Letters to the Editor

Water cutback, cash-for-grass, voter registration, cops, Texas, etc.

Cash-for-grass programs might encourage homeowners to give up thirsty lawns, which could save water.
Cash-for-grass programs might encourage homeowners to give up thirsty lawns, which could save water. Sacramento Bee file

Cutbacks about money

Re “State water regulators order massive cutbacks” (Page A1, May 6): As Gov. Jerry Brown and his cronies issue their latest mandatory water cutbacks, it becomes more obvious that the California lawmakers and the Department of Water Resources have, over time, written checks in the way of water distribution promises to arid areas of the state that they never had the resources to honor.

This has allowed developers, land barons and political officials to cash in on inflated real estate values by providing water to areas of the state that do not inherently have that resource available to them. The city of Sacramento, with pre-1914 water rights, and I, as a lifelong resident, chose to settle in this geographic location because it has water.

I pay additional taxes, in the way of levee maintenance and flood control, in order to protect my property and enjoy the availability of water. If the state is taking my water, then pay my taxes and share the ill-gotten wealth with me.

Jerry Cordy, Sacramento

Help residents conserve

Re “Cash-for-grass might ease new water mandates” (Editorials, May 6): I didn’t care for grass yards even before this drought, and now I’d love to do my part and rip out my turf to be replaced by drought-resistant landscapes.

What’s holding me back? The $2,000 quote I received from a landscape company. If the city of Folsom, or even the state, wants to pick up the tab for ripping out the grass, I’ll pay for the re-landscaping. But I can’t afford the entire cost this summer, so my grass will remain until next summer. And maybe the next.

Bridget Whitted, Folsom

Ideas for saving water

I would like to suggest some of my ideas for saving water during this crisis. Ban issuance of any permits for building a new in-ground swimming pools in the state. Mandate a prohibition on the sale of all above-ground swimming pools and lawn water slides. And prohibit issuance of any new commercial or residential building permits in Southern California.

George Roeder, Carmichael

What conservation?

In current circumstances I cannot help but wonder why we still allow various water-bottling businesses to sell our precious California water to buyers outside of the state. My first encounter with this was a few months ago when I bought a bottle of water at the airport in Seattle. The label said it was from the Sierra Nevada in California. Really?

Seattle needs to import water? With its annual rainfall? And the state can only get it from California?

What is wrong with this picture?

At a time when we are being asked to reduce our water use by about 25 percent, it seems we could use this water in California.

Debby Brown, Rocklin

Automatic foolishness

Re “Automatic registration is no panacea for turnout” (Viewpoints, May 5): Automatic registration is automatic foolishness. Think about it. If a person is so uninterested in the workings of our government and couldn’t care less because he or she thinks their vote doesn’t matter, why would you want that person voting anyway?

It comes down to a person wanting to be involved, wanting to be informed and wanting to vote. Let those who care about the procedures and the results make their input count, while those who don’t will have to live by the old adage: If you didn’t vote, don’t complain.

Tom Orsat, Folsom

Why glamorize breeding dog?

Re “Retired police dog Bodie sires pups at home of officer he helped save” (Our Region, May 2): The Sacramento Police Department and Officer Randy Van Dusen ought to be ashamed. Has neither ever heard of spaying and neutering dogs? Come to think of it, The Sacramento Bee ought to be ashamed, too.

Recently, The Bee ran an article on the county animal shelter’s efforts to reduce its overpopulation of dogs by offering cheap or free adoptions. Animal groups have been advised by the county that it will soon be forced to euthanize perfectly adoptable dogs – not merely those that are sick or suffer behavior problems. Yet The Bee celebrates this unnecessary breeding because Bodie is a famous dog.

Those five cute pups pictured means the county shelter will have five more perfectly friendly, adoptable dogs to euthanize in the not-too-distant future.

Mark Rakich, Sacramento

Positive police coverage?

I’m afraid I don’t understand the news media. A prisoner is fatally injured while in police custody in Baltimore and demonstrations, rioting, burning and looting go on for days and all the news media covers it 24/7. And then two Muslim terrorist wannabes show up at an event in Texas, dressed in body armor with assault weapons, bent on mass killings at the event, and a single police officer, armed only with a handgun, kills them both. And he is barely mentioned in the news media.

John West, Sacramento

Police caravan unnecessary

Re “Capitol falls silent to remember ‘very best of California’” (Page A1, May 5): On Sunday, I was traveling on Interstate 5 when dozens of police cars began to pass me. The passing police cars took almost an hour to clear by. The cars were from all over Southern California, and most held one or two officers. They were running nose to tail in the fast lane. Any time they encountered a civilian in the fast lane, they flashed their emergency lights, forcing drivers to pull out of their way.

I learned reading The Sacramento Bee that this procession was traveling to attend a memorial for fallen officers. As difficult and as painful that these losses are to friends and family, law enforcement understands and accepts the risks of their job. I don’t think it’s appropriate for taxpayers to fund these kinds of demonstrations. Given recent news stories, I think these funds would have been better spent for community relations and anger-management training.

Brian McCarthy, Sacramento

Texas paranoia

Re “Remember the Alamo/Obama” (Editorial cartoon, Jack Ohman, May 6): Apparently some citizens of Texas believe that the upcoming military training exercise called Jade Helm 15 is an attempt on the part of the Obama administration to seize the state of Texas and put it under martial law. I can assure them it’s quite the opposite. It is, in fact, an effort to get Texas to secede. One can only hope.

D. Mark Wilson, Sacramento

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