EDITOR: Your Tuesday editorial (“Army Corps plan offers best chance for quick cleanup”) is disingenuous, bordering on negligent with the same insincere language that permeates the opt-in agreement for debris removal.
No evidence is offered showing how the county’s solution is the “swiftest solution.” The compelling reasons why private contractors are delayed in providing accurate estimates are the county’s moratorium on issuance of permits, its hesitance to be transparent with expected standards and its failure to publish acceptable sites to receive the debris in a timely manner.
You suggest that property owners are encouraged to point out locations of property improvements (e.g., pools, septic). However, the agreement’s language doesn’t indicate nor obligate the county to be responsive or accountable. The final decision where to dig and what to remove are at the sole discretion of the county.
There is little wonder that the vast majority of property owners don’t trust the county despite the arbitrary Monday deadline being imposed.
The climate report
EDITOR: Nowadays, news agencies don’t report news, they only report Donald Trump’s response to news. While that is entertaining it is not the actual news. The global warming report was reported as to how it was related to Trump (“Report contests Trump views,” Nov. 4). The report wasn’t disclosed let alone read.
So I read it. Not easy. The report stated that global warming has two causes — natural, as has occurred every million years, and human factors, which are the primary cause in this current warming.
The report then said that lowering carbon emissions won’t reverse global warming without a way to remove carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. If we can do both, global warming can be stopped in about 1,000 years. It goes on to say that the only way to reverse warming is to develop a technique such as infusion of sulfur gases in the atmosphere or other techniques that haven’t been developed nor tested.
Now that is news. Basically, it is our fault, but we can’t fix it in less than 1,000 years. Read the report, not Trump’s twitters.
EDITOR: We all know how bad roads are in Sonoma County, especially in Santa Rosa. Well the city Public Works Department has a unit that addresses potholes. If you call 543-3871 and report a pot hole, they respond in about 48 hours, at least that has been my experience. When you call and give them the location of the pothole or potholes, they ask for your name and number, and that’s all. What a blessing to know that something is getting done to make driving a little more pleasant and that tax dollars are working for you.
EDITOR: I wish to commend you for printing the full-page ads for found animals. There are still many unclaimed pets.
I volunteered at Sonoma County Animal Services caring for burned cats. What struck me most was their resilience. These kitties with crinkly whiskers and bandaged paws pretty much started turning somersaults when someone walked in the room. They’re hungry for attention and affection. They’ve obviously been owned.