Letters to the Editor

War on climate change is global

Gov. Jerry Brown and other U.S. governors meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and several Chinese leaders in Seattle in September, and signed an agreement aimed at pushing cooperation on the use of clean tech businesses to combat climate change.
Gov. Jerry Brown and other U.S. governors meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and several Chinese leaders in Seattle in September, and signed an agreement aimed at pushing cooperation on the use of clean tech businesses to combat climate change. The Associated Press

War on climate change is global

Re “Don’t forget home front on climate” (Editorials, Nov. 15): Hat’s off to The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for such a good editorial about climate change. It will soon be more obvious to many that human-caused climate change is indeed the world’s No. 1 problem, and hence will be the No. 1 problem for the next president.

I only disagree in part with the last sentence: “Paris may be under siege at many levels, but home fronts like California are where this climate war will be won or lost.”

I would say that we have to keep on showing the way so that the rest of the nation will see that this is doable, but I would also say that the war can only be won at a global level. That means not only enforceable targets on carbon emissions, but also pricing emissions to send an economic signal that clean energy is going to be less expensive than fossil-fuel energy.

Jim Lerner, Sacramento

How far back is ‘on record’?

For at least the third time in recent weeks, The Bee’s editorial board has published an opinion in which it states as fact that 2014 was the hottest year on record, continuing its repeated global warming propaganda drumbeat as the United Nations climate talks approach.

Undisclosed by the board are the following facts: “on record” refers to the period dating only to 1880; the temperature for 2014 is distinguished from others by a mere 0.02 Celsius, easily exceeded by margin of error for the land-based collection of data; finally, the entire period was cooler than during the nonindustrial Medieval Warm Period.

Roger Hewitt, Fair Oaks

Congress is scamming taxpayers

Re “A two-day workweek? It’s time to ground Congress” (Viewpoints, Nov. 15): It seems apparent that Congress wants to work part time and should be paid accordingly.

Our lawmakers were elected to solve the problems this nation faces on a daily basis and not to be home five days a week and on the job two. If it’s only going to take them two days a week to do this, then we need to make the position part time. They can have the first and last three months of every year off (with no pay) and the six months in between working in Washington, D.C.

For the past 30-plus years, Congress has been scamming the people of this country; this two-day workweek is just another scam, at a very high cost to taxpayers.

Edward R. Thomas, Galt

Sometimes there is no better life

Re “We’ve come to accept the unacceptable” (Editorials, Nov. 1): The editorial expresses the understandable wish that 77-year-old Genevieve could have been “saved” from “a death on the street.” But in such cases we can and should “accept the unacceptable.”

With some mental disorders, normal life may not be attainable or sustainable, yet involuntary treatment itself is unneeded and/or unacceptable. So it was for Genny: she took care of herself, the police said, while prioritizing independence. She ceased to devastate lives when she became homeless. Choosing to “live without rules or restrictions,” she maintained her dignity, said St. Francis’ Galen Unruh. Bee reader Sophie Tramel points out how the true tragedy befell Genny’s children.

Genny, however, found a world that finally provided some peace and clung to it for 20 years, dying quietly in this “home” instead of the hospital she dreaded. “There are worse things than the street,” Genny always said. Sad, but her truth.

Honna Steissberg, Davis

Poor logic on drug addiction

Re “Weed law will not protect kids” (The Conversation, Letters, Nov. 15): We need draconian laws against illegal parking! Stiff fines, jail terms, confiscate the cars. Why, you ask? All reckless drivers have dabbled in illegal parking at some point. Ridiculous? This argument works for pot, why not illegal parking? The same argument implies that mother’s milk and alcohol and tobacco lead to drug addiction.

Doris Concklin wrote that “it is without question an entry drug for those who will come to embrace a drug culture.” Actually there is a lot to question here. She says that all mothers who began with marijuana moved on to meth, heroin and cocaine.

But there are tens of millions of marijuana users who never become addicts of other drugs. Frankly, my hypothesis is that people who use pot and move on to stronger drugs find that pot is not what they are looking for to ease their mental pain.

Gabriel Lewin, Davis

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