Monday's Letters to the Editor
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.
Lake County recall
EDITOR: A recall election is unsettling for many people. However, a recall is an integral part of our Democratic process.
In the most recent Lake County sheriff's race, every vote that was cast was cast with the hope that improvements would be made. When the current sheriff took over, he was supported in his role, even by people who hadn't supported him during his campaign. Quickly, it became apparent that he was incapable of bringing about the positive changes that we hoped for.
Instead of repairing the county's reputation and progressing forward, he fired employees who have gotten their jobs back. The district attorney placed him on the Brady list due to his dishonesty. The Board of Supervisors gave him a unanimous vote of no confidence. He broke promise after promise to those who supported him. He has created more than $50,000 in legal fees paid for by taxpayers. He has embarrassed Lake County.
A recall election will give us our votes back. It will give us the chance to correct a mistake. It will give us the opportunity to once again be proud to call Lake County home.
BRIAN L. MARTIN
EDITOR: I want to thank Joe Reynoso for providing me with such a sweet, clear and emotionally satisfying explanation to ease my worries about climate change (“Vineyards and climate,” Letters, Wednesday).
As a science writer, I've been following the research on climate change for years. Naturally, I was concerned when article after article predicted just the kind of mega-storms, severe droughts, melting ice, warming oceans and shifting seasons that we've been experiencing. But now I can relax knowing that it's all just a political fashion, a state-sponsored religion, a nasty plot to benefit the government, the politically connected and careerist regulators, tax-lovers and academics. I hadn't understood that all those selfish elitists were scheming to pull the wool over our eyes.
Thank goodness, Reynoso helped me see the light. Now that I realize that those decades of scientific predictions are no more likely than 432 angels dancing on the head of pin, I can stop worrying. And if some looming global problem actually needs our attention, I'm sure Reynoso will let us know.
Article ‘fit right in’
EDITOR: I’m surprised that The Press Democrat has tried to unfairly malign our little community toxics education newsletter, for our article about the toxic risk of community water fluoridation. (“Sebastopol newsletter roils waters on fluoride,” April 5).
Most people I’ve seen comment on our newsletter article felt that it was factual, useful and completely appropriate for our periodical. The two city officials you quoted also told me they had no issue with it, contrary to how you presented their views.
However, folks who’ve only read your story might not realize that you unfortunately mischaracterized the nature of our periodical.
The Next STEP is not a generic city of Sebastopol newsletter or a special “bulletin.” “STEP” stands for “Sebastopol Toxics Education Program.” This newsletter is an innovative city-community collaborative project, implemented by volunteers, to serve the city’s goal of helping residents avoid toxics use and exposure. So our fluoridation article fits right in.
Your story really was just based on the atypical complaints of two people — one of whom is clearly partisan, as she previously worked for the Department of Health Services, which is pitching water fluoridation to the supervisors.
The real question then isn’t why we summarized the key scientific evidence against this practice, but why health services doesn’t.
I understand that fluoridation’s claims are appealing, and your paper has taken an editorial stand for it. But we all have a right to see beneath the public relations before this material is put into our precious water supply and environment.
Editor, Next STEP newsletter
EDITOR: Komron Shahhosseini (“Sonoma Clean Power,” Letters, April 12) says we can expect Sonoma Clean Power to produce millions of dollars every year. What he doesn't provide is the kind of plants, upfront costs for construction, how to raise these funds or the number of years of operation to pay for construction and operational costs. Maybe China has some extra dollars.
And how will these millions of dollars be used to support energy-efficient projects in homes, schools and businesses? Wouldn't paying off the bonds and debts come first? This is beginning to look like our government paying off its debt, if it ever will.
In this homeowner's opinion, I find PG&E's rates normal to those paid throughout California. They have years of experience of providing power and tending to outages. And most of the employees who work in Sonoma County live in Sonoma County. Loss of power at my house has been rare, and immediately restored, for which I am grateful.
If Shahhosseini can find a better approach to providing power than PG&E does, I'm listening.
HAROLD R. KING