Letters to the Editor

Identify our common goals

Candida Miller, left, and Brandon Snyder leave flowers at a site of a growing memorial to victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.
Candida Miller, left, and Brandon Snyder leave flowers at a site of a growing memorial to victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The Associated Press

Identify our common goals

Re “It’s not your kid, but why is that enough for us?” (Forum, Oct. 4): Jack Ohman’s column on the Oregon shootings was hard to read, but so important.

I find it absurd that these tragedies continue to occur and yet we as a society are apparently unwilling to do anything meaningful to stop them. We Americans have creatively solved so many problems, and we carefully and effectively address public health and safety concerns with the goal of minimizing risks, particularly to children.

Yet on this issue we are paralyzed, and I find it unacceptable. This issue is not black and white; it will require that we identify our common goals (e.g., no more mass shootings) and work together to achieve them. Yes, it will mean some level of compromise, but thinking beyond our own narrow interests is what we do for the benefit of our community as a whole.

Andrea Clark, Davis

Next time it could be your child

Jack Ohman states that too many parents seem to forget about mass shootings soon after they occur. In a collective sigh, we mourn the victims and soon go about our business until the next tragedy.

We need to develop a collective attitude that says we can admit that one of our own may have mental health issues and needs help. Too many parents of these young men describe them as staying in their rooms and not interacting with others, yet they do not see the problems. What is needed is a nationwide educational push that would identify the triggers and symptoms that too many families either ignore or miss altogether.

The divide over gun control has been the focus each time a mass shooting occurs. While restriction of automatic and semi-automatic weapons could reduce the severity of the incidents we have to focus on the shooters to really reduce the violence they create.

Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento

Reasons to oppose ‘motor voter’ bill

Re “Pass ‘motor voter,’ but don’t stop there” (Editorials, Oct. 4): The Sacramento Bee editorial board supports Assembly Bill 1461, stating that it “would automatically register adult citizens to vote.” This bill will also automatically register noncitizens to vote. The Election Integrity Project has discovered that: “California’s DMV records are unable to differentiate between U.S. citizens and noncitizens when automatically entering them into the voter rolls.”

The editorial stated: “But the measure has checks to ensure only qualified voters are registered.” What measures are those? The recent version of the bill removed the document code that identifies a person’s eligibility as a citizen of the U.S.

This bill contains a multitude of reasons for opposition.

Janet West, Long Beach

I support the work of Susan G. Komen

Re “We have awareness – now work on breast cancer cure” (Forum, Oct. 4): What a slam to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

In the article, the author is ungrateful for an organization that has made many people aware of the disease, saved lives through promoting early detection and provided hope.

The author states that 11 percent was spent on screening which merely finds cancer. That’s a primary goal, finding breast cancer early affects the outcome.

Those of us who are breast cancer survivors are grateful and hold Susan G. Komen in high esteem. They give us resources, support, sisterhood and hope. I will wear pink with pride this month and share my experience with Susan G. Komen with others. My donations will not stop.

Mylissa Nance, Carmichael

We can cure breast cancer

I disagree with the commentary that we are failing in efforts to save lives from breast cancer and that supporting Susan G. Komen is money poorly spent.

The 2.8 million current breast cancer survivors reflect that most women with breast cancer are cured. Breast cancer death rates have fallen by a third since 1990 through improved treatments and screening mammography.

With improved screening mammogram techniques, ultrasound and MRIs, we have the ability to find most cancers when they can be cured. Early detection and the cure it offers only work if women are aware, choose and have access to testing. Sadly, many women are not benefiting from current technology.

My mom is a 30-year survivor of breast cancer found with mammography. Please have yourself, family and friends tested.

Dr. Daniel Herron, Fair Oaks

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