Letters to the Editor

Letters: Something in the air

A dairy in San Joaquin County.
A dairy in San Joaquin County. Associated Press file

A cow will do what a cow has to do

Re “Governor views climate change like Noah’s Ark“ (Sept. 20, Page 6A): So Jerry Brown is the new Noah? More like the latest Baron Munchausen. Saving the world by regulating cow flatulence is brain-damaged even for California. But don’t move to Nevada yet. There is still hope. If we can find a way to convert pompous absurdity into fuel, the Golden State may yet rule the world.

Martin Owens, Sacramento

Dairy farmers ought to give up

Dairy “farmers” want an easier way to meet air-quality regulations? Go out of business. Dairy products do not do anybody any good, particularly the dairy cow who suffers more than almost any other farmed animal on the planet. Dairy is bad for our bones, adds to the incidence of heart disease and is a habit that no other creature on the planet persists in once weaned.

Besides being a huge source of pollution, and a huge drain on our limited water, dairy adds immeasurably to the inhumanity humans inflict on animals for the sake of our taste buds. Alternatives to dairy abound. Practice compassion and use them.

Linda Meeks, Rancho Cordova

Alternative fuel is now normal

Re “Are California’s hybrid and electric vehicle markets losing power?” (Business, Sept. 18): During the first day of an advanced statistics class, the professor introduced us to a book called “How to lie with statistics.” I believe your article is an egregious example of it.

Anybody can observe the increased number of hybrid and electric cars on our streets. California’s rebate funding for 2015-16 was exhausted in June 2016. The announced Model 3 from Tesla already has 500,000 preorders. The public charger I use daily for my electric vehicle once had a couple vehicles a week. Now, there is a line of three or four cars daily.

And all this is without accounting for the carmaker obstructionism toward electric cars. Ford didn’t even advertise its electric Focus. Yet it is hard to find one available at your local Ford dealership because they are selling fast.

Michele Persiani, Orangevale

Diesel drivers ought to be taxed

Re “Smokers should get taxed” (Letters, Sept. 19): Letter writer Richard Boyd advocates for increased taxes on cigarettes to prevent smoking and its associated health problems. Who will get taxed after smokers?

I’m not as concerned about cigarette smoke impacting my health, since I don’t smoke, as I am the impacts of diesel exhaust to my health. The adverse health effects of particulate matter from diesel exhaust on our cardiovascular systems has been well documented in the medical community. Why then do I have to be accosted by the noxious exhaust of diesel trucks every time I walk or run outside in Sacramento County?

Larry Braybrooks, Fair Oaks

We should tax other people

Letter writer Richard Boyd presents the commonly stated argument that people should be punished (taxed) based on the degree to which they burden society. This is sometimes referred to as “cost to society.”

This cost can be expressed as an equation. Individual, plus activity, equals cost to society. Insert driving, engaging in sports, eating a diet high in fat or sugar, and it’s easy to see that many activities have the potential of adding to all our burden.

Let’s add a tax to vehicle registration to reduce accident injury through education and enforcement. Let’s tax all foods that medical science deems harmful to our health. This is the only fair way to apply this “cost to society” idea. It’s always easy to tax other people.

George Lidgett, Sacramento

Brown made right call on tampon tax

Re “Tampon, diaper sales taxes survive” (Page 6A, Sept. 14): It is still hard to believe that the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill exempting tampons and diapers from sales tax. Thank you, Gov. Jerry Brown for the veto.

Tampons and diapers are no more important or deserving of special treatment than a host of over-the-counter medications, wound-care products, and warm clothing and blankets for diaper-wearing infants and everyone else. Enough with the “war on women” nonsense. This is abject posturing in a war on common sense.

Harvey Swenson, Sacramento


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