Bee readers take on Hillsdale, single-payer healthcare


Editorials and other opinion content provide insights into issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our newsroom reporters.

Gun violence

“’Everything was badly done.’ Why did this suicidal CHP officer surrender his gun? (, January 26)

Since 2016, California has permitted gun violence prohibition orders. These emergency restraining orders give law enforcement the ability to call a judge 24 hours a day to remove all firearms from people deemed to be at risk of harming themselves or others during a period of up to 30 days, during which time mental health assistance or other appropriate responses may be employed. Unfortunately, it is one of the most underused tools for gun violence prevention. More needs to be done to educate not only the public but also law enforcement.

Marion Lef


Solar cost

“Cutting rooftop solar subsidies would be a huge mistake. California needs to reevaluate” (, January 24)

Net energy metering compensates solar installation owners at full (or nearly full) retail rates. Simply put, other people are paying for the wires solar system owners need to reap the benefits of net metering. While it is fair to compensate the owners of solar installations for the value of the electricity produced (and this policy should continue), shouldn’t they pay their fair share of other costs? The solar industry argues that solar power actually reduces the need and cost of the electrical grid, but that’s not how it works. Many studies have shown that solar power has minimal benefit to the entire grid. Indeed, additional investments are necessary to manage the energy produced by homes in the afternoon and meet their needs at night. Battery systems and microgrids are presented as solutions to balance grid energy. Shouldn’t we all pay for these investments?

Jon Bertolino

Hills of El Dorado

Defense of Hillsdale

“A conspiratorial college is coming to Placer County. This should scare us all” (, January 23)

Bee columnist Hannah Holzer suggests that Hillsdale College is something of a threat to democracy. Is it because Hillsdale students spend a semester studying the US Constitution? Is it because Hillsdale students are exposed to the “fringe beliefs” of thinkers such as Hamilton and Madison – the belief, for example, in self-government? Hillsdale’s Articles of Incorporation, passed in 1844, cite “the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the country” and affirm that “the diffusion of sound learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings”.

Michael Cook

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Single payer

“Newsom campaigned on single-payer health care for California. This proposal needs his help” (, January 21)

The Healthy California for All Commission has a problem: How will the commissioners and Governor Newsom handle the likelihood that the only truly fair—single-payer—healthcare system won’t be recommended? Why are our leaders afraid to try? On one side we have profit, politics and fear. On the other side, equity, savings and health. Will the commission’s report make it clear that we could have a healthcare system that guarantees comprehensive care (including long-term care) at lower cost if it weren’t for the pharmaceutical industry, the California Medical Association , Kaiser Permanente, the Heritage Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and other corporate interests? Will the report at least give a nod to the immorality of denying us the best and fairest health care available? Or will he just provide cover for foundations, politicians and pundits saying “now is not the time?” »?

Harry Snyder

Mill Valley

Save lives

“Newsom campaigned on single-payer health care for California. This proposal needs his help” (, January 21)

Thank you for holding Governor Gavin Newsom accountable for his broken promise to support a single-payer healthcare system for California. I believe we will finally win this fight, even if the people who currently profit from our suffering – the health insurance companies – spend those profits on an aggressive campaign against lifesaving health care for all. I would rather my hard-earned money be spent on healthcare for all than line the pockets of billionaire health insurance executives. We will absolutely save money under a single-payer system and, more importantly, save lives.

Melissa Martinez


Stop the suffering

“Newsom campaigned on single-payer health care for California. This proposal needs his help” (, January 21)

My wife and I have been operating businesses in Auburn for 40 years. Health insurance has always been a financial burden for us, but it’s a tragedy for some of my colleagues. Two of them waited decades to reach age 65 and start Medicare before they could afford the surgery they needed. One was blind from cataracts and the other was in horrible pain that could only be alleviated by spinal surgeries. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane. AB1400 CalCare and Assembly Constitutional Amendment CA11, the Supplementary Funding Measure Bill, must be signed into law now. The suffering and medical failures must end.

Scott Johnson



“Sacramento’s struggles with homelessness are the result of Mayor Steinberg’s failures” (, January 26)

It’s a good idea for The Bee to publish a variety of opinion pieces, but I find it hard to read anything from extremist propagandists like Jay Ambrose and Matt Rexroad. Their pieces are usually complaints, unsupported by facts, and they never provide solutions. At least some conservative writers, like Mike Madrid and George Will, present intelligent and comprehensive viewpoints with a positive direction; a rarity in these times. The rest of the “writers” who are conspiracy driven and hateful to anyone who disagrees with me are a waste of print.

Bill Adelman


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