Letters to the Editor

TSA, City Hall secrecy, police reform

A TSA officer checks a passenger’s ticket, boarding pass and passport as part of security screening at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
A TSA officer checks a passenger’s ticket, boarding pass and passport as part of security screening at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Associated Press file

TSA needs to change drastically

Re “Flying unfriendly, unsafe skies with TSA” (Editorials, June 7): We all collectively spend billions of dollars to have our rights violated, while wasting billions of productive hours of time and dealing with horrific screening encounters at airports by the Transportation Security Administration. Threats to our security are real and we have to be vigilant. However, something needs to change drastically and immediately at TSA.

Make most of the pre-screenings free or charge a little to entice us to fill out necessary forms that will reduce lines, so the TSA can do its job effectively.

Pre-screening is win-win for all of us: better security, it saves lots of our time, restores our rights, saves us from embarrassment and saves billions of dollars that can be used for the public good.

Sanmukh Bhakta, Rancho Cordova

Leader, bully or both

Re “Secrecy at City Hall begs questions” (Forum, Joyce Terhaar, June 7): Has Mayor Kevin Johnson, for all his energy and capacity, essentially bullied his way forward since his takeover at Sac High? There’s a gray area between strong leadership and the discreet bullying of self-promotion; these issues intensify further when legality is at stake.

Typically surreptitious in their craft, adult bullies cover their true tracks and often induce others to carry out acts of bullying for them. I don’t deny that Johnson has great energy and brilliance, but as Spider-Man’s uncle once said, with great power comes great responsibility. Johnson seems to float above criticism in part because we are beguiled by his charm and energy. Yet when a bully fails to match his great power with great responsibility and accountability, it takes some integrity and leadership to question him, as you did with Johnson in your column. Kudos to that.

Craig Rieser, Sacramento

Care for disabled? Hardly

Re “An anachronism, a cobbler and Alice” (Forum, Dan Morain, June 7): Gov. Jerry Brown wants to help out the mentally ill and thinks he can find homes for 400-plus residents currently at Sonoma Development Center. Think again. The site is on very valuable property, and it has nothing to do with caring for the disabled.

Liz Forsman, Sacramento

Uninformed on law enforcement

Re “A lost opportunity on police reform” (Editorials, June 7): There are too many statements to take issue with in this article. Not sure about all law enforcement, but the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has specific policies and regulations that require an incident report for all interactions with inmates and staff that result in injury, death and even minor use of force, i.e., pushing an inmate away. Surely that information is available to the Legislature.

Possibly, the reason that there is some pushback is due to the Legislature not asking if what it wants already exists. Also, video review of an incident by an officer can only ensure accuracy. An incident report describes only facts. Administrative remedies for further action are preserved.

One cannot be forced to give reasoning for one’s actions to protect against self-incrimination.

Terol McCullar, Galt

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