A piece of the plan to drain the Delta
Re “Metropolitan signs deal to buy islands” (Insight, April 12): The article states that the Metropolitan Water District is formulating plans to restore some habitat under the guise “that anything that helps the Delta’s ragged ecosystem will improve the lives of the estuary’s fish and enable pump operators to ship water more reliably.”
I maintain that MWD’S one and only plan is to enable pump operators to ship more water reliably. If they could figure out how to drain the Delta dry, I have no doubt they would do it. Does the draining of the Owens River raise any alarms? It should.
George W. McAlister,
Twin tunnels will need to be built
Sixty-four years ago, I participated in an engineering study of the islands in the Delta, which are below sea level. The elevation of land behind 1,000 miles of levees was dropping further below sea level due to oxidation caused by farming.
Before another 64 years pass, the levee system will collapse as land in the Delta islands continues to subside. When that happens, transporting water south will be impossible, unless the twin tunnels are built.
Seward L. Andrews,
An Orwellian plan to scrub Internet
Re “UCD spent thousands to improve Web image” (Page 1A, April 14): Contrary to the outrageous claims of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and her subordinates, it is not the “core mission” of an American public university to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars in an Orwellian campaign to “scrub the Internet.”
Not only is their project an affront to the democratic values of free speech and unfettered inquiry, it is also completely hopeless.
At this point, the only way to salvage Katehi’s online reputation is to outlaw all Google searches using the following key terms: arrogance, conflict of interest, corruption, greed, hypocrisy and pepper spray. For the good of higher education in California, Katehi must resign.
Michael Magliari, Chico
Republicans refuse to be responsible
Re “Grassley holds firm: No Garland hearing” (Page 9A, April 13): The Republican senators’ refusal to carry out their responsibility to confirm Supreme Court justices, as exemplified by the results of the meeting between Sen. Charles Grassley and Judge Merrick Garland on Tuesday, is beyond comprehension and another example of their obstructionism. The American electorate should wake up to reality and oust these saboteurs, especially Grassley, in November. It is too bad that the Grand Old Party has lost its “grand.”
Robert H. Fernandez,
It’s time to end obstruction
Americans are disgusted with our current do-nothing Congress. In fact, the last two Republican-led congressional sessions were the least productive in history. A byproduct of this is the backlog of judicial nominees, currently 45 waiting for hearings or votes.
These court vacancies have created emergencies in districts where cases wait years to be heard. Republicans are confirming judges at the slowest pace in more than 50 years, with only 17 judges confirmed since January 2015, when the GOP took control.
When Americans say they are fed up with the Washington gridlock, the real source of the problem is clear. The people can end the gridlock in November by voting out the obstructionists, and Congress can work for us once again just as the Founding Fathers intended.
Stephen Farr, Folsom
CalPERS losing profits over PC
Re “CalPERS should not take up the tobacco habit again” (Editorials, April 7): I was amused to see The Sacramento Bee editorial board lecturing CalPERS as to what profitable investments it should or shouldn’t invest in – in this case, tobacco.
Over the years, CalPERS has been forced to divest many companies in the name of political correctness. These were legal, profitable investments. How much profit was lost in these divestments? This wouldn’t matter if The Bee didn’t constantly complain about CalPERS not making enough profit to fund state worker pensions. You can’t have it both ways.
Yvonne Kinkade, Fair Oaks
Legalizing pot only for money
Re “Pot will increase drugged driving” (Letters, April 12): It seems that no one who advocates for legalizing marijuana is looking out for anyone other than their own pockets. Our government leaders see dollars flowing to state and local coffers, and now big business is getting on the bandwagon as the process looks very lucrative from their perspective.
But who is looking out for our children? Who can keep our roads safe from drugged drivers?
I think many voters will simply vote “yes” because they don’t see the potential problems, but legalization is a dangerously slippery slope. We are looking at more deaths on the highways and elsewhere if we legalize pot.
Wendy Weir, Sacramento
Creating a burden on businesses
Politicians should learn about profit and loss prior to running for office. Businesses vary dramatically with regard to profits. In the private sector, we have competition; the government has none. When politicians pass a one-size-fits-all law, it hurts the small-business owner. Obamacare, sick leave, family leave, minimum wage and scheduling laws put a tremendous strain on businesses.
California is an unfriendly state for business, which is too bad. It’s very easy to give away other people’s money without any worries on how private businesses will survive. We need to be realistic. The burdens are getting very heavy.
Franklin Isaac, Roseville
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