Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: Want to charge well users for groundwater? Why not sink wells and put us in line and sell us the water?
We would gladly give up well maintenance fees, anxieties over county-approved event centers, hotels and other big users that have drained some areas around Sebastopol dry.
We will pay for metered water like the city folks. In fact, years ago (1997), we attempted to get a plan to pipe wastewater for agricultural use to west county, but it was put to private use.
A matter of public health
EDITOR: Your editorial made some very good points about why all children should be vaccinated (“To end outbreaks, tighten vaccine exemption rules,” Wednesday). For that, I and most others thank you.
However, at the end you said that those parents who oppose vaccinations can homeschool their children. But that still leaves the rest of us at risk, especially babies who are too young to be vaccinated, those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons and the elderly.
Homeschooled children don’t stay home 24/7. They can expose others at the library, grocery stores, playgrounds or doctors’ office waiting rooms, as has happened in Oregon, and at Disneyland.
The evidence is clear, so all should be vaccinated, and that local psychiatrist who is writing letters for parents to exempt their children from the required vaccinations should be compelled to justify his reckless disregard for the public health.
Paying taxes and fees
EDITOR: I woke up one recent morning and went to my favorite home improvement center. The people were able to assist me because my property and sales taxes paid for their high school education and, perhaps, retraining when previous jobs went the way of buggy whip manufacturers.
Filling up my car, I was happy that my gas taxes paid for the roads and other taxes paid for automobile safety gear and testing. I paid my telephone, TV and utility bills and was thankful that the added fees ensure that my home and my neighbors get hooked up to these services. It wouldn’t make sense for these providers to pay for miles of cable to country homes without these use taxes assisting.
I paid my state and federal taxes, which pay for enforcement of clean air and water laws, law enforcement, the military and science research.
I’ve heard that our aquifer is being depleted. I hope we don’t end up like the Central Valley where some towns no longer have clean water. I’m glad we started the process of regulating wells and that people using water from our aquifer are paying something for it.
Did you ever wonder how you’d build roads, keep yourself safe or pay for teachers without some portion of your earnings going toward services that are better purchased in bulk than individually?
EDITOR: Once again, The Press Democrat has demonized sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Gelhaus by printing in a big headline at the top of the page: “County releases Lopez records.” After all this time and having been found not guilty, wouldn’t you think it’s time to downplay that incident?