Letters to the Editor

Letters: PreCheck fees, homeless camps, expensive tennis shoes

Passengers at Sacramento International Airport this summer can expect longer waits at security checkpoints.
Passengers at Sacramento International Airport this summer can expect longer waits at security checkpoints. rbenton@sacbee.com

TSA PreCheck fees outrageous

Re “Crowded summer, longer lines ahead at Sacramento Airport” (Insight, April 28): As a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who has held “top secret” clearances, I object to being charged an $85 fee for expedited security clearance. For me the day will never dawn when I will pay this fee. This is just another way for the federal government to extract more money from people’s wallets.

What have they done to streamline the process? For example, elderly citizens in wheelchairs should have long ago been given expedited security access. Likewise families with small children should automatically be given expedited security screening. Perhaps I missed it, but I don’t recall any process streamlining TSA implemented on their own without grabbing for more fees from the law-abiding public. Finally, I bet congressmen, senators and other Washington elites don’t stand in long lines as does the public.

Harry. G Campbell,


Hope for city’s homeless

Re “Council backs triage site over downtown tent city” (Page 1A, April 27): I applaud the subcommittee, the Sacramento City Council and all concerned for time well spent on this 57-page report, providing data to make informed decisions going forward.

Mental health issues are being taken into account, as are realities of money, staffing, including volunteers, etc. Focusing on the short-term steps of adding officers to an impact team, more housing vouchers, and expanding 24-hour emergency shelter space makes sense. Kudos to all for considering triage to serve as transitional housing, because the deepest need is to help connect our homeless neighbors with local services, such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health clinics, medical clinics or hospitals, as well as low-income housing.

Tiny Houses would greatly support the goal of this necessary triage work. These structures are cost-effective, efficient, sanitary and provide temporary, transitional housing until residents are helped to access local services, the goal being to proceed to permanent housing.

Rosemary O’Grady,


It’s past time for committees

Re “Lawyer seeks permit for homeless tent city” (Page 1A, April 26): For decades local leaders have neglected the rising tide of homeless people. The population is now too large to ignore, and has become a public and environmental health crisis. Instead of proposing study groups, commissions and panels, Mark Merin and Sister Libby, who have probably run short of patience, are doing something productive right now. I applaud them.

Steve Garneau,


If the shoe fits, spend big bucks

Re “Local store getting ‘Kicx’ on sneaker craze” (Page 2A, Inside Business, April 28): What a refreshing article by Bob Shallit on young millennials paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars for sneakers.

You got to admire these kids that are taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, and spending those college-education or first-time homebuying dollars on the latest pair of brand-name tennis shoes. And, how about that 12-year-old coming up with 500 large? Wow! And the 19-year-old with 60 pair, it just takes one’s breath away.

It’s youngsters like this that make athletes multimillionaires and keep this great country humming. Lets have more stories like this to make us old folks realize we’re leaving the country’s future in good hands.

Michael Hamiel,

Elk Grove


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