Letters to the Editor

Prison, Accesibility, Clinton, Mental health, Pope

Demonstrators stage a rally against solitary confinement in California’s prison system.
Demonstrators stage a rally against solitary confinement in California’s prison system. The Associated Press

Label does not seem appropriate

Re “State prisons to curb solitary confinement“ (Page 1A, Spet. 2): Doesn’t the widespread use of solitary confinement in California call into question the term “California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation”?

Don Knutson, Sacramento

Not the right kind of compromise

Re “A compromise can solve state’s plague of disability lawsuits” (Viewpoints, Aug. 31): Senate Bill 251 claims to protect mom and pop businesses from being sued for denying access to people with disabilities. But, in fact, the bill protects big businesses, which have the resources to comply with the law and pay damages if they don’t.

SB 251 would extend protections for businesses that have 25 or fewer employees to those that have up to 100. Census data shows that’s most businesses in California.

A sound compromise would be to define a “small business” as 50 or fewer employees. This would offer protections to the majority of businesses in California, especially smaller ones. At the same time, it wouldn’t further erode the rights of people with disabilities to enjoy access to a restaurant, store or other business like everyone else.

Evelyn Abouhassan,


Clinton email misconception

Re “Clarifying classifying process” (Letters, Sept. 3): Apparently even the “experts” in classifying information don’t understand the issue here. As Kathryn Gorrell states, “Emails obtained on Hillary Clinton’s server were not classified at the time they were written.” No kidding!

Only after a document is written can its contents be analyzed and then classified at some level. That is the whole purpose of using a government controlled and monitored server system, as required.

Clinton’s wanton disregard of that well-established national security measure is the issue.

Lon Kurtzman, Folsom

Classifying is not complicated

Two writers on Sept. 3 wrote about Hillary Clinton’s email problem.

First of all, Clinton had an unclassified server set up in her residence to handle State Department traffic.

Clinton has enough experience and training to read email and determine if it contained classified information. The special agent wrote that minor security problems happen every day, which is true. However, Clinton was doing this for four years, which is a major security problem.

You are not allowed to handle classified traffic on an unclassified server. Classifying documents is not complicated. Clinton has violated the law and regulations pertaining to handling classified documents.

I worked for 32 years as a communications officer for the U.S. government, four years with the Navy and 28 with the CIA, and was responsible for all classified documents and equipment.

Leslie Brown, Sacramento

Plenty of quality therapy available

Re “No quality therapy available” (Letters, Aug. 31): The statement that finding quality therapy is almost impossible and is available only to the wealthy who can pay cash for it was false and irresponsible.

The amount or form of payment is not indicative of a therapist’s quality or lack of it. Insurance provides therapists a steady flow of clients and income. Many who accept full-fee payments are newly licensed and not yet on insurance panels, or have a spouse whose income is sufficient to provide for the family if the therapist has few clients.

Quality, competent treatment is readily available to anyone who can afford their copayment.

With Vester Flanagan’s personality disorder(s), he was unlikely to have sought mental health treatment, as he would have believed he was fine and it was everyone else who was messed up. Unless a person is gravely disabled, it is his responsibility to seek treatment, not others’ to intervene and provide it.

Meredith Richards,

Elk Grove

Pope needs to make real change

Re “Pope’s decree on abortion continues change in tone” (Page 12A, Sept. 2): The pope’s decree that for the coming year the Catholic Church will allow priests to provide forgiveness to women who have had abortions looks good, but it is only a change in tone for the church, not a significant change in church policy.

I would like to see the pope emulate a predecessor, Pope John XXIII, and make some real changes. He could begin by bringing a first-century church policy up to date by allowing women to be ordained as priests.

In all other organizations, public and private, such gender discrimination would be illegal.

John West, Sacramento


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