Saturday’s Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: We heard that Gavin Newsom came to town. We heard that he handed out apples (“Governor pitches in at crisis center,” Oct. 30). What a wonderfully productive visit. We heard that he has a lot of great ideas about PG&E. We sat in the dark for eight days out in Oakmont with a 99-year-old and a 90-year-old. He sure was an inspiration to us.
A saint in our midst
EDITOR: Thank you, Chris Smith, for the well-researched and touching obituary of Evelyn Cheatham (“Chef, champion of at-risk youth dies,” Nov. 2). I had the honor of meeting her when I worked with Catholic Charities and she was volunteering at the family shelter once a week. Cheatham was a treasure and a saint in our midst who made miracles happen. Blessings to her.
Trump’s abject weakness
EDITOR: Donald Trump has an innate survival instinct. It doesn’t rely on truth or empirical facts. He embraces those who praise him and rejects all who oppose or criticize him.
Media outlets that disagree with him are “fake.” Politicians who question his leadership are “partisan hacks” or “human scum.” Polls that reveal Americans supporting his impeachment and removal are spurious.
Trump recently threatened to withhold federal assistance to California for battling wildfires. Certainly, California voters’ objections to his leadership influenced that decision.
There are many vacancies in the Trump administration. It is impairing the workings of government agencies. Trump fills positions with sycophants lacking crucial knowledge and experience. Trump sees this as an advantage. Trump prefers acting secretaries who don’t have to go through Senate scrutiny, thereby giving him “more flexibility” — Trumpspeak for less oversight.
The president has always been preoccupied with projecting an image of strength and power. Does he realize that these pathetic acts serve to instead reveal his abject weakness? An ever-increasing number of Americans do.
Time for climate action
EDITOR: Since it is now abundantly clear that global warming has adversely affected the world, we must make necessary vital changes in our way of life. The devastating Kincade fire underscores this as a national priority.
It happens that all of the current Democratic candidates advocate a Green New Deal. Nothing is more important than cutting down carbon emissions and increasing the reduction of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere.
Regardless of who is elected one year from now, this program must be enacted and strictly followed. Our grandchildren and their children and grandchildren demand it. Otherwise we will have more and more destructive floods, hurricanes, rising sea levels and wildfires.
Solutions, not blame
EDITOR: Wes Caldwell asserted that the California Public Utilities Commission, not PG&E, is to blame for fires sparked by the utility’s power transmission equipment because the CPUC did not require PG&E to operate safely (“Misplaced blame,” Letters, Monday). I must disagree.
It is certainly true that the CPUC has maintained a cozy relationship with PG&E over the years, extending deadlines for required upgrades and failing to enforce its rulings on safety, but PG&E has utterly failed to fulfill its responsibility to provide energy to the public safely.