Shatner’s water pipeline idea
As a concept, actor William Shatner’s idea to build a water pipeline from Seattle to California makes sense; however, I think his plan can be improved.
For starters, the pipeline should be moved south to Portland. Why? Because Portland gets more rain than Seattle and borders the Columbia River, the fourth largest river in the country. Second, a Portland-based pipeline is 175 miles closer to California than Seattle. That means the $30 billion price tag will be reduced.
I am on record as saying California needs a three-pronged approach to solving its water crisis – naming a state water czar, building a polar pipeline from snow-covered states to the West, and building several desalination plants as quickly as possible.
On paper, Shatner’s idea of a water pipeline makes sense. I just want to see it make financial “cents.” Move it to Portland.
Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach
Businesses should cut first
Re “Drought rules hit area even harder” (Page A1, April 19): Why should residents let their lawns die when agribusiness, bottled water companies and Southern California municipalities siphon water off Northern California as if the central and southern regions weren’t arid before Pat Brown devised a way to sell “excess” water to them? As if that weren’t wrong enough, anytime you see the word business you know odds are they are of the party of climate-change deniers. Until there becomes an acceptance of climate change on behalf of big business, you’ll find me running through the sprinklers.
Jeff Hedrick, Sacramento
Keep sensitive gun info secret
Re “Concealed carry info shouldn’t be hidden” (Editorials, April 21): Sadly, The Sacramento Bee editorial board’s stance on concealed carry is dangerously flawed. To reprise a well-known phrase: “Society is safer when criminals don’t know who’s armed.”
The danger of making such sensitive information public was underscored by the New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of people with concealed carry permits. It was a dangerous and inexcusable invasion of privacy.
While The Bee contends that publishing such an armed list would tend to ward criminals away from “heavily armed” neighborhoods, it would also make people with concealed carry permits more vulnerable to ambush when leaving or entering their home.
It’s about as silly as establishing a so-called “gun-free” zone – nothing more than a criminal and psycho magnet. What better venue in which to prey on the defenseless?
Michael Miro, El Dorado Hills
A limit to religious claims
Re “Religious beliefs complicate the vaccine debate” (Page A1, April 21): Nick Johansen tells The Bee that California should not revere science over his personal religious faith. He and other opponents of Senate Bill 277 have no other arguments against the measure, which does not mandate vaccines but merely prevents unvaccinated children from spreading infection at school.
As with many other newly invented religious freedoms, this is not a genuine liberty issue but an unreasonable claim that anything goes if I say it violates my faith. Unwittingly revealing that he has no genuine good-faith religious objection, Johansen admits he might still vaccinate his own daughter. This reminds me of the new religious doctrine against making wedding cakes for gay couples. Bigotry, all of a sudden, is not bigotry – it is a protected religious belief.
Now, according to SB 277 opponents, ignoring health laws is not merely imprudence – it is a deeply held religious creed as well.
John Adkisson, Sacramento
Mandate to speak Spanish?
Re “Unscripted ‘outsider’ being cast as alternative for Senate seat” (Page A1, April 20): In reading the article regarding Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, I was taken aback by her criticizing Kamala Harris for not being able to speak Spanish. Sanchez went on to ask how Harris could expect to hold a U.S. Senate seat if she cannot communicate with the Spanish population.
What I want to know is when did speaking English get taken away as our native language? Is Sanchez saying all of us should be ashamed for not speaking Spanish? I’m 68 years old and I’ve never been told I can’t do something or work somewhere because I don’t speak Spanish.
Rebecca Dullanty, Sacramento
Protect our public lands
It has often been said that people must speak out in defense of our common land, since it cannot speak for itself. In light of recent attempts by some lawmakers to undermine federal protection of public lands, this is true now more than ever. But what many don’t realize is that public lands are vital to local economies and small businesses. While we celebrate our great outdoors during National Parks Week, let’s recognize the role these lands play in the success of small businesses and our economy.
Small Business Majority just released an economic report that shows public lands strengthen economies and job markets in California, drawing in tourists and new residents that boost the economy and local businesses.
Unfortunately, some policymakers are attempting to pass ownership of national forests to the states to allow for the privatization of these lands. Washington needs to stop playing politics with our nation’s natural assets and continue protecting our public lands.
David Chase, Sacramento
Small Business Majority
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