Students teachers, and taxpayers
“To solve Sac City Unified financial crisis, teachers must also share in sacrifice” (sacbee.com, March 29): Finger pointing, name calling and lawsuits are not going to address the district's financial problems. When 91 percent of the budget funds salaries and benefits, this is where savings must be found. It’s urgent that all parties engage in constructive conversations and find solutions that protect students, teachers and taxpayers. If a state takeover occurs, everyone loses. More talk, less posturing.
What’s there to hide?
“So much we still don't know after end of Russia investigation” (The Sacramento Bee, page 11B, March 28): If the Robert Mueller report clears President Donald Trump, as he vehemently claims it does, then any reasonable person should think that Trump and the Republican party would be more than eager to have the report be made as public as possible. Minus national security redactions of course. If there’s nothing to hide, why not? The report clears Trump, right? Why hide the nothing?
Hard work and professionalism
“Audit cites ‘reactive culture,’ delays, other woes at DMV” (The Sacramento Bee, page 1A, March 28): Last time I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles, it was to renew my driver’s license. A routine task I had done many times in the past, as I have been driving for over 60 years in California. This time, I had to wait in line for two hours just to reach the start window. It took all day just to renew my license. However, I found every DMV employee to be very focused and efficient. Some of the customers were rude, but all employees maintained their professional demeanor. I don’t blame them for the situation. My thought is that more DMV offices need to be built and more employees need to be hired. My experience was at the Carmichael office, and I’d like to acknowledge the hard work and professionalism of the staff at that office.
Inefficient and incompetent
“Audit cites ‘reactive culture,’ delays, other woes at DMV” (The Sacramento Bee, page 1A, March 28): And the hits just keep on coming! All government entities are monopolies. They have no competition. Monopolies eventually breed inefficiency and complacency. Very few can survive in the private sector. Incompetence at the highest level with outdated technology in the state that started and is keeping the tech revolution going. You can pay for your license tabs with a credit card, but not the driver’s license? Four Department of Motor Vehicle directors since December? How were they chosen? By their merit or politics? Now the DMV wants a budget increase to clean up the mess made by incompetence. The culture of any organization starts at the top. Better get it right, governor.
Look outside the box
“California faces ‘doctor drought.’ Here’s a remedy to ensure health workers for all” (sacbee.com, March 23): Here's one more suggestion for remedying California’s "doctor drought," particularly in underserved areas: recruiting more graduates of international medical schools. These doctors, many of whom are United States citizens, are nearly twice as likely as those educated at domestic medical schools to practice in underserved areas. About one in three doctors working in regions where more than three in 10 people live in poverty received their training overseas. This year, 71 students from the school I lead, St. George's University in Grenada, will begin residencies in California. Fourteen percent of our students come from California. Many of them are eager to return home to build their careers in medicine.
Dr. G. Richard Olds,
Grenada, West Indies