How about a red letter?
Re “If you won’t vaccinate your kid, your name should be made public” (Viewpoints, Feb. 12): Joe Mathews contends that we should publicize the names of people who do not vaccinate their children because of the danger it poses to the rest of us.
We should absolutely protect ourselves from the dangerous actions of others, but since only about 1 percent to 3 percent of the children go unvaccinated and since 14 percent of adults and 7 percent of youths in California are smokers, we might gain better protection by expanding this concept. Far more deaths and serious ailments are directly attributed to smoking and the secondhand smoke it creates. Maybe he wants to also register smokers? How about speedy drivers?
His contention that we should know who we are rubbing elbows with is understandable. Maybe Mathews should suggest that those noncompliant persons wear an identifying mark of some sort, a red letter perhaps?
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Jim Stiles, Folsom
Electric trolley a waste of funds
Re “Streetcar line is a strong investment” (Viewpoints, Feb. 11): When I first read about the possibility of a trolley/streetcar coming to downtown Sacramento and West Sacramento, I thought it would be quite useful and encouraging for visitors and locals alike. However, I am extremely disappointed to learn that the system is being envisioned as an electrified streetcar on tracks. The reasoning behind this more expensive system seems to be to give customers more confidence that the cars were actually going to take them somewhere well-defined.
From my travels in other countries and towns, all that is required to convince riders of the usefulness of a trolley system is good maps showing the routes at all stops, brochures/websites with the same detailed information and some type of designated paint on the street routes. Adding more ugly overhead lines and tracks to those of light rail would be tragic and a true waste of money.
Alice Hendrix, Orangevale
Midtown is a culinary mecca
Re “Beer summit bubbles up in capital” (Our Region, Feb. 10): My husband and I recently had the opportunity to wine and dine in the Napa, Novato and Vallejo area; one restaurant being touted as the best in town. While the weekend reunion with friends was quite enjoyable, the dining experiences didn’t come close to Sacramento’s culinary mecca.
The opportunity to enjoy several small plates and meals was met with disappointment. I became acutely aware of how spoiled I am living in midtown and enjoying all that the Sacramento restaurant and bar scene has to offer.
Thank you to city officials, farmers, chefs and the culinary community for your vision and commitment to excellence. As empty-nesters, we will continue to eat out more than in, and savor the delectable delights of your farm-to-fork culinary treasures.
Terry Paterson, Sacramento
Obama’s comments hit right note
Re “Obama speech criticized as offensive to Christians” (Page A8, Feb. 6): It seems that the true purpose of President Barack Obama’s prayer-breakfast comments was to clarify who is on whose side in the ISIS war. Rather than good Christians vs. radical Islam, Obama wants the world to see it as a fight of reasonable and tolerant people vs. misguided and intolerant people.
Obama’s critics want him to call out radical Islam, but history shows that when wars are drawn along religious lines, things rarely go well.
Social media reveals many Islamophobic, neo-crusading Christians who are all too eager to go to war against radical Islam, so Obama is absolutely right in pointing out that other religions have also had their violent histories and scriptures.
I don’t always agree with the president, but trying to avert a global religious war, in my opinion, is worth offending the few people who are still touchy about the Crusades.
Michael Morris, Sacramento
Should we look the other way?
Re “Obama’s criticism is naive” (Letters, Feb. 9): Since the terrible things our president reminded us about happened 100 years ago, we should just look the other way and let the terrorists continue, right?
Bettye Grant, Roseville
Thank you, Pope Francis
Re “Spanking kids OK if their dignity is kept, pope says” (Page A11, Feb. 6): Baby boomers like myself learned early that flagrant violations of house rules got us a spanking. Our parents were the no-nonsense, goal-oriented, down-to-earth folks known as the Greatest Generation. They were less concerned with damaging our little psyches, than with teaching us not to chase a ball into the street without looking for traffic or take money out of Dad’s wallet without permission. We learned respect for authority, honesty, responsibility and self-motivation, with judicious smacks of the rear when needed.
Bravo, Pope Francis.
Candy Taylor Tutt, Woodland
You raise your children ...
I don’t need the pope or a local do-gooder telling me how I should raise my children. Acts have consequences, and consequences can be painful; a lesson for a child that a swat on the rear can bring home clearly.
Ma Figueroa, Sacramento
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