Letters to the Editor

American River Parkway + Cap-and-trade + Bear hunting + Eclipse

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna walks thru the American River Parkway.
Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna walks thru the American River Parkway.

American River

Re “Chasing homeless off the parkway won’t work” (Viewpoints, Aug. 22): Supervisor Sue Frost has planted her feet in the Do Nothing group. I’ll bet she hasn’t sailed up the American River between Discovery Park and Cal Expo. The Jungle looks like a scene out of “Apocalypse Now.” Frost rightly suggests the transition out of homelessness is to provide intensive mental health and social services as well as housing, but fails to understand the nature of people we call homeless. Some prefer the lifestyle. They have always been with us. We used to call them Hobos.

Frank Casanova, Sacramento

Boondoggle

Re “What California should really do with cap-and-trade windfall” (Editorials, Aug. 24): This is why I oppose the global warming scam. There is no plan to fix or affect the climate. It’s a slush fund for incompetent, fiscally irresponsible politicians. As long as they can remotely call a project “green,” they will blissfully go along. The Sacramento Bee editorial board says cap-and-trade critics anticipate a boondoggle. I don't. It has been a boondoggle from day one.

James Cronin, Folsom

Bear hunting

Re “Exclusive: Trump team goes to bat for NRA-backed bill, deleting Park Service concerns” (sacbee.com, Aug. 23): Killing bear cubs in their dens is not hunting. This is not consistent with any frontier ethic. Who is it that thinks this cruel and egregious practice should be allowed as manly sport? We are one with nature. We are all from the same source. This is not animal rights extremism. It is biology 101. Killing bear cubs in their den, or anywhere else, kills a part of us.

Richard Turner, Sacramento

Sun power

Re “Sun power” (Letters, Aug. 23): Solar energy did not pass the eclipse test. The California Independent System Operator website showed solar power generation contribution to the grid suddenly dropped by around 3,000 megawatts. This is the equivalent of two large coal or nuclear power plants going offline. The eclipse did not happen at peak usage. If it did, brown outs would have been a distinct possibility.

Peter Langdon, Marysville

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