Fine water-wasters to conserve
Re “Who risks missing conservation goals?” (Insight, Nov. 7): Shame on you, Golden State Water Co. Your stance of “educating” water-wasters is not working and never will. Until water-wasters are hit in the pocketbook, they have no incentive to change. Your failure to issue monetary fines penalizes the customers who do follow the rules by demanding of them an even further cutback in water use.
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After returning from a trip to Southern California last week, I was furious that I did not see one dead lawn or dead tree. Everything was a beautiful green. I know that they have received some rain this year, but not enough to transform what I witnessed.
Northern California has been pulling its weight all along. So many of our neighborhood landscapes look like the owners have moved away. How much money will it cost to one day re-establish the loss of trees? So please tell me, when will Southern California get with the program and start pulling its weight?
Julie Kaplan, Sacramento
Carson ignores pyramid history
Re “Theory on pyramids is ancient – and false” (Insight, Nov. 9): First, the pyramids are not hollow; they are virtually solid with a few tunnels leading to a couple of small chambers above ground and the pharaoh’s chamber below ground. As Smithsonian magazine notes, the Great Pyramid of Giza’s “known passages and vaults occupy a mere 1/7,400th of its volume.” That’s very little room to store grain. A simpler and cheaper solution would be to build underground storage; the earth is a great insulator.
Second, Egyptians built the pyramids centuries before Joseph entered Egypt riding in a chariot. Egyptians did not have the wheel when they built the pyramids. By the time Egyptians had wheels, and horses and chariots, the great pyramids were ancient.
An ideologue: One who, despite the consensus of experts and overwhelming contrary evidence, refuses to admit he’s wrong.
Michael Mendershausen, El Dorado Hills
Police policies are criminal
Re “Man shot by deputy wins damages in his excessive force case” (Page 4A, Nov. 7): When police officers can beat women on the streets and children in our schools, shoot dead a mentally handicapped son in the arms of his pleading father, and gun down innocent citizens at their front doors in the middle of the night, all within “accepted department policies,” then there is something fundamentally wrong with “accepted police department policies” in this country.
Police leaders arrogantly and stubbornly refuse to examine those policies in the face of horrific abuses of power, which is why these abuses keep happening over and over again.
It is time our civic leaders and good cops stopped kowtowing to police bureaucrats and started adding rational public safety policy back into police work, or we will find ourselves living in a police state with no recourse against cops who brutalize us outside the laws that apply to everyone else.
Michael R. Gorman, Sacramento
Food should come with carbon label
Re “Meat industry could fight state on cancer labeling” (Capitol & California, Nov. 8) If the World Health Organization decides that processed meats such as bacon, ham, hot dogs and salami are as carcinogenic as asbestos and arsenic, then bacon and ham should have warning labels just like asbestos and arsenic.
But with our carbon emissions contributing to climate change, foods should also be labeled with the pounds of carbon dioxide needed for production.
When buying foods, we need warning labels to steer us away from foods hazardous to our health, but also to steer us away from foods hazardous to our climate.
Bruce Burdick, Carmichael
Matsui made very little sense
Re “Requiring mentally ill to get treatment isn’t always right” (Viewpoints, Nov. 4) Rep. Doris Matsui’s observation that requiring mentally ill to get treatment isn’t always the right answer is probably right, but she is dead wrong if she is actually claiming that Laura’s Law shouldn’t be used pending some action at the national level.
Has she talked to any families with mentally ill loved ones or police who have to deal with dangerous mentally individuals, or even seen media reports of armed mentally ill individuals killing at random?
It is difficult to understand any claims that Laura’s Law is not the only means for getting help for most mentally ill individuals. It is also hard to understand how mandating outpatient treatment at the federal level would divert resources from other treatment options and limit our communities’ ability to make local decisions.
Richard McKone, Lincoln
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