Abandon twin tunnels plan
Re “Brown tells critics of Delta tunnels plan to ‘shut up’” (Page A1, May 7): When Gov. Jerry Brown told critics of his twin tunnels plan to shut up, he revealed that he has very little respect for the First Amendment and the necessity for informed public debate over this controversial issue.
The critics of the tunnels include a broad coalition of fishermen, environmentalists, family farmers, tribal leaders, environmental justice advocates, elected officials, editors of major newspapers and the majority of the California public – and they will not shut up. Every group of scientists that has reviewed the plan, ranging from the Delta Independent Science Board to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, has slammed the terminally flawed science behind the tunnels.
The construction of the tunnels would hasten the extinction of Chinook salmon, steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, while costing the taxpayers and water ratepayers billions of dollars. It is time for Brown to abandon the BDCP boondoggle.
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Dan Bacher, Sacramento
Gov. Jerry Brown says we should “shut up because we don’t know what we’re talking about” regarding the plan to build tunnels through the Delta. Perhaps. However, I have some questions for the governor:
Why is there no reduction in construction in California? Every new house uses a lot of water.
Why are rice fields still being flooded?
Why has there been no reduction in almond farming?
Why is Folsom Lake releasing more water than it was a week ago?
It will be interesting to see if he knows what he is talking about. If not, he might want to reconsider who should shut up.
El Dorado Hills
Roseville’s tiered water structure
At a Roseville City Council meeting last week, Friends of Roseville requested the city rescind its tiered-water rate structure as it is illegal under Proposition 218 wherein the charge for water at tiers 2, 3 and 4 exceeds the cost to provide the service. At tier 4 the charge for water is more than 4 times that of tier 1. At the conclusion of the presentation, city staff said he is right and staff would need four to five months to correct the rates. The long period is unacceptable.
Phil Ozenick, Roseville
Who is using the most water
Re “California water use numbers should flow freely” (Editorial, April 26): Gov. Jerry Brown’s new water restrictions are a step in the right direction, but the restrictions do not reach far enough to really impact any significant change in saving water. After taking a closer look at numbers, urban water use takes up less than 10 percent of California’s water consumption.
The biggest water users in California are farmers, but they have already been losing significant amounts of money as a result of the drought the past few years, so cutting back on water even more could be damaging to the industry that brings in billions of dollars.
Perhaps more research, money and resources should be put into finding more efficient ways for farmers to save water as well as the urban water restrictions.
Gabriella Otto, Livermore
Feed students breakfast
Re “School day breakfast bill feeds more kids” (Editorials, April 23): School cafeterias feed a small percentage – less than 10 percent – of their student population. If breakfast is so important, why aren’t more students eating it? Furthermore, because we don’t know if students are eating breakfast before they leave home, schools need to take breakfast out of the cafeteria and place it in the classroom, where every student can benefit from the most important meal of the day.
To help facilitate this change is Assembly Bill 1240. If enacted, schools with a low-income family base will be required to provide breakfast for their students. But let’s not stop there. Every student – regardless of income status – deserves breakfast so they too are prepared to learn.
It’s time all students have access to the most import meal of the day. Our students deserve to be successful in school; our students deserve to have their school make them successful.
El Dorado Hills
Arrogance, not nature, is offensive
Re “City weighs public nudity ban” (Our Region, May 9): The human body offensive? Our survival as a species depends upon sustainable, harmonious interaction with our natural ecosystem, a system that has thrived millions of years without our help. That is a scientific fact. No air, no water, no food, no bees, no human species. Yet in a thousand ways we confirm that we think we are somehow apart from, above, better than and wiser than our natural home.
Few would disagree that the natural world is inherently good, but the devil is in the details. Nature is good except for marijuana, peyote, homosexuals, magic mushrooms, wolves, the California watershed, sleeping outdoors, any insect that that feeds in our gardens, wetlands, public breastfeeding and the naked human body. Our arrogance will be the death of our species. We deeply insult science and the creator daily, and at our peril.
Michael R. Gorman,
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