Letters to the Editor

Nursing homes, Congress shift, etc.

How should we judge?

Re “Nursing homes unmasked” (Page A1, Nov. 9): As a health care provider, I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend. We continue to be judged against one another. There is no standard that is being met. In fact, we could be all performing A-level work.

However, since we are judged on a curve, then 50 percent of us are automatically substandard. This article on the state of nursing home care does the same thing. When the tool we use to judge automatically makes half of the nursing homes in the bottom 50 percent, then we can’t truly judge how well they are performing. Contrarily, they may all be delivering substandard care, but the converse is that still there will be those that are judged to be in the top 10 percent against their peers.

Christopher Price, Sacramento

GOP cares only about the rich

Re “Chance for tax overhaul seen in Congress power shift” (Page A8, Nov. 7): With all the domestic, economic and planet-wide crises we face, the incoming Republican majority list tax reform, the debt and repealing Obamacare as their top priorities. Really?

How does giving more tax breaks to corporations create jobs? How does cutting the costs of social programs like Medicare and repealing Obamacare help Americans?

The Republican priorities are always the same. Give as much money as possible to corporations and the rich through tax cuts and subsidies, and cut or eliminate every program that helps 99 percent of all Americans. Add in their other priorities like reining in the EPA, intentionally neglecting our infrastructure, constructing the XL pipeline and pushing through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and you have an American government that cares only about profit for the rich no matter the consequences of everything and everybody else.

Is this the will of the people, or rather the will of the rich?

Mark Mihevc, Graeagle

Poisoning the well

To hear Mitch McConnell and John Boehner talk about poisoning the well is just ridiculous. How could the well become more poisoned than it already has been after six years of continual votes in the House to overturn the Affordable Care Act, McConnell’s top priority of making President Barack Obama a one-term president, and the continual House obstruction of bipartisan immigration legislation? Not to mention Boehner’s frivolous lawsuit, their failure to recognize scientific evidence of climate change and the barrage of falsehoods perpetuated by Darrell Issa’s constant grandstanding investigations.

Obama has delivered health insurance to 10 million uninsured, brought the economy back from the Bush disaster, managed to keep the U.S. out of any number of additional foreign wars, and been quite civil to the Republicans, considering their childish behavior. Time for them to grow up.

John Angell, Sacramento

Voters want Congress to work

Re “Republicans are still wrong on the issues” (Viewpoints, Nov. 7): Paul Krugman writes that the midterm election results are no reason to think better of the Republican positions on major issues. The facts indicate otherwise. Democrats lost so many seats in Congress because voters are not happy with the slow pace of recovery under President Barack Obama. They are particularly upset with a dysfunctional Congress, led by Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid’s obstruction of legislation that would help the economy.

Congress now has an opportunity to make real progress on supporting economic growth. First up would be approval of the Keystone pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs and produce millions in tax revenue. Democrats in states where jobs would be created support the pipeline’s construction. Congress also can eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical device companies, as well as the act’s mandates that effectively cut workers to 30-hour work weeks, which has a direct impact on lowering family incomes.

Ed Kaempf, Granite Bay

An optimistic picture

Re “GOP now the governing party” (Viewpoints, Nov. 8): David Brooks paints an optimistic picture of a “new” Congress, one which contains a number of new legislators with backgrounds in running large corporations. Hopefully this experience will help them draft new legislation to stimulate the economy. But how many of these same large companies have shifted production overseas?

To regain the nation’s strength in industry and commerce requires a monumental push for grown-in-America factories producing goods for domestic consumption. Will it be possible for these heads of corporations to push for new growth of American-made products? That’s what made America strong and provided jobs in the past. Only by having a solid workforce can we hope to regain the economic power we once had. Can this Congress do that?

Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento

Losing strides in diversity

Re “Charter school serves families from Soviet Union” (Page A1, Nov. 8): This article is very disturbing. This charter flies in the face of all our alleged gains in Brown v. Board of Education. I seriously doubt the parents who were forced to accept integration back then felt any different from these parents.

Here’s the bottom line: It’s public education, not private. What is best for our community and country is the primary concern. Two major events impacted racism’s stronghold on our culture. One was Brown v. Board of Education, and the other was the integration of the military. Other events continue to have impact, but none have come close to the impact of these two.

The description of what is going on here and the parents’ attitudes tell me we are losing the strides we have made and paying for it with public tax dollars. Shameful.

Christine Thomas, Sacramento

Not interested in diversity?

It is indeed wonderful to see that Community Outreach Academy achieving such great API scores. I submit, however, that the separatism espoused by the Outreach Academy’s parent committee chairman Pavel Efremov who stated, “I don’t really care about diversity,” may have the unintended consequence of developing intolerance in children.

Jack Stanfill, Carmichael

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