Letters to the Editor

Bike accidents, artists, speakeasy, Election 2014, UFW, etc.

A lucky accident

Re “Data lacking on bicyclist fatalities” (Another View, Nov. 5): I was hit by a car while on my bike last Friday. The driver who hit me sped away and the Governors Highway Safety Association will never get the data.

I wasn’t killed so am not a fatality, and though I am very grateful for the fact, I was a millisecond away from being so.

The CHP said that since I and my bike were OK, there would be no need for a report. If I’d been in a car, CHP would have been there immediately, and a report would have been made. I follow traffic laws and wear a helmet. If Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, wants better data, he needs to get all the facts. That’s not being done.

Kathleen Stricklin, Sacramento

Don’t make artists wait

Re “Rush is on to live in capital artist lofts” (Page B3, Oct. 30): Why is it necessary to make people camp out for these affordable housing units in the prime R Street corridor? Did low-income folks have to miss work to ensure their place in line?

What an outrage that Capitol Area Development Authority had the arrogance to declare: “First come, first serve.” Would it have taken too much organizing power to coordinate a lottery system and have a two-week window to submit applications of interest and then determine applicant eligibility?

I know such a process can be done for affordable housing units which are always in short supply. An open registration period and ultimately a lottery due to high demand are taking place for a new affordable senior project in the city of Gardena. CADA, what’s your excuse?

Robert Rystad, Citrus Heights

Pour coffee, not booze

Re “Speakeasy found in building basement” (Capitol & California, Nov. 1): I read with interest the story of the discovery of the speakeasy during the renovation of the Rosslyn Hotel in Los Angeles.

I believe we need to preserve as much history as we can. But I’m worried about having a bar in the same building as recovering addicts. The solution is simple, make it a coffee speakeasy instead. There are many advantages to this: increased hours of operation, no expensive liquor license required.

It would be fun for the locals and a destination for tourists if they made coffee drinks with names taken from the popular drinks and mobsters of that day and age. If I were in the Los Angeles area, I would definitely put it on my list of things to see.

Nanette Scott, Elk Grove

Republican redux

What a difference a year makes. After shutting down the government in October 2013, the Republican brand was so tarnished there was talk of political extinction.

Today, after numerous unanticipated crises, from the border exploding with immigrant children to Ferguson to ISIS to Ebola – it’s the Democrats who are on the ropes.

Americans want the truth. We are a forgiving and resilient lot. But when Vice President Joe Biden said on Election Day that Democrats would hold the Senate, people truly were shocked. Ditto when Democratic National Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the same thing a day or two before Tuesday’s vote.

I know marijuana is legal in some states, but what exactly have the vice president and the party chair been smoking?

As far as this left-of-center voter is concerned, their political forecasting skills need some serious polishing. I can’t wait to hear Biden and Wasserman Schultz explain why they were so wrong.

Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach

Who’s to blame for killing?

Re “Slaying suspect was deported, feds say” (Sacto 911, Oct. 26): More criminality by an illegal immigrant, but who else is at fault here? Is it not the politics of President Barack Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Gov. Jerry Brown, and Rep. Doris Matsui, who persist in an open border?

Open border finds hordes of children, criminals, gang members, drug cartels, terrorists and diseases. Our military protects the country, but this treacherous policy spits on our military by purposely undermining our nation’s security and sovereignty. This lunacy has knowingly caused criminality, the sickening of thousands of our kids from welcomed diseases and general chaos. When terrorists start their open assault within the country, the politicians will provide us garbage speeches on how hard they will work to stop it, thus creating a bad situation that is then an excuse for the chaos. Is this not treason?

The government was properly founded on the rights of man and not the rights of government, and one of those rights of man is security. So where is that security now? Close the border.

Charles Kearney, Sacramento

Grover Norquist’s fingerprints

Re “UFW, labor board are hurting workers” (Viewpoints, Oct. 20): The Bee noted Matt Patterson and his Center for Worker Freedom are affiliated with Americans for Tax Reform. Both groups are controlled by radical right icon Grover Norquist.

They do slick PR supporting giant Gerawan Farming, claiming the Agricultural Labor Relations Board is biased toward United Farm Workers. Yet no proof of this claim is offered, except their opinion.

Patterson cited a Fresno judge who in 2013 said the ALRB and UFW are “in cahoots,” his opinion. Patterson didn’t reveal the same judge issued two court orders prohibiting Gerawan from coercing workers into signing petitions to get rid of the union.

A hearing is underway before an administrative judge over five complaints accusing Gerawan of flagrant violations of the law. Gerawan’s bias claim is like someone accused of a crime who criticizes the district attorney for being biased towards victims.

Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento

Praise for senior services

Re “Seniors have an ally on scams” (Our Region, Nov. 3): Kudos to Sacramento County Senior and Adult Services for consolidating many critical programs under one umbrella.

Public guardian and conservatorship services have languished for years in dark corners of mental heath departments, providing little if any assistance to seniors.

“Dementia” has been used as a catchall for denial of help for older adults, even when medication and treatment would help. Sacramento County’s innovative approach should be a model for all California counties as our senior population increases and more of our neighbors become victims of financial and physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

As a former public guardian of many years, I applaud this long-awaited but timely reorganization.

Phil Reinheimer, Penn Valley

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