Letters to the Editor

Ferguson, UC pay, GOP, appliance standards

The system worked

Re “No indictment, no peace” (Page A1, Nov. 25): The system worked, just like it’s designed to. People may not agree with the verdict, but the system worked.

Now we have the people who do not agree with that verdict burning down people’s livelihoods and businesses because they didn’t get what they wanted all along: the officer’s head on a stick.

I found the headline “no indictment, no peace” to be poetic. That’s what was being muttered under every protester’s breath for the last three months. Will justice be handed out to the hoodlums who destroyed property? In the long run, no matter what the verdict was, Ferguson, Mo., was going to burn.

Steve Sherman, Herald

A poem for Ferguson

Violence begets violence. No matter the ethnicity or nation. The color of skin does not matter. Wake up! See the peace we could have. See that we do not need to argue. See we all want the same thing. Wake up! This is the only chance we have. This is the only world we have. This world needs us to calm down. Wake up! Stop fighting each other; we are all brothers and sisters; there is only one race; so wake up, humans, and end the nightmare. Wake up!

Rachel Moran, Sacramento

Mayor Johnson and Ferguson

Re “Fear, force collide in Ferguson” (Marcos Breton, Nov. 26): Mayor Kevin Johnson’s televised and social media comments expressed disappointment with the grand jury’s findings on the shooting of Michael Brown. Such premature, uninformed musings were out of line and upset the Sacramento police union. It could have led to violence here. The police union put its faith in Johnson by supporting the strong-mayor measure. Suppose it had been one of Sacramento’s officers involved? As for bemoaning attacks on social media, there is one sure-fire way to avoid it and that is by not participating in it. We see and hear enough we would like to avoid on TV and in print.

Lorraine Gervais, Sacramento

What gets measured gets done

Re “The wrong measure of success in universities” (Viewpoints, Nov. 25): I can’t tell if Susan Gubernat’s criticism of AB 94’s effort to impose objective performance measures on institutions of higher education is irony or satire. Considering her profession, however, it may be both.

Using literary references to 19th-century poets to defend her view that broader access is the 21st-century mission of the modern university is proof of academic, self-serving myopia. She and her faculty colleagues may be proud it takes over six years to provide a service that was available in three to four, but as a taxpayer funding that extension of time for assessment of goals, dreams and passions, I prefer efficiency and an expiration date.

Dennis Clear, Sacramento

UC pay a problem

Re “UC regents advance tuition hike” (Letters, Nov. 25): The letter from retired professor Kitty Calavita was not only way off base, it’s insulting to taxpayers.

The simple assertion that evil Proposition 13 is behind the current financial woes for the UC system is laughable. By asserting that, one has to believe every cent currently within the UC system is spent wisely and managed properly. Look no further than the public database for California employee pay to find your answer. Calavita spiked her own salary $24,000 in her last two years at UC Irvine. By doing so, her retirement pay almost certainly rose. Now she chooses to lecture us on paying our fair share through higher taxes.

Sean McKenna, Placerville

GOP political suicide

Re “GOP outraged by decision to unilaterally suspend threat of deportation” (Page A1, Nov. 21): The Republican Party is committing political suicide by opposing Obama’s executive order on immigration reform. The GOP is coming across as racist and inhumane. They would rather separate families and deport parents of American-born children and have their kids go to foster care. Latino voters will certainly remember the GOP’s opposition to immigration reform in 2016 when they vote for a presidential candidate.

All I can say is bravo for Obama and shame on the GOP.

Noemi Murillo, Sacramento

New thinking, better standards

Re “Let water flow in bathroom faucets” (Viewpoints, Nov. 20): Since 1975, the California Energy Commission has saved consumers billions of dollars by passing standards that make appliances and buildings more efficient. The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition highlights one of many suggestions made regarding the importance of conserving water through appliance standards.

The Energy Commission fully considers the merits of proposals, like this, before new regulations are set. The public process to update appliance standards relies on stakeholders and interested parties raising issues and bringing research to the forefront. Appliance standards are meant to create a public good by saving water, energy and money spent on monthly bills, and any standard will consider and protect public health.

The Energy Commission will continue developing and adopting forward-looking, yet reasonable, standards that both result in significant savings and ensure consumers can choose products with the features they desire.

Andrew McAllister, commissioner of California Energy Commission, Sacramento

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