Letters to the Editor

Groundwater regulation, State Bar overhaul, giving birth, Sanders campaign

Sen. Lois Wolk’s Senate Bill 1317 would have slowed the speed at which new wells are drilled, and denied permits for wells in critically overdrafted basins. But the bill stalled in the Legislature when it ran into opposition from agricultural interests and local government agencies.
Sen. Lois Wolk’s Senate Bill 1317 would have slowed the speed at which new wells are drilled, and denied permits for wells in critically overdrafted basins. But the bill stalled in the Legislature when it ran into opposition from agricultural interests and local government agencies. Sacramento Bee file

Deal with realities of groundwater

Re “Protect our groundwater now” (Editorials, June 30): Opposition to Sen. Lois Wolk’s Senate Bill 1317 leads to three conclusions.

First, the opponents apparently do not have a clue about groundwater realities and the fact that when there is no surface water there is no groundwater, which creates a need for limits. Second, achieving sustainable management of groundwater, even with the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, faces monumental hurdles. And third, what we have known for years is corroborated once again – water management in California is based solely on politics and business, awkward legal decisions and inadequate statutes rather than on the real constraints imposed by the annual water budget for each basin.

Carl Hauge, Sacramento

Fat chance to overhaul State Bar

Re “State Bar overhaul is vital work” (Insight, Dan Walters, July 5): Our Legislature, the bulk of which are attorneys, has a problem with regulating the State Bar. I’m shocked!

An attempt to do so by some responsible members of the Legislature has been labeled “heavy-handed” by a committee chairman. What a burden it would be that they must toe the same regulatory line as all the rest of us. Apparently “heavy-handed” means that they get treated like everybody else.

Dan Walters admonishes them to clean up the State Bar mess before the Legislature adjourns. Fat chance. A quick peek into my crystal ball reveals there will be yet another initiative in the near future, this one to put the provisions of AB 2878 to the voters. I’m just as tired of lawmaking by initiative as the next person, but it is what happens when legislators don’t do what they are supposed to do.

Michael McMurry,

Suisun City

Urging C-sections is ridiculous

Re “Giving birth in Sacramento is costliest among big cities” (Local, July 4): The statement by an officer of the California Health Care Foundation that California hospitals have been pushing women to deliver by C-section is totally erroneous. Quite the opposite, there are national efforts adopted by all Sacramento area hospital systems to reduce those numbers, and it would be unthinkable that a hospital would put more pressure on an obstetrician to do more C-sections. That is a ridiculous premise and would not happen.

Secondly, the reality of relatively high OB fees at Sacramento hospitals are in great part a result of the fact that 60 percent all births in Sacramento County are patients on Medi-Cal. There is no hospital system that could keep their OB units open with the majority of their fees derived from Medi-Cal program and as a result, private patients are paying for part of the below-cost payments for Medi-Cal and for patients with no insurance.

Dr. Steven Polansky,

Carmichael

Chief of Staff, Mercy San Juan Medical Center

Sanders should run as independent

Re “More to do on party platform” (Viewpoints, Bernie Sanders, July 6): Sen. Sanders, you had a good run, and if you had run outside of the Democratic Party you wouldn’t have gotten as far as you did. However, you cannot “reform” a corrupt system from inside, and you can’t start a “movement” from the top down.

Senator, if you truly believe in what you are saying, now is the time to run as an independent or align with a party that has the same values as you such as Green or Peace and Freedom. Shepherding voters back into a corrupt Democratic Party will destroy the movement that you profess to support.

Dawn Wolfson,

Cameron Park

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