Letters to the Editor

Homeless sites, Nancy Reagan, UCD chancellor, Hillary

Where is a suitable homeless site?

Re “Housing expert is skeptic on tents” (Marcos Breton, March 6): Breton raises important homeless tent-city housing issues. Neighborhoods lacking political clout end up with even more in need, while wealthy areas get none.

The fragile neighborhood where I live contains almost half of all public housing in Sacramento. Politicians want to cram more in. Integration of needed housing throughout Sacramento would be far more helpful and democratic.

The well-connected Not in My Back Yard plutocrats rule weak politicians. Both are barriers to a better Sacramento for all.

Craig Chaffee, Sacramento

These poor people need our help

As a special education teacher, I’ve learned that everyone is not given the same gifts in life. Some people truly do need help and support from others. I’m sure that there are homeless people who will never be able to be transitioned into permanent housing. Even if there were tent cities in Sacramento, there will always be some individuals who will not fit in and refuse to be part of that plan. But how can we as a society say, “You cannot be here” and not offer an alternative?

I understand that no one wants a homeless camp next door, but it sounds like people have really been trying to find possible locations. A tent city would be a first step in providing a safe place for the homeless. Donations could make it a stepping stone for a better home situation for those who are capable. Efforts to find more permanent housing will need to be an ongoing effort.

If I were homeless with no other options, I would live in a tent city. Wouldn’t you?

Judith Herrmann,


She was a splendid advocate

Re “Nancy Reagan set the standard for first ladies” (Editorials, March 7): Kudos to the Sacramento Bee for commending Nancy Reagan’s efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Following President Ronald Reagan’s announcement of his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, Mrs. Reagan used her voice to represent families, increase awareness and advocate for more research. Their courage helped to bring discussions of this disease out of the shadows.

Mrs. Reagan was a long-standing honorary member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors, and her involvement in the cause inspired the Alzheimer’s community of families, caregivers and researchers. We do not take for granted the influence she had as an advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause. And we will continue to aggressively pursue greater awareness, support for families and research that will ultimately cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Michelle Johnston,


Put first ladies in perspective

While I appreciate the love for President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan was not a standard setter. That honor goes to Eleanor Roosevelt, with Jackie Kennedy Onassis a close second.

Mrs. Roosevelt worked very hard to improve the lives of those in need. The other two ladies were beautiful, well dressed, and well-spoken and invested. But no one had the impact that Eleanor Roosevelt did during her years in the White House.

Danny Delgado,


UCD chancellor should just go

Re “Time for explanation and examination at UC” (Editorials, March 6): Both your strong opinion and Jack Ohman’s clever cartoon were very good, but could you not see this coming?

Seven years ago The Sacramento Bee noted that UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi was under a cloud during her previous position as the University of Illinois provost.

Chancellor Katehi should be offered a buyout and go away.

Stephen P. Keller, Rocklin

Beware yet another Clinton

Re “Smooth ride to Oval Office” (Letters, March 7): President Hillary Clinton would be the worst thing that could happen to this nation’s hard-working middle class.

Remember it was Bill Clinton who created the “giant sucking sound” by signing the North American Free Trade Agreement, sending thousands of companies and millions of American jobs to foreign nations in search of cheap labor.

Coty Artrip, Sacramento