Letters to the Editor

Hotel, Water, Term limits, Planned Parenthood, Life jackets

Better use for hotel money

Re “Kings hotel’s opening pushed back to early ’17” (Page 3A, Aug. 18): I reject the idea of the Sacramento Kings building a hotel. I understand that it would help attract tourists, which would boost the state’s economic income. But I believe the money, time and manpower could be put to better use.

Many citizens want our efforts to be used to better the city for the people who live here now. Why not build a permanent shelter for homeless people and their families instead? I don’t believe the people of this city need another hotel. We need a project that helps the community.

Myles A. Mitchell,


Not filling pools a no-brainer

Re “Keep the flood of water-saving policies coming” (Editorials, Aug 18): With regard to continuing the flood of water-saving policies, would not another no-brainer be to prohibit using drinkable water to fill or add to swimming pools?

Sacramento’s drought restrictions do not even restrict, let alone prohibit, using drinkable water to fill or add water to swimming pools. I recently observed a neighbor – legally – drain a swimming pool, remodel it, and fill it back up with thousands of gallons of drinkable water.

The neighbors’ lawns remain mostly brown due to Sacramento restricting irrigation to two days per week. Yet one can readily observe with Google Earth the thousands of Sacramento swimming pools that may be filled up every summer day to replace the many thousands of gallons of water lost to evaporation and leaks.

David F. Hennessy,


Limit new water hookups

With the impetus of this prolonged drought should come the single most important water-saving feature of all: Halt additional hookups to all water systems unless or until a new supply of water adequate for the increased demand is found. Add that restriction to the new requirements for landscaping that is drought-tolerant, low-flow shower heads, efficient drip irrigation, etc.

Deborah Bean, Fair Oaks

Term limits honor voter choice

Re “It’s time for California to reconsider term limits” (Viewpoints, Aug. 14): Surely Bill Whalen must realize the irony of his argument against term limits. Whalen wrote that “in a free society, voters should be free to stick with what they like.”

If Whalen believes this principle, he should be defending term limits. It’s inconsistent to claim term limits violate voter choice when, in fact, voters chose term limits to become law.

Whalen should check out the research conducted by the Institute on Money in State Politics, which found that 36 percent of all state legislative elections in America offer only one candidate. Notably, states with term limits – where challengers don’t fear prehistoric incumbents – gave voters the most choice and competition at the ballot box.

Nicolas Tomboulides, Washington, D.C.

Clearing up spin on abortions

Re “Planned Parenthood is all about abortion” (Another View, Aug. 14) Katelyn Sills’ diatribe on Planned Parenthood requires a few clarifications.

Planned Parenthood receives 3 percent of its revenue from abortion services, not 11 percent.

While 90 percent of pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood do receive an abortion, remember that Planned Parenthood is primarily used for family planning services, which are prenatal. The only service it provides for pregnant women is abortion, hence the 90 percent statement is akin to claiming 90 percent of alcoholics who walk into a bar order a drink – the statistic is meaningless.

Lastly, the closing of clinics is not due to abortions. Two out of three clinics planned for closure in Texas didn’t do abortions anyway. It was due to Texas cutting funding to the Texas Women’s Health Program.

Richard Brown, Orangevale

Life jacket solution suggestion

My suggestion to get people to wear life jackets while on the river or rafting is to recognize that they aren’t being worn because they are uncomfortable and ugly. Why can’t someone make a flotation device that is comfortable and not ugly?

Rev. Liberty Savard,



Find them at:



Online form (preferred):


Other: Letters, P.O. Box 15779,

Sacramento, CA 95852

150-word limit. Include name, address and phone number. Letters may be edited for clarity, brevity and content.