Letters to the Editor

Polluted aquifers, Chancellor Katehi, legal pot

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking water reserves from oil field contamination. The U.S. Government Accountability Office review follows disclosures that California has allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some federally protected supplies of drinking water.
A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking water reserves from oil field contamination. The U.S. Government Accountability Office review follows disclosures that California has allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some federally protected supplies of drinking water. The Associated Press

Protect our drinking water

Re “Review slams state, EPA on protection of aquifers” (Capitol & California, April 14): Surely California can find jobs without fracking and polluting our aquifers. The officials who allowed oilfield contamination of our aquifers should be fired.

The California attorney general’s office should consider bringing these people to court. Who is in charge here? Why does Gov. Jerry Brown support fracking when it is known to pollute aquifers?

Bruce Burdick, Carmichael

Katehi has done a superb job

Re “UCD spent thousands to improve Web image” (Page 1A, April 14): UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi obviously has the best interests of her school at heart when she approves expenditures. The so-called scrubbing of the Internet, one of several complaints against her, was necessary to keep the university a viable option for future students who use the Web to help select a school to attend. The pepper-spraying incident was well reported and cannot reasonably be expected to disappear from public view, but to keep it a part of history is self-defeating.

In my opinion Katehi has done a superb job representing the university. As to her receiving payment for holding other seats, her job is not a 24-hour job, and if she has sufficient time and the inclination to do so, should be recompensed for offering her expertise to these organizations.

Vince Carlisle, Cameron Park

Why should UC keep Katehi?

Not another element of bad publicity for UC Davis, due to Chancellor Linda Katehi’s reign? But yes, there’s more. Now Sacramento Bee reporters have uncovered yet another negative aspect of Katehi’s mistakes. UC Davis hired consultants “to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following November 2011 pepper-spraying of students.” Why does our UC keep a chancellor who necessitates ongoing “damage control” expenses?

Melanie Kinkead, Sacramento

Legal pot would be beneficial

Re “Legalizing pot only for money” (Letters, April 15): I don’t think many people can imagine a society where tobacco was illegal. People will find a way to smoke cigarettes whether it is legal or outright prohibited; the same is true for marijuana.

We must make sure that our children are protected from drug abuse, but that does not mean that government should get in the business of raising our children. Parents are ultimately responsible for teaching their children and monitoring their children’s behavior. Legalizing marijuana will bring in much needed revenue to the state.

David Brotman, Gold River

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