Letters for October 8, 2015

Jesus says …

Re “What would Jesus say about poverty?” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R Feature Story, October 1):

If Jesus came to my church, he'd see lots of expensive cars in the parking lot. He'd tell everyone with a car less than five years old to form a caravan and drive to CarMax in Roseville and sell their car and buy a smaller, older used car and give the difference between the selling price and the purchase price to Loaves and Fishes or another legitimate charitable organization that helps the poor.

Mike Montgomery


Snark brings Sac down

Re “Jumping the snark” by Nick Miller (SN&R 15 Minutes, October 1):

I was very, very disappointed after reading the questions posed in this week’s 15 Minutes interview. In this week’s issue, as well as in previous issues, you have made it very clear that you like to call the Sac Brew Bike by the nickname “idiot-mobile.” By comparing Downtown James Brown, a.k.a. a human being, down to the same level as something you’ve made clear is “idiotic,” in your opinion, you completely objectified and dehumanized a member of our community. Although it is obvious the question was posed with attempted humor, let us all try to build up members of our community with human dignity rather than bring one another down.

Annie Church


Do more for gangs

Re “Ganging up” by Raheem F. Hosseini (SN&R News, September 24):

Sacramento’s gang infestation should be taken very seriously by every law-abiding citizen in and around Sacramento. Gangs kill and destroy lives, cost taxpayers an enormous amount of money via the criminal justice system, generate medical expenses that often go unpaid, devastate communities, wreck home values and cause havoc in our schools and correctional facilities. Solutions to solving the growing gang infestation begins with the parents. Parents need to take responsibility for the proper upbringing of their young ones. They need to know where their young ones are at all times and who their friends are. And prevent them from roaming the streets, especially at night. Furthermore, parents need to teach their young ones to respect others, be responsible, obey rules and how to avoid negative peers and bad situations. In addition, the benefits of an education should be taught and parents should be involved with their youth’s education as much as possible. In the meantime, the mayor and city council should ensure and stress to parents the avenues available to them to better deal with troubled and incorrigible youths. We have already wasted precious time by not doing enough. It’s time we do more.

Jose Gonzalez