Letters to the Editor

Obamacare reality check

Obamacare reality check

Re “Insurance mega-mergers must work for us” (Editorials, Sept. 28): Apparently the editorial board doesn’t check with real people, but only with the Obamacare people. To say, “This is major progress, and so far, it has happened without the soaring premiums and elimination of choice predicted by opponents of the Affordable Care Act” is unbelievable.

How much documentation do you need? Did anyone’s premiums go down? Whose haven’t soared? If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, remember that promise? You’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid for so long that you’re so out of touch with what’s happening to real people.

Pat McCulley, El Dorado Hills

GOP finally creates job

Re “Another voice of some reason lost” (Editorial, Sept. 26): As one of the GOP leaders who have brought about nearly 60 congressional votes attempting to repeal Obamacare, John Boehner must be resigning as the speaker of the House of Representatives because he now wants to focus his energies on wasting everyone’s time in the private sector.

Richard Vidan, Orangevale

We need the full story

Once again people with character who hold true to principles and morals are smeared for wanting to investigate the reported atrocities of Planned Parenthood. Calling the harvesting of fetal body parts simply “purportedly about life” when there are 10 or more statements and videos showing callous people laughing about this serious matter, and referring to Republican response as just a “hostile bit of political theater from a group that would rather fight than govern” is unconscionable.

The GOP’s plan is to fully fund the government for the year while they investigate the truth about the harvesting of fetal body parts. During the year those funds would go to local hospitals and local clinics to fund women’s health. We need the truth and the full story told.

Doug Hinchey, Lincoln

Restore RT stop

Re “RT considers closing light-rail stop near arena” (Page 1A, Sept. 25): The Train Riders Association of California believes closing the Seventh and K light-rail station undermines the interests of taxpayers and transit users. San Francisco, Portland, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, and most European cities substituted rail for massive parking lots at arenas and stadiums, and downtown arenas gained traction from this strategy.

Restoring the stop on K Street at Seventh would speed schedules with platforms on both sides of trains. Adding platforms on Seventh between J and K streets also would speed loading. Platform railings can also be laid out to channel large crowds and improve security.

Supplemental trains would help clear crowds in less than 30 minutes. This model is how rail quickly absorbs huge crowds after Giants games at AT&T Park.

Michael D. Setty, administrative director, TRAC

Wrong vendors for Farm-to-Fork

Re “Hungrier than ever for farm-to-fork fun” (Page 1B, Sept. 27): My wife and I were among the throng that attended this past Sunday’s Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capital Mall where we not only enjoyed catching up with our favorite vendors from the Midtown Farmers Market but also were introduced to new vendors and some terrific local products. Among all of this, however, several exhibitors stand out, but not for the right reason.

I’m referring to a local daily newspaper hawking subscriptions, a purveyor of residential windows, a booth promoting a Bay Area baseball team, and another promoting a city that is 500 miles south of Sacramento. We were left wondering what these exhibitors have to do with the theme and purpose of the Farm-to-Fork Festival. I’m surprised that the coordinator of the event, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, doesn’t have better guidelines in place.

Andrew K. Gaynor, Sacramento

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