Letters to the Editor

Planned Parenthood, traffic fines, vaccinations

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards testifies on Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards testifies on Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Associated Press

Who didn’t win

Re “Who won, besides Planned Parenthood?” (Editorials, Oct. 1): I don’t know who won, but I know who didn’t: the 1.3 million Americans who are aborted each year. I am a conservative, and I support a women’s right to choose whether to keep or abort her baby. It just saddens me that so many are lost only because they are not wanted. I also support Planned Parenthood for the actual services they provide for young women and men who need health and contraceptive services. I just hate the death of so many and the loss of our humanity.

Jeff Moran, Elk Grove

Retain Planned Parenthood

Back in the 1970s, when I worked as a counselor for teens, I steered many a girl to Planned Parenthood to learn about birth control, responsible sexual activities, family planning and general health. It was an organization, from my viewpoint, that worked with women on myriad health issues. Through the years, the organization now has the reputation of an abortion mill without ever discussing that the fetus could be a living baby and it too should be protected. Those in charge of Planned Parenthood have lost sight of their original focus. We should not disband Planned Parenthood but get those in charge to renew their original focus on family planning and women’s health.

V. Ellen Smith, Fair Oaks

Paying traffic fines

Re “State to accept partial traffic-fine payments” (Page 6A, Oct. 1): If you do the crime, you pay the fine. What happened to the phrase “living within your means”? Traffic fines are totally within your control. I, personally, have better things to do with my money than give more of it to the government. So I do not speed, run stop signs, or commit (knowingly) any other violation of the vehicle code anymore.

Albert F. Kammerer, Sacramento

College athlete pay

Re “Court strikes down pay for college athletes” (Page 6A, Oct. 1): I attended Purdue in the 1950s and played baseball there. We shared the same locker room as the football team, and it was common knowledge that if a football player needed money for a date, dry cleaning, etc., all he had to do was contact the assistant golf coach, who held the purse strings, and he could get a $20 bill. In those days twenty bucks paid for much more than two fancy dinners and a movie. I can just imagine the amount going under the table today.

Dick Rooney, Lincoln

Vaccinate your children

Re “State vaccine referendum falls short in internal count” (Page 1A, Oct. 1): It is infuriating to know that there are people who spend their days dreaming of ways to not vaccinate their children and still have them in the public and private school system, sharing the classroom with mine. Why don’t these parents truly care for their children and protect them from these preventable diseases? If you can’t muster the skill or strength to do so, keep your child home.

Ruth Pagano, West Sacramento

Lane-splitting deaths

Re “Motorcyclist killed on I-80” (Page 4A, Sept. 29): Another senseless death due to lane splitting. What you won’t read about are probably thousands of near misses a year between lane-splitting motorcyclists and vehicles.

Recently, as we were returning to Sacramento on I-80, the normal causeway slowdown was occurring. I was going about 20 mph in my full-size truck when a lane splitter went by me at about 50 mph, missing my mirror by about 3 inches. It startled me so much I was shaking the rest of the way home. I was about to pull to the left in my lane to see the traffic ahead. I could have killed both the motorcyclist and rider.

I enjoy motorcycles and have many friends who do. But it is time for California to ban motorcycle lane splitting like every other state has.

Kenton Ashworth, Folsom


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