Letters to the Editor

Brown’s budget, Alzheimer’s, coal vote, air bags, gun control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous. The Associated Press

Budget help for Alzheimer’s

Re “Brown inks $167B budget; no cuts” (Capitol & California, June 28): I was happy to read that the state budget was signed because it includes a one-time $2.5 million investment to improve early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 and died from this disease last year. Long before that, he knew his brain wasn’t working right, but we chalked it up to normal aging until his decline couldn’t be ignored.

If he’d been diagnosed earlier, maybe he could have avoided so many panicked, confusing trips to the ER or received meds for the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Dad was in the mid-late stages when he was tested.

The Alzheimer’s Association says fewer than half of Alzheimer’s sufferers get accurate diagnoses, and hospitalization is twice that of other medical conditions.

California is poised to have 840,000 people living with Alzheimer’s by 2025. This budget is a step in the right direction.

Lynette Blumhardt,


Kudos to Oakland on coal vote

Re “Oakland snuffs proposal for coal export facilities” (Capitol & California, June 29): Congratulations to Oakland for choosing a cleaner and healthier life for its citizens. The decision not to allow a coal exporting terminal makes sense for the future. Coal is a dirty and dying industry.

The solar industry provides more jobs in the U.S. than the coal industry. The city’s decision to protect the environment will be beneficial in the long run.

Robert Rodger, Los Osos

Faulty air bags still being installed?

Re “Regulators warn owners of older Hondas, Acuras with faulty air bags to not drive” (Business, July 1): I am astounded that potentially lethal Takata air bags will continue to be installed in new cars for the next year or two. New car dealers should be required to post a disclosure on each vehicle notifying potential buyers of the hazard. And because these dealers thrive on return customers, they might consider throwing in a free flak jacket and protective head gear with each purchase.

Wes Hill, Carmichael

Terrorism not the decisive issue

America’s panicked obsession with ISIS, fueled by the Republican Party and the media, can skew public policies in costly ways. Unsubstantiated fear fuels excessive governmental spending. The U.S. has already committed trillions of dollars to fighting the war on terror.

I’m not suggesting that the U.S. won’t face more terrorism. We will suffer terrorist attacks again. But the likelihood that you will be directly affected is extremely small.

Annually heart attacks kill 610,000 Americans, diabetes 69,071 and medical errors more than 210,000. Air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths and 34,000 cancer deaths are caused by exposure to carcinogens. These are responsible for astronomically more fatalities than terrorism. They can all be substantially reduced or prevented.

When voting, don’t make terrorism the decisive issue; there are more important issues that will directly affect you.

Frank Roeske, Auburn

Clinton should pick Sanders for VP

Hillary Clinton should pick Bernie Sanders as her running mate. This will attract Sanders’ supporters and guarantee votes for Clinton in November. If not, Donald Trump will be happy to get these votes. Sanders’ ideology resonates with young voters. And that’s a big chunk of votes that are at risk.

Noemi Chavez Murillo, Sacramento

Brown never ceases to surprise

Re “Jerry Brown’s parole measure makes November ballot” (Sacbee.com, June 30): You would think that Gov. Jerry Brown would avoid dealing with criminal justice issues via initiatives after the disastrous results of his determinate sentencing initiative.

Basing sentencing on good intentions and perceptions in 2016 makes no sense. The governor should direct the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to hire a couple operations researchers to develop sentencing algorithms that could be used in selecting rational sentences. That would make for a far more rational criminal justice system.

Rick Mckone, Lincoln

More useless gun control laws

Re “How Jerry Brown acted on sweeping gun control bills” (Sacbee.com, July 1): I see Gov. Jerry Brown has signed more gun control legislation. Why is it that the Democratic Party celebrates furiously when it creates worthless gun control laws against law-abiding citizens?

Kirby Vickery, Mather


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