Letters to the Editor

Address opioid epidemic

The Obama administration unveiled a plan Tuesday to ramp up spending on drug treatment and prevention and to expand patient access to naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug, and other drugs proven to curb addiction.
The Obama administration unveiled a plan Tuesday to ramp up spending on drug treatment and prevention and to expand patient access to naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug, and other drugs proven to curb addiction. The Associated Press

Address opioid epidemic

Re “Drug addicts finally a priority in politics” (Editorials, Feb. 4): The Bee’s editorial board is absolutely right that what matters most right now is that something gets done by Congress to address opioid addiction and overdose in this country.

But the most well-funded business lobby in this country is not going to go away quietly. It will be a challenge for Congress and my representative, Ami Bera, to do the right thing and enact legislation that provides for treatment and prevention of opioid addiction, as well as regulate Big Pharma.

Perhaps if they looked into the eyes of the 15-year-old heroin addict who is desperately trying to stay clean like I did today, then it wouldn’t be such a challenge.

Bridget Whitted, Folsom

Board out of touch on crime

Re “A good first step to demilitarize police” (Editorials, Feb. 3): It’s obvious that none of the editors on the The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board has ever worked the streets as a police officer. It also appears they don’t have a grasp on the crime that goes on around us.

Congratulations to the city of Woodland for having the foresight to take that armored vehicle off of Davis’ hands. At least it will be close by when Davis needs it.

Kevin R. Dougherty, Folsom

Shkreli in contempt?

Re “Pharma CEO refuses to testify, still infuriates” (Business, Feb. 5): What does it take to get yourself cited for contempt of Congress? Drug company executive and professional narcissist Martin Shkreli seemed to be doing everything possible to exhibit his disdain for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, capping his smirking, inattentive appearance with a tweet calling the committee members “imbeciles.”

Apparently that doesn’t qualify as contempt these days.

Gary Garnier, Lincoln

Pro-life Cruz favors bombing?

Re “Cruz eclipses Trump; Clinton, Sanders seesaw” (Page 1A, Feb. 2): Ted Cruz won Iowa by appealing to the pro-life evangelical Christians. How can Cruz be pro-life when he advocates carpet-bombing Islamic State territories? Terms like “carpet bombing” are merely sanitized versions of mass murder.

Doris Concklin, Carmichael

The two sides of Cruz

Re “GOP’s contrast in leadership” (Viewpoints, Feb. 5): If Ted Cruz ever gets to the White House, he will be the first president in history to run the government and shut it down at the same time.

Stephen Farr, Folsom

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