Letters to the Editor

Groundwater, infill projects, Trump, terrorist

Kings County walnut farmer Doug Verboon worries that his wells could run dry because his neighbor dug a deeper well next to his property.
Kings County walnut farmer Doug Verboon worries that his wells could run dry because his neighbor dug a deeper well next to his property. jwalker@fresnobee.com

Greed leads to tension over water

Re “Groundwater tensions start to bubble over” (Page 1A, Nov. 22): Nearly everyone in our state, except people in Bel Air, have reduced their water usage during this drought. Now we read that the state is going to jump into the groundwater game and hopefully create some much-needed regulation before my well goes dry.

While we wait, and while the corporate lawyers take it to court, can someone explain why the almond acreage went from 830,000 acres in 2012 to more than 1 million acres in 2015? Did the growers know about the drought or is profit their only concern? Look to Tulare County and to western Fresno County to see what greed will do to this finite resource.

Mike Nelson, Galt

Valley problems heading north

I live in Tehama County and have noticed an enormous growth in newly planted orchards. I believe the large agribusinesses in the Central Valley recognize that the area has reached its useful limits and decided to move north to tap the groundwater and dry up this area. Once the trees are planted and the wells drilled, it’ll be a done deal. Tehama County won’t enforce existing laws and ordinances, let alone protect landowners from disappearing water tables.

Richard Chaffee, Corning

Recharging aquifers is the solution

Having recently flown over California, I can testify that the only body of water that’s filled to the brim is the California Aqueduct. Unlike Northern California, Southern California has been busily recharging its aquifers with water we ship there. Now, the aqueduct is sinking and legislators are screaming for control of groundwater.

The obvious solution seems to have been overlooked. Divert half of the aqueduct’s flow to recharge adjacent aquifers. We’ll save millions in repairs to the aqueduct and save farmers from drilling new wells and fighting over water rights. And – it won’t take years of legislation and litigation; we can fix this today.

Chris Smith, Rocklin

Another infill project problem

Re “City Council sends clear message to developers” (Editorials, Nov. 19): Sacramento should only build infill developments that are sensitive to neighbors. Yet a city-developer team is submitting its transformation plan to the feds for our little Upper Land Park neighborhood.

Their plan crams about double the number of low-income housing units into this area already containing almost half of the city’s public housing. If built, this failed, last-century-type plan may give the developers a win but would be a huge loss for our neighborhood.

Craig Chaffee, Sacramento

Trump campaign has a scary parallel

Re “Trump still looking outside of GOP” (Page 7A, Nov. 23): Donald Trump said that if elected he plans to track Muslims and bring back waterboarding. A protester at one of his rallies was kicked and punched “by several white men” after the man fell. Trump said, “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” Trump has said he would not rule out closing mosques.

Now, put brown uniforms on the men at his rally and substitute the word Jews for Muslims and ask yourself what that reminds you of.

Robert Guyer, Roseville

Who are the terrorists?

During the past seven years, extremists with Muslim names have killed 20 Americans (13 in the Fort Hood shooting; three in the Boston Marathon bombing; four in the Benghazi attack). On the other hand, shootings attributed to right-wing Christians or white supremacists have killed 23 Americans in the last seven years (six in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting; six in the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting; nine in the Charleston, S.C., church shooting; two in the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting).

So why is it that we’re not treating these right-wing Christian and white supremacist groups as Public Enemy No. 1?

Mohammad Arshad,

Sacramento

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