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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>A good bet</b>

EDITOR: The Washington Post editorial you published Tuesday ("A cloudy forecast") struck me as a very balanced position on the need for climate action. It acknowledged that some people, while not denying climate change, look critically and skeptically at the science. After citing a recent scientific study on the complex interaction of clouds and climate, the editorial concludes "that to take no action, on the hope that nothing too bad is in store, is to place a foolish bet with humanity's future."

Nearly 200 people attended the latest Sunday symposium in Oakmont on climate change, displaying an interest in the subject.

So let's combine these: motivated people and the urgency to take action now. One way to start reducing the deadly amount of carbon going into our atmosphere is for us to press our representatives to change the rigged economic favoritism of the fossil-fuel economy by placing a carbon tax on all fuels. Many large companies see this as inevitable and are already planning for it.

Think of it as a bet that is certain to pay off. And if we don't make that bet, our grandchildren will suffer greatly.

TOM HELM

Santa Rosa

<b>Lake and the bypass</b>

EDITOR: With the calls for increasing the capacity of Lake Mendocino by dredging some of the now dry lake bottom, why not take that rich compactible soil up to the Willits bypass project on Highway 101?

The environmental impact of lake-bed soil removal at present would be nil, and not having to degrade other potential soil-borrow areas would be yet another benefit.


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