Letters to the Editor

Saving salmon, killing coyotes, defending Bay Bridge, etc.

Prop. 1 money for salmon

Re “Wildlife agents rescue salmon” (Our Region, Dec. 4): A suggestion: Right now, use $5 million of the just-approved $7.545 billion water bond to fix the problems preventing salmon from moving upstream through the Yolo Bypass. As it turns out, $5 million is several orders of magnitude less than 1 percent of the bond money. The time and money saved by not requiring employees to individually net and transport the fish between now and 2017 at the earliest will easily surpass $5 million. Workers will be available to attend to all the other water-related situations the state faces.

If I have to pay for a bond, this is the kind of thing I want it to address.

Kathryn A. Klar, Richmond

Don’t count on low gas prices

Re “Where’s the love for Big Oil?” (Letters, Dec. 4): In response to John Newton’s defense of the oil industry, it’s rather short-sighted to think that current prices for gasoline will continue for any extended period of time. Something will occur, planned or accidental, such as oil refineries taken off-line for maintenance, a refinery fire, global conflicts, loss of stockholder profits, etc., which will drive prices back up to the pre-holiday prices. And by the way, ever stop to think why we haven’t been paying the current price per gallon all along?

Rebel Kreklow, Fair Oaks

Ending coyote-killing contests

Re “California bans coyote hunts that offer prizes” (Business, Dec. 3): I am grateful to the California Fish and Game Commission for its vote to ban killing contests that offer prizes. I testified at this meeting and wish to share a few words of my testimony.

Although I myself am a vegetarian, I can accept the killing of animals for food. However, I can not accept the slaughter of animals for fun or for some insignificant prize. California is better than this.

Coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, bears and other predators play important roles in our ecosystem, as do all wildlife. It is not for us humans to decide they serve no purpose other than to indiscriminately kill them. In the Bible, God stated that he made us stewards over creation. The definition of the word “stewardship” is the activity of protecting and being responsible for something.

Thank you for this unprecedented action. May the rest of the country follow suit.

Janet Hoben, Burbank

National praise for bridge

Re “Report blasts bridge tests” (Page A1, Dec. 3): The Sacramento Bee has relentlessly reported on the alleged failures surrounding the construction of the new east span of the Bay Bridge. However, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce just announced that the Bay Bridge was awarded the grand prize in its annual infrastructure competition. Judged on three categories – Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development – the Bay Bridge was “the best of the best.”

While The Bee’s bashing of this project has relied on so-called engineering experts with an ax to grind against Caltrans, the Bay Bridge continues to win awards from various national organizations. It was constructed on-time and on-budget once Caltrans was allowed to do its job and politics was removed from the equation in 2005.

The people of Northern California will be enjoying a safe, award-winning bridge for decades to come.

Roy Flores, Sacramento

Choices have consequences

Re “Tuition hikes have consequences” (Letters, Dec. 5): This is in response to Taylor Harris’ letter, in which he stated that he had to “make decisions based on price, which is something you shouldn’t have to worry about when it comes to your future.” Really? Does that mean you should be able to choose to go to any college anywhere without any funds? Shouldn’t you choose a college – and degree that will provide you with an actual profession – that makes good financial sense?

All purchases in life require thinking about the cost. When our daughter was ready to attend college, we told her we would pay 100 percent of a CSU or UC education, but if she chose to go to a private university, she’d have to get loans for anything above our offer. She went to Cal Poly and graduated in three years because she took AP courses in high school and went to summer school, too. She also worked while in college. The money she saved from the fourth year paid for grad school, and she graduated with no debt at all. College is a choice and is ultimately your own responsibility, the same as any other expense in life. So make wise decisions and choose well for your life.

Becky McIntyre, Pollock Pines

Counting police killings

Re “How many fatal police shootings are there?” (Viewpoints, Dec. 2): This Eugene Robinson piece was revealing and worrisome. I cut it out to think on it for a while.

Recently, The Wall Street Journal ran an article, “Hundreds of police killings uncounted in federal stats.” Each describes a voluntary FBI program, designed to collect such data from law enforcement agencies annually, to analyze it and share it with the agencies themselves and the public. Written from a national perspective, neither mentions by name agencies in our four-county area.

I believe that this a great time for The Bee to crank up the magnification and take its readers to street level in the Sacramento region. Are there any major law enforcement agencies in the Sacramento region that are not participating? If so, which and why? As a U.S. citizen, I am concerned. I am counting on you to tell me, as a local resident, whether there is cause for concern or personal action.

James K. Mirabell, Roseville

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