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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.

Think about it -#8212; a win-win-win situation that benefits the environment, the road project and those of us who take showers.

PAUL KEIRAN

Santa Rosa

<b>Change is coming</b>

EDITOR: People get ready, there's a train coming, a powerful train of justice. It's a beautiful sight as it makes its journey, picking up passengers along the way, starting from the west county, entering southwest Santa Rosa, traveling parallel to Highway 12 and Sebastopol Road, continuing down to Roseland and finally arriving at Moorland Avenue as it incinerates, combusts and disposes of instances of inappropriate conduct by elected officials, old wounds of inequality, intolerance and unacceptable lingering socioeconomic injustices.

What does this train and its historic journey mean to me?

It means that elected officials who engage in conduct unbecoming will no longer be tolerated.

It means giving mere lip service to the welfare and needs of the people of southwest Sonoma County will no longer be tolerated.

It means sidestepping annexation of Roseland and Moorland will no longer be tolerated.

It means a law enforcement officer who chooses to shoot a boy without giving him time to comply will no longer be tolerated.

It means a sheriff who allows such an officer to return before an official investigation is completed will no longer be tolerated.

Finally, it means elected officials who ignore these issues will no longer be tolerated.

THOMAS DAVID BONFIGLI

Sebastopol

<b>Desert weather</b>

EDITOR: An article in Sunday's paper raved about the spring weather we are having ("SR high of 69 just misses 1934 record"). Anyone who gardens doesn't consider this spring-like. The cover crop I put in the vegetable garden hasn't sprouted, the Meyer lemon tree is probably dead, other plants are damaged from the cold nights.

A few weeks ago, I was out at dawn every morning to bring in the hummingbird feeders to thaw. On Sunday morning, I had to break the ice in the water for the chickens and the goats, and add hot water so they could drink.

This isn't spring weather. It is desert weather -#8212; hot during the day but cold at night, and very dry.

SILVIA FORREST

Santa Rosa