I was deeply disappointed in the Pleasanton Weekly's decision to run Tim Hunt's column on Feb. 21 ("Paying the price to battle climate change").
Our collective impact on the environment is based on scientific fact and measurable data, not a theory with changeable assumptions.
It's healthy and productive to have a debate on the steps we should take to protect our planet for future generations. But it's irresponsible for a community publication to endorse a position that is objectively false.
-- Joe Streng
Climate action plans
In response to Tim Hunt's Feb. 21 column, I would like readers to understand the nature of the climate action plans mandated by AB 32 back in 2006. Cities throughout the state -- like Dublin and Pleasanton -- are implementing such plans.
In AB 32, the Legislature found that global warming poses a serious threat to the economic well-being of the state, to public health, to natural resources and the environment.
The adverse impacts of global warming to California include the exacerbation of air quality problems, a reduction in the quality and supply of water to the state from the Sierra snowpack, a rise in sea levels resulting in the displacement of thousands of coastal businesses and residences, damage to marine ecosystems and the natural environment and increased incidences of infectious diseases, asthma and other human health problems.
In other words, global warming will have detrimental effects on California's largest industries. Economic consequences of global warming were the impetus for the Legislature's bipartisan action.
AB 32 also provides financial investments to accelerate market transitions to cleaner technologies. An important source of funding is the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which comes from auction proceeds by the Air Resources Board's cap-and-trade program. AB 32 doesn't simply rely on fees to ratepayers to fund the transition to cleaner technologies.
Climate action plans include investment in renewable energy sources, large-scale reforestation projects and scalable methods of carbon capture. These plans by cities throughout the state represent significant public action and have the power to make a difference while there is still time.
-- Catherine Brown
Eric Swalwell is not a serious credible representative for the 15th Congressional District and has become the laughing stock of the current Congress. The press often calls upon him for the most ridiculous comments. We in San Ramon find him to be an embarrassment.
-- Carl Swanson
Black history videos
Black history becomes most visible in February, with acknowledgments of the people, organizations and traditions that have made an impact on our country. I love learning about the amazing figures that have contributed so much, many unacknowledged in their lifetime.
Yet, for America -- and African Americans in particular -- Black history is fundamental to our story, a piece of our history that cannot be separated from the whole.
For all of us in education, it is our duty to make each student feel seen every day, every hour, every moment. We need to ensure that each student's uniqueness is visible and celebrated.
I carry the legacy of Black history with me, and my family's place in it is knowledge I treasure. While I can trace back the struggle of my family and the community that surrounded them, I can also trace the power of that community. That power and that struggle were instilled in me as I grew up.
The Alameda County Office of Education created a series of videos in honor of Black history that I am excited to share with you to carry past the end of this month. I hope you will take a moment to view the stories, and reflect on your history, our history and our future.
-- L. Karen Monroe,
Alameda County superintendent of schools
RE: 'Paying the price...'
Mr. Hunt, you are old school, old-world, and plain and simply "old-aged" when it comes to understanding the science behind climate change. Most of all, you are not a scientist!
There are a few scientists who dispute the theories about it, not necessarily because they think it's untrue, but because they're seriously conservative and want exponential proof, and not just projected estimates based on current truths. The great majority of scientists do understand that some things if left uncontrolled could become catastrophic if we wait that long for proof, and we could all be dead.
Yes, there have been warming trends and ice ages before, and those came about through hundreds of thousands of years in the making, not simply a few decades as this current warming trend has occurred due to our added atmospheric changes.
We've had less massive volcanoes than ever before as well so the theory that it's not man-made doesn't stand on reality either. Massive fires are a contributing cause, and those were not happening until the recent warming has occurred, again, in the last few decades, not over millenniums as was historically the case.
Older folks, and those stuck in their ways, don't want change, don't want to pay to make it right, and don't care about passing their bad acts on to future generations. Being an ostrich with their head in the sand is just simply easier and more comforting, like those with anxiety who just stay home. You seem to be of that persuasion.
-- Karen Bilbrey Zengel
Bubbles & Bacon review
My friend and I shelled out $41.60 each to support our downtown for the second annual Bubbles and Bacon on Saturday, Feb. 22. As we walked along Main Street, we were among hundreds of our neighbors on a chilly sunny afternoon. Kudos to the volunteers at the Museum on Main who banded, fluted and mapped us -- you all were the best and most efficient team!
We plotted our path from the north to south, from savory to sweet. I have been a professional chef for 25 years, and Ro has been a professional eater for many more. Our primary take-away: This was an opportunity for our local restaurants to shine, to show their creativity, and to present an attractive combo which might encourage us to dine at their establishments in the future.
Some rose to the occasion, others failed. The cardinal rules are:
1. Serve what you advertise.
2. Never run out until the very end. Forty-five minutes with partial offerings is not acceptable.
Two places offered candy. Three places poured chintzy amounts of bubbly. Four left off major components of their published dishes. Kombucha? Nobody goes to a street fair for kombucha. Winners: Primrose Bakery and The Blue Agave. Fantastic!
We weren't sorry we attended -- hello Toni from Pennsylvania -- but the food itself was pretty disappointing, and certainly not worth $40. Step up your game, downtown. You can be more creative than what you proved at this event. Better luck next year. I mean, better cheffing...
-- Claudia Imatt
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