A teacher’s mark
EDITOR: I had Lynette Williamson (“I hate all my students equally,” Close to Home, Jan. 1) for two classes during my time at Analy High School, and I can’t say enough about her impact on my writing abilities, from both an academic and stylistic standpoint.
Her teaching helped set me up for using the English language accurately and, perhaps just as important, confidently.
After Analy, I attended Stanford University and have since taught at Stanford and led design thinking and creativity workshops all over the world. I use lessons from Williamson in my work every day, and I’m thankful I had someone that good at her job to teach me.
I was never terrible at English, but it wasn’t my strongest subject. It was the mistakes I made along the way that highlighted opportunities for growth and made me a better writer and speaker. The times I was corrected most are the times I remember most.
Teachers such as Williamson don’t come along very often. If your student has the good fortune to end up in one of her classes, let her work her magic. (This goes for a few other teachers at Analy as well.)
EDITOR: One doesn’t have to be a Sonoma Clean Power employee to see that Ken Fedder’s letter (“Justifiable costs,” Dec. 29) is under-informed. The electric industry consists of three main parts: generation, transmission and distribution. The 2002 state law that enabled not-for-profit community partnerships such as Sonoma Clean Power focused only on the first part — generating electricity.
PG&E is still responsible for the network of wires and meters to transmit and distribute electricity to businesses and homes. That’s why PG&E will always have trucks and crews working to repair power outages, and Sonoma Clean Power won’t. That’s why Sonoma Clean Power customers are also customers of PG&E, since both provide part of the service. Since PG&E is good at invoicing, Sonoma Clean Power’s charges are simply brought into the existing PG&E bill and labeled accordingly.
The state law that enabled such partnerships also required that customers automatically be enrolled in the service but be allowed to opt out. This is not a choice available to most Californians.
Sonoma Clean Power’s CleanStart program saves customers money and its use of renewable and hydroelectric power is much higher on a percentage basis than PG&E’s (more than double in 2014). For me, both of those things are good for Sonoma County and Sonoma Clean Power’s customers.
Wolves vs. cattle
EDITOR: We have our second home in Siskiyou County and we know that it is a free-range county. But every other industry has to take out insurance for inventory loss, so why not ranchers (“Ranchers on edge over wolf encounters,” Dec. 27)?
Our home there is within the wolf pack’s territory, and we are excited to have them there. The cows do so much damage. They’ve cost us more than $500. They destroyed a pond on our property and knocked over the marker for the location of our septic tank.
It isn’t fair that the ranchers don’t have to pay for damage to other people’s property that their cows inflict, and yet they won’t accept any damage being done to their property.