Free speech or no speech
“‘He should be fired’: Lawmaker’s resolution urges dismissal of UC Davis prof over cop comments” (sacbee.com, March 21): I bet if UC Davis English Professor Joshua Clover had said all gays, or African Americans, or Hispanics, or women, or liberals, or Muslims, or insert any group here, instead of cops should be killed, the university would somehow find a way to remove this professor. His speech is absolutely protected by the First Amendment, so he can’t be arrested. But that doesn’t dismiss the consequences of his words with regard to his employment, as he is a representative of the university and this reflects on the institution. The university needs to take a stand against any hate speech, or allow all hate speech. As a UC Davis alum, I hope they take a stand and remove Clover.
No legislation needed
“Doctors who sell vaccination exemptions endanger our kids. It’s time to crack down” (sacbee.com, March 24): Californians are justifiably angry about doctors selling needless medical vaccine exemptions. However, there is no need for the Legislature to act in this matter. The Medical Board of California has the authority to review the practices of physicians referred to it. It can suspend or revoke the licenses of doctors whose practice does not meet the standard of care, and refer cases to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution when warranted. I call upon those who identify doctors who are selling exemptions to refer them to the MBC and I implore the MBC to vigorously pursue these cases in the same way they pursue doctors selling opiate prescriptions.
Let them be
“California faces ‘doctor drought.’ Here’s a remedy to ensure health workers for all” (sacbee.com, March 23): The best way to address a shortage of physicians in California is to stop treating them like a natural resource owned and controlled by legislators and other politicians. Allow them to practice medicine as they think best. When we visit each of their offices, we do not need a state assembly member in the room.
Richard E. Ralston,
“Court case centers on Native American kids in foster care” (sacbee.com March 12): I think that this article poses a number of valid issues around the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). However, I feel that it is still an important piece of legislation. The Native American population in the United States has a long history of trauma at the hands of the United States government. In recent history, Native American children were taken from their homes and placed in boarding schools where many were beaten until they assimilated to the white U.S. culture. Many Native American individuals are still in the process of healing from this and several other traumas they have experienced. Therefore, I believe that the ICWA is a step in the right direction to provide protections for Native American individuals. While I recognize that argument that Matthew McGill is trying to make, I do not believe that the act should be overturned.
Put a helmet on
“How dangerous are electric scooters? Two deaths in California show the risks are real” (sacbee.com, March 20): Seeing senior citizens in my 55-year-old and up community riding all sorts of bikes, from casual to road style, without helmets, is scary. They even ride electric bikes without them. You never see well-experienced and conditioned riders without a helmet. Motorcyclists have been forced to wear them by law. Like those riders, I guess we’ll just have to wait until enough electric scooter victims are killed, putting a burden on health care, before the law changes. Can’t wait to hear the slippery slope anti-regulators come out against helmets (well-funded by the e-scooter lobby money).
Calling for resignations
“City of Lincoln’s stability ‘threatened’ by years of financial mismanagement, state audit says” (sacbee.com, March 21): Three of the five Lincoln City Council members were there when the fraudulent mismanagement of city funds happened, according to the state audit. Therefore, they violated the trust of the Lincoln citizens who elected them. These three should immediately step down from their elected positions. The interim city manager’s comments in the article demonstrated that she does not understand the seriousness of the situation. Since she was in the city government during the time these transgressions happened, she should also resign her position with the city. Lincoln should immediately hire a fiscally competent city manager to steer the city back to accountability.