Letters for February 8, 2018
Death and compassion
Re “A day on the death panel” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, February 1):
Excellent article, very well researched and written. Perhaps more importantly, I can feel the compassion and empathy the author is writing to convey.
Lee A. Elvgren
Give homeless a place to go
Re “The tent collectors” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, January 18):
I have worked as a retailer in downtown Sacramento for the past 15 years. Upon reading this article, one quote from Mayor Steinberg struck a chord with me. When he said, “I don’t think we should hassle homeless people who aren’t bothering anyone, and I don’t believe that we are,” I was confused and offended. The homeless situation is a huge bother to every person in the downtown area. There isn’t a day that goes by when I am not greeted by the stench and sheer disgust of human waste in the alleyway behind our business as I walk 20 feet from my garage to the back door. Sometimes it makes its way to the front of the store on the sidewalks of J Street. I understand the cause for concern with the lack of restrooms in the downtown area, especially with the recent closing of a public restroom behind the old Café Solei in Cesar Chavez Park. I was recently in Santa Monica and was impressed with the cleanliness of the city in comparison to Sacramento even though they had a visible homeless population. A major difference was the presence of public restrooms on every other block along the popular Palisades Park. Our city is drowning in a sea of trash left from homeless people who have no pride or respect for Sacramento, and Mayor Steinberg has the nerve to say they don’t bother anyone?
Give homeless a place to put trash
Re “Shelter ahead?” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, February 1):
My goodness, what this city is up against—can’t even get a few dumpsters together without making excuses! And Steinberg is supposed to be a master politician?
Lies of a lying liar
Charles M. Blow wrote back in September: “Once again, Donald Trump is a liar … Before Trump’s bigotry, race-baiting, misogyny, corruption, bullying and vindictiveness, there is lying.” Anyone who still expects a hidden inner statesman to emerge from the bombastic, crude, talkative Trump is harboring illusions.
“Chaotic, incurious, infantile, grandiose, and obsessed with gaudy real estate, Donald Trump is of a moronic temperament. He has always craved attention. Now the whole world is his audience.” Trump’s digital proclamations come by way of Twitter so that no outside mediation is possible.
Can you keep up with, much less respond to, all of this guy’s scandals, bungles, blame-shifting, name-calling and missteps; his sundry acts of mendacity, misanthropy, perversity and idiocy. I guess the Republican base can because they continue to love this work-in-progress who has set new standards of laziness, short workdays, hours of television and endless golf.