No surprises here
“Nepotism investigation finds state executive got her daughter a job, undermined audit” (sacbee.com, March 26): No big surprise nepotism was found in a California government agency. Is this any different than the admissions scandal that broke a week ago? If you work for the right government agency you can bend the rules to benefit a family member, your retirement, or your reelection. Let’s see if the person or persons at fault will be charged like the parents who disingenuously gave their kids an advantage.
“Gov. Newsom promised courage in scrapping fossil fuels. Will he keep his pledge?” (sacbee.com, March 24): Killing oil extraction in California will not materially change the air quality in the communities they claim to serve. But it will create the additional climate cost associated with the importation of oil on tankers from foreign countries that do not adhere to the strict labor, environmental and safety laws that we work with in California. A ban on local extraction will also kill tens of thousands of good, local, middle class jobs. Alexandra Nagy might idealistically think that if we ban oil extraction in California it means that Californians will no longer need oil, but this is simply not realistic. California leads the nation in green energy, but trying to fear monger our governor into acting rashly is irresponsible and dangerous for anyone who claims to care about California’s working families.
International VP of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Secretary Treasurer of the State Building and Construction Trades Council
Take care of yourself
“California faces ‘doctor drought.’ Here’s a remedy to ensure health workers for all” (sacbee.com, March 23): Educating more providers as suggested by the commission will not solve the problem. There are simply too many sick people. Many conditions are expensive to treat and much of this could be eliminated through lifestyle modification, especially a reduction in animal protein and processed food consumption. To solve our health care problem, we need to start looking at the demand rather than the supply, decreasing the number needing care rather than increasing the number providing care. It will cost less to keep people healthy than to fix them, and with all the savings, we can then provide health care for all.
An American motivation
“ ‘A Night of Hope & Healing’: Sacramento’s response to the Christchurch mass shooting” (sacbee.com, March 23): This forum failed to cover that the United State’s military has killed far more Muslims in the world than a gunman did in New Zealand. Soldiers who bombed and shot Muslims in their and are considered “heroes” who killed “terrorists,” even though many Muslims also killed by America’s invading forces were likely innocent bystanders. Then the mainstream media acts confused as to why a resident of New Zealand who visited America got the idea that it would be good thing to kill Muslims. It doesn’t seem to bother America’s Christians at all that Muslims get sent to their deaths without having received Jesus. The wars that the U.S. has waged on Muslim countries cost billions of dollars. Establishing “peaceful” relations instead of killing them for politics around oil and Israel would have cost the U.S far less money.
We’re human beings
“A week after worker strike, UC Davis hospital residents and interns seek to join labor union” (sacbee.com March 26): I congratulate the UC Davis residents seeking to unionize for their bravery. As a resident physician in Sacramento, I work 28 hour shifts with no sleep. I go entire days without eating or using the restroom because patient care comes first. I keep working despite being so tired that I slur my words and feeling unsure in making medical decisions. I get angry knowing that if someone in my condition were caring for my loved one, I would be outraged. Resident unions are not simply asking for perks or extra pay. Residents are asking to be treated like human beings. We can provide compassionate care for patients, but when we are burned out and abused, we function like robots. Our patients deserve better.
Free mental health services
“Stephon Clark lived and died in Meadowview. A year later, has the neighborhood changed?” (sacbee.com, March 17): Although the community of Meadowview may appear the same, there are several people that are forever impacted. When traumatic experiences occur, there are many lives directly and indirectly affected. It is imperative that Sacramento County makes free mental health services a priority. When a situation unfolds, it is uncommon for people to receive counseling right away. It is a long process to make an appointment, make sure your insurance covers the cost and start attending. This leaves many people dismissing it all together. Similar to the Red Cross, when When an experience burdens our community, Sacramento should provide free mental health services in close proximity to the occurrence. This would provide the community with an opportunity to process their emotions and receive the crucial assistance they need. Free mental health services will show Sacramento residents that they are important and that their well-being matters.
I’ll even donate
“Deal with it: Our homeless problem will surely persist if we don’t do anything” (sacbee.com, March 24): Marcos Bretón points out the obvious: The homeless problem will persist if we don’t do anything. Building 100 tiny homes a year solves neither homelessness nor, more urgently, the homeless problem which revolves around allowing nearly 4,000 people to live in deplorable conditions. Typically, in places they should not be. The American River Parkway is a glaring example. We need firmly to say “No” and get them to places where they can legally set up camp and access services. I’ll donate a new tent, sleeping bag, and cot to the cause, but the county must provide the spaces. Visit Oakland to see what happens when we do nothing. Solve the problem first, then work on homelessness.
“Is it already time to expand Sacramento International Airport?” (sacbee.com, March 25): In the last 20 years, I’ve taken Bay Area Rapid Transit to the SFO international terminals for trips to Europe and Asia. Traveling from Sacramento to the Bay Area by Amtrak and connecting to BART,even with a bicycle container on several trips, was convenient and hassle free. If full Sacramento International parking lots, car ride sharing traffic jams.and car-rental area overcrowding have problems now, how will congestion be relieved without the extension of Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail to the airport? With record-setting passenger growth at an airport that is running out of room, why is that not a priority ?
Obstructing the truth
“Democrats ask for full Mueller files;‘Move on,’ GOP says” (The Sacramento Bee, section 1A March 26): The GOP says it wants the Democrats to move on? How can they? Here we have a hand-picked attorney general who has already written that the investigation was a witch hunt before he gave a short “note” saying he has decided that Donald Trump is innocent of all charges, without any backup from the investigation. The GOP has tried to stop the investigation from the very beginning. We might find out that the GOP and AG have obstructed justice, Now its allowing Trump to act like a dictator by waging a war on his political enemies. They have turned a blind eye to the truth and law.
Time to move on
“Democrats ask for full Mueller files;‘Move on,’ GOP says”(The Sacramento Bee, section 1A March 26): As a taxpayer I am incensed, and as a citizen of the United States I am appalled. I see an investigation of Robert Mueller’s investigation is being proposed. Congress has spent enough time and money doing activities unrelated to performing the jobs they were elected to perform. There are more important issues – health care, drug prices, immigration reform, homelessness, unemployment, jobs and a wealth of others – that should be solved. When will they decide enough is enough and recognize that the Democrats lost the election? Trump is your president as long as you remain a citizen of this country. If you aren’t happy with that result, perhaps you should go elsewhere. Meanwhile, you have other work to do. Get on with it.
It’s still not normal
“Mueller report makes a normal election possible in 2020”(The Sacramento Bee, section 8A, March 26): George F. Will’s statement that the yet unsettled end of the Mueller probe could usher in a “ normal presidential election in 2020” is more delusional than any Democratic campaign promise. Normal will never define Donald Trump’s behavior and irreversibly debased character. He’s fueled by vitriol and lies serving his own ends.That the evidence Robert Mueller gathered was insufficient to criminally prosecute does not mean it didn’t point to impeachable offenses or possibly deny him a second term. Our knowledge of the report’s content has been through a few pages reduced to politically filtered generalizations by attorney general William Barr favorable to Trump.Yes, 2020 will see Democrats urging for better health care and economic equity, the “normal issues” Will anticipates, but it will also include their proscribing the present corrupt and incompetent White House. Democrats can walk and chew gum.
Spencer P. Le Gate,