How to handle the Downtown homeless [“Editor's Note,” May 13]:
1. Use Prop. 63 mental-health funds to open a shelter for mentally ill homeless. I suggest Mission Brewery on Washington and Pacific Highway—near trolley, industrial neighborhood—or Downtown hotels, both with locked private rooms.2. Round up all homeless people and require them to live in shelters for public health and safety reasons.3. Hire holistic doctors and therapists to supervise detox and orthomolecular (vitamin) therapy, which cures schizphrenia (500 milligrams of vitamin B, C, Cal-mag-zinc, fish oil). Regular psychotropic drugs are deadly toxic and unsustainable. 4. Require all patients to work part-time at the shelter or street cleaning, etc., if able. 5. Allow patients to stay in during the day, but have a curfew at night. 6. Graduate patients out to independent living, but keep them on holistic medical probation for life.
Valerie Sanfilippo,Linda VistaMinor controversy
About “Idiot or asshole” [“Sordid Tales,” May 13], your column about Miss California Carrie Prejean and Perez Hilton: One thing that struck me was the explanation for the racy photos of Prejean taken before she became a Miss USA contestant. The claim that the photos were taken when Prejean was a teenager infers that she was a minor at the time. But the use of the term “teenager” instead of her actual age seemed a little odd to me. That made me think that Prejean could have been 18 or 19—still a teenager—but would have weakened the youthful-indiscretion defense somewhat.
If she was in fact a minor at the time the photos were taken, parental approval would have been required, and being OK with racy photos of a minor daughter to me does not comport with the Christian family-values upbringing that Prejean has been touting. Whether minor deceit or hypocrisy, the whole affair seems poor form.
About Edwin Decker's five categories and designations, I would add a sixth: People who take a lot of stock in beauty pageants (Designation: Idiots).
Dan Jacobs, Mira Mesa
The will to reform
About your May 20 editorial regarding the need for prison reform:
The governor could save billions by making a few changes to the prison system—if he had the political will!He could save about $220 million annually by telling the Board of Prison Terms to speed up the technical-violation process by one month.
He could save about $220 million annually by increasing inmate work / good-time credits by a month.
He could save about $250 million annually by implementing Little Hoover Commission recommendations to realign responsibility for serious juvenile offenders from the state prison system to the counties.
He could save up to $500 million annually by establishing a community corrections program authorizing the state to contract with counties to provide parole supervision.
He could save billions by adopting the national correctional prison-bed standards used by the Legislative Analyst rather than using unique California prison-bed standards. Based on national standards, the prison bed shortage is about 11,500 beds, rather than 60,000 beds. Billions in AB900 bond funds would be saved because it would not be necessary to build very many new prison beds.
It is not exactly rocket science, but it does require political will and leadership.
Rich McKone,Lincoln, Calif.