Letters to the Editor

Change wildfire policy

Change wildfire policy

Re “Forest Service urged to allow small fires” (Page 4A, Sept. 28): Finally, a glimmer of sanity. As a senior citizen who has watched the termination of burning for the last 50 years and the buildup of fuel as a result of this policy, at last I hear voices of those beginning to realize the true results.

There is an uncontrollable fuel source out there that has grown to disastrous levels over the past decades, thanks to U.S. Forest Service policies and environmentalists’ influence. I hear the argument of drought by our elected leaders, but never a word about the tremendous increase of combustible buildup, or the industry that has evolved around these policies. The amount of money spent on outside contractors (bulldozers, water trucks, air power, etc.) is almost decadent.

Could we please return to logging, thinning, controlled burning and sanity?

P. Traynham, Arbuckle

Save your school mascot

Please tell Gov. Brown to veto AB 30. The “California Racial Mascots Act” is flawed. This bill does not just target the name “Redskins” but any and all names and mascots anyone may consider derogatory or discriminatory, making this bill a Pandora’s box for all California schools.

The use of “buzzwords” like “racially derogatory,” “discriminatory,” “bigotry” and “racism” to pass faulty legislation needs to stop. These terms are used because they evoke an emotional response – they do not convey the truth. Labeling people as racist for using a term when no slur is intended is in itself deeply unfair, insensitive and offensive.

California does not have the money to repair our schools, make them safe for our students or educate our children properly. Yet, we have the money to change the name on our gym floors, marquees, walls, etc.? This is offensive to me as a taxpayer, property owner, parent, booster and Redskin.

Sherri Marsigli, Gustine

Republicans want clean air, too

Re “A miracle on climate change” (Letters, Sept. 26): I find it perplexing today that clean air is associated primarily with the Democrats. History shows us it was actually Republican presidents who have made some of the greatest impacts in the way of clean air. President Nixon signed into effect in 1970 a sweeping change to the Clean Air Act shortly after the EPA was founded.

The Reagan Administration used a cap-and-trade approach to phase out lead in gasoline. Then, under President George H.W. Bush, this country set up a cap-and-trade system to curb power-plant emissions of sulfur dioxide.

So far in the upcoming election, only Bernie Sanders has come out in support of a clear plan placing a fee on carbon. Perhaps one of the Republican candidates will soon call on the proud past of the party and declare his desire to mitigate climate change.

Mark Kertzman, Cambridge, Mass.

Miracle may be happening

Amazing but true, as Dana Nuccitelli states, that 11 House Republicans have signed a resolution advocating action on climate change. They are part of the only group of climate-change deniers in the world’s industrialized nations – the congressional Republicans and their followers. Let’s hope that the other Republicans will wake up and support action on this crucial human-habitat-affecting issue.

Eldridge Moores, Davis

So who is hypocritical?

Re “Inexperienced GOP leadership” (Letters, Sept. 29): Sharon Kurth complains about the do-nothing, know-nothing and do-as-I-say establishment supported by the GOP. She goes on to state the GOP hypocrisy attracts the likes of Kentuckian Kim Davis, a person who breaks the law. Come on, Sharon, I would bet that you support amnesty for the law-breaking illegal aliens.

William J. Faiola, El Dorado Hills

It’s only Boehner’s tears

Re “Proof of liquid water builds up hopes for life” (Page 1A, Sept. 28): Why hasn’t anyone thought to make the connection between Speaker Boehner’s frequent tearful outpourings and the coincidental erratic appearances of a similar saline solution on the planet Mars?

Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

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