Letters: Homelessness, presidential race, COVID spending

One of numerous homeless encampments strewn along the outskirts of North Sacramento. (Photo by Scott Thomas Anderson)

The real problem

Re: “A matter of life and death” by Bob Erlenbusch (Essay, Aug. 12):

Your efforts don’t treat the underlying problem. Homeless don’t die simply because they don’t have a home. They die because they they are either addicted to drugs and alcohol and/or they have mental issues. Simply putting a roof over their head will not stop the inevitable result—an untimely death. You need to treat the underlying addiction and mental health issues.

However, liberals are at an impasse for this as effective treatment for either will require treatment against their free will. If you are not enabling cities to do involuntary institutionalization, you are not solving anything.

Bill Bixby, via sacramento.newsreview.com

Path to victory

Re: “If Biden wins” by Clay Jones (Editorial cartoon, Aug. 10):

Joe Biden is still running a 2016 campaign on climate change, Obamacare and his H1N1 performance. All he needs to win is: Delete all YouTube videos, censor social media, avoid all video cameras, ignore softball journalists, shed the Obama baggage, and pick a viable VP who wouldn’t mind all the late night consultation sessions.

Michael Taps Taporco, via Facebook

2016 repeated?

Re: “The speech Joe Biden should give” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Aug. 6):

Good philosophy, good sense, but will voters buy it? We shall see. In 2016, Sen. [Hillary] Clinton was so superior to Donald Trump that it was laughable, but the inferior won.

Hugh Montgomery, via sacramento.newsreview.com

More money for sheriff

Re: “Different directions on COVID relief” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Aug. 7):

So, the county has made the decision to line Scott Jones’s pockets. A sad day for Sacramento County.

Dan Allison, via sacramento.newsreveiw.com

Memories of dad

Re: “Dad would have been 100 this week” by Jeff vonKaenel (Greenlight, Aug. 7):

After reading, I realized it was a Father’s Day story. I share similar history. My father passed away at 54 and left a widowed mother with seven kids. The story was emotional and heartfelt. I am proud to say the last line had me in tears.

Patrick Powers, via U.S. mail

Penalize criminals

Re: “Sacramento cops are No. 1 in seizing personal assets” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, July 29):

This is great. I’m glad to see that our local law enforcement is taking the illegal money that criminals get through poisoning our community.

John Jacoboan, via sacramento.news.review.com

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