Letters to the Editor

LETTERS NFL, tax proposals, paid sick leave, etc.

Overtime rules

Re “NFL needs to adopt college OT rules” (Sports, Jan. 22): The Bee article misstates the college overtime rules. The correct rules are: When a game goes to overtime, each team is given one possession from its opponent’s 25-yard line with no game clock, despite the one timeout per period and use of play clock. The team leading after both possessions is declared the winner. If the teams remain tied, overtime periods continue, with a coin flip determining the first possession. Possessions alternate with each overtime, until one team leads the other at the end of the overtime. Starting with the third overtime, a one point PAT field goal after a touchdown is no longer allowed, forcing teams to attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown.

Tom Mitchell, Sacramento

Barbaric operation

The Bee is to be commended for printing a portion of the New York Times exposé of atrocities occurring at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, a Department of Agriculture facility in Nebraska. The vivid descriptions, online photographs and compelling video carried in their entirety by the NYT are disgusting and disturbing, especially when the cruelty and worthless experimentation are unnecessary. Also upsetting is the fact that taxpayers fund these barbaric, morbid and borderline perverted operations.

The vast majority of the public would want to see the facility closed immediately and those who allowed animal suffering to be prosecuted. A glimmer of hope comes from both the excellent investigative journalism that informed the public and the outrage expressed by a few ranchers who refuse to treat livestock with such reckless callousness.

Marilyn Jasper, Loomis

Bill would tax services

Californians are accustomed to paying sales taxes for tangible goods but not for services. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced Senate Bill 8, the Upward Mobility Act, which would make hair styling, accounting, landscape maintenance and other services taxable.

Businesses unaccustomed to collecting sales tax would have to develop tax management procedures, which would be time-consuming, thereby increasing operating costs for businesses. SB 8 would exempt small businesses with gross revenues under $100,000 from charging sales tax, but that’s an ill-conceived notion. If revenue unexpectedly surpasses $100,000 late in the year, a business owner could not approach clients to retroactively charge sales tax; it would come out of the business owner’s pockets.

If you feel strongly about this ill-conceived bill, which would penalize small businesses as well as consumers, contact your California legislators at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov to register your opinion online.

Jeff March, Davis

Paid sick leave for all

Re “President urges action to give all a ‘fair shot’” (Page A1, Jan. 21): Is this really happening? Is the U.S. going to a have a law allowing parents to take time from work to take care of their children while still getting paid? It is disappointing that the U.S. doesn’t have this type of law in place because my mother used to pick her job over taking care of my siblings. People in Congress should go forward with this proposal because a parent shouldn’t have to choose between their job and taking care of their children.

Jonathan Aritonang, Sacramento

We’re still in a drought

My wife and I just completed a walk around Phoenix Park in Fair Oaks. Some of the fields are so wet the sidewalk is flooded. Is it because of all our January rain? We have eaten out several times recently, and every restaurant has poured water without asking and refilled until you leave, in spite of some having notices about the drought. Many of my neighbors are watering their yards at night; the water stands in the street in the morning.

What is wrong with us? Don’t we care?

George Meyer, Fair Oaks

Snipers are not cowards

Re “‘Sniper’ inflames debate over wars” (Page A1, Jan. 21): A sniper shooting an armed enemy is not a coward. The real cowards and murderers are adults who strap a bomb to a child and send her out to kill indiscriminately.

Steev Schmidt, Sacramento

Protesters’ crimes go too far

Re “Law enforcement rally on steps of Capitol” (Our Region, Jan. 18): The hatred that we show each other over the topic of racism has almost become more extreme than racism itself. People protest and commit violent crimes in response to racism in our criminal justice system, which in essence does nothing but add on to the many problems we have regarding such a topic. That is not to say that racism is not a problem within our system, but the crimes and protests that society carries out against the people protecting our communities has gotten out of hand and needs to re-evaluate the type of stance they would like to take on the topic of abused power within our system.

Sebastian Gutierrez, Sacramento

More traffic coming regardless

Re “Gas station plan riles Curtis Park” (Our Region, Jan. 19): I don’t see what the big deal is. The new development is going to bring more traffic whether the Safeway has a gas station or not. If we are faced with an ultimatum, Safeway or “less desirable tenants,” I can live with more traffic if the payoff is having a Safeway within walking distance from my house.

Adam Lentz, Sacramento


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