Letters to the Editor

Katehi protests, Trump’s wall, work schedules, the Delta

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi is questioned by members of two state Assembly panels at a hearing to examine outside employment policies for executives at California’s public universities.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi is questioned by members of two state Assembly panels at a hearing to examine outside employment policies for executives at California’s public universities. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Had enough of all the apologies

Re “Hey, ho, Katehi protesters, time to go” (Editorials, April 6): The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board supports keeping UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, despite several incidents of showing poor judgment.

She ordered campus police to remove protesters, and the students were pepper sprayed – guilty for accepting responsibility. She took a position with a textbook company that sold textbooks to colleges and received more than $400,000 – a conflict of interest. She took a $70,000 position with a for-profit college that was under investigation by the government – guilty of poor judgment.

Katehi has apologized for all the incidents. The Bee’s editorial board supports keeping Katehi because she has apologized. How many apologies will it take for the editorial board to accept before asking her to resign? Katehi has repeatedly made poor decisions while representing the school, students and people of California.

Leslie H. Brown,


UC Davis students are right to protest

I’m laughing. If UC Davis students were protesting a Republican or conservative, The Bee’s editorial board would cheer them on. But the students have dared to speak out against one of the liberal anointed, so a stern talking-to is in order.

But the students are right. If UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi were the CEO of a public corporation, moonlighting like she has would certainly result in punishment.

UC Davis students have every right to feel betrayed, as do California’s taxpayers.

Martin Owens, Sacramento

Don’t build a wall, renegotiate NAFTA

Re “Trump says he’ll fund wall by cutting Mexico remittances” (Page 9A, April 6): Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, heavily subsided U.S. corn and other staples poured into Mexico, lowering prices, and small Mexican farmers found themselves unable to make a living. Some 2 million have been forced to leave their farms since NAFTA. At the same time, consumer food prices rose, notably the cost of the tortilla.

As a result, 20 million Mexicans live in “food poverty.” Twenty-five percent do not have access to basic food, and one-fifth of Mexican children suffer from malnutrition.

The answer to illegal Mexican immigration is not a wall to keep Mexicans out. The answer to illegal Mexican immigration is renegotiating NAFTA so Mexicans can make a living in Mexico.

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

Bill on schedules would help kids

Re “Bill on schedules is bad for business” (Viewpoints, April 6): As a teacher, I have seen the effects of the scheduling practices of corporations. Many of my colleagues and I have experienced record no-shows at parent conferences because parents have had to cancel or reschedule at the last minute.

I listened to one tearful parent, the employee of a corporate grocery chain, describe how she will receive a two-week schedule, only to have it completely changed the night before she is due to work. Her shifts are routinely changed from graveyard to day shift, which is unhealthy for her and detrimental to finding quality child care and sending a well-rested child to school each day.

All this seems to be in service to the bottom line: hiring the lowest number of workers to fill the greatest numbers of shifts. The opponents of shift regulation might heed something I tell my students: Treat others how you want to be treated.

Cheryl Wynton,


Isenberg correct on Delta needs

Re “Some parting thoughts for the water warriors” (Op-Image, April 2): Phil Isenberg correctly states that “California law also mandates that we ‘reduce reliance on the Delta in meeting California’s future water needs.’ That means an actual reduction in water taken from the Delta watershed, and is reflected in the Delta Plan.”

Delta water diversions have led us to a collapsed natural ecosystem and a growing list of endangered species. Important food items such as the opossum shrimp and the zooplankter Eurytemora affinis have also plummeted from historical levels.

What is needed is not higher levels of water diversions, but less. We have already taken too much. Freshwater flows to the ocean are not “wasted,” but rather support a biological productive estuary with higher water quality that all Californians should value. Government agencies have a duty to protect these public trust resources by releasing more water through the Delta and into San Francisco Bay. We all should support this.

Arthur Charles

Knutson Jr., Sacramento


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