Letters to the Editor

Election, levees, Franklin Boulevard, water rates

In 2007, an office at 2015 Q St. was headquarters for Barack Obama’s Democratic presidential campaign. Today, it’s a medical marijuana clinic and dispensary.
In 2007, an office at 2015 Q St. was headquarters for Barack Obama’s Democratic presidential campaign. Today, it’s a medical marijuana clinic and dispensary. Sacramento Bee file

Angry campaign may add voters

Re “Elections should inspire, not incite” (Insight, Marcos Breton, Feb. 14): The anger in the 2016 presidential campaign is driven by voter dissatisfaction with the country’s direction since 9/11.

Instability reigns in the Middle East, and terrorism is a top concern. While climate change destroys the planet, America has done little to address this problem. The economy has improved, yet the middle class is disappearing, and on average, women get paid less than men for the same work. Too many children lack access to safe shelter and nutrition. Mass shootings happen regularly, police-community relationships are frayed in many cities, and the United States has the world’s highest rate of incarceration.

A positive from all this anger is that it could motivate more Americans to vote – which means more Americans holding their elected officials accountable.

Jason Orta, Sacramento

Who should pay for levees?

Re “Property tax hike afoot to fix levees” (Page 1A, Feb. 15): The citizens of Natomas voted in a tax hike on themselves to fix the levees around Natomas. Now we are being asked to tax ourselves again to help fix levees elsewhere in Sacramento. Why weren’t the rest of Sacramento’s citizens taxed to fix the Natomas levees? It hardly seems fair.

Dave Savage, Sacramento

Save Franklin’s storied past

Re “Once ‘ugliest street’ needs another face-lift” (Op Image, Feb. 13): Franklin Boulevard was part of the route used to transport the Saturn V third-stage rocket from Courtland to Douglas Aircraft Company Sacramento Test Operations in the early 1960s.

The rocket was loaded onto a truck from a dock at River Road and Russell Road and then driven up River Road to Hood-Franklin Road to Franklin Boulevard to Elk Grove Boulevard to East Stockton Boulevard to Granite Line Road and finally to Douglas Road to the Sacramento site. Perhaps one day we will have historic signage along the route to celebrate this part of Sacramento space history.

Terri Pennello, Sacramento

Water hike will penalize public

Re “City advisory panel backs water rate hike proposal” (Local, Feb. 12): The public has diligently saved water during the drought. So, now, Sacramento is seeking to increase water rates. I am sure it will not stop at this point; other agencies will probably follow suit.

Don’t penalize the public for saving water. We saved – now you don’t have enough capital. That shouldn’t be the public’s problem.

J.G. Newton, Citrus Heights

Why not victory gardens?

Re “Life after lawn can be a beautiful water saver” (Gardening, Feb. 15): Debbie Arrington suggests that homeowners replace their lawns with ugly artificial turf. Why not grow food instead of lawns, much like the victory gardens of World War II?

My parents have neighbors who have drawn attention to the movement for growing food on the front lawn and are on official county garden tours. Organizations such as Food Not Lawns have promoted the idea that edible plants growing on front lawns can be beautiful as well as ecological water savers.

Michelle Kunert, Sacramento

Shameful graduation rates

Re “Which California colleges really take 4 years to graduate from?” (Data Tracker, Feb. 13): Private colleges graduate the most in four years and state-run schools graduate the least in four years. Do the graduation percentages drastically increase during the next three years?

With the California and national statistics, does it make sense for taxpayers to pay for “free” college? College students are adults. Personal financial responsibility should be the incentive to choose a degree that will give them a good living and to graduate. If they don’t, it shouldn’t be the taxpayer’s responsibility.

John Hightower, Orangevale

Good call to block oil train

Re “Oil train plans hit roadblocks in state” (Page 1A, Feb. 13): Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s support of decisions to block milelong oil trains coming through California towns shows his concern for his constituents.

Saylor said the recent Benicia Planning Commission decision, along with the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission staff’s similar recommendation, is nationally important, as communities are taking harder looks at 100-car crude-oil train projects that have already caused devastating accidents.

Lyra Halprin and Alan Jackson, Davis

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