Letters to the Editor

Refugees, mental health, climate change, rights

Protesters on opposing sides of the Syrian refugee resettlement issue rally in front of the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Nov. 20. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said the state will welcome refugees and has criticized other governors who have threatened to stop accepting them following the recent terror attacks in Paris.
Protesters on opposing sides of the Syrian refugee resettlement issue rally in front of the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Nov. 20. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said the state will welcome refugees and has criticized other governors who have threatened to stop accepting them following the recent terror attacks in Paris. The Associated Press

Just the facts on refugees

Re “The ‘principled’ vote to punish refugees” (Editorials, Nov 22): I believe The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board is correct in stating that someone wishing to do us harm can enter the country with just a passport and in some instances there is not even a requirement to obtain a visa.

I am sure that I am not the only one confused about vetting Syrian refugees. Reports have stated that the process takes up to two years. I have heard reports stating that the president has approved a plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S.

I bring this up because I am concerned that the media seems more interested in pushing an agenda rather than providing facts, so that people like myself can reach a conclusion. Maybe what was done in the House was posturing or, perhaps it was one of the first steps to get the country to clean up its act regarding to immigration.

Bob Wurtzer,

Rancho Cordova

America’s safety comes first

There are no databases, or information on who the Syrian refugees are. Yet, the editorial board chastises the 47 House Democrats for confirming a veto-proof majority about wanting to be cautious and principled about keeping America safe. They join the 54 percent majority of U.S. citizens also wanting to pause the immigration process in the wake of unprecedented global terror.

Doug Hinchey, Lincoln

Treatment needed for mentally ill

Re “Sometimes there is no better life” (Letters, Nov. 22): The letter writer makes a common and false assumption that severely mentally ill people act rationally when they refuse help. It is arrogant and cruel to label homelessness a lifestyle choice for people whose broken brains are only capable of paranoid reactions. Society has lately abandoned seriously mentally ill adults to their own devices, endangering us all. It’s discrimination, because we do not treat the developmentally disabled, senile elderly or children this way.

Good programs, such as Laura’s Law, avoid true “forced” treatment by intervening early to nudge those who are seriously mentally ill back on meds before they get locked up as dangers to themselves or others. Waiting until they are irrational enough to be dangerous is costly, cruel and stupid; like waiting until a diabetic is hospitalized in a coma to administer treatment, when a timely glass of orange juice would have sufficed.

Mary Ann Bernard,

Sacramento

Another lie about climate change

Re “How far back is ‘on record’?” (Letters, Nov. 22): Letter writer Roger Hewitt incorrectly conflates the “Medieval Warm Period” with true global-scale warming. The Medieval Warm Period was a regional phenomenon, not global. It’s like comparing temperatures in the Mojave Desert with those in Canada. It can be done, but is pointless. The current high global temperatures are unprecedented over millennial time scales.

Chris Cappa, Sacramento

My rights or my life?

Re “Crossing the line on people’s rights” (Viewpoints, Nov. 22): I would like to remind Leonard Pitts that one person’s rights become void when they infringe on others. In this case, the infringement is on the lives of American citizens.

It’s my right to walk peacefully down the street in the middle of the night. But I would like to note that this right was taken away from the people in Ferguson, Baltimore, Watts and other cities via a curfew. It’s called protecting the people.

As for Fox “News” as you described it, they cover all the news issues other cable new stations cover, and more. If I had not watched Fox News and only watched their cable “peacock” competitor, I wouldn’t have known about “Fast & Furious” for months, let alone any of the “so-called” anti-Obama news that the other station didn’t, or should I say, wouldn’t report. Wake up America, a non-lethal right or your lives.

Tom Orsat, Folsom

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