Kill the addiction
“Tobacco companies target kids. Will our leaders stand up to them?” (sacbee.com, April 16): I applaud the Sacramento City Council for voting to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes. This policy will save lives and prevent vulnerable youth from picking up the deadly habit of smoking and/or vaping. Teenagers view e-cigarettes as the latest technology gadget, not recognizing them as the latest method of spreading nicotine addiction. Flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes threaten to create a new generation of smokers. An estimated 3.6 million high school students vape, according to a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California can follow the example set by cities like Sacramento by passing Senate Bill 38, which would make it the first state to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and protect future generations from any potential smokescreens in the tobacco product landscape.
A dangerous bill
“I was shot and my partner died. Here’s why I oppose AB 392” (sacbee.com, April 17): First of all, thank you to Deputy Julie Robertson. You are to be commended for your duty as Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy. I am so sorry for the death of your partner. The author of Assembly Bill 392 needs a reality check. She apparently doesn’t have a clue as to how dangerous this bill would be for law enforcement. As Deputy Robertson stated, this bill would tie their hands behind their backs while they are trying to protect the public. Instead of hiding behind her high and mighty legislator desk, I challenge Assemblywoman Weber to step into the shoes of any police officer or sheriff's deputy and do his or her job for a few weeks with this bill in place. I wonder what she would have done in Deputy Robertson’s situation?
Vaccinate your kids
“Lawmakers argue ending vaccine exemption is unconstitutional” (sacbee.com, April 14): Given recent outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles, the discussion of vaccine exemptions should focus on the constitutional rights of all children to be healthy. The choice to not vaccinate affects every child in the community, especially those too young or too sick to be vaccinated. Lawmakers cite the right to “free and equitable education,” but by allowing vaccine exemptions, the government makes it dangerous for medically-fragile children to access this very right. Overwhelming scientific evidence proves that vaccines are safe and effective. Because of poor vaccination rates, measles is back. The U.S. has had approximately 626 cases so far this year. For every 1,000 children who get measles, 1 or 2 will die and up to 1 in 20 will get pneumonia. We should learn from this. The cost, both economic and human, will be much higher if we don’t vaccinate.
Only speak the truth
“Here’s how the GOP is going on offense on the Mueller report” (sacbee.com, April 22): It’s ironic that our justice system requires facts before someone is charged with a crime and convictions require a judgment using those facts. On the other hand, the people we elect to represent us are chosen on the opinions of a majority of voters. These opinions may or may not be based upon facts. Nevertheless, the job of these representatives is to adopt the laws that define legal or criminal acts. The lack of consistency between these equally important results is further exacerbated when the chief executive who controls the approval of laws doesn’t abide by constitutional law, doesn’t act based upon facts and consistently lies to benefit himself and complicit enablers. Those who have taken advantage of these conditions should be held accountable by voters using the standards of our legal system and requiring that candidates speak substance using facts. Those who fail are unfit to serve.