Letters to the Editor

Opioids + Marijuana + Posey’s + Kevin de León + Devin Nunes

Opioid reality

Re “Letters: Legitimate opioid uses” (sacbee.com, Jan 23): I’m truly sorry for letter writer Glen L. Griffitts and especially his wife, who’s suffering needlessly due to restrictions on prescribing opioids. However, he surmises that doctors who refuse to give her pain medication fear possible inquiry by regulating officials. In fact, the California Medical Board will revoke the license of any physician who doesn’t comply with new guidelines. Ironically, in the early 2000s, this same board mandated that physicians complete a course aimed at reducing untreated pain. Needless to say, the makers of Norco and Oxycodone did little to sound the alarm. The new guidelines are a blunt instrument, driven in part by politics. They’ll leave people such as Mrs. Griffitts in pain, and do little to stem the tide of illegal fentanyl. Let’s hope the pendulum swings back to a more reasonable middle, with room for medication contracts and other tools proven to help people on chronic opioid medication. The rest of us, who live free of pain, should withhold judgment from those who do, and thank our lucky stars.

Nancy Zepf, Sacramento

Studying weed

Re “What are the benefits, risks of marijuana use? Experts are just finding out” (sacbee.com, Jan. 26): Claims that we just don’t know enough about cannabis fail to pass the smell test. A search on PubMed, the repository for peer-reviewed research, using the term “marijuana” yields more than 26,000 scientific papers. This is far greater than that which exists for most conventional pharmaceuticals. For nearly two decades, California has funded FDA-approved clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of cannabis in patient populations via the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. A review of its findings concludes: “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.” It’s time we let facts, not fiction, guide the cannabis debate.

Paul Armentano, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Vallejo

Boozy past

Re “Back then, Sacramento was fun-loving – and boozy. Remembering Posey’s and its owner” (Marcos Breton, Jan. 26): Marco Breton’s column yearning for a “more boozy” and “fun-loving” politics appeared the same day your paper reported that the state has paid out $25 million in sexual harassment settlements in the last three years. Nostalgia for a fun past is the province of men who miss that their half-remembered paradise was an experience in oppression for most other people. I’m sure Posey’s, where all that fun took place, was nice. And I don’t begrudge Breton his fond memories. But the last thing we need is a call for faux collegiality for the few. We should, instead, insist on empathy and equality for all.

Craig Segall, Sacramento

Kevin de León

Re “Kevin de León: Tony Mendoza proving he has ‘no decency’ ” (sacbee.com, Jan. 23): Certain elected officials turn to desperate measures to gain attention during election time. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is milking the allegations made in reference to Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. What de León doesn’t realize is that he is becoming infamous for the treatment of his former roommate and for a total lack of respect for the residents of the 32nd Senate District, where I am a constituent. His comments about my senator were discourteous and disrespectful. De León is trying desperately to get some damage control for his handling of this fiasco.

Sonia Martin-Solis, Norwalk

Kevin McCarthy

Re “Why California Republicans are paying Kevin McCarthy’s wife” (sacbee.com, Jan. 30): What was the point of this article except to arouse ire toward House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy? There is an insinuation that there is something underhanded going on here. I see a woman who fairly competed for a position and was hired. I guess you could say the Republican connection shows some favoritism, but a job requirement included being Republican, so many people were eligible. I doubt she introduced herself as Kevin McCarthy’s wife. Probably people getting a call from her wouldn’t make the connection. Many married people work in the same fields. It isn’t wrong.

Jan Jones, Roseville

Leonard Pitts

Re “Dear Democrats, you just don’t have a clue, do you?” (Leonard Pitts, Jan. 23): I never agree with Leonard Pitts but I still read his columns. I like to understand opposing positions. His recent, though, was over the top. He wrote “... if you woke the average GOP lawmaker up at 2 a.m. and asked what he believes, he would spout, as if on a recorded loop, the anti-tax, anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-black, anti-abortion creed ...” We Republicans favor low taxes, less government and are pro-life. But the broad paintbrush on the rest betrays gross prejudice. As a former GOP lawmaker, I find it extremely offensive. I shall no longer view Pitts as a worthy source for articulating opposing views.

Roger Niello, Fair Oaks

Devin Nunes

Re “Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump’s stooge, attacks FBI” (Editorials, Jan. 24): The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board calls “for everyone to stop hyperventilating ... and get to the truth” when the investigation concerns Donald Trump, but castigates Rep. Devin Nunes for wanting to release a memo that may show relevant facts leading up to that investigation. The FBI may not have been conducting an impartial investigation. Memo to the editorial board: Stop hyperventilating.

David Flaa, Elverta

Grammy awards

Re “White roses, Kesha offer rallying cry for women at Grammys” (sacbee.com, Jan. 28): My greatest concern for the sustainability of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements is their diminution through commercialization and politicization. The Grammy Awards exemplifies my concern. What could have been a showcase for the best in artistic and human expression was reduced instead to blatant pandering and frat-boy excesses. This could have been a perfect opportunity for the men who steer Grammy’s ship to show they’re capable of seeing beyond the glare of the lights. Instead, it was nothing more than a stark reminder that, for some, business-as-usual is good business.

Richard Bartlett, Fair Oaks

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