Letters to the Editor

Hungry students, fixing roads, county debt, in need of a candidate

For the next nine months, about 5,000 volunteers will report their driving miles to the state of California – or have their mileage monitored – and will get monthly statements saying how much they would have been charged under a pay-by-mile system.
For the next nine months, about 5,000 volunteers will report their driving miles to the state of California – or have their mileage monitored – and will get monthly statements saying how much they would have been charged under a pay-by-mile system. rpench@sacbee.com

Food insecurity or rite of passage?

Re “Survey shows four in 10 UC students lack steady access to nutritious food” (Page 1A, July 12): The somber announcement that the UC system is committing more than $3 million to fight against campus malnutrition would be hilarious if it wasn’t so ridiculous.

I, my husband, my children and almost every person I know who attended college apparently suffered from food insecurity. We ate ramen, generic mac and cheese, donuts and cheap salad bars. Who knew we were at risk? We thought we were just “starving students” who worked nights, studied days and partied the rest of the time.

We all eat healthy meals now. Somehow we learned that without being coddled by college administrators. What a crock! I’ll bet the “food insecure” students still are able to procure alcohol, over-priced coffee, go to clubs and get some weed if they so desire.

It’s time for lunch but somehow I’ve lost my appetite. I guess I’m experiencing “food insecurity.”

Sharon Love, Lincoln

Incredulous over hungry students

The story says “57 percent of students ... experienced food insecurity.” Really? I thought that was part of the college experience. Wonder what the people in Southern Sudan are experiencing? And now we’re going to spend $3.3 million to fight this insecurity. Have we lost our minds?

Suzy Wahlborg,

Sacramento

Legislature fiddles on fixing roads

Re “Can pay for what you drive work?” (Page 2A, Back seat driver, July 11): The Legislature, having failed for years to increase gasoline taxes to generate sufficient funds to maintain the state’s roads and highways, continues to kick the can down the road by concocting a test to raise sufficient funds, instead of doing what it is paid to do: fix the problem in a timely manner.

Isn’t paying a tax on gasoline a tried and true method of getting drivers to pay for their use of the roads? Is the Legislature really interested in setting up a new and likely costly program to track drivers’ actual road miles driven? The condition of our roads is a disgrace, yet the Legislature continues to fiddle while the roads continue to deteriorate.

Robert A. Dell’Agostino, Sacramento

Ask Texas how to fix our roads

After a recent visit to Austin, Texas, it was hard not to notice the hundreds of bulldozers feverishly working on Texas roads. The roads in Texas are already far smoother and faster than ours. Speed limits of 85 mph are common and safe. Rest stops that resembled Four Season hotels were everywhere. Instead of goofy schemes to monitor miles driven, I suggest we ask Texas how they manage a far superior road system on gas prices, which are $1 per gallon less than ours.

Tom Stephens, Gold River

Outraged over uncollected debt

Re “County’s debt collection is badly broken” (Editorials, July 11): I am totally outraged that Sacramento County has failed to collect $658 million of debt, nearly two-thirds of a billion dollars. Collecting it should be a top priority for many reasons.

No way will this taxpayer support any county tax or fee increases until this situation gets fixed and the debt collected.

Chris Paros, Sacramento

Violence in the name of God

Re “India televangelist under scrutiny after Bangladesh attack” (Page 8A, July 11): There is a striking similarity between the preaching of Zakir Naik of Mumbai and Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist church in Sacramento. Both broadcast messages of division, hate and threats of death. When confronted, they claim it is not their message but “the word of God.”

Neither claims to be inspiring terrorism, while calling groups of people abominations that God or Allah has condemned to death. No organization that advocates violent acts should be allowed to hide behind God while we afford them nonprofit tax status.

Lauren Rice, Sacramento

Third party candidate needed

Re “Sanders should run as independent” (Letters, July 11): Dawn Wolfson was right to suggest Bernie Sanders run as a third party candidate. Many voters don’t like, don’t trust or even fear the leading presumptive presidential nominees.

Since “None of the Above” is not an voting option, we are looking for an “Other.” Because we hear virtually nothing about other candidates, Sanders might get my vote. I encourage Sanders to run, and I encourage the media to present some choices outside of the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump circus.

Connie Clark, Sacramento

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