Letters to the Editor

EPA attack, Capitol art, parkway fires, twin tunnels

“The Dome” – graphite on acrylic on vellum
“The Dome” – graphite on acrylic on vellum Special to The Bee

Another right-wing attack on the EPA

Re “EPA smog rules could stifle economic hopes” (Viewpoints, Aug. 16): Jillian Melchior’s article is just another right-wing attack against the Environmental Protection Agency. Her organization, Independent Women’s Forum, is a conservative, right-wing organization with a name that attempts to legitimize it. This is a typical right-wing tactic to fool the public into giving such organizations credibility.

She uses the tired old scare tactic that to give all our citizens’ clean, breathable air that won’t cause illness and early deaths will destroy our economy. Nonsense. Eliminating carbon-based, polluting, noxious greenhouse gases and switching to clean renewable energy will save hundreds of billions in medical expenses and mitigate climate-change disasters, and also will create a huge boost to the economy by creating green jobs. There’s no time to wait!

Don’t be fooled by these legitimate-sounding, front organizations that put profits for investors above the rights of all of us.

Frank Roeske, Auburn

Beautiful art of the Capitol

Re “Capitol architecture, symbols of state” (Forum, Aug. 16): Stephanie Taylor’s insightful drawings at the Capitol are stunning. Her article is accurate and thoughtful.

As a docent at the Capitol, I can attest that Assemblyman Ken Cooley truly loves the Capitol and is willing to share his knowledge with those of us who are fortunate to receive docent training from him.

Recently, I was on duty in the treasury office when a visiting couple from Arizona told me she was the great-granddaughter of one of the men who installed the gold dome on the Capitol.

I suggested she go to Cooley’s office and introduce herself. He was pleased to share time with them and gave them mementos of the Capitol.

They returned to tell me how privileged they were to see and photograph her family’s contribution to our beautiful Capitol.

Bernadette Hicks,


A paragon to home cooks

Re “A toast to the rigor of writing recipes” (Forum, Aug. 16): Cheers to Elaine Corn for her story saluting Sunset magazine’s food editor emerita Jerry Anne Di Vecchio. Di Vecchio’s positive impact on food trends, home cooks and on fresh Western cuisine is felt by scores of today’s professionals and home cooks.

How nice that she is being recognized for the high standards she set.

Leslie Borasi,

El Dorado Hills

More Sanders coverage, please

I will be voting for Bernie Sanders for president, and I would appreciate more coverage by The Bee so that others might see what he stands for.

Sanders is the only candidate not funded by corporations. His voting record and views on policy have not changed in 35 years, proving he is concerned about all people including those in the middle and lower income brackets.

He believes all people should earn a living wage, have access to affordable college, know that Social Security will provide for them at retirement and have access to medical care, as well as other safety nets that are important to our elders, the disabled and our veterans.

Andrea K. Kennedy, Sacramento

Our bike trail is in danger

Re “A burning silence on river parkway” (Insight, Aug. 19): Once again, Marcus Breton has the courage to say what must be said. Urban fires along the American River Parkway not only endanger the lives of those who must respond, but also threaten the crown jewel of the region – the American River Bike Trail.

Too many of these fires have been attributed to the homeless who camp along the lower reaches of the trail, and the official response to this reality is deafening in its silence.

The homeless may be seen as untouchable by some, but it is clear that a regional effort that focuses on providing services to them in a respectful and humane manner might encourage at least some not to illegally camp along the river.

Stephen R. Hoover,


Twin tunnels will harm the Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta gets its water from two main rivers, the San Joaquin and the Sacramento. These rivers meet near Antioch and enter the channel that drains through Carquinez Strait into San Pablo Bay, a saltwater bay. During times of normal water flow, the pressure created by the two rivers at the strait keep salt water out of the Delta.

The pumping stations for water export were put in the backwater of Delta near Clifton Court so they would not affect the water pressure at the strait. Any divergence of water from either of the two rivers, taken directly to the pumping station, could be the death of the Delta. Delta wildlife can’t survive on saltwater. This is what our governor is not telling you.

Henry Roberts, Sacramento