Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Foolish scheme</b>

EDITOR: Sonoma County supervisors, out of some dogged allegiance to AB 32, continue to pursue efforts to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020. They have spent $520,000 and committed another $150,000 for studies to justify becoming the county's source of electricity derived from clean, renewable sources ("Supervisors vote to create power agency," Wednesday).

Anyone who keeps up on the cost of electricity from solar, wind, tides or any other non-polluting source is aware that it costs many times more than power derived from conventional carbon-based fuels used by most utilities. There are other problems, too. The county has no experienced staff to supervise the purchase of power or coordinate supply with demand.

The stated objective of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions is not realistic as the emissions produced by our present power supplier, PG&E, come from plants that aren't located in Sonoma County. I strongly believe that the supervisors should stop spending money on this foolish scheme and concentrate on fixing roads and solving the problems of employee compensation, retiree pensions and other over-generous benefits.


Santa Rosa

<b>GOP tantrum</b>

EDITOR: The Republicans are pushing our economy over the cliff with their re-litigation of the election results. Americans voted to raise taxes on the super-rich. It's what we-the-people want, and we live in a democracy. So the tax issue has been decided.

Likewise, every day the Republicans delay in increasing the debt limit is another body blow to the American economy. It's like a family that's in financial trouble deciding that the best course of action is to stop paying its credit card bills and ruin its credit rating. Yeah, that's some kind of a solution.

If the Republicans were serious about reducing the national debt they would immediately sign off on raising the debt limit and take up President Barack Obama's offer to extend the Bush tax cuts to everyone with incomes of less than $250,000. That would have an immediate and positive effect on the economy during the Christmas shopping season.

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