Letters for March 19, 2015

Burn brightly, young idealists

Re “The young and the relentless” by Nick Miller (SN&R Feature Story, March 12):

I absolutely loved reading your current cover story on Sacramento youth and activism. I am 67, but it seemed like a flash ago that I was a 29-year-old liberal daily columnist stirring things up every day for eight years in the staid old, conservative Sacramento Union.

I hope some of those young idealists realize there are many of us in my demographic who still burn brightly with young, idealistic hopes and dreams.

Peter Rafael Anderson

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More like ‘young and brainwashed’

Re “The young and the relentless” by Nick Miller (SN&R Feature Story, March 12):

The young and the relentless? It’s more like the young and brainwashed, who have been indoctrinated by the liberal news media, by black racists like Al Sharpton, and by the constant race baiting of the Obama administration.

Young blacks are more likely to be killed by other blacks. Of course facts and statistics don’t matter to the liberal news media when they have an agenda to propagate.



‘Dumb white libtards’

Re “The young and the relentless” by Nick Miller (SN&R Feature Story, March 12):

All of the so-called young activists that the writer profiled are like the leftists that have been around decades. Leftist Democrats completely control the White House, half of Congress, the Justice Department and other Federal bureaucracies, the California state government, the Sacramento City Council and the Sacramento mayor’s office.

The only way that those young leftist activists would face blowback from the leftist establishment would be if they were conservative.

Dumb white libtards like Nick Miller have either smoked too much weed or had the knockout game played on them once too often if they think that any of those young leftist activists are any different than the leftist establishment in power whom they are supposedly challenging.



Try Ayurveda the right way

Re “No meat. No beer. No coffee. No fun.” by Janelle Bitker (SN&R Feature Story, March 5):

I find it curious that your writer seeks to gain understanding of an ancient, complex medical system, not to mention real results, by consulting with an intern. Maybe her results would have been different and more positive had she found an experienced practitioner. Ayurveda is a language, not a religion. It can be spoken and read with skill, or with heedlessness.

As someone with 25 years of experience with Ayurveda in various guises and whose wife is one of those experienced practitioners, I can tell you that to reduce Ayurveda to a set of maxims is farcical. The strength of Ayurveda is its insistence on assessing every person, every situation, as unique. Furthermore, to hold Ayurveda to standards created by our “infantile” Western medical model seems unwise, given how well that model is working out for all its refugees on the lookout for something, anything, that can lead them to health. My wife doesn’t advertise, never has, yet receives a steady stream of clientele mostly via referrals from other clients. Something must be working.

Sagar Hallal