Letters for August 30, 2018

Re: “Welcome to California” by Alastair Bland (Feature, August 16):

Ya gotta laugh at the lengthy article. You want to clean up the air, lower the air temperature and drop the CO2 readings? Close all the drive thru’s in California for a month and see the difference! Bonus will be getting the overweight folks a little exercise!

Lou Meyer


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Some good gloom and doom

Re: “Review: We’re Gonna Be Okay at B Street Theatre” by Patti Roberts (Stage, August 16):

The characters and time frame [were] kind of eerily relevant to the current time. I agree with the review. The play had me engaged the whole time, although sometimes [it was] depressing with all the doom and gloom discussions. Having done a little set work myself, the change in sets was phenomenal, although I noticed the floating chairs were at different levels and I could see the original hole for the bomb shelter between the throw rugs in the second act while they were in the shelter. Not an easy set change to pull off in 15 minutes. Great job done by the cast and crew!

Jeff Kaplowitz


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A wasteland

Re: “Moving numbers” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, August 23):

Any water taken out of the American should be charged a tax to fix the damage done by dredges in the area. The contractors providing the concrete materials for Folsom and Nimbus were allowed to dredge the areas for gold leaving a wasteland.

Bil Willard

Arden Arcade

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A burning nope

Re: “Burning Man’s hope in the unknown” by Jessica Santina (Feature, August 23):

I wouldn’t go to these events even if I got a free ticket.

Randee Tavarez


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Excess damage

Re: “Welcome to California” by Alastair Bland (Feature, August 16):

National Geo published a new finding two days ago that the layer of soil in the arctic that usually freezes and insulates permafrost, and the carbon it contains, isn’t freezing in some places. Apparently this causes permafrost to release a ton of greenhouse gases:

“Nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere’s landmass sits above permafrost. Trapped in this frozen soil and vegetation is more than twice the carbon found in the atmosphere.

As fossil-fuel burning warms the Earth, this ground is thawing, allowing microbes to consume buried organic matter and release carbon dioxide and shorter-lived methane, which is 25 times as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2.”

Andrew Westrope


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