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Coyote Valley Vote
a critical first step
Kudos to Mayor Sam Liccardo for his leadership in zoning Coyote Valley for agricultural use (“North Coyote Valley will be preserved as open space”, page B1).
It is more than a zoning decision; it is a legacy of preserving a pristine patch of what the valley was known for until 1950. While rezoning to farmland is important, I urge the council to truly protect the land from “solar farms.” Which are not “open space” or hotels or “agriculture-related businesses” east of Monterey Road. The open space should be fields of mustard flowers, habitats for all of God’s creatures, and the earthly passage must be free of buildings for this to happen.
On November 16, the council took a big step forward. Please continue to protect the last bit of our valley which is picturesque and truly inspiring.
Find a suitable location
to preserve the statue of Fallon
D. “Controversial Fallon Statue to be Taken Down”, page A1, November 11:
The Thomas Fallon statue has merit and should be preserved – perhaps in San Jose Historical Park. There are redemptive and instructive aspects to Fallon’s story.
Fallon, a Catholic immigrant from Ireland, married a Hispanic woman, Maria Del Carmen Cota in Santa Cruz. The Irish-Hispanic alliance in early California, founded on Roman Catholic marriages, is an important feature of our ancient history and helped reduce social tensions.
Plus, Fallon’s ride over the Santa Cruz Mountains was another installment in early California “comedy opera” history. During Mexican rule, there were occasional minor skirmishes between forces in Northern California and Southern California, particularly in the 1840s. Fallon and his forces did not commit violence during their seizure of power in San José. Compare that with so many other conquests, followed by summary executions and firing squads. The history of the world is full of them.
need for details, analysis
D. “California to Share Details on Oil-Free Future,” page A19, Nov 7:
Dan Walter’s excellent opinion piece of November 7 suggesting that Governor Newsom has put meat on the bones of a hydrocarbon-free future is absolutely essential for a rational and impartial discussion of our energy future.
The energy of hydrocarbons is dense energy; it is affordable, reliable, shippable. It has fueled our modern civilization, lifting billions of people out of poverty. Net zero will replace this energy with expensive, unreliable and diluted energy.
Following the 2015 Paris Agreement, environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg calculates that it would take $ 60,000 to $ 120 trillion to meet emissions reduction targets, which would result in a mere 0.17 degree reduction in emissions. temperature projections of 2,100.
California’s 1% of total global CO2 emissions suggest our fair share of policy / implementation costs could be $ 600 billion to $ 1.2 trillion, roughly the cost of 6 to 12 rail systems. high speed Californians.
Californians should demand a comprehensive, detailed decarbonization plan and a thorough cost-benefit analysis for California and the world.
“A religion” is the way
to an insoluble conflict
D. “Draftsman’s point of view”, page A6, November 17:
Michael Flynn’s call for “one religion” is shocking, appalling and laughable at the same time.
Nobody reads the story? Do you remember the Christians thrown to the lions in ancient Rome? The inquisition ? The takeover of Catholic churches by King Henry VIII and the murder of Catholic priests in the 16th century? Queen “Bloody” Mary’s table overthrow and the persecution of Protestants a few years later? The Holocaust? The fighting between Sunnis and Shiites? My ninth great-grandmother, Mary Barrett Dyer, was hanged by the Puritans in 1690 for refusing to give up practicing her Quaker faith.
“A religion” has never worked and never will. It only causes division, destruction and death. Religion should be a matter of an individual’s heritage and personal beliefs, and should not be the responsibility of the state or anyone else.
The legislator should
intervene on the water solution
D. “Water proposal causing resentment”, page A1, November 17:
California uses more water than it collects. The climate crisis is getting worse. We need food from farms that need water to grow crops. These are simple environmental and ecological concerns.
Let us not transform the 2022 bill on the financing of hydraulic infrastructures into another left-right ideological struggle. Dams, reservoirs, desalination plants and recycled water plants can be built with proper and adequate environmental monitoring while serving their purpose of providing more water to our parched state.
Maybe our state lawmakers should take care of it and draft a reasonable bill before the initiative process puts a proposal that is not well thought out on the ballot.