Letters to the Editor

Rocklin psych, chickens, free speech, Syrian enclave, etc.

Raising chickens in the open air seems humane – until hawks start showing up, a letter writer says.
Raising chickens in the open air seems humane – until hawks start showing up, a letter writer says. hamezcua@sacbee.com

An embarrassment in Rocklin

Re “Rocklin psych site raises concerns” (Local, Nov. 22): Many Rocklin residents are appalled by the stigma, baseless fears, ignorant misconceptions – labeling all patients “acutely psychotic” – advanced by opponents of the proposed Universal Health Services hospital location. None of the fear-mongers has cited a single example of an increase in crime or the dire scenarios they predict occurring near similar facilities.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans adults have a diagnosable mental disorder. Statistically, numerous socioeconomic factors have a higher correlation to violent crime than does being treated for a psychiatric disorder.

Officials should not yield to the fears of those who think they can maintain Rocklin’s imagined sanctity by shutting out a needed behavioral health care facility.

Connie McLennan, Rocklin

Free chickens not always happy

Re “UC farm a poultry experiment” (Local, Nov. 23): In my experience with free-range chickens up here in Plumas County, the hawks have a field day. The hens get so freaked out after watching their friends get aerially slaughtered, they run for cover, cowering in fear.

The only way to prevent them getting picked off is to cover the entire field with hawk-proof netting, which isn’t feasible for larger parcels. Dogs help somewhat if you can keep them from killing the chickens, but most free-range egg farmers I know resort to shooting any hawk in sight, which decimates raptor populations and also happens to be illegal. It reminds me a little of solar and wind-powered electric projects that have collateral damage to bird populations.

Harry Rogers, Greenville

Free speech or persecution?

Re “Freedom of speech is alive and well” (Letters, Nov. 24): In his rebuke of Ben Boychuk’s Viewpoints column, Donald D. deRosier states that “freedom of speech is the ability to criticize the viewpoints of others and advocate for change.” Advocate for change? Students aren’t advocating, they are arbitrarily dictating.

In my opinion, Boychuk was not objecting to the speech of students but to the injustice that results from said speech. We all have the right to speak our minds, but when it results in the reduction of the rights of others it’s called oppression. In these college cases it’s called persecution.

George Lidgett, Sacramento

Land Park the next Syrian enclave?

Re “Caution make good sense” (Letters, Nov. 24): Now that we have heard from Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills and Rancho Murrieta, I hope Gov. Jerry Brown is recording all the places that don’t want Syrian refugees. Kind of a pity, since those places were No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5, after Berlin and Paris, in a recent survey of Syrian refugees asking, “Where would you like to retire?”

Land Park would be glad to take a bunch. There’ll even be some homes up for sale, because once Trump is elected, we’ll have to move to Mexico just to get our lawns mowed and houses cleaned.

Of course it’ll be a while, since after the 1 percent who pass the refugee screening are vetted by the government agencies, it’ll be a year and a half before they set foot on U.S. soil. But terrorists are clever and may be practicing patience to lull us into complacency.

Peter Rodman, Sacramento

Media bias is helping Trump

Re “Trump’s Savior” (Editorial cartoon, Nov. 24): Jack Ohman’s cartoon of Donald Trump being told he does not “show up on the new national religious database as ‘God’ ” strikes a new low for The Sacramento Bee.

I found the cartoon to be desperate to show Trump in a bad way. Trump is a straight-talking, self-made man who has employed thousands of people. He’s also a real American who doesn’t have to run for president, but with the state of the Union in such sad shape, we need an honest man who gets things done. He’s got my vote.

David Brannan,

Citrus Heights

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