Letters to the Editor

‘We are here and then we are gone.’


We are here

Re “Never has a solar eclipse been so timely. At last, something to inspire awe” (Editorials, Aug. 23): Your editorial about the eclipse was beautiful and appropriate. Several hundred senior citizens met in Sun City to share views through the telescope, viewing glasses, pin-hole box views and graters. We were awe-struck, a community without our usual divisions of politics and prejudices. Your editorial expressed it well: We are here and then we are gone.

Sue Kahler, Lincoln

Sun power

The eclipse was a test for renewable energy to meet electricity demands when solar becomes unavailable. California passed with flying colors, as system operators integrated renewables without sacrificing reliability. It is time we turn away from fossil fuels. Senate Bill 100 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León sets California on a track toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. It is vital that we pass this bill.

Emma Price, Lafayette

Climate change

Re “California’s Assembly Republican leader survives vote to oust him – for now” (sacbee.com, Aug. 21): Climate change is a plain fact stated by our best scientists. Addressing this threat should be paramount and yet we get government acting in smallest way on this largest of issues. Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, is not a traitor to his party. If the Republican Party opposes to government regulation, it should look into carbon fee and dividend legislation.

Bob Rodger, Los Osos

Parkway danger

Re “A choice for Sacramento: Save the parkway or let it become a sewer for good” (Marcos Breton, Aug. 20): For years, once Reno turns cold, we come to Sacramento with bicycles for a long weekend, and ride the American River Parkway. This year, we’re investing that money in woolen tights and spinning classes. The parkway sounds too dangerous. You don’t have a unique problem. But thanks to the same climate that draws us, yours is larger, year-round and flourishing.

David Fenimore, Reno


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