Letters to the Editor

UC, deputy parking, Common Core, aid-in-dying

Affordable education

Re “Brown and UC chief go one on one” (Page A1, Jan. 22): Kudos to Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano for exploring other means besides increased taxpayer funding or raising tuition fees on already overburdened students. It would be very interesting to see what the wages and benefits for all UC administration staff and UC faculty were per UC student in 1984 vs. what they were in 2014.

It would also be interesting to know what both the UC administration staff per student and the faculty per student ratios were in 1984 vs. what it was in 2014. I am guessing these statistics would prove the governor’s argument that the model probably needs to be modified and is unsustainable in its current state.

Good luck, Governor. Our children’s affordable education depends on it.

– Bruce Wirt, Fair Oaks

UC isn’t a drive-thru McDonald’s

As a student, it’s hard to accept any sort of tuition hikes, but I can say that I understand where UC President Napolitano is coming from. The UC system is renowned worldwide as a prime example of a public higher education system, and it would be naive to say that money doesn’t play a huge role in its prestige and success.

Gov. Brown’s proposal to increase online classes and fast-track degrees, while financially conservative, goes completely against the mission of the UC system to produce innovative leaders in the world. The system is not there to hand out degrees to unprepared students who are being cheated out of a world-class education which they have slaved to receive. Brown is definitely in a corner on this issue, and while he doesn’t seem inclined to budge, maybe it’s time the governor takes some yoga classes and learns the meaning of flexibility.

– Miguel Lepe, Sacramento

Deputy’s parking violation

Re “Sheriff probes deputy’s parking” (Our Region, Jan. 22): Thank you for reporting the “probe” allegedly underway regarding the deputy parking in a handicapped spot while getting snacks from a convenience store.

Your reporter got some nice lip service from Undersheriff Lewis, but has anyone asked whether the deputy will be cited? Also, what is there to “probe”? Either the deputy was responding to an emergency situation or she wasn’t. This “probe” sounds like another investigation whose conclusion will either never be reached or never be announced.

While it is especially offensive to use up a space intended for our handicapped citizens, all one has to do is drop by a courthouse anywhere in the area and see law enforcement vehicles using red zones as their personal, designated parking places. I suggest this “the law applies to everyone but us” mentality is one of the reasons law enforcement is finding (to its shock) that it is not universally held in the same high regard as it regards itself.

Citing this deputy, if the parking turns out to be unjustified, would send an unmistakable and needed message to the troops.

– Ed Jaszewski, Sacramento

Friend predicts more of same

A friend of mine claims to be a psychic. He predicts that the deputy will be given a slap on the wrist, the sheriff’s office will spin it as some great victory for police oversight and the local media will cover whatever the sheriff’s office releases without question. He further predicts that for the next six months or so, sheriff’s deputies will be careful about displaying their arrogance, but after that, things will return to normal. I hope you will continue to report on this matter so I can see if my friend’s predictions are accurate.

– Gary Fitzgerald, Carmichael

Disabled parking for a snack stop?

Really? A deputy for 27 years, and she still thinks she is “allowed to get breaks”?

I find her attitude arrogant and selfish, as well as against the law. She deserves a huge ticket (which is what Joe Citizen would get), or, as stated, if she violated code (which is clear), then she should pay the consequences and get fired.

– Irene Stadt, Carmichael

Real test of Common Core

Re “The real test of Common Core is about to begin” (Editorials, Jan. 18): The real test of Common Core has little to do with the content, everything to do with the process. Teach academic process in the abstract first and every child, every teacher will recognize his own native thinking, his own power of intellect, thus neither students nor teachers need be “managed out.”

If we would salvage the precious resources of children and teachers waiting for common sense to prevail, then Common Core will trade rigor for vigor, and kids who know the process from the crib will teach adults who have forgotten.

– Bernard Allen Goldberg, Sacramento

Death with dignity

Re “‘Death with dignity’ backed” (Capitol & California, Jan. 22): If we have a choice, there are few, if any, decisions made in this life that are more important than how we end it. Sens. Lois Wolk and Bill Monning deserve our gratitude for introducing SB 128 to stop the criminalization of aid-in-dying. No one should be allowed to make this decision for us, let alone leave our family to face the legal consequences under present law. And no religious organization or disability activist or medical association should be able to obstruct this compassionate choice. Safeguards are written into this legislation to guard against abuses. If the Legislature fails to act, the result will be a ballot initiative, and this time it will pass.

– William Steele, Nevada City

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

The only absolutes in life are death and taxes, and the government wants to regulate both.

– Wei Ou, Sacramento

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