Letters to the Editor

Water, arena, race and Big Pharma

Steve Ries and his great-granddaughter Korynn Toledo, 3, walk among the water-saving landscaping at Ries’ home in Roseville. Ries has cut summer water use by more than 80 percent, he said.
Steve Ries and his great-granddaughter Korynn Toledo, 3, walk among the water-saving landscaping at Ries’ home in Roseville. Ries has cut summer water use by more than 80 percent, he said. rbenton@sacbee.com

Common sense in short supply

Re “A case study in conservation” (Page A1, April 12): Folsom residents are conserving water in many ways, from putting buckets in our showers to letting expensive landscaping go brown. In fact, we did such a good job of conserving water that the Folsom City Council told us they have enough water to send south of Highway 50 to approve permits to build thousands of new homes. One of those development projects is coming before the planning commission this month.

Why would a city continue its plan to develop thousands of new homes in light of Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest comments about the drought? Why would a city ask residents to make sacrifices for nonexistent, future residents? Would it not be wiser to slow down development? Common sense during this drought seems to be in as short supply as our water.

Karen Pardieck, Folsom

Folsom ignores the drought

Congratulations to Roseville. In comparison, the city of Folsom has utilized its citizens’ 20 percent savings to re-allocate water rights to develop 10,000 more homes south of Highway 50. However, now the savings required has been upped to 35 percent for some water districts, such as the San Juan Water District, which also serves Folsom residents north of Highway 50. Folsom Lake, the source of water, and conservation efforts, can only support so much development. Available water, even in a drought, should be the deciding factor for new development, not available open space and undeveloped land.

Beth Kelly, Folsom

Drinking water outweighs ag

Re “Benefits of agriculture” (Letters, April 13): I agree with much of what the letter writer said about California agriculture and that much of what is produced to eat is not recognized by many. However, I would rather have water to drink than a peach to eat.

Michael Fisher, Roseville

Arena suit is last resort

Re “Suit over arena is a net loss” (Our Region, Marcos Breton, April 12): Regarding arena subsidies, Marcos Breton accuses Isaac Gonzalez, James Cathcart and Julian Camacho of being “only about democracy they agree with.” Yet Breton has opposed a public vote that thousands of registered voters requested in signed petitions. Dismissed on a superficial technicality, this widely supported petition to vote would likely have ended the rancor that Breton complains bitterly about.

Breton also suggests that lawyers are selfishly chasing money merely as an “incentive for them to keep at this.” This unfair speculation ignores that going to court is the last resort; the first effort was for a public vote. Last, Breton says that anyone not locked in step with Kings plans is “locked into being opponents to change in Sacramento.” However, the public has been locked out of fully exploring alternate visions for Sacramento. This issue would have been resolved long ago had democracy survived.

Craig Rieser, Sacramento

Money tops truth, justice?

Let me see if I understand Marcos Breton correctly. Superior Court Judge Frawley upheld the council’s position on other arena suits but has agreed to hear the suit alleging fraud in the way the arena was financed, which means he must see some merit in it. Breton says the suit may cost the city an extra $80 million in finance charges over 30 years. Therefore, the three citizens bringing the suit against the city should just drop it, thus potentially saving the city a lot of money. My conclusion: Breton believes money is more important than justice and learning the truth.

Rhonda Rumrey, Sacramento

Real democracy

In his opinion piece, Marcos Breton accuses the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against city funding the downtown arena of being “only about democracy they agree with.” City leaders and Breton didn’t want a democratic vote on the arena because they knew a city subsidy to the wealthy would be voted down as it was in 2006. Instead, the city made an end run. Breton wants only a “democracy” he can agree with.

George Lidgett, Sacramento

We’re all in race together

Re “Starbucks’ campaign on equality moves off cups” (Page A4, March 23): Congratulations to Starbucks for tackling the issue of race in American society. It’s a genealogical fact that every human being on earth can be traced to Africa. We are all related to each other no matter what color we are. So we are all in the race together.

Gerald Greenwood, Folsom

Hoping you stay healthy

Re “Sad plight of Big Pharma” (Letters, April 14): Recently a gentle Bee reader railed at Big Pharma and their unreasonable profits. Here’s hoping that reader never needs one of Big Pharma’s life-saving, life-extending or disease-curing drugs. Especially the so-called large molecule drugs being developed now to attack various cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis and more. And to a much more effective degree than current small molecule meds. Expensive? You bet. Miraculous? Amazingly so.

Ask your doctor about these drugs. They are called specialty drugs. Your doctor learned about them from the highly trained, dedicated consultants the letter writer sneers at. Do they get paid? Sure. They’re working.

David Collum, El Dorado Hills

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