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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Ag and drought</b>

EDITOR: In a recent article, the Economist magazine noted that agriculture consumes

80 percent of California's water but only generates 2 percent of the economic activity of the state. Perhaps we should ask farmers not to plant crops during drought years to allow the citizens of California to have adequate amounts of water.

(Obviously some agriculture producers, such as wine growers, would need enough water to sustain their vines).

If the federal government feels these crops are essential for the food supply of the rest of the country, perhaps it could release some water from federal lands in California.

One other point: Green plants remove carbon dioxide (the major greenhouse gas causing global warming) from the atmosphere. They "fix" this carbon dioxide into compounds such as cellulose, which can keep it out of the atmosphere for some time. Maybe we should therefore conserve water during drought years and re-plant any shrubs we lose, rather than turning all of our landscapes into rock gardens as some have advised.

KEVIN COSTELLO

Santa Rosa

<b>It's worth the pennies</b>

EDITOR: I don't know what the right answer is regarding hard-luck and broke Palm Drive Hospital. But I think shutting it down as John Schwirtz ("Close Palm Drive," Letters, Saturday) suggests isn't the best choice. And I don't think dumping the emergency room is a great idea either.


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