Hope and accountability
“Sacramento’s ‘community of victims’ fight law shortening sentences for young killers” (sacbee.com, March 31): I strongly disagree with the idea that Senate Bill 1391 is a threat to public safety. I committed a serious crime at the age of 15 and was sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice, rather than the adult system. I benefited from age appropriate services that have helped me deal with my trauma. I learned how important it is to be a law abiding citizen within my community and make amends for the harm I have caused. I have obtained my B.A from U.C. Riverside and have demonstrated that I am no longer that kid who made a horrible decision. This was no easy task as I had to demonstrate to my community for years that what I did was wrong and who I am now is not who I was when I committed my crime. I was held accountable and given hope, SB 1391 provides that same opportunity for the youth of today.
Support healthy brains
“This brain scan changes how doctors treat Alzheimer’s. Here’s why it’s so hard to get.” (sacbee.com, April 03): It’s encouraging to learn that positron emission tomography scans can lead not only to more certain diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, but to more appropriate treatment by doctors. My father was still working when his symptoms began, and he went years without a diagnosis. The uncertainty and confusion about what was happening put unnecessary stress on him and our family. We can get a jump on this public health crisis by passing Monique Limón’s Healthy Brain Initiative (Assembly Bill 388), which promotes early detection and diagnosis so patients can access treatments, clinical trials, information and services. This is the starting point for improving outcomes and controlling health care costs. I urge readers to contact Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) at 916-651-4006 and ask him to support AB 388 as a leader on health issues in the legislature.
Sharing the field
“This Sacramento-area high school’s football field won’t open on time – thanks to some birds” (sacbee.com, April 06): Life can be amazingly resilient. Killdeer used to be common along freeway frontages and farm roads, dragging a wing and shrieking “kill-deer, kill-deer,” as they decoyed invaders from their nests in the grass and gravel by the roadsides. They are much less common now. Perhaps they have no legal rights, but thank goodness the workers and staff at Rio Americano High School still recognize an older and deeper right that all living creatures share: the natural right to survive and reproduce their next generation. Nature has fitted them with the skills they need to beat the odds, but against an impossibly greater non-natural enemy; industrialized humans, they sometimes need a little help. Sometimes that’s by leaving them alone. What a wonderful lesson for the students and their parents in how living with a small inconvenience can ensure the rights of other living creatures.
The same standards
“Citations soar for homeless on American River Parkway after ruling halts bans on camping” (sacbee.com, April 07): This article perpetuates the erroneous notion that American River Parkway rangers target homeless people. Our parkway is a fragile, ecological oasis for native plants and animals. As a professional scientist, I can attest that uncontrolled camping, especially close to the water, causes short- and long-term ecological decline that is driving the Parkway’s natural habitat to its limit. Sadly, there is significant social push back when rangers cite those whose habits and behaviors contribute to ecological damage or impair the enjoyment of others. By so doing, the rangers are not singling out homeless, but rather they are holding them to the same standard as everyone else who visits the parkway or any other state or national park. All of us, including homeless people, must respect the Earth and obey the regulations that protect the natural habitat of the parkway if we are to preserve it for future generations.
Roland H. Brady,
Go higher, faster
“Why are planes suddenly flying so low over these Sacramento neighborhoods?” (sacbee.com, April 04): The new tight-turn-take-off flight path has also significantly increased low-flying planes over Fair Oaks. We used to only occasionally hear overhead jets on sunny days, but that has certainly changed over the past few years. The nice peace and quiet of working in my yard yesterday was frequently disturbed by loud low-flying jets. There is a simple answer to this problem: Make planes taking off reach 10,000 feet faster and actually give some thought to where you are sending traffic on initial takeoff. Burbank, California’s airport in a densely populated area requires just this to abate excessive and prolonged jet noise. It wouldn’t be a hard problem to solve; the Federal Aviation Administration just needs to actually care about the problem and local airports, including Sacramento’s.
Curb your enthusiasm
“He was the Kings arena subsidy’s biggest critic. But he loves Sacramento’s new soccer deal” (sacbee.com, April 05): How will the railyards stadium site be appraised for fair market value? Soccer stadiums as land use are odd ducks to appraise as compared to conventional alternatives. The $5.4 million gift of waivers and rebates represents funds that should flow into city coffers to pay for the many civic needs that the mayor used as a marketing plea for voters to increase their own sales tax burden. Instead, the money will be a gift to the wealthy principals in the investment group; none of whom are in dire need of corporate welfare. This city’s obsession with professional sports as a desirable civic attribute is mystifying.