Letters for November 19, 2015

Pro-life or anti-choice?

Re “The right to lose” by Raheem Hosseini (SN&R Feature Story, November 12):

I've never considered the pro-life movement to really be pro-life. They are anti-choice. I live in South Sac along Stockton Boulevard and often see a mobile “crisis pregnancy center” in Little Saigon. There is a lot of prostitution and drug use here, and I think the last thing sex workers or any vulnerable women need is to be told not to get a perfectly safe and perfectly legal medical procedure if they need one. Thank you for writing this article.

Erica Wachs


20,000 homeless in Sacramento

Re “The right thing” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R Greenlight, November 12):

Very thoughtful commentary and, unfortunately, the pending Board of Supervisor action was less than needed to save lives as a monster El Niño begins. I disagree with part of the article. Citing the “2,600 total homeless” perpetuates a sad under-count: The county’s schools reported over 12,000 homeless children in the eight-month school term, and that didn’t count nonreporters, drop-outs, preschool children or their parents. The number 20,000 is more like it! Also, there are many more remarkable nonprofits serving various subpopulations without the homeless community who could use volunteer time and financial and material donations. It would be a real service to those groups and the homeless people they serve if the SN&R provided an insert listing and describing them, with contact information! As you succinctly stated in the middle of your article, Jeff, “We need to do more.”

Ronald Javor


Want the good and bad

Re “The jerks Nextdoor” by Rachel Leibrock (SN&R Feature Story, October 29):

OMG, I think it is a good thing that we can share the good with the bad, meaning last week a car was parked in front of a residence and a woman’s purse had been left in the car and they broke into car to steal it! It is important to post those things, along with bikes and other valuables taken from neighbors’ open garages, in order to get people to take care of those things happening in their neighborhood. It simply makes us aware and it is very important! I don’t want to hear just about a new dog, pretty flowers growing near tennis courts, etc.

Lastly, if you go to “settings,” you can choose who you want to hear from, so I hear from no one but my neighborhood—the good and the bad, which is even more important. Neighbors telling us about someone knocking on doors and to beware is so important, and has definitely alerted people to keep doors locked!

Barbara Luebbermann