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Turn Black Friday Green
going out in a park

For the past seven years, the East Bay Regional Park District has celebrated Green Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as a healthy outdoor alternative to Black Friday holiday shopping. Time spent in nature improves physical and mental health and is a great way to relieve vacation stress.

Green Friday – a free day in the park – all park entrance fees and activity fees are waived, including parking, dogs, horses, launching and fishing, as well as entry to the historic Ardenwood Farm. The fee waiver does not include state fees for fishing licenses and boat inspections for invasive mussels, or concessions such as the Tilden Merry-Go-Round Steam Train and Redwood Valley Railway.

Come visit a regional park the day after Thanksgiving. The slopes are green and nature is at the rendezvous.

Dennis waespi
Director of the Park District Council, Ward 3
Castro Valley

Desalination must be
water solution tool

I was pleased to read that the “Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022” proposes that we expand our water supply through the reuse of wastewater treatment and desalination plants (“Water proposal causing resentment”, page A1, November 17). As the article says, “You can’t do it with just conservation anymore.”

In addition, we will spend $ 1 billion to expand Los Vaqueros to contain an additional 115,000 acre-feet that will remain dry most years. », Page A1, November 15).

Why not instead spend $ 1 billion on a water desalination system like the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in San Diego to create 55,000 acre-feet each year? If this is done using effluent from power stations like in Carlsbad, no additional input from the ocean is needed; the used brine dilutes and cools the discharges from the power plant.

To cope with future droughts, we must focus on projects that provide new sources of water and stop denying that our supplies of rain and snow are certain to diminish.

Elizabeth fisher
Pleasant Hill

Carbon tax best solution
to fight against climate change

Two solutions to climate change were proposed by letter to the editor on November 17. Trish Clifford’s carbon tax (“The Climate Summit Should Have Pushed the Carbon Tax”, page A6) is the best first step.

The intent of Zoe Edington’s call to keep the oil in the ground is good (“Biden’s climate fight should start at home”), but executive action is often blocked in court and may easily be revoked by the next administration. Denying oil concessions only displaces the source of the oil.

Alternatively, a carbon levy, both domestic and imported, helps reduce demand. The discount given to every US resident would more than offset the costs for those who use less fossil fuels. The fees would stimulate innovation, encourage conservation, and encourage technologies such as carbon capture. Finally, laws passed by Congress are more difficult to overturn than executive orders.

This route puts us on the path to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Dean shough

Infrastructure law should
boost the high speed train

With the signing of the infrastructure bill, there could be up to $ 9 billion available to California for transportation improvements, including “shovel-ready” projects.

If there ever was a California bullet train project ready to go, in my opinion, this is it. Why not allocate some of this money to the high speed train project with, as Gary Lam suggested in his letter of November 10 (“The high speed train is too far to stop”, page A8) , competent and experienced entrepreneurs who have already done this type of project?

Gerald Veiluva

To switch to electric vehicles,
prices must go down

Being old enough to have weathered the two gas crises of the 1970s, I never trusted the oil companies to provide affordable fuel to the American public and bought my first “economy” four-cylinder car in India. 1980. I have had one since and have kept my fuel costs low even at today’s prices.

American drivers get lulled into buying oversized, overpowered gourds when fuel prices are low, then complain when gasoline prices skyrocket. Now, at around $ 5 a gallon, people will scramble to buy fuel-efficient (less polluting) cars to do their shopping until they fall asleep again when gas prices drop and buy. a vehicle that is much too big.

If we are to switch to electric vehicles for many reasons, we have to get automakers to produce one for the masses in the $ 20,000 to $ 25,000 range, not models just for the rich.

Bruce krutel
El Granada

GOP rhetoric does not
match the thirst for federal help

A recent report from the US Census Bureau reveals that the top 10 US states are “the most dependent on federal aid.” Seven of the 10 states listed are Republican-dominated “red” states.

The graph is available online and shows funding as a percentage of total revenue, as a percentage. It is available on the US Census website.

Republicans who consistently accuse Democrats of being “socialists” or “communists” suck most of our taxes from the federal government for their own use. Now it is clear and we know who the real socialists are.

Even though they will deny it and blame others, the facts don’t lie. The top 10 socialist states, as reported by Commodity.com, are Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alaska and Montana.

So, in the next election, don’t take what they say, watch what they do.

Paul Stichick
Rio Vista

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