Saturday Letters to the Editor



Appropriate energy costs

EDITOR: Victor Suard and Jane Bender are misinformed (“Solar fees on the roof”, Letters, October 4 and “Stop solar fees”, Letters, October 5). The so-called charges borne by the CPUC will be applied to electricity bills associated with rooftop solar energy under the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program. This so-called “charge” is meant to ensure that those without solar power aren’t the only electricity customers paying for reliable, 24-hour service.

The rooftop solar system only produces electricity about 22% of the time in Sonoma County due to nighttime, cloudy days, smoky skies, or when sunlight is blocked. Everyone has to pay their fair share for managing the transmission line, managing vegetation, burying power lines, etc. Simply put, the under-perception of the fixed costs of a utility (which has grown rapidly) from those with solar roofs will be passed on even more to non-solar customers.

The free ride is over for Victor and Jane, hence the proper cost allocation for delivering electricity to the house.



Pay teachers more

EDITOR: The beautiful article by Ron Kristof (“Rebuilding America’s Teacher Corps,” October 3) cites the teacher shortage, including causes such as COVID-19 disease and many quits after just a few years of teaching.

How to solve this problem: pay teachers more. Dramatically increase wages, say by 50%. So much? Americans respect money, more money, more respect. We will attract better people and more people to education by paying a lot more, not just what the districts are currently offering.

It is enough to pay 50% more salary to people who work directly with children in classrooms, from preschool to grade 12. You can also improve learning by having smaller classes, so that each student receives more attention and teachers are less stressed and stay in the profession longer.

For taxpayers, it can cost a dollar or two more per month. The price of an ice cream cone with a scoop and without chips.


Holy rose

Few women in sport

EDITOR: When I look at the sports section of The Press Democrat, I think sport is a predominantly male activity. What if we rectified this disparity? It would be fair. Give half of your coverage to women.


Mount Río

States of happiness

EDITOR: To the letter of Gayle Kozlowski (“Texas: One Great State,” October 5) commenting that Santa Rosa is going down the socialist road, and it is one that will eventually lead the people who live in Santa Rosa to ruin, compared to Texas: Looking at the US state happiness index, California ranks around fourth and Texas ranks around 38th.

Then I remember the stories in the newspaper about locals here who were burnt down in their homes, got all kinds of insurance money, could have moved anywhere in the country, investigated at length and hard trying to find a better place. live, and still ended up buying a house around Santa Rosa instead of moving to a place like, say, Texas.


Holualoa, Hawaii

Grand budget

EDITOR: Let me see if I understand this. Republicans are angry that Democrats are delivering programs they were elected to do. They include very popular investments in technical and “human” infrastructure which all register significant majorities in national polls.

The cost of doing what Democrats said they would do was negotiated at $ 3.5 trillion. Republicans refuse to govern and risk defaulting on our national debts to force Democrats to ask for specific dollar amounts for the debt ceiling so the public will confuse the cost of past spending with current spending and hurt electoral chances democrats.

Bush’s tax cuts cost a trillion dollars. The Trump tax reduces the same. Now Republicans are quibbling over domestic investment and child care.

As the default looms, Republicans blinked, but did not participate. They don’t seem concerned with creating a stable and prosperous country.

Meanwhile, two tenors from Dem, (Sens.) Manchin and Sinema, are holding the president’s entire agenda hostage, ignoring their 48 colleagues, demanding huge cuts to programs but refusing to say which programs. It is not negotiation; it is blackmail.

If I understood this dynamic correctly, the next obvious questions should be, “What kind of people are these?” Why are they in power? “



Push for green solutions

EDITOR: Here we go again! Oil on our shore from Huntington Beach to Dana Point. Beaches closed for weeks or months. Seals covered with oil. Birds and dead fish. Wetlands have deteriorated. The smell of oil permeates the air.

Our climate is in crisis. Let’s do all we can to implement green energy. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should promote solar power, not side with utilities. Remember that solar power on rooftops does not cause oil spills, destroy our pristine coasts, harm or kill marine life, or erode habitats.

It’s time for Governor Newsom to stand up for Californians by weighing down the CPUC’s continued support for public services instead of doing what’s best for California and the climate.

We don’t need more fossil fuel power plants. We need more alternative green energy sources to save our planet. We have the power to end this devastating cycle. Let’s use it!


Holy rose

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