Letters to the Editor

Brown’s plan, UC system, Big Soda, Brady’s shame, recycled water, etc.

A million hours of study?

Re “Brown tells critics of Delta tunnels plan to ‘shut up’” (Page A1, May 7): Has anybody put Gov. Jerry Brown’s comment of “Until you’ve put a million hours into it … shut up” to a basic math-pencil test? One million hours at eight hours per day equals 125,000 workdays; 125,000 workdays at 261 workdays per year equals 478 work years. Assuming for example that if he had 50 staff people working on this plan full time, it would have taken 9.56 years to simply develop the current plan. At $50,000 per year plus benefits, the approximate cost of this plan in staff time alone would be about $39.5 million. Now add cost of travel, supplies, etc., the cost is probably pushing $40 million. It is time for a massive reality check regarding this stupidity.

Roger Siler, Roseville

A better plan

Gov. Jerry Brown says for us to put a million hours into studying a plan for the Delta. The money spent on the million hours of study by state workers, contract writers and spin doctors would have been better invested in the replacement of pipes and other aging components of our existing water systems. As it is, the feds saw through the studies and called them for what they were: inadequate.

Janet E. Levers, Woodland

Seriously, brink of disaster?

Re “UC is on the brink of disaster for students” (Viewpoints, May 8): In Avi Oved’s op-ed, he complains the state is not doing enough for the UC system. He then goes on to charge:

▪  The current situation is reckless.

▪  Quality will be lowered.

▪  Personal politics are the problem.

▪  Research is being risked in favor of political gain and campaign contributions.

How about backing up those charges? How about providing some actual solutions? He apparently fails to recognize that if we taxed 100 percent of our citizens’ income, there would likely not be enough money to fund all the projects, programs and departments that various groups want.

How about asking professors to teach one extra class a year?

Come on, provide some justification and some solutions ... but maybe that kind of thinking is not taught in the UC system.

Steve Moran, Citrus Heights

Big Soda’s ‘PR machine’

Re “On public health, sodas just aren’t the same as cigarettes” (Viewpoints, May 6): Big Soda shouldn’t throw stones at glass houses. Beverage industry spokesman Steve Maviglio points to the California Endowment’s “PR machine,” but it pales in comparison to the billions of dollars Big Soda spends on ad campaigns targeting our youths, hiring consultants like Maviglio and paying academics like UC Davis nutritionist Liz Applegate to tout industry talking points. If the science was really on its side, would Big Soda really need to mount this massive propaganda campaign?

Fred Long, Sacramento

Add Brady to ‘Hall of Shame’

Re “Report points to Patriots’ Brady” (Page A1, May 7): New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has tarnished his star if inducted to the NFL Football Hall of Fame by cheating and giving an equipment manager autographed balls, shoes and a jersey to deflate footballs used in the AFC Championship game. Now I will never compare him to Joe Montana regardless of how many Super Bowl games he wins.

Dave Mulvehill, Rancho Murieta

Missed opportunity

Re “Big Day of Giving beats area’s goal” (Page B4, May 7): Last Tuesday was a great day for the Sacramento area when $5.6 million was raised in just 24 hours for more than 500 nonprofits, and 36,531 individual donors participated. GiveLocalAmerica.com tracked the results nationwide. Amazing that across the United States, we had the second-highest number of donors and were fourth in dollars raised. If that doesn’t rate front-page coverage, I don’t know what does.

Lorna L. Sheveland, Gold River

Deserving world class

Some may define “world class” as sports teams, stadiums, high-paid athletes, $8 million sculptures, but my definition? Providing financial and volunteer resources to the deserving organizations in our community that serve the many, not the few.

I’m proud and impressed with the total dollars donated on our Big Day of Giving – the fourth-highest dollar amount in the U.S.

This is the real definition of “world class.”

Peggy Berry, Carmichael

Why pick on El Dorado Hills?

Re “Cash-for-grass might ease new water mandates” (Editorials, May 6): As an example of neighborhoods with excessive landscaping, The Bee pictured a gardener mowing the lawn in a lush El Dorado Hills neighborhood. El Dorado Hills, especially the Serrano neighborhood that is pictured, uses recycled water from the sewage treatment plant for all landscape watering.

This is not potable water and can’t be used for anything else. Why didn’t you use a picture of South Land Park or Curtis Park or the Fabulous Forties for an example of water waste. Those areas use tap water, or if you prefer, drinking water for landscape use. The people of El Dorado Hills are very conservative, and they must pay for every drop that they use because we are metered, while some older Sacramento neighborhoods are not metered.

Michael T. Lester, El Dorado Hills

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