Letters to the Editor

Concealed guns, drug prices, anti-Semitism, water, etc.

Assemblyman Adam Gray’s Assembly Bill 1154 would hide much of the information on file about who gets concealed weapons permits.
Assemblyman Adam Gray’s Assembly Bill 1154 would hide much of the information on file about who gets concealed weapons permits. The Associated Press

What makes us safer?

Re “Keep sensitive gun info secret” (Letters, April 23): Letter writer Michael Miro refers to what he called a “well known phrase,” to wit; “Society is safer when criminals don’t know who’s armed.” Just for the fun of it, I Googled the phrase to see how well known it is. The first item that popped up was a paranoia infused screed telling people to arm themselves “legally or otherwise.”

I’m afraid I disagree with Miro. Society is safer when rational citizens who choose not to live in a perpetual state of fear can identify those who do, and know which of those people are armed.

D. Mark Wilson, Sacramento

AB 1154 is good public policy

Re “Concealed carry info shouldn’t be hidden” (Editorials, April 21): Contrary to The Sacramento Bee editorial board’s assertion, Assembly Bill 1154 is good public policy. The Public Records Act may be sacrosanct in the news industry, but it should not be used to infringe upon the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

Concealed carry weapon holders are, by definition, law-abiding citizens. The permit process assures this. Law-abiding citizens should reasonably expect that their privacy will be protected. AB 1154 corrects a deficiency in the current law by providing such protection.

The general public doesn’t need to know permit holders’ addresses and phone numbers. Neither do investigative journalists. Irregularities in the permit process can be analyzed without this information.

As to the question, “If the father of your kid’s friend was driving around with a gun … wouldn’t you want to know?” Please. Parents don’t submit public records requests before deciding who may drive their kids to school.

Renee Jolivette, Grass Valley

Legislation missed the mark

Re “We need to know more about drug prices” (Another View, April 21): Assembly Bill 463 imposes burdensome, duplicative and costly new reporting requirements while providing an inaccurate portrayal of the cost of developing new medicines.

Retail prescription medicines have consistently accounted for just 10 percent of U.S. health care spending, even though biopharmaceutical companies have developed more than 500 new medicines in the past 15 years. It is important to remember that treatment advances are also helping to control health care spending, because greater patient access to prescriptions means fewer doctor visits, fewer hospital stays and a decrease in costly medical procedures.

We need to work together to enact policies that ensure consumers know what is covered by their health care plan and how much they have to pay out of pocket for their care. This is the kind of transparency that will improve our health care system and help patients.

Merrill Jacobs, Sacramento

vice president, State Government Affairs, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Criticism is anti-Semitism

Re “Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitism” (Another View, April 17): Criticizing Israel is one of the ugliest forms of anti-Semitism when it singles out Israel, uses double or no standards, and delegitimizes and demonizes Israel. Muslims and Christians, whether Palestinian or otherwise, have more rights in Israel than in any Arab and Muslim country in the Middle East.

I strongly believe that those who claim to advocate for Palestinians are doing more disservice than good, by creating a harsher and more hostile environment between the parties, thereby making it harder to form a second Palestinian/Arab state, living in peace, along with a secure state of Israel.

Ezra Amir, Sacramento

Water down the drain

Re “Water agencies decry state’s drought plan” (Page A1, April 23): Residents of Sacramento should be aware that the water going down their drains, whether in the shower or gutter runoff, is sent through the city filtration plant and back into the Sacramento River. It is not wasted as many people, including the political appointees of Gov. Jerry Brown, would have citizens believe. Don’t take my word for it, call the city of Sacramento and confirm it for yourselves.

Dennis Smith, Sacramento

Time to step up

It’s time to rethink almost every way we use our water. It is imperative that each person, regardless of means, starts treating water like the irreplaceable resource it is. Do your part.

Louie C. Kroll, Rancho Cordova

Salute to law enforcement

My husband became the subject of a missing persons’ “Silver Alert” on the morning of April 16 and was found in the afternoon of the following day. He had driven hundreds of miles. Thank goodness he was safe and unscathed due to a good Samaritan. The law enforcement officers assigned to the case demonstrated such empathy and compassion.

I was checked on several times by the Sacramento Police Department to make sure that my immediate needs were met. The Salinas CHP treated my husband with dignity, respect and understanding.

The public needs to acknowledge that our public servants demonstrate comfort and professionalism in the line of duty. It is with heartfelt gratitude that I say thank you.

Claire Clem, Sacramento

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