Letters: ‘Creating’ water | Jan. 6 truth | Balanced views | Unfair attack | Word choice

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Pull out all stops
for water crisis

Re. “State’s water decision could set public-protection standard,” Page A6, Jan. 5:

The media continues to talk about how the existing water supply should be divided among the groups competing for a larger share. The state simply does not have enough water to meet the demand.

What to do? “Create” more water three ways: These are recycling/reuse, desalinization and possibly cloud-seeding.

Recycling requires treating to a standard that allows its use on food crops. Desalinization requires energy, and progress is being made on reducing the amount required. Cloud-seeding experimentation and research seem to be continuing. Are California and the large water districts participating?

There are lots of naysayers to all these approaches, but the need for water will not go away, regardless of how many almond trees are removed.

Finally, the days of cheap water are over. These three approaches all require energy and infrastructure, both of which are extremely expensive in California.

John Pearl
Walnut Creek

We must discover truth
about Jan. 6 attack

President Biden nailed his predecessor’s deceit in his Jan. 6 memorial speech (“Biden warns of Trump’s ‘dagger,’” Page A1, Jan. 7). The second of his three takeaways, previously underreported by the media, asked why, if the November 2020 election was stolen, didn’t losing office-seekers other than the defeated president also complain that their races had been stolen? We are forced to conclude there was no steal.

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Fortunately, the House committee chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and the Justice Department led by Attorney General Garland are continuing their lawful investigations of the unlawful attack on our Capitol on Jan. 6 to identify all of its perpetrators, not only the rioters. We voters just need to pay attention and not shrink from the truth.

Ruby MacDonald
El Cerrito

Balance doesn’t require
printing dangerous info

I hear a lot about the need for “balance” in the media (“Conservative columns advance media balance,” Page A6, Jan. 7), but what does that actually mean?

To me, it means that facts are actually factual. It means that reasoned opinions, rather than unsubstantiated proclamations, are printed. There are not always two sides to a story; sometimes one “side” is simply wrong or dangerous.

In late July, in an argument against reinstating reasonable (yes, my choice of word) COVID restrictions (“Don’t bring back restrictions for vaccinated Americans,” Page A7, July 29), Marc Thiessen wrote, “there is no justification whatsoever not to open schools or to require that children wear masks or be vaccinated to return to the classroom. And there is no justification to … reimpose any restrictions on the everyday activities of citizens who have either natural or vaccinated immunity” since “for the vaccinated, the pandemic is over” and COVID-19 “is little more dangerous than the common cold.”

One wonders if that really can be called balanced.

Anne Stafford
Oakland

Attacking caste society
from an ivory tower

Southwest Airlines passengers don’t pay $30 in order to avoid standing next to others, as Kevin Frazier suggested (“A growing caste …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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