Not mindreaders, nor should they be

This is regarding the recent letter regarding the shooting of the San Lorenzo man wielding a bat at the sheriff's deputies.

The letter writer's use of a baseball game metaphor is rude and disgusting. One man is dead and several deputies left with lifelong memories of a most difficult day in their lives. Mentioning they had been there "on 19 previous occasions and certainly knew what they were dealing with" is an ignorant statement.

No call is a usual call. No outcome is guaranteed. No one can predict what will happen. That 19 previous calls for assistance were made is an indication that the mental health system doesn't work, not the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Maybe the letter writer should take the opportunity to learn what the Sheriff's Department actually does on a daily basis by taking the 13-week Citizens Academy. It would open his eyes and clear his head of the foolish notion that sheriff deputies are mindreaders and should "know in advance" the outcome of each call.

My deepest sympathy to the family of the victim and my heartfelt prayers to all the deputies involved.

Janet Gebhardt

San Leandro

Water conservation a big part of answer

California is experiencing a drought that has affected millions of Californians. The article "California drought: Gov. Jerry Brown proposes $687 million aid plan" (Feb. 20) articulates to readers the opposing views on ways to alleviate the issues that have risen due to the drought.

It's of great importance to find short-term and long-term solutions for California. The article highlights the concerns of California's legislation in finding ways to efficiently use the funding for the drought. Legislation plays a large role in the course of action for the drought, but Californians play a pivotal role in the conservation efforts. The legislation should promote conservation efforts throughout the state as well as use funding for projects that can move California into an environmentally friendly state. The drought has brought attention to other environmental issues that can benefit from conservation efforts.

Daisy Martinez

Oakland

Wind energy turbines kills birds and bats

Wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy and a terrible threat to birds and bats. Wind turbines in the Altamont Pass kill birds in flight and they take up valuable habitat.

Wind turbines kill roughly 108,000 birds and thousands of bats each year in California. A recent study says that while 10 percent of the United States wind energy is produced in California, 46 percent of all yearly wildlife kills are caused by California turbines.

Although there are other causes of bird deaths, like collisions with buildings and attacks by house cats and feral cats, turbines are an important problem, especially for raptors, which glide with the wind and often are found in windy places where the turbines are located.

One solution is to build wind farms in altered lands far from nesting habitats. Using shrouded turbines also helps birds avoid the blades. You can help by telling your elected officials that it is important to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs for renewable energy.

Braeden Ingram

Davis

Must take proper steps right now

Local agencies should have imposed conservation measures on water use long ago. Newspapers and TV news have been telling us this is the driest season of rainfall since records have been kept, yet nothing from the water agencies. California rainfall has not been favorable for years, yet no restrictions as to usage.

Stop setting full glasses of water on restaurant tables. Waiters should ask customers if they want water and only then serve it. My wife and I had lunch at a local restaurant last week, and every table got a huge glass of water, and most of the customers drank a soft drink not the water. Result? Water down the drain. Don't forget that glass has to be washed after use. More water wasted.

Our house has conserved water since the last drought in the '70s, so we cannot reduce usage much more. We have reduced the water for the lawn.

Robert Beaudreau

Fremont