The Standard option
“Californians voted for year-round daylight saving. Could this be our last spring forward?” (sacbee.com, March 08): Californians, including myself, voted to end Daylight Saving Time, not to keep it. The Delta breeze is one of the best things about Sacramento, and it doesn’t switch time zones. It comes in about 6:30 p.m. Standard Time, which is ideal. People are home, perhaps cooking out or sitting in the cool evening. But with DST it’s 7:30, which is time to be in, settling down for the night. All DST does is put us outdoors in the heat because the 5:00 p.m. traffic is really happening at 4:00 p.m. in the heat of the day. Let’s keep Standard Time and expand our evenings.
Who’s in charge?
“What’s up, chief? How don’t you know why Sac PD made a mess on our streets?” (sacbee.com, March 07): Where was Chief Daniel Hahn on Monday, March 4? I agree with comments made by Marcos Bretón regarding the demonstration in East Sacramento on that night. During the event, riot police were deployed and at one point officers ordered demonstrators to disperse - while blocking any exits they could use for leaving. So, who put in these orders if Chief Hahn didn’t?
Eyes on the road
“These California drivers are still on cell phones, despite state’s get-tough law” (sacbee.com, Jan. 27): When I was 16 in 1992, a drunken driver hit me and I was seriously injured. My gait, hearing and speech are damaged. Law enforcement has expressed the danger of drinking and driving to teenagers for years. Now, it is not unusual to see them driving with a cell phone. Texting when driving reduces your driving abilities down to that of a drunken driver. Drunken drivers weave lanes, speed through red lights and do not signal when turning, just like a driver using a cell phone would do. Tony Bizjak’s article stated that California bans “any hand-held use at all of cell phones.” April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Ditch the phone!
A broken relationship
“Stephon Clark’s death didn’t produce criminal charges. But it could change California law.” (sacbee.com, March 06): Throughout much of history, reasonable force has been the law of the land.The rationale is obvious: No one else stands in the shoes of police, sees what they see or feels what they feel. But it has led to impunity and mistrust so deep that people will not cooperate with law enforcement or call on them to address problems when they should.
The gap grows
“As budget deficit balloons, few in Washington seem to care” (sacbee.com, March 10): President Donald Trump joined with Republicans in adopting the myth that tax reductions pay for themselves. By plotting to reward the wealthiest in America, he said nothing about the reductions exploding our deficits for the foreseeable future and the unfair burden he places on taxpayers to repay our treasury. Trump further separates the wealthiest from those below and expands the ranks of the poorest. Another failed promise.
Out of sight...
“How to solve homelessness in our community? It starts in this empty RT parking lot” (sacbee.com, March 03): Councilman Jay Schenirer’s proposal to put a homeless shelter at the light rail station parking lot on Florin Road is extremely cynical. The proposed homeless shelter will be physically adjacent to Luther Burbank High School and Councilman Larry Carr’s district. That location is as far from his constituents and his neighborhood as he can get while still being within his council district. Can you imagine the outcry if he proposed putting a homeless shelter adjacent to West Campus or McClatchy High School?
Guardians, not destroyers
“US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it’s premature” (sacbee.com, March 06): I grew up watching wildlife shows, and now watching them with my children, I was shocked to learn that 60 percent of wildlife across the planet is gone due to human activity. As a keystone species, wolves are vital to healthy wild grazing populations and ecosystems. We need to learn to become caretakers of this planet if our children and grandchildren are to have a healthy future.
“Some see 84 arrests from march as attempt to protect affluent East Sacramento” (The Sacramento Bee, page 1A, March 07): If 150 people marched down the street of my residential neighborhood, yelling insults and threats and keying cars, I would certainly want the police to intervene so I wouldn’t have to. And where was their permit to march down city streets, blocking traffic? The Constitution protects the right to peaceably assemble to protest the government, not to disrupt a residential street to protest the neighborhood.
“Sheriff in Fresno must withhold cop records under ruling” (The Sacramento Bee, page 3A, March 10): Senate Bill 1421 is about disclosing records of police misconduct. The California State Sheriff’s Association is vehemently opposing SB 1421, claiming that they’ve “never seen a bill that goes backward on something.” Their objection is that the bill is retroactive. That’s funny because the Sheriff’s Association just loves the 1999 SB 400 that granted them massive retroactive pension increases. They didn’t file any lawsuits against that bill being retroactive. Why now? I guess that their memory is short.