A fight for the future
“As state takeover looms, how many students will flee Sacramento City Unified School District?” (sacbee.com, May 03): I am disheartened and saddened after reading this article. This problem is affecting the lives of many young students, not to mention it’s long-term impact on their families. These children, together with their families who would have to potentially move places, if not drive far away everyday just to get their education. The Sacramento City Unified School District has already approved 711 permits to leave the district, and that’s already several hundred families being negatively impacted and moving. These children are too young to have their education jeopardized and suddenly interrupted. I am with the parents when they say “our kids deserve better.” Our children’s education is an important part of our nation and democracy, thus we must make ends meet to provide them that and more. This is not just a fight for education. This is a fight for the future of our children.
Protect the Delta
“Gavin Newsom officially kills twin Delta tunnels, eyes downsized CA water project” (sacbee.com, May 02): I agree with Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision because it is important to maintain the fisheries that are in the Delta. The waterway could potentially provide water to Southern California and many rural towns, but this process should be done in a responsible and respectful way. Having the two tunnels could potentially kill Delta smelt, and winter-run Chinook salmon could go extinct. The ecosystem is vital to our area, especially here in the Central Valley and all of California where we have mass production of walnuts, almonds, peaches, etc. Overall, the ecosystem in the Delta is important to our country and state.
Make the right choice
“How this president co-opts leaders like the attorney general” (The Sacramento Bee, section 15A, May 03): As a keen observer of political events and people in government, I am well aware of James Comey’s strengths and failings. Even so, I know his op-ed is dead-on. Under President Donald Trump, the Executive Branch of our government is the place where character and morality go to die. It is now clear the Congress and the courts have a choice to make. They can stand up for the truth, ethical behavior, morality and good character. Or they can allow themselves to be swallowed up by the amoral unethical abyss of Donald Trump's imaginary world. The House, despite Republican resistance, is making the right choice. We await action that shows that the Senate and the courts will uphold truth, ethical behavior, morality and good character.
Everyone, pay attention
“Pollution doesn’t care about your politics. Here’s how to stop this killer threat” (sacbee.com, May 04): It was refreshing to see a key Republican and Democrat bridge the political divide and address critical public health impacts of climate change. As one who was recently diagnosed with a rare and unexplainable lung disease, I'm learning about dramatic increases of lung disorders in areas of fire, floods and pollution. As they requested, I'll be contacting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin de León for ideas about cutting carbon from our fuels. On a national level, I've discovered current a House Bill, HR763, which promotes a brilliant concept called “carbon fee and dividend.” The idea is to charge a steadily rising fee on major carbon producers and return the collected funds to Americans as a monthly check. The fees will incentivize a shift to low carbon energy options while protecting the public from increases in carbon-based energy costs. It's time to move past endless political debate and get on with solutions.
Give them their rights
“22-hour confinement, no bathrooms: Immigrants face harsh conditions in California ICE facilities, study says” (sacbee.com, February 26): My fellow Master of Social Work classmates and I recently attended Legislative Lobby Days in Sacramento. We lobbied for Assembly Bill 163, which proposes to improve the quality of detention facilities for undocumented children. We learned about children who have died from lack of medical care in these facilities, including Mariee Juarez, 20 months old, and Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, 8. Currently, AB 163 would specifically arrange facility inspections, provide mental health counseling, offer legal services to reunite families/assist with immigration and increase data collection requirements in California detention facilities. California needs people, especially legislators, to advocate to pass AB 163 in order to encourage other states to join our efforts to allow undocumented children the basic human rights they deserve when they arrive to our country.
Rethink the question
“Mayor Steinberg floats new tax for Sacramento schools as he urges teachers to stop labor fight” (sacbee.com, May 06): The Sacramento City Unified School District has for years unwisely spent federal, state and local government money that, ultimately, comes from the taxpayers. Now, Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to "partner" with the "district, its unions and parents to seek voter approval of a parcel tax in 2020." What will it take for voters to realize its not the amount of money the district takes in but, rather, how it is spent? That is the question that needs to be answered before asking voters again to tax themselves.