Letters to the Editor

Hens, movies, Rep. Matsui

Co-op upholds egg standards

Re “Hen ranchers dispute what’s in state’s egg laws” (Page A1, Dec. 20): California Grocers Association CEO Ronald Fong asserted that independent grocers would not be able to check compliance at egg ranches. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has done this for years. At one visit, I found two-thirds of the egg display empty. Upon asking a staff member why, I was told the other vendors did not meet the co-op’s standards for humane egg production. If a local grocer cannot check on their producers, I suggest they simply walk into the Sac Co-op and buy the brands the co-op carries. They will be as locally and humanely raised as can be found.

– Dan Lewis, Sacramento

Hen confinement law isn’t vague

The law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 that bans extreme confinement of egg-laying hens isn’t vague at all, and two courts have already ruled so, including the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. Here are the court’s own words: “Proposition 2 establishes a clear test … and that test does not require the investigative acumen of Columbo to determine if an egg farmer is in violation of the statute.” The egg producers who don’t want to comply with the law have tried to sue their way out of it, but the courts have stood firm, and now it’s time for them to stop dragging their feet and join with other cooperating egg producers to provide Californians with the more humane eggs that we overwhelmingly voted for in 2008.

– Carol Yeates, Sacramento

Movies, dinner service don’t mix

Re “Theater offers dinner and a movie” (Our Region, Dec. 22): Of all the ridiculous ideas, this one takes the cake.

Aren’t movie theaters dark and quiet zones? Imagine servers walking in front of the screen while taking orders, bringing food and drinks and delivering the check, while others try to watch the movie. This works well in a comedy club or nightclub, but not in a darkened movie house. Add alcohol to the mix, and the noise level goes up accordingly.

Movies are disruptive enough now with people texting and talking as if at home, but this is a whole new level of distraction. This venue is designed strictly for socializing, and no serious movie-goer would subject themselves to this lame concept.

– Stephen Farr, Folsom

Cat, mouse photo disturbing

Re “Paws in action” (Page A2, Dec. 21): I felt this Associated Press photo was extremely inappropriate and disturbing. I wonder why The Bee chose to run it, especially so close to the holidays.

The photo showed a cat in Germany tossing a mouse into the air right before killing it. To see the image of a living creature, even a mouse, a split second before its vicious killing was very troubling to me. If I felt that way, I wonder how a child might have felt, had he or she had the misfortune to see it.

– Donna Lynn Springer, Sacramento

Matsui’s law a major victory

Re “Matsui ‘an invisible back-bencher’” (Letters, Dec. 23): I was absolutely flummoxed when I read the letter referring to Rep. Doris Matsui as an invisible back-bencher.

I can tell you from my experience as the chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and other community organizations that the congresswoman has been totally effective in her support of the arts, urban redevelopment and health care legislation for Sacramento.

Matsui had a major victory when her legislation, the Excellence in Mental Health Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law. This is a $1.1 billion investment in strengthening our nation’s mental health safety net. This legislation will provide assistance to our providers of mental health and substance use disorder services. This issue has been too long ignored, but thanks to Rep. Matsui’s tireless legislative efforts, we get to celebrate a huge win that will make a true difference in the lives of millions of people for many years.

– Jan Geiger, Sacramento

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