Re "California can find road to prosperity by embracing hydraulic fracturing" (Viewpoints, Nov. 20): What is the damage that will be done to our beautiful state if fracking is allowed to go virtually unchecked? There is no denying that fracking, as hydraulic fracturing is called, is a path to prosperity, but at what cost to our environment and our future? As long as there is still debate about the damage being done in the states where fracking is allowed, let us go slow and mitigate the possibility of damage before it occurs. Earthquakes, air pollution, wasted water, contaminated water and contaminated land are all very real concerns when it comes to fracking. Instead of fracking, let us put our time and energy and resources into finding a clean, healthy source of energy, not one that's going to destroy our land, our health and our people.
-- Carol Saha, Sacramento