Thursday’s Letters to the Editor
A problem? Not
EDITOR: I’m a boomer who has absolutely no problem with someone saying “no problem” in response to my “thank you.” What a recent letter writer fails to understand is that “no problem” means the same thing as “you’re welcome” (“What’s the problem?” Friday).
Both utterances belong to the same class of exchanged social niceties as “how-are-you-fine.” The words themselves have no particular meaning; they serve the purpose of conveying goodwill. And since the writer yearns for improved communications, she should know that accepting a well-intentioned response with grace and a heartfelt smile is a terrific way to do just that.
Stay off the tracks
EDITOR: Friday’s SMART train accident shows that it is never safe to walk on a railroad right-of-way (“Pedestrian struck, killed by southbound train,” Saturday). Trains are very quiet and cannot swerve to avoid a pedestrian. Trains don’t stop quickly because steel wheels on steel rails are nearly friction-free.
We should recognize that it is not only the loved one’s family that suffers in an incident such as this. The people responsible for operating the trains and first responders dread the possibility of being involved in any collision that is likely to cause the loss of a life.
The pathway along the SMART right of way is for everyone’s benefit. We can all use it.
A children’s issue
EDITOR: Thanks for Rep. Mike Thompson’s important Close to Home column (“A political war over climate change,” Saturday). In 2015, the California PTA declared “climate change is a children’s issue.” Since then, hundreds of thousands of California students have been exposed to potentially traumatic climate-related disasters; more than 5,800 kids in Northern California have lost their homes in climate change-related fires. During the same time period, the federal government rolled back commonsense measures to preserve the climate. Congress shows no serious signs of taking action on climate change.
Education leaders are mandated reporters, bound by law and duty, to speak up in cases of neglect or abuse. Congressional inaction on climate is clearly generational neglect. No educational institution should be a silent witness to this neglect.
At the urging of parents, students and teachers with the nonpartisan Schools for Climate Action campaign, 12 Sonoma County school boards and one student council have passed climate action resolutions clarifying the nonpartisan will of the education sector for national climate action.
Nearly 14,000 more school boards and tens of thousands more student councils across the country could join them. To protect our students, school communities can speak with one nonpartisan voice to help break the logjam on common-sense climate action in Congress. Please learn more at schoolsforclimateaction.org.
Co-founder, Schools for Climate Action
Parks and trust
EDITOR: The recent passage of Measure M was a disappointment to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for improving our city and county parks. I use Spring Lake, Annadel-Trione, Taylor Mountain and, until last fall, Coffey Park.
What I believe is that park infrastructure and maintenance should be funded by user fees, so that the money that is generated by the public goes to maintain the park or facility where it was generated. In this way the public would have places they use most adequately maintained and staffed.