Love and politics
My partner and I, both in our 70s and widowers, are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. He is a Republican who voted for Donal Trump, and I have been waiting for 50 years for a woman president. Needless to say, Nov. 8, 2016, was a low blow. I could not believe an ill-qualified bully could win and become president, thanks to the Electoral College, an 18th century invention, long past its due date. The nightmare began. I marched last weekend against Trump’s policies. My partner would have marched, too, with a Trump sign, but I discouraged that. Thankfully, I live in California where we value immigrants, education, health including the Affordable Care Act, and progressive ways. One would think my relationship has suffered, but we are in our 70s and can discuss most things like adults. Horrifying to think a friendship would dissolve on the basis of a difference of political opinion. As much as Trump’s policies mystify and worry me, I can wish these four years will fly by, and we will again come to our senses. My partner and I will still be OK.
Patricia Davis, Carmichael
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The controversy relating opioid caused deaths brings a beneficial public message. However, there is an unintended consequence for people who suffer intense chronic pain. My 78-year-old wife has complicated health issues. Physicians seem to be intimidated by the publicity and are reducing the level of opioid prescriptions even to patients nearing the end of lives. Doctors downgraded the level of medicine from six tabs per day to four per day. She must endure severe pain between doses of Norco. Doctors said it’s because of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s regulation. DEA officials deny it. Later, a pharmacy employee said it is a Medicare policy. I confirmed that is untrue. My wife cannot go to other health plans because we could find no doctor accepting patients on an opioid regimen. It seems doctors prefer to allow older patients to suffer agonizing pain rather than risk, what they believe, is a possible inquiry by regulatory officials.
Glen L. Griffitts, Roseville
Excuses never fly
Re “Think you’re healthy? You’re risking death by not doing this” (Editorials, Jan. 19): Even when the flu isn’t as deadly as it’s been this flu season, it is still important to get the flu shot and stay up to date with your vaccinations. Each vaccinated individual adds to the effectiveness of herd immunity, meaning they’re not only protecting themselves against disease, but also those who literally cannot be vaccinated, such as people with severe allergies to components in the vaccine or people with compromised immune systems. It’s never too late to get a flu shot.
Annika Masaki, Sacramento
On two recent trips to Sacramento City Hall as a pedestrian, I saw sidewalks littered by a slurry of bird droppings. In addition to off-putting, and unsightly, it was a possible health hazard. In the flu season, this hazard posses an additional risk to folks like me, the elderly. I don’t expect government to do everything for me but I do expect it to put on a reasonably clean and hazard-free face.
M.A. Figueroa, Sacramento
Re “The city is about to put J Street on a traffic- squeezing ‘road diet’” (sacbee.com, Jan. 22): Choking down a major roadway to accommodate bicyclists? Sacramento’s leaders have given me one more reason to avoid downtown. They even acknowledge this will create more of a traffic jam for commuters. J Street will be so backed up that drivers will avoid it and find alternate routes. This will negate one of the reasons for the change, which is to make drivers see more of the businesses. Also, the bicycle lane will be against the curb and the cars will be parked farther out in the street adjacent to the bike lane. Talk about a recipe for disaster. Bicyclists will not be safer. It’s been nice knowing you Sacramento, but bye.
Dave Putman, Citrus Heights
Re “Oroville Dam spillway built on crumbling rock, warned contractor that built it” (sacbee.com, Jan. 22): The California Department of Water Resources and Southern California water brokers ignored and concealed problems during construction of Oroville Dam to contain costs and speed completion of the project. The result: a near catastrophe for the citizens of Oroville. Now this same bunch is giving us assurances about the efficiency and environmental desirability of one or more mega-tunnels through the Delta. If we believe them this time, shame on us.
Carol Rubin, Newcastle
Protest, then vote
Re “‘Grab ’em by the midterms’: Sacramento Women’s March looks to November election” (sacbee.com, Jan. 21): People seem to keep forgetting that one of the simplest methods to influence change in their government is voting. Dianne Feinstein vs. Kevin de León may not be the year-and-a-half-long Ringling Bros. show that is the U.S. presidential election, but it’s important. Want change? Tell your reps that if they don’t vote for legislation based on your best interests and demands, they can expect to be unseated next term. Let’s start making this system work for us like it’s supposed to.
Grace Clark, Sacramento
Not my senators
California found out its citizens have no representation in the U.S. Senate. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted to continue the shutdown of the federal government, placing illegal immigrants above citizens of the United States. If they would have prevailed, it would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. When are we, the people, going to get something from our dysfunctional senators other than declining schools, increased crime, congested freeways, crowded prisons, and higher medical and utility costs?
Richard Malsbary, La Mesa
Re “Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announces he will run for third term” (sacbee.com, Jan. 16): The only good thing about allowing Sheriff Scott Jones to “unretire” is that he could then be allowed to “re-retire.” It’s time for a competent, no-agenda person to fill this position – not a shill for the NRA who wants to allow even more weapons with concealed-carry permits.
Patrick McDermott, Sacramento