Letters to the Editor

Climate change, Pan recall, gas station, river memorial, etc.

Smoke nearly blocks the sun on the Wragg fire near Winters and Lake Berryessa.
Smoke nearly blocks the sun on the Wragg fire near Winters and Lake Berryessa. rbenton@sacbee.com

Hopeful on climate change action

Re “Step outside – climate change is here” (Editorials, July 30): Thanks to The Bee for this challenging yet hopeful editorial. Yes, the need for action to address the changing climate is urgent, and it needs to happen at all levels: the personal, state and national levels suggested in the editorial, the moral level addressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical and the international level, e.g., the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris this December.

James Hansen, the scientist cited in the editorial, has been quoted as saying: “Most impressive is the work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby … If you want to join the fight to save the planet ... there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group.” That is because the climate lobby solution, a revenue-neutral carbon fee, holds the best promise of being effective and politically feasible.

Rich Howard, Carmichael

Pan recall effort bound to fail

Re “Vaccine law foes seek Pan recall” (Capitol & California, July 29): A substantial majority of us voters in Sen. Richard Pan’s district applauded with gusto when he pushed through Senate Bill 277 over the objections of a paranoid fringe of the electorate – a paranoid fringe that espouses the delusional view that measles vaccine causes autism, a paranoid fringe that claims it has a constitutional right to use its 6- and 7-year-olds to spread deadly disease among the populace.

We will soundly defeat the recall effort against Pan. Should he run again for elective office, we will give him a large majority.

Seward L. Andrews,

Sacramento

Council should ban huge gas station

On Sept. 8, the Sacramento City Council will determine the future character of Curtis Park Village. Since moving to Curtis Park 13 years ago, I’ve been to many meetings by the developer where he promised a transit-oriented, walkable development.

The developer also promised Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and other agencies a “model” transit-oriented development and received more than $10 million in public funds to connect to light rail. However, he now proposes a huge discount gas station, which studies show would draw motorists from up to 40 miles away.

I feel we’ve gotten the bait and switch. This could turn already congested Sutterville Road into a nightmare and ruin one of Sacramento’s most walkable neighborhoods. The mayor and City Council rightly claim leadership in the fight against climate change. I challenge them to be true to their convictions and reject a mega-gas station in an urban neighborhood.

Bill Westerfield, Sacramento

Dwindling unions do cause harm

Re “The deceit in Scott Walker’s campaign” (Viewpoints, July 26):

Dana Milbank inaccurately contends that the unions are unable to cause significant “ills” to America, because they only represent “just 11 percent of the American workforce.”

Has he forgotten when the truckers union attempted to halt all nationwide shipping by striking on the same day to demonstrate its power and force compliance with its demands?

How about the forced high dues so that unions amass hundreds of millions of dollars to buy politicians and/or corrupt American issues?

Ron W. Loutzenhiser, Galt

Memorials serve a greater purpose

Re “River memorial could save lives” (Forum, July 26): A note of thanks to Laura-Lynne Powell for her article about creating a memorial to drowning victims. It is refreshing to hear someone support the ghost bike memorials that are installed. If the ghost bikes provide a reminder, as Powell stated, to just one person to slow down and to pay attention, then they serve a good purpose.

Currently there are about 10 ghost bikes in the greater Sacramento area. Sacramento’s Ride of Silence works to honor fallen cyclists and to bring awareness to others to drive safely and share the road so no more lives are lost. I support Powell’s suggestion that a river memorial would serve as an equally poignant reminder to all to be safe on the waterways.

Sonya Lovine, Folsom

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