people vs. cars
“Gavin Newsom seeks to reclaim California’s status as a climate change leader in his budget” (sacbee.com, January 11)
Gas-powered vehicles are responsible for 56% of Sacramento’s greenhouse gas emissions. Our air is the sixth worst in the country. Electric vehicles alone will not solve it. Walking, walking, cycling and public transit will also reduce emissions and lead to healthier lifestyles, increased economic activity, reduced traffic and equity for those without access. or ability to drive. The Sacramento City Council has declared a climate emergency and has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. On February 8, the council will host a live climate and transportation workshop. We all need to get involved to make sure Sacramento starts putting people first over cars. Consider joining the workshop: www.cityofsacramento.org/climateaction
Anne Stausboll, Chair of the Mayors’ Committee on Climate Change
“TV Ads and Ballot Initiatives: How Solar Power Became a Hot Political Issue in California” (sacbee.com, January 29)
As a young adult without solar power, I am motivated by climate change to advocate for solar protection when the Public Utilities Commission considers this important issue in May. The biggest concern of my generation is climate change. Governor Gavin Newsom must act in the best interest not only of solar owners but also of future generations. He has the opportunity to stand on the right side of California’s history – to protect our beautiful state and ensure a livable planet for future generations.
“American River Defenders Demand Removal of Homeless Camps Appeal to Sacramento Leaders” (sacbee.com, January 27)
I have been Mercy Pedaler serving the homeless for three years and am also involved with the Sacramento Area Creeks Council and Sacramento Picks It Up, a wonderful countywide volunteer trash removal group. Homeless services and wetlands are mutually inclusive – both are threatened by environments not of their making. In the spring of 2020, the county and city received a combined $75 million from the CARES Act, earmarked for housing the homeless. Yet the homeless remain in the damp areas and streets, subject to freezing temperatures and sweltering heat. Sacramento Wetlands volunteers are overwhelmed with the amount and size of trash, replenished daily. The City and County of Sacramento should support these efforts by creating housing, tent and car communities away from wetlands and by listening to Sacramento County volunteers.
“Sacramento’s struggles with homelessness are the result of Mayor Steinberg’s failures” (sacbee.com, January 26)
Homelessness is a problem throughout California, and Mayor Darrell Steinberg is a strong supporter of helping the homeless. Sacramento has a weak mayor system – the city manager holds most of the power, not the mayor. Steinberg can’t force council members to follow his recommendations, and the council and city manager have kicked the issue on the road. Matt Rexroad, as a former Yolo County supervisor, knows this. Despite Rexroad’s experience in government, he fails to offer suggestions to address homelessness.
“A conspiratorial college is coming to Placer County. This should scare us all” (sacbee.com, January 23)
In her op-ed attacking Hillsdale College, opinion writer Hannah Holzer accuses Hillsdale of being racist. His proof? Hillsdale upholds “the principle of equality on which America was founded” rather than promoting critical race theory, which sorts people into competing racial groups. Founded by abolitionist preachers in 1844, Hillsdale’s charter prohibited discrimination based on race, sex or nationality. Holzer’s editorial embarrasses your newspaper.
Larry P. Arnn
Hillsdale College, President
“Sacramento Collaborative Courts seeks to help the mentally ill – not incarcerate them” (sacbee.com, January 29)
A bitter paradox is woven in the pages of L’Abeille last Sunday. In Section A, 34-year-old Timell Brown, who suffers from depression, anxiety and schizophrenia, endures homelessness – her only shelter is a tent under the freeway. She holds a housing title, but no landlord will rent to her. Meanwhile, in the Forum section, Shanie Phillips, 43, who suffered from schizophrenia, anxiety and depression and once was homeless, is being celebrated in mental health court for graduating from the program. She received “therapy, shelter, and constant medication and support.” The difference? Phillips committed a crime and was arrested; this unlocked a slew of life-changing perks. Would a turn to criminal behavior solve all of Brown’s problems?
Patty A. Gray
Health for all
“Single-Payer Health Care Hits a Hurdle: California Bill Doesn’t Have the Votes” (sacbee.com, January 31)
The single payer is in the California Democratic Party platform. Democrats have the supermajority here, but they don’t have the votes? All Democratic representatives should be ashamed of putting the health care industry above the public. Everyone knows that our current healthcare system is broken. We pay the most in the world, but we have no control over coverage or cost. Doing nothing keeps the status quo shattered and, in a pandemic, not having healthcare for all hurts us all. As a nurse, I saw every day how my patients and even my colleagues were hurt by our current system. Health care must be guaranteed for all.