We were very appalled when we read "Cutting to the bone" (Jan. 11, Page A-1). Our governor plans to eliminate some Medi-Cal benefits such as dental, optical, and psychological. How are our children going to get their teeth cleaned and receive glasses that allow them to see the board in school?
Our governor also says he wants to reduce child welfare services to each county. This makes it more difficult, not just for the social workers who will take on more cases.
In addition, our governor says that he wishes to reduce funding for AIDS programs. It is not easy to find a good AIDS program. Now it seems like it will be hard to find a mediocre one. How are AIDS researchers supposed to continue researching a cure without adequate funding?
What makes this worse is that the state vehicle Sen. Don Perata was driving when he was carjacked recently was a 2006 Dodge Charger. If the governor wants to reduce spending, why not provide economically priced vehicles, or even used cars?
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The point of this -- none of the reductions seem to be in the benefits and perks state officials receive.
KAREN and PHILLIP CUARESMA