Letters to the Editor

UC tuition hikes, safe products, campaign contributions, etc.

Tuition hikes have consequences

Re “No UC tuition hike in Senate plan” (Page A1, Dec. 3): Finally, something to help the average man. This is great to finally see higher education being promoted.

I am a college student who knows how much school alone costs. Last year when applying to colleges, I had to make decisions based on price, which is something you shouldn’t have to worry about when it comes to your future. Everyone says the government helps you by giving you the opportunity of financial aid and grants, but in reality, that can sometimes not be enough, or an opportunity offered to you.

Amongst my group of friends, I’m the one who fell in the middle economically. Surrounding me, I had friends whose parents were doctors who could allow them to go anywhere. Below me I had friends whose parents had four kids and didn’t make more than $30,000 a year, but they received so much money from the government in financial aid that they would pay for school and turn around to go on a shopping spree. Then there’s my family, who made just enough money to not receive any help but who still struggles to put three kids through college and food on the table.

This new budget increase will allow for so many more opportunities for the middle-class people, something that is well-deserved and much-needed.

Taylor Harris, Stockton

Transferring and tuition

I am student at San Joaquin Delta College, and some people don’t understand what it means to hear this. There are a lot of students who are close to finishing their education at a two-year community college and are looking to transfer to a four-year university within the next year. A high percentage of these students, including myself, have been discouraged to transfer due to the rising costs of higher education. Now, we can transfer surely knowing that the tuition rates will not be rising every year of attending a four-year school.

Thanks to Kevin de León for this plan for students like me who will be able to have one less obstacle to pursue a higher education.

Jackelyn Salgado, Stockton

Innovation, not regulation

Re “Green chemistry regs going off track” (Viewpoints, Dec. 3): Sam Blakeslee is right when he questions how the Department of Toxic Substances Control is enforcing our state’s landmark 2009 law that requires harmful chemicals to be replaced with safer alternatives. However, changing the way chemicals are regulated isn’t the only way to protect Californians. In fact, it isn’t even the best way.

We can replace the system of producing chemicals, regulators checking them and then industry coming up with minor changes before the regulators require more changes. Instead, products can be created safely at the beginning. There’s a program based on the Cradle to Cradle design principles of creating products using safe materials, which can be reused or recycled.

More than 250 companies around the globe have joined this program, and many others are joining. Rather than the stick of regulation, let’s use the carrot of innovation and market demand to create products that are good for people and our environment.

Bridgett Luther, San Francisco

Callous disregard

Re “Sacramento cops aren’t Ferguson cops” (Marcos Breton, Dec. 2): “We responded to complaint calls of vile smells and found elderly people living in deplorable conditions. There’s nothing quite like the smell of the home of a senior citizen who hasn’t cracked a window in a long time.”

This quote is from the Dec. 2 column by Marcos Breton. The commentary is about a day Breton spent on patrol with a Sacramento patrolman and how terrific the police are here in Sacramento, and maybe so. However, he seems to have a profound disgust for the elders in our community. Perhaps it’s an issue he has from his childhood. Either way, how on earth did The Bee’s editors let this go to print?

This is the very sort of callous disregard for the human condition that is causing the violence against the marginalized by the police today.

Kathleen A. Stricklin, Sacramento

Insulting to older people

Marcos Breton’s column is usually the first thing I read in The Bee on the days it is published. I sometimes don’t agree with him but find his writing interesting. Recently, he gratuitously insulted older people without reason.

I see nothing in these remarks that adds to or the column. I find it insulting. What if someone wrote that same sentence and named another group of people instead of senior citizens? The Bee and Mr. Breton would be appalled and incensed. Many of the people Breton insults have serious disabilities and don’t deserve such insults.

Marcos Breton regularly takes others to task for what he perceives as inappropriate statements. He needs to look at his own words.

Robert Earl Nance III, Chico

Left hanging on link

Re “Voters should seize chance to be heard” (Editorials, Dec. 3): Your headline was a great call to action to rally your readers to weigh in with the FEC on public disclosure of campaign contributions. And then you left us hanging with no instructions on how to be “heard.” By your own admission, “Finding the website where you can file your comments is no easy task.” And then you don’t tell us how to find it. Help us to be heard. Share the link!

Lisa Riley, Sacramento

Editor’s note

We included the link in the online version of the editorial at sacbee.com. Here is the web address: http://sacb.ee/20Oy

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