Letters to the Editor

Dying fish, water resources, climate change

Shawn Gallagher of Costa Mesa displays a salmon he caught on the Sacramento River near Los Molinos on Sept. 3, 2015.
Shawn Gallagher of Costa Mesa displays a salmon he caught on the Sacramento River near Los Molinos on Sept. 3, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

Stripers are biggest threat to salmon

Re “Winter salmon run decimated” (Page 1A, Oct. 29): Although I’m sure there are significant fish kills due to warm water, the biggest threat to juvenile salmon are the millions of small stripers that live in the Delta and its rivers. Larger stripers eat fish that are much larger than the juvenile salmon returning to the ocean, but the small stripers between 8 and 18 inches prey heavily on fish of this size. I have caught stripers in this size class that were puking up salmon and steelhead smolts.

Stripers aren’t native to this watershed, and they need to be thinned out. The best way to do that would be a slot limit where anglers keep more of the smaller class fish and fewer of the larger fish. Our striper fishery is as strong as ever and should be looked at for its possible impact on the imperiled species.

Glen Swett, Lincoln

State has oversold water resources

This article illustrates the problem the state has with water. The fact is way too much water was being taken out of the Delta even back in 2009, impacting Northern California farmers and water quality with invasive weeds and fish.

Yet from the farmers’ perspective, the fish can’t be saved anyway, so they should still get all of the water that exists and more. They continue to try to make it an argument of farmers versus fish. That isn’t correct. It’s about a valuable resource in Northern California being decimated for profit. The state needs to start asking questions about how many crops we can support and on what land, and stop the “paper water” overcommitment of resources.

Jan McCleery,

Discovery Bay

Farmers don’t care about dying fish

Once again the farming interest groups show they don’t care about fish in the Sacramento River. The California Farm Bureau Federation is quick to say the feds have it all wrong. However, they don’t have any solutions except let the fish die in order to save crops that make a lot of money for a handful of farmers. These are crops that mostly go overseas. Farmers are ruining our groundwater by overpumping. Wake up, California. Send the farmers’ best friend in Washington, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, an email and let her know you don’t appreciate her giving our water to big farming water districts.

Gregg Johnson, Antelope

Protect cops, not disrespectful kids

Re “Feds probe case of girl ejected from math class in clash with deputy” (Page 9A, Oct. 28): A student is using her phone during class. The teacher asks her to get off the phone. The student refuses. The teacher tells the student to go to the office. The student refuses. The vice principal is called in and tells the student to leave the classroom. The student refuses. The school calls the resource officer. He tells the student to leave the classroom. The officer has to use force because the student refuses to move. The student also tried to hit the officer.

Had the student cooperated, nothing would have happened to her. Students acting like this is more common and teachers cannot enforce discipline because everyone is afraid they may get fired.

I don’t want to hear from the NAACP that the student was treated that way because she’s black. It’s because she was disrupting class and keeping others from learning.

The officer should be given a big thank you rather than being fired. The student should be expelled for two weeks minimum.

Leslie H. Brown,


Partisanship on climate must end

Re “Time for a united front on climate change” (Editorials, Oct. 30): The editorial board is right to call for an end to partisan brinksmanship over climate change, which may be the greatest threat we face today.

Fortunately, the tide may be turning. A majority of Republican voters support regulating carbon as a pollutant, and a plurality even support President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Eleven Republicans in the House and four in the Senate have come together to call for action on climate change. Even the heads of most oil companies have called for action. The time has come to stop playing political games and start treating climate change with the seriousness it requires.

Dana Nuccitelli,

West Sacramento


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