Invest in solar, not fracking
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed fracking rules, likely pushed by oil companies, may be "the strongest in the nation," but they are hardly strong enough to protect our citizens and our environment. Oil and the methods for gleaning it have proved disastrous; oil and its use have proved disastrous. Look at our air and water-quality deterioration over the years, to say nothing of our soils. Look at the rising cancer rates, especially blood/lymphoid cancers. I believe there is a connection.
Rather than more oil, I hope we get to work on solar. Imagine our millions upon millions of acres of rooftops being outfitted with solar panels, with locally produced energy utilizing a grid already in place. Imagine electric vehicles running on this renewable resource. Imagine the jobs created!
What would promote this picture? Simply allowing homeowners and businesses the freedom to install unlimited numbers of solar collection panels so they can sell unlimited energy back to the power companies, at equitable going wholesale rates.
Pacific Gas & Electric -- get out of the way!
Catherine Webb, Santa Cruz
Assault weapons ban must be reinstated
Like the rest of the nation, the mass killing of 20 young children and their teachers has caused me much sorrow. As our country tries to come to grips with another tragedy, we
Many of the same elected officials who clamored to go to war over the fear of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq are the same ones who find it so difficult to tackle our own weapons of mass destruction, the assault rifles. This is a weapon made for only one reason, to kill as many individuals in the least amount of time.
I hope Sen. Dianne Feinstein is successful in her bid to reinstate the assault weapons ban in hopes of putting an end to the senseless loss of precious lives.
Sandy Metaxas, Santa Cruz