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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Help for ratepayers

EDITOR: Sonoma Clean Power as proposed has a simple business model: act as a legislatively assisted middleman in the electric power business. Current plans are to charge prices close to PG&E and use the profits to subsidize development of local and national renewable energy.

This well serves those who fervently want green energy and those who would profit from local projects. But how about the poor and cost-conscious ratepayers who would rather have lower electricity costs? Their preferences are not being considered. A major venture like this should benefit all county ratepayers, not just the well-positioned few.

The Sonoma Clean Power-sponsored survey showed that 59 percent of responding residents don't want to pay any or “much” more to further subsidize green power.

If our supervisors are serious about their statements that ratepayer costs are paramount, and the importance of ratepayer choice, Sonoma Clean Power should offer a “lower than PG&E cost” option for similar green content. This would make it a venture for all ratepayers, including the poor and cost conscious, build a broader customer base and move the benefits beyond the green power lobby. Otherwise, cost-conscious customers will have to opt out.

R.G. WILLIAMSON

Santa Rosa

Fluoride debate

EDITOR: One would think, based on Lauren Ayers' Close to Home column (“Magical thinking about fluoridation in Sonoma County,” Jan. 16) that the American Dental Association opposes fluoridation. However, it does not.

According to its website, “The American Dental Association unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay. This support has been the Association's position since policy was first adopted in 1950.”

If Ayers wants to present a credible argument against fluoridation — and there may be perfectly reasonable arguments — I suggest she use available facts and well-documented studies so that readers, such as myself, can do our own research to check her statements. In the 1950s, people argued that water fluoridation was a communist plot. In the end, that argument didn't convince people either.

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