Letters to the Editor

Tiger’s death raises many questions

Tiger’s death raises many questions

Re “Female tiger dies in Sacramento Zoo fight with male newcomer” (Local, Feb. 11): Although genuine conservation efforts are important, and especially for the Sumatran tiger, the Sacramento Zoo’s response to its lethal mistake is interesting.

The zoo claims that the signs were there that it was time for these two tigers to mate, yet it gives no information about these signs that were clearly wrong. No less interesting is that one person is both CEO and director. There is a moral conflict of interest in this arrangement that could lead to valuing financial objectives over science and morality.

Let’s hear more about the capitalization and financial health of the Sacramento Zoo. Many zoos around the world frequently make financial decisions that compromise the well-being of the captives. What about the science of breeding captive tigers, as well as how much money the zoo gets when it sells one? A responsible CEO/director should provide this information to the public.

Kevin Boileau,

Missoula, Mont.

Ruling’s a setback for clean air

Re “Nation burns while justices fiddle on climate change” (Editorials, Feb. 11): The American Lung Association in California was extremely disappointed to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling to put the Clean Power Plan on hold as the courts review the legal challenges, delaying much-needed progress toward the reduction of harmful carbon pollution.

Carbon pollution drives climate change that threatens lung health and safety today. Meeting the plan’s original, generous deadlines promises significant health benefits, including the prevention nationwide of up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in 2030, as well as 300,000 missed days of work and school.

Fortunately, Gov. Jerry Brown has made fighting climate change a key priority of his administration. In November, he joined a broad coalition of states and municipalities across the country to defend the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

We will continue to defend this critical clean air and climate protection and encourage neighboring states to make progress as well.

Olivia J. “Gertz”

Diaz-Lapham, Oakland

Lester’s removal fails smell test

Re “Speak up, governor – is this OK?” (Editorials, Feb 10): Thank you for detailing the debacle that is the California Coastal Commission’s attempt to remove Executive Director Charles Lester. Wendy Mitchell is generally believed to have led Lester’s removal.

I don’t doubt that allegation. I first knew Mitchell when she worked under my direction at a small advocacy-law firm while she was finishing her education at Sacramento State. A cursory review of her professional career and her activities begs the question of why she has not either been required to recuse herself from this action or been removed as a commissioner. The obvious conflicts of interest are glaring.

Sandra Carey, Orangevale

A lesson in intensity for Kings

Two weeks ago, I watched the junior varsity boys basketball team at Rio Americano High School play against El Camino High. The players on both teams played with amazing intensity on both ends of the floor for the entire duration of the game. Maybe the Kings should be forced to watch high school games to learn what it means to compete with desire.

There was no waltzing up and down the court, just plain old aggressiveness every single minute to play the game the right way, share the ball and hopefully get a win. If only the millionaire players on the Kings would regress to their high school days, we might see a different result.

Rabbi Reuven Taff, Sacramento

Doing nothing in Delta not an option

Re “Laird wrong on Delta twin tunnels” (Letters, Feb. 8): Opposition to the tunnels is based on the belief that the primary purpose for the tunnels is to ship more water out of the Delta. However, the maximum capacity of the tunnels is lower than the existing system.

The letter advocates an alternative conveyance system that would allow water to flow naturally through the Delta during wet years and then be pumped south. Therein lies the problem. Although we would all like such a plan, no workable alternative has been presented.

Doing nothing will result in the eventual failure of the conveyance system and will continue to harm the Delta’s ecosystem. There is no congressional appetite for spending money to improve the system, so the problem is California’s to solve. At least the proposed fix will be funded by the users.

Mel Odemar, Fair Oaks

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