<b>Redwoods and climate</b>

EDITOR: Your Wednesday report "Redwoods thriving as climate changes" reminds me of how steroids boosted the growth of Barry Bonds' home- run total. Good news, in a sad way. The fog belt may be burned into oblivion but the redwoods are sure to get more water — from the rising seas.

The last time Earth's carbon dioxide levels reached their current 400 parts per million, you could paddle a kayak from Jenner to the front door of the new Graton casino (see an interactive map at flood.firetree.net).

Here's better news: There's a pretty simple and painless way to reverse climate change. In 2008, our North Coast neighbor British Columbia established a gradually increasing tax on carbon fuels that returns all revenues to consumers and businesses.

The University of Ottawa just released a study on the results so far: a big drop in fossil-fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions without hurting the economy.

Our Congress should do the same and stop gambling with our children's future. If you want to help, visit CitizensClimateLobby.org.



<b>Public-sector jobs</b>

EDITOR: The issue being overlooked regarding BART is whether taxpayers can regain the absolute control that they deserve over the public institutions they create.

The moment legislators insert language into the acts that create BART, SMART or any facet of the public labor force, or impose a public employee union, taxpayers lose control. The public institutions gain control. That creates an artificial ownership of public institutions by the people employed by the taxpayers. This is backward. This shouldn't be construed as an anti-union or anti-labor stance. It's about good government. Unions are involved in an area in which they have no business.

As a public employee and a member of the Democratic Party, which helped create this mess, I would like to point out that while jobs are a pleasant by-product of the activities of government, they aren't the purpose of government.

I have always had a healthy respect for where I reside on the food chain, and I would never demand that I get greater compensation off the top while the taxpayers who employ me struggle. Government shouldn't set the standard for wages and benefits. Solve the problem of low private-sector compensation rather than people looking to government for a job.



<b>Carrillo's trial by media</b>

EDITOR: I have no idea if Supervisor Efren Carrillo is guilty of a crime or not. However, apparently this newspaper thinks he is.

Every other day or so there is another story. No, not really, it's the same story, over and over. You are repeating yourselves.

Also, you keep printing the same photo taken the morning he was released from jail. Now I am certain you have many more flattering photos of him taken in the past.

Stop showing your bias.


Santa Rosa

<b>Timber bill</b>

EDITOR: Unbeknownst to the general public is AB 904, authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro and endorsed by state Sen. Noreen Evans. Titled "Forest Practices: Working Forest Management Plans," this bill is being pushed through in a manner to avoid public scrutiny and interference with the goals and aims of the timber industry, which supports it.

AB 904 would allow non-industrial timber management plans of up to 15,000 acres to be permanently approved without any future agency or public review. This would not allow for updates in forest management regulation that are science-based and devised to protect the natural resources. Language concerning road management, erosion control, review and enforcement, protection of old-growth stands and more is weak or severely lacking.

AB 904, as written, is a bad bill and needs to be improved. The public needs to ask these legislators to adhere to the democratic process and allow bill language disclosure plus a reasonable response time in order to present meaningful comment. The recovery of our watersheds and the species they support depends on what happens.