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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

<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.

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