she and other anti-vaccine adherents are “informed” people. They are not. They are dangerously misinformed.

She tells us the anti-vaxxer’s concerns must be addressed. Those concerns can never be addressed as they are based on a firmly embedded paranoid belief in a nonexistent overreach of the public health system.

If the anti-vaxxers continue to insist, as they surely will, that their children shall continue to be used to spread deadly disease, then I, as a concerned grandfather, insist that their children be isolated, including barring their presence at school.

Seward L. Andrews, Sacramento

Herd mentality

Re “Vaccine fears divide L.A.” (Page A1, April 12): When it comes to the vaccine debate, two things must be clear. First, the new bill does not make it a crime not to vaccinate your child. It just states that parents who opt out cannot enroll their children in public schools. Second, those parents who choose not to vaccinate are relying on the herd mentality.

Scott Tramell, El Dorado Hills

Apology for citing ‘holocaust’

Re “Panel sides with science, passes vaccine measure” (Editorials, April 9): I want to apologize to all whom I offended by my use of the word “holocaust” to describe the autism epidemic. I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism which has now destroyed the lives of more than 20 million children and shattered their families. I am acutely aware of the profound power attached to that word and I will find other terms to describe the autism crisis in the future.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Deserving economic security

Today is Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes the time in 2015 when the average wages paid to American women catch up to the average wages paid to men in 2014. In California, women face an average pay gap of 18 cents, which translates into less money for feeding their families, paying off student loans and saving for retirement.

Several equal pay bills in the California Legislature would require employers to prove that pay disparity is based on a legitimate business reason not related to gender, or due to seniority, merit or productivity. These bills would also prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss or ask about salary information.

Tell your Assembly member and senator to support equal pay to eliminate the gender gap, and advance the economic security of women in California.

Sue Miller, Rocklin

California Public Policy chair, American Association

of University Women

Constant fight against bullying

Re “Transgender teen who spoke of bullying takes her own life” (Page A4, April 12): It is not news to any of us that children are teased and bullied on a daily basis because of their appearance. Those who do not conform become at risk for bullying or worse. I was pulled into this article because I am sickened at the Fallbrook Union High School District for not taking the necessary steps against bullying and committing to making a change for their students’ lives.

As a social worker, I want to help communities to start pushing for quality anti-bullying rallies, campaigns and restorative justice programs in hopes for further awareness across the state. Bullying is something that no one should ever have to suffer through, especially when we have the power to put an end to it, as we do now. Let us all join together in the fight against bullying and help save lives.

Lanetria Modique, Sacramento

Feeding on revenge

Re “‘Feeding frenzy’ in suspect’s beating” (Page A1, April 11): This beating event is certainly disturbing. After a three-hour pursuit of Francis Pusok, it seems the officers are bent on not allowing an easy arrest, even under the watchful eye of a news chopper.

Their training does not seem to kick in at all, but kicking seems to be the way to subdue Pusok, who had already given up. I suggest the training academies throughout the country, and let California lead the way, learn from our Special Ops in the military to keep training as an ever present guide when dealing with increasingly difficult situations. Training that is difficult and challenges the attitude to remain focused on the job and not on revenge and the rush of the moment. Tough training is the best way to leave officers without regrets at the end of the day.

Richard Connors, Sacramento

Sad plight of Big Pharma

Re “It’s a different marketplace” (Letters, April 13): I was saddened to hear of the plight of Big Pharma. Oh, woe. As usual, an out-of-control industry is whining that the government and its unreasonable regulations are at fault via the high cost of bringing a drug to market through the FDA’s unreasonable requirements.

One: A markup of more than 2,000 percent is not only unreasonable, but should be criminal. Two: The system as we know it came into being because of Big Pharma and the need to curb the wanton disregard for the safety and well-being of patients. Three: How do they manage to afford the salaries of all those salespeople? How many times have you sat in your doctor’s waiting room and watched these poor souls, disregarding their perfect attire, peddling their wares?

So, I really only have one thing to say to Big Pharma: Boo hoo.

Kenneth Moser, El Dorado Hills


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