Let’s do it right
“Sacramento City Council approves $47 million for Old Sacramento waterfront development” (sacbee.com, April 30): Having watched Sacramento grow and age over the years, I'm always interested in proposals for the "next big thing" that's intended to improve the quality of life for all who call it home. The decision by the City Council to invest a significant amount of revenue in revamping Old Sacramento seems to be just that. It's abundantly clear our riverfront is an asset that is deserving of a fresh face and a better plan for its future. Making this a reality is deserving of careful consideration and willing collaboration. The evidence of this investment will be a part of our identity - good or bad - for decades. Was it the best approach to solicit ideas from the populace? Maybe. Maybe not.
The church did nothing
“Missing in the list of priests accused of sexual abuse: The silent victims” (sacbee.com, April 30): The role of priests and diocesan personnel who were told about the abuse but did nothing to support or protect victims should also be considered. That, too, is a crime. "Credible accusations" were defined by a personnel file paper trail? Determination made by the bishop in consideration of recommendations by an “independent” review board comprised of members of the church?What about the priests from other dioceses who were provided refuge in this diocese, as well as the ones from here sent to other dioceses for the same protection? It is prolific because it wasn't documented or reported to authorities, and systems were internally in place for “dealing with” these types of issues. It was not a secret among clergy. Bishop Jamie Soto's “transparency” was forced. Charity performed by this organization (who people entrust spiritually and look to for guidance) does not negate the abuse of children and the facilitation of intentionally ignoring it.
California is overpriced
“Sacramento’s growth defies stagnant trend in state’s population” (The Sacramento Bee, section 1A, May 02): California is losing its young, viable, educated, child-producing population because our state is overtaxed and regulated. Housing, gasoline, and food prices have caused millions to move to more so-called reasonable states. In addition, regulations discourage start-up businesses. I would move in a heartbeat but I'm a senior citizen and a move is too difficult. My children and grandchildren are moving. They are tired of the taxes and regulation. Those staying have to pay for me and other seniors who feel forced to stay.
Walk your talk
“Don’t let the city mess up Measure U money. You voted for it, you get it.” (sacbee.com, May 02): I am not usually a fan of Marcos Bréton, but this time he got it right. Promises were made about how the money from Measure U would be used. Now, the city manager, who none of us voted to elect, is trying to divert the funds to the same old administrative purposes. That's why I did not vote for Measure U. Just this once, Sacramento City Council, spend the money as Measure U promised. Don't mess it up.
A win for progressiveness
“Rocklin school board OKs textbooks with LGBT figures after heated late-night debate” (sacbee.com, May 02): It is important that textbooks be able to reflect the progressive society in which we live. Times have changed, as well as our minds and opinions, with more lifestyles beginning to be accepted by the public. It is imperative that the youth of our generation are able to see this change and are able to understand that we are making history everyday. This will influence our youth to do whatever they set their minds to, regardless of society’s norms, starting with what they read in their textbooks.