September 22, 2023

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The Health Maniacs

Bee readers take on homelessness, air quality, GOP candidates


Editorials and other Feeling content offer views on challenges important to our local community and are independent from the function of our newsroom reporters.

Regain parklands

“Sierra Club asks Sacramento County to shift homeless, citing tripling of American River fires,” (, April 25)

The threat posed to the American River Parkway by homeless tenting is monumental. The degradation of the natural environment is really genuine and depressing.

At Discovery Park in the course of a current cleanup arranged by the American River Parkway Basis, we hauled out bagfuls of trash, a number of sheets of plywood, shopping carts, push carts, cushions, car mats, wire cages, batteries galore, utilised syringes with needles, a significant toxic squander drum, tons of plastic bags and food items squander containers. Most relating to was seeing quite a few open up campfires with recently burned wooden. This was much less than 100 ft off the path via Discovery Park.

Our Parkway ought to be off limits to homeless camping. The online video The Bee printed of “the island” campsite in the woods at Discovery illustrates how these entrenched people feel entitled to the parklands and have no intention of leaving. We should have the will to regain the Parkway to save it.

Theresa Lown


Another blow

“Sexual harassment scandal triggers ouster of lobbyist for PG&E wildfire victims,” (, April 20)

Wildfire victims in California just can not seem to capture a split. The newest information pertaining to the wildfire victims have faith in lobbyist’s sordid earlier and subsequent dismissal is nonetheless one more very low place in this tragic saga.

When I originally learned of the exertion to when once more bail out Pacific Gasoline and Electric powered Co., I was opposed. I later on decided that California ought to ante up given that the state has failed to hold PG&E totally accountable for egregious criminal functions. While it is staying described as “independent of PG&E,” the wildfire victims belief is in jeopardy precisely mainly because of PG&E’s inability to properly function and satisfy its job as a key utility.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office environment for California’s Northern District must also throw some funds at the have faith in fund. Immediately after all, it unsuccessful to extend PG&E’s probation in spite of the historical past of criminality and absence of development on making sure the protection of the utility’s prospects.

Dana Clare Smith


However no program

“Sacramento between California metropolitan areas with filthiest air in the US, new study says. What to know,” (, April 22)

Kudos to The Bee for bringing awareness to Sacramento’s position, as soon as all over again, as one particular of the country’s areas with the worst air air pollution. The American Lung Association report also shows that we rank ninth worst for ozone air pollution. The two particulate and ozone air pollution have serious overall health impacts, specifically for vulnerable populations.

The report tells us the initial point regional governments must do is adopt a local weather action prepare that supports going for walks, biking, transit and zero-emission-car or truck infrastructure, with supportive creating and parking policies. The Mayors’ Fee on Local weather Improve created this actual recommendation to the Town Council in June 2020. But almost two many years later on, the metropolis has not generated its climate action program.

How can our leaders permit Sacramento to remain on this record yr after yr? The town must act now to address this general public well being disaster by enacting a system that embraces and funds our suggestions.

Anne Stausboll


Bipartisan disgrace

“Why Democrats becoming a member of the panic in excess of ending Title 42 border expulsions must be ashamed,” (, April 24)

Numerous individuals have migrated to the United States: fifty percent a million Irish from 1845 to 1850 2 million Italians from 1900 to 1910 practically 3 million Russians during the initially wave of open immigration starting up in the late 19th century. Other before migrations include Germans, Jews, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Chinese and Japanese.

In accordance to the Pew Investigation Middle, “The U.S. Border Patrol claimed a lot more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants together the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal yr, extra than quadruple the quantity of the prior fiscal 12 months and the maximum annual full on record.” That’s a migration by any definition.

There are two distinctions involving this migration and previously ones: No. 1, regardless of opposition by many, the before migrations have been mostly legal, and No. 2, the velocity. Democrats ought to be ashamed for not speaking about the immigration issue in acceptable phrases. And so must Republicans.

John Paul


Unprincipled Placer candidates

“Some California Republicans will not discuss to The Sacramento Bee. What are they afraid of?” (, April 22)

Soon after reading recent content articles by Marcos Bretón and Jack Ohman, it’s time to expand the roster of the Placer Hall of Disgrace. Inaugurated in 2021, the Hall initially acknowledged these community figures who willfully unfold disinformation when urging Placer people to dismiss public well being recommendations. Now, Kevin Kiley has the distinction of currently being the initial double honoree, also delicate to answer legitimate thoughts about his procedures and steps.

Sheriff Scott Jones and Rocklin Councilman Joe Patterson are the newest inductees. Adopting behavior practiced by their idols, Rep. Tom McClintock and Donald Trump, both equally conceal from pointed questions, “being cowardly while acting tricky.” Any person functioning for community office environment owes the voters accessibility and transparency. These unprincipled males reveal neither. Ideally, voters will see through this stunt and fall short to reward these “hothouse flowers” for their shameful actions.

Barbara Smith


Strengthen our guidelines

“Fact Test: Do California lawmakers want to decriminalize infanticide? Here’s what we uncovered,” (, April 19)

I want to thank the author of this piece for presenting the problem in a factual method. Sad to say, the dialogue about abortion is normally littered with subjective and emotional arguments, leaving minimal space for important specifics and clarity. It is regrettable that even with California possessing some of the most progressive abortion legal rights legal guidelines in the country, there is an urgent want to move new laws to defend pregnant men and women in situation of miscarriage.

I problem why a circumstance of miscarriage, no matter whether intentional or unintended, ought to be punishable by legislation, but not a prepared, compensated-for abortion in a professional medical facility. Is it basically the fact that it was done beneath health-related supervision? Irrespective of the respond to, I imagine this is a reminder that the anti-alternative movement is present and operating in progressive states, and our government officers need to have to keep on reinforcing the rules that defend a pregnant person’s appropriate to pick.

Miriam Parra


Opposes hunting

“California will not ban bear searching this time, in spite of pleas from animal welfare advocates,” (, April 21)

At the April California Fish and Video game Commission listening to in Monterey, hunters bragged about feeding on bear-meat sausage and asserted their “minority right” to eliminate as the motives why the Division of Fish and Wildlife must conti
nue to allow the looking of California’s black bears. When the Fee and the department agreed with the Humane Culture of the United States on the need to update the black bear management plan within a 12 months, the promises manufactured by quite a few of the hunters collaborating in the listening to were disturbing and merely without benefit.

Not that you would know that from The Sacramento Bee’s shockingly cynical, one particular-sided coverage of the meeting. It’s unlucky that this publication’s reporting stays so deeply out of touch with most California citizens, like wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and biologists who oppose black bear trophy searching.

Erin Hauge


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