Letters to the Editor

Light-rail near new arena, Folsom water, Chinese American vets

RT’s Mike Wiley says talks with business leaders led to the idea of closing the Seventh and K Street light-rail station.
RT’s Mike Wiley says talks with business leaders led to the idea of closing the Seventh and K Street light-rail station. Bee file

What about danger to women at night?

Re “RT considers closing light-rail stop near arena” (Page 1A, Sept. 25): So the Regional Transit board is going to consider closing the station closest to the new downtown arena. Let’s all hope the board considers that women also plan to go to basketball games at Golden 1 Center – at night, after dark.

Do the board members want to be held personally responsible for an attack on a woman trying to walk a few blocks to their car or a light-rail station because they closed the arena stop?

Get creative, board members. Add one or two more four-car trains on that line to handle the increased traffic. Think increased revenue. Yes, it may require dealing with a few regulatory hurdles, but isn’t that better than having a mugging, rape or murder on your consciences?

Sharon Andrews, Elk Grove

RT is adding to big blunder

Ah yes, close the RT station closest to the new arena. What a great idea. Now the next project should be to build a good gallows for everyone who facilitated this horrendous coming boondoggle.

This is gonna be fun to watch.

Larry Kinser,

Citrus Heights

Non-green execs free to leave

Re “Balance is key in reaching emission-reduction goals” (Another View, Sept. 24): Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, made a predictable response to Tom Steyer’s article about Senate Bill 350 – whine that short-term profit should be measured differently than long-term harm.

Lapsley did make one pouty promise that we should hold him to: “Many of the ‘non-green’ companies will leave the state altogether.” Please, please, please leave and take all your employees with you, even the rich execs who want to live in California.

Freeways will be less crowded, homes will cost less, farmland won’t be replaced by housing developments and strip malls, our cost of living will go down and so will water demand. But don’t slam the door when you go, it might jiggle my solar panels.

Margie Koldinger,


Folsom making mistake on water

Re “Folsom housing plan expands” (Page 4A, Sept. 24): The Folsom City Council and Planning Commission are complacent, delusional and irresponsible with our city water allotment in their consideration of adding 10,800 houses south of Highway 50.

Mayor Andy Morin says, “We have the water.” Where? Without additional houses, Folsom Lake is almost dry.

Mayor Morin is referring to theoretical water. The City Council has a capricious attitude toward water. When the city conserved more than the mandated 35 percent, it unconscionably reallocated the “extra” to reopen the water parks.

Lorie Jo Paulin-O’Donnell, Folsom

Palliative care is essential

Re “Instead of right to die, why not fight for right to palliative care?” (Marcos Breton, Sept. 20): Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness such as cancer. It is much broader than just hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life support by addressing debilitating symptoms such as nausea, pain and fatigue as well as depression and anxiety.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers are headed to lobby members of Congress next week on several cancer-related issues, including the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (HR 3119). The bill would increase training for health care professionals, educate patients and their families about the benefits of palliative care and expand research.

Let’s make sure friends and relatives diagnosed with diseases like cancer can survive and thrive. Urge your congressional representative to support palliative care.

Kathy Flaherty, Atwater

Don’t dis Chinese American vets

Re “Chinese American vets lauded for WWII service” (Page 3A, Sept. 14): I enjoyed the recent article on local Chinese American veterans. I have attended many of their functions, and their duty and respect for America, our land and country, is taken very seriously by these men and women.

I would like to see the city of Sacramento also take this group of veterans seriously by not putting their entrance to the Veterans Day Parade at the end, behind many cars, motorcycles, garbage and SMUD trucks. They deserve to be treated with dignity, at the front of the parade with the rest of the veterans.

Penny Redman,



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