Letters to the Editor

Katehi, CSU, prostitution, abortion wars

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was placed on leave Wednesday night pending the outcome of “a rigorous and transparent investigation.”
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was placed on leave Wednesday night pending the outcome of “a rigorous and transparent investigation.” rbenton@sacbee.com

Don’t pay Katehi to go away quietly

Re “Katehi put on leave” (Page 1A, April 28): I sincerely hope that the University of California will not pay UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi some large amount of money to just go away quietly. Although we – and the Legislature – shouldn’t get involved in internal UC personnel decisions, it would be simply wrong to use UC money to pay off someone who violated UC policies.

If a lower-level employee had done what Katehi is accused of, they’d be simply fired and sent on their way. Why should she be treated differently simply because she is at a higher level?

Chris Stevens, Santa Cruz

Targeting CSU faculty is absurd

Re “Senate committee hurts CSU students” (Editorials, April 21): The fact that The Sacramento Bee editorial board is trying to connect the California Faculty Association’s recent win of wage reimbursement to faculty turning their backs on their students is absurd.

College students who can afford to attend and complete degrees in four years are not the population who need more support. CFA and the Senate members who said “no” to Senate Bill 1450 are not turning their backs – we want a fair and just education system which supports the public. The entire California higher education system needs an overhaul, and it needs to assess its priorities.

Stop treating our students as ATM machines. Chancellor Steve White did the right thing by finally reimbursing the faculty who have been put on the back-burner for nearly 10 years. CFA will continue to do the right thing by standing up for and with students who deserve an affordable, quality education.

Nicki Mehta, Sacramento

Here’s one way stop prostitution

Re “Helping hotels put a damper on sex trade” (Insight, Erika D. Smith, April 28): I believe that if we really want to put a stop to prostitution, then we will have to do the hard thing, and just legalize it.

If we legalized prostitution, then the sex trade would no longer be underground, therefore, taking away the incentive for people to continue to join the sex trade.

Mark Rodriguez,

Sacramento

Trump’s comments insult all women

Re “Trump’s ‘woman card’ jab at Clinton may fail at swaying female voters” (Insight, April 27): By his current and past comments aimed at, not only Hillary Clinton, but many other females, Donald Trump has shown he has no respect for women and no respect for the office of president.

He is calling into question all women whether they’re running for president, senator, Legislature or school board. His use of the term “woman card” calls into question all working women and whether Trump believes that women can only attain a job or elected office because of their gender. Look at Trump’s comments aimed at women for what they are: insulting.

David Kalb, Davis

Disappointing lack of understanding

Re “Of a soldier and the collateral damage in the abortion wars” (Insight, Shawn Hubler, April 26): The highlight headline online says “Yet abortion and teen parenthood are at historic lows and even Pope Francis preaches compassion” is egregiously uninformed. However, it lays the foundational, and predictably, haughty soapbox for the rest of the column.

Cherry-picking “even the Catholic church has taken a kinder, gentler stance, both on birth control and on judging other peoples’ difficult choices” displays a disappointing lack of understanding, which I’m sure is representative of the general public.

Simply put, the Catholic Church cannot, and will not, change its values. Let’s be clear – the church’s stance on birth control has not changed. And the true teachings of the church have never promoted judging others, difficult choices or not. The pope’s messages of love and mercy resonate with many, but leave it to the media to focus on sound bites that suit their needs.

Rose Escriva,

West Sacramento

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