Letters to the Editor

Trump, drought, water, CEO pay

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes speaking before a crowd of 3,500 last month in Phoenix.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes speaking before a crowd of 3,500 last month in Phoenix. The Associated Press

Don’t rush into Donald Trump

Donald Trump is Archie Bunker in a suit. I am appalled at the number of people who are backing this buffoon. I am particularly appalled, even embarrassed, at fellow conservatives who are backing him. We must be careful that we are not so blinded by the anger we feel at government and its corruption that we elect this man, who is clearly unfit to be the leader of the free world.

Mary Alice Myers,

Sacramento

Something should be done

Re “Amid drought, grass clippings drying up” (Insight, Aug. 10): Three years of extreme drought have led to many visible changes in California – from brown lawns everywhere to a shockingly low water levels at Folsom Lake and Lake Tahoe. Is this a cyclical drought pattern that will be gone in a year or two? Or is this the “new normal” from climate change?

Wouldn’t it be better to take out an insurance policy by putting a price on carbon where it’s taken from the ground and giving this dividend to American households – just in case it is the carbon dioxide warming the air and causing climate change?

Eileen Heinrich,

Sacramento

Don’t water, but please mow

The article mentions that a few years ago a dead lawn could result in a visit or note from city enforcement staff. Although a gold lawn is now considered a beacon of good water conservation, a front yard filled with untamed weeds is simply an eyesore.

As we drive around Sacramento – even in nice older neighborhoods – we see too many front yards that look like prime examples of urban blight.

I realize that relandscaping can be expensive or time consuming. Keeping things trimmed is not. I wish those code enforcement people would start sending snarky notes again.

Lorraine Doig, Sacramento

Target the biggest water wasters

Re “California sets low-flow standards on new showerheads” (Page 1A, Aug. 13): The state’s adoption of stricter low-flow standards for showerheads is typical of the triumph of public relations over substance that prevails in California water politics.

While these standards will save some water, it will be just a fraction of the water used during the drought by the state’s biggest water wasters: agribusiness, oil companies and other corporate interests.

A new report by EcoNorthwest, an independent economic analysis firm, estimates that 300,000 acres of toxic land in the Westlands Water District and three adjacent water districts could be retired at a cost of $580 million to $1 billion.

Retiring this land and curbing the water rights associated with it would result in a savings to California of up to 455,000 acre-feet – for just a small fraction of the cost of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnel plan.

Dan Bacher, Sacramento

Plastic grass is not a solution

Re “Planning commission to consider allowing front yard artificial turf” (Local, Aug. 11): I was chagrined to read this article. Putting plastic propylene sheets on your lawn deadens the landscape. It offers no habitat for insects or spiders or worms, and disrupts the ecosystem, hurting birds and animals.

There are drought-tolerant varieties of turfgrass, such as buffalo and Bermuda grass. Our communities need grass. Grass filters and cleanses the air and rainwater of pollutants and impurities. Grass slows storm water runoff, serves as a firebreak, reduces the urban heat island effect, and produces oxygen. Ripping out lawns and replacing them with plastic will destroy the ecosystems found in living landscapes and make Sacramento an unpleasant and hot place to live.

Kris Kiser, Alexandria, Va.

CEO pay rule response

Re “High CEO pay is justified” (Letters, Aug. 12): I’m not quite sure what Bill Walters is beefing about. If CEOs are truly worth what they are getting paid in comparison to workers, why would anybody object to disclosing this information?

The issue is not that the rich are getting richer. It’s that they are enriching themselves at the expense of the people who work hard to help generate their profits. If these so-called job creators were actually creating decent jobs that provided workers a living, nobody would be complaining that they were getting richer.

Dawn Wolfson,

Cameron Park

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