Development demands water
Re “With standards relaxed, water use on the rise throughout the state” (Page 1A, Oct. 6): I wonder how those who determine trends in water usage in Sacramento factor in the huge increase in demand resulting from all the development.
Arenas, hotels, office buildings and tracts of new housing surely increase the number of gallons lopped off our shrinking water supply. Even on a per capita basis of city residents’ demand will surely soar, since many arena and hotel visitors do not live here. Or are the calculations done to minimize the impact of development’s drain on our most precious resource?
Miles D. Wichelns, Sacramento
Loaded words against Prop. 54
Re “Will Prop. 54 make Legislature work better for Californians?” (Viewpoints, Oct. 6): In his No on Proposition 54 op-ed, Art Torres states that “Our Legislature needs to work better.” He got that right, but little else. Plus, using the “special interest group” blame game was just lazy. He states it typically takes a month for final approval after bills have been passed by the Assembly and Senate, so God forbid we add 72 hours and risk exposing a portion of the legislative process to Californians.
John DeKellis, Rocklin
Benefiting from rooftop solar
Re “Rooftop solar financing spurs rise in consumer complaints” (Insight, Sept. 27): For the past three years, we have had solar panels on our roof, and PG&E writes us checks, not the other way around. Installed by Solar City, we are not only saving money but also reducing pollution and love the energy independence as well.
Will Tuttle, Healdsburg
Mars, Trump a far-out parallel
Re “Look to the stars, not Donald Trump” (Editorial notebook, Erika D. Smith, Oct. 7): I am appalled that the writer would choose to bash Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, in an editorial notebook about colonizing Mars. To draw a parallel suggesting voters look to Mars, not Donald Trump, who is criticized as a nominee who “has been unleashing streams of stunningly ignorant remarks almost daily,” is base and nonsensical.
Gil Miller, Rancho Murieta
Krauthammer can’t read
Re “Obama’s legacy is crumbling” (Viewpoints, Oct. 7): I admire The Bee’s policy of presenting liberal and conservative views, but Charles Krauthammer can’t read. President Barack Obama inherited President George W. Bush’s financial collapse that was second only to Franklin Roosevelt’s. I’m not a statistician but I think most of Obama’s financial statistics from 2009 until now have been positive.
Alan Baker, Rocklin
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