Letters to the Editor

Letters: Ebola, drought, rural California, Rod Wright, bicyclists, etc.

A letter writer says former state Sen. Rod Wright received preferential treatment by serving less than 90 minutes of his 90-day sentence for perjury.
A letter writer says former state Sen. Rod Wright received preferential treatment by serving less than 90 minutes of his 90-day sentence for perjury. Associated Press file

Rod Wright gets a break

Re “No jail time for ex-state senator” (California Focus, Nov. 2): Former Sen. Rod Wright was to begin a 90-day sentence for perjury, but served less than 90 minutes.

I didn’t do the math, but I think that is a lot less than what Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida stated about many people not doing 100 percent of their time.

What percent is 90 minutes of 90 days? Sure, the jails are overcrowded, and Wright isn’t a danger to society, but neither are many others who are serving their due sentence. No preferential treatment? Ha.

Irene Stadt, Carmichael

Scientists shouldn’t pander

Re “Rights, responsibility and reassurance on Ebola” (Shawn Hubler, Nov. 1): Reading about Dr. Colin Bucks and his self-imposed, unnecessary quarantine designed to calm the fears of an ignorant populace doesn’t give me reassurance. It causes great concern.

If the most scientifically knowledgeable among us aren’t going to lead and demonstrate these worries baseless, who will?

The lack of scientific understanding by citizens is no joke and, sadly, is being perpetuated by this foolish doctor who could be using this time to educate.

I’m sure he’s encountered hysterical patients who believe they’ll die without a specific, inappropriate medication. Does he ignore science and prescribe it to appease them? Patient comfort must exist within the bounds of scientific reality. Pandering should be left to the realm of politics. When it enters the scientific arena, all hope is lost.

Ann Silberman, Sacramento

Ebola science is unsettled

Re “Nurse, Maine in standoff on Ebola quarantine” (Page A6, Oct. 30): Self-reporting doesn’t work. Some people are honest and some lie.

Some medical experts say you will have a fever with Ebola, and some say that 13 percent of all Ebola infections will present without a fever.

Some experts say it is not airborne, and some have contracted Ebola without any contact with body fluids from an infected patient.

Kaci Hickox cannot use science as an excuse for not wanting to be inconvenienced for 21 days.

Obviously, the science is still evolving regarding Ebola. You cared enough to help African citizens, Kaci. How about caring enough to help ensure the health of American citizens?

Will Carpentier, EL Dorado Hills

Climate change is a threat

Re “State’s droughts forecast to get worse” (Page A1, Nov.1): New research by scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and USGS has found that for every additional degree Celsius of warming we cause, the Sierra snowpack will shrink by 23 percent.

This will hurt our winter sports industry and, worse, our water supply. The Sierra snowpack acts as California’s natural water storage system. If the snowpack shrinks, we’ll have to take expensive measures to adapt, like by building bigger reservoirs to store rainwater.

As these scientists found, the more global warming we cause, the more expensive this problem will become. We need to take serious steps to tackle global warming if we want to save the Sierra snowpack.

Dana Nuccitelli, West Sacramento

Drought is in doubt

The planet’s historical weather patterns have been shown to dramatically shift. “Experts” contend that speculative “research” shows declining snowpack in the next 100 years.

This is nothing more than self-serving, pre-emptive adjustment of the public’s acceptance of additional money being extorted from it, per the article’s last paragraph that water is going to cost more in the future.

This explains why, when I checked my news this morning, I was told that it rained almost 2 inches the night before, but that had no effect whatsoever on the drought. Baloney. The only thing that has no effect on the drought is no rain and snow.

Drought is the significant shortage of precipitation over a protracted period, not the inability to fill dozens of giant man-made reservoirs to supply tens of millions of urban settlers.

Brian Porter, Orangevale

Listen to rural California

Re “In rural California, resentment grows as influence wanes” (Page A1, Oct. 31): Rural America is being wiped off the political map by the redistricting and reapportionment decisions.

After the last census, Nevada for the first time has no entirely rural state Senate district. Each Placer County supervisor wants some agriculture in their district so grower representation is unlikely on the board. Incumbents are concerned about re-election, not making boundaries for rural communities of interest.

In a more conservative era, I worked summers out of Alturas. Political party and philosophy are not most important to Modockers. The party that figures out how rural people can have an effective voice in government will benefit all communities, including Modoc County.

Michael Garabedian, Loomis

Lighten up on bike crusade

Re “Safety of sidewalk bikes on agenda” (Page A1, Nov. 2): Hilary Abramson, a former Bee reporter, was hit and injured by a cyclist while walking on the sidewalk. She has been featured prominently in no less than four recent articles. She is one person. It’s one accident.

Meanwhile, cyclists are injured or killed while riding in the street. Abramson’s injuries were indeed severe. But The Bee’s coverage is biased. I doubt the city’s ordinance regarding bicycles on sidewalks allows cyclists to mow down pedestrians, or leave the scene of an accident.

The suggested solution, moving cyclists to the street in protected bike lanes, is not something that will be implemented on every street. Not now, and not 20 years from now.

Fred Tadewaldt, Sacramento

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