<b>Ag and water</b>
EDITOR: Turn off that tap. I am glad to conserve. Everyone should be conscious of their water use. What is agriculture doing about water conservation?
Statewide, ag uses more than 80 percent of all available water. An opportunity for greater conservation of water lies with agricultural use. This is true for the Russian River as our water source.
Again, what is ag doing in terms of conservation?
<b>Standing with SAY</b>
EDITOR: Many children have the benefit of a home with caring parents and siblings. Some do not. Young adults who have not had the benefit of a secure, caring environment deserve the opportunity to mature, to hone their ability to work collaboratively with others and to gain job skills that will allow them to become productive members of the community. As these young adults mature, they need positive role models and our assistance to make good decisions.
After careful review and discussion by our advocacy committee and board, the League of Women Voters of Sonoma County urges the Santa Rosa Planning Commission to approve the Social Advocates for Youth proposal to develop a center for children, teens, youth and young adults at the former Warrack Hospital.
It is a wonderful facility that can be developed to provide housing for young adults turned out of foster care.
and LYNDA HUNGERFORD
Co-presidents, League of Women Voters of Sonoma County
EDITOR: As a Healdsburg resident and long-time regular hiker of the ridge, I would like to thank Staff Writer Clark Mason for his fair and even coverage of the issues ("Scenic trail off limits," Saturday). The hikers whom I meet on the trail have a communal interest in protecting the beauty of this area for the citizens of Healdsburg. Surely a solution can be found that is a win-win for all parties involved.
EDITOR: As was rightly pointed out in Saturday's editorial ("A cold-fueled climate debate"), cold weather patterns do not mean lack of climate warming. The study of weather is the study of short-term variations in local weather patterns. The study of climate is the process of collecting short-term weather data from around the globe and charting the long-term trends.
Weather is the small picture focus. Climate is the big picture focus. You have to switch your focus to conceptualize global climate change. Kudos to The Press Democrat for pointing out this critical distinction.
The big picture trend is upward, with rising temperatures and ever more extreme weather events. If this worries you, then you will want to support congressional approval of carbon fee-and-dividend legislation that will return 100 percent of the fees collected to taxpayers and slow the emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
China is winning the race back to sustainability with the construction of new sustainable energy generating plants. Do we really want to let China be the leader in reining in global warming?
EDITOR: There's a lot of blame around the Andy Lopez shooting. But no one seems to want to acknowledge theirs.
The deputy should have stopped shooting after two bullets to reassess the situation. But a 14-year-old had shot up a school two days before, and that was fresh in his mind.