Letters to the Editor

DMV must have been indisposed

DMV must have been indisposed

Re “DMV’s potty break dispute” (The State Worker, Oct. 7): Two weeks later, still having not received the placard, I called the DMV and was told a mail-in request takes six to eight weeks to process. But I could drive to a DMV office, walk in, stand in line, get the placard and walk back to my car on the same day.

If I could do that, would I need a placard?

The good news is I got my placard at the beginning of the eighth week. By that time, I didn’t need one. Perhaps DMV management should start monitoring potty breaks in the handicap placard department.

Joe Lampich, El Dorado Hills

Brown took stand for public health

Re “Jerry Brown signs bill restricting antibiotics in livestock” (sacbee.com, Oct. 10): When Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to restrict antibiotic use on livestock production, many future medical health professionals, like myself, breathed a sigh of relief.

California has taken a revolutionary step toward fighting the spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens through better livestock management.

Alexander Fleming, the father of penicillin, warned of the ignorant use of antibiotics 87 years ago. And his prediction turned out to be true, when up to 70 percent of antibiotics are indiscriminately used by livestock production today, running these superbugs into our food and water supply.

Fortunately, Senate Bill 27 prohibits the routine use of antibiotics on animals that are not sick. This puts us a step closer to bringing back the effectiveness of our medicine.

Phoebe Wong, Pleasanton

Governor restricts free speech

Re “California bans use of ‘Redskins’ as school mascot or team name” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11): What happened to free speech? Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that bans schools from using Redskins as a mascot. For years, we haven’t offended people. Why now? Schools and our governments are trying to rewrite our history.

Are we going to keep quiet or start speaking up?

Victoria Costanza, Sacramento

A lack of political correctness

Last week, on my way to Colorado, while traveling on Highway 160 through Arizona, we saw a Navajo high school, just east of the town of Kayenta.

On a large billboard in front of the school it said, home of the “Redskins,” not Native Americans.

I guess they are not politically correct in that area of the state.

John Schmidt, Folsom

Assisted-death bill confers a right

Re “Gov. Brown signs assisted-death bill” (Page 1A, Oct. 6): I think Gov. Brown made the right choice to sign the assisted-death bill. The bill would give near-death people the right to end their lives before the illness takes them. Anyone who is facing death like that should be able to end their lives.

Chloe Chitiva, Sacramento

Aid-in-dying bill will save money

Some people would like to make the choice, so their families will not have to see them suffer at the end and have to make the hard decisions for them. This also would save lots of money in medical bills. That would save thousands of families and loved ones from going into great debt, and losing their jobs, over trying to pay medical bills.

Matthew Carol, North Highlands

Brown wrong on gun control bill

Re “California bans concealed handguns on college, school campuses” (sacbee.com. Oct. 10): I voted for Gov. Brown and thought he was above political correctness. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a mass shooting in California committed by a person holding a concealed-weapons permit.

Mentally unstable people and criminals do not jump through hoops to obtain a CCW permit. I hope this makes the folks sponsoring this bill feel safer. In reality, they have nothing to fear from CCW permit holders. They’re the good guys.

David Thompson, Lincoln

Bill makes gun owners criminals

Senate Bill 707 makes every concealed-weapons permit holder a felon virtually every time he or she leaves the house while carrying. You will be within 1,000 feet of a school if you drive down the street where there’s a school or two streets away on any side of a school; go to a store near a school; or visit a friend who lives near a school.

There needs to be an injunction against this law because it turns CCW holders into felons for driving down the street.

Jim Kaupanger, Elverta


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