Letters to the Editor

Taxi vs. Uber, Iran deal enforcement and security, Alzheimer’s

Kazman Zaidi, President of the Sacramento Taxi cab union, AFL-CIO speaks about the unfairness of not allowing taxi cab companies the same rights as Uber on Wed., Sept. 2, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.
Kazman Zaidi, President of the Sacramento Taxi cab union, AFL-CIO speaks about the unfairness of not allowing taxi cab companies the same rights as Uber on Wed., Sept. 2, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif. rbyer@sacbee.com

Time to level the playing field

Re “Taxi anger over Uber” (Page 6A, Sept. 4): Taxi and ride-sharing firms offer exactly the same service to the public. They supply a car, a driver and for a fee transport customers from Point A to Point B. The only differences, transparent to the user, are ownership of the vehicle and method of compensation to the driver.

It’s not the government’s job to pick winners and losers. Start from scratch, write a single set of regulations applicable to all car services and level the playing field. The marketplace will, as it has always done, pick who wins and who loses.

Roy W. Hecteman,

El Dorado Hills

Now, Iran deal must be enforced

Re “Obama gains decisive vote in Senate on Iran nuke deal” (Page 1A, Sept. 3): Congratulations to President Barack Obama for securing veto-proof protection in Congress for the flawed nuclear deal with Iran. But before he declares a foreign policy victory, he should consider his continuing responsibility for the deal’s implementation – to actually block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons.

How can the president mitigate Iran’s ongoing research and development of weapon systems, the weaknesses of snap-back provisions, uncertainties in the inspection of military sites, and the terrorism consequences of the quick release of frozen assets?

Of course, in little more than a year Obama will be off the hook and a new administration will inherit the difficult task of seeking Iranian compliance. We can only hope that it will be able to exercise the necessary vigilance in this area.

Alvin D. Sokolow, Davis

Iran deal a good option for security

I am a member of the Sacramento Jewish community, and I support the Iran deal.

The president stated, “The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon.” That is a chilling thought.

I am proud that my congresswoman, Doris Matsui, recently announced her support of the Iran deal. She stresses this deal is not built on trust, but on rigorous inspections and enforcement.

Although not a perfect deal, it keeps Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and hence the need for military action for at least 10 years.

Linda Tochterman,


Alzheimer’s action needed now

Re “Warning before fatal stabbing cited” (Local, Aug. 29): The Bee article about Masaharu Ono (age 90) is tragic.

Ono, believed to suffer from dementia, sits in jail on suspicion of stabbing his 83-year-old wife. What was in his head at the time?

My father suffers from Alzheimer’s, and I see first-hand the devastation this disease wreaks on the mind and body.

California soon will be hit by a tidal wave of Alzheimer’s patients; it’s believed that our current 600,000 sufferers will triple by 2050. We need an Alzheimer’s strategy now.

Senate Bill 613 and Assembly Bill 1526 sit on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. These two bills move us in the right direction at very little cost. SB 613 educates primary doctors in the best practices for Alzheimer’s patients. AB 1526 surveys unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers about the kinds of care they provide.

Lynette Blumhardt,


Gun violence: Are we fed up yet?

Re “Fatal shooting at Sac City” (Local, Sept. 4): Have we become so overwhelmed by the vehemence of the NRA and gun rights advocates that we feel hopeless to make changes that will keep us safe? Let’s not succumb to the notion that gun advocates are the only people with rights.

The Legislature braved the repeal of concealed carry permits on California school campuses. We need more gun control legislation in the form of limited gun purchase and limited concealed carry.

Police chiefs across America testify that the increased availability of guns due to weakened gun laws, especially in the last five years, is the primary contributor to dramatically rising gun violence and homicides.

These guns are in your neighborhood, in your schools, in your shopping malls. And the people holding or concealing those guns have power over you and your loved ones that can be exercised in the flash of a second.

Kathryn Lewis, Sacramento

Ridiculous waste of resources

Re “EMS calls don’t need firefighters” (Letters, Sept. 3): I believe Roland Brady is quite correct. In the senior mobile home park where I live, EMS calls are frequent, accompanied by firefighters who indeed are just “standing around.” What a ridiculous waste of city resources.

Charles T. DeWoody,



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