Bee Readers Tackle Roseville Masks and Sac County Climate Plan


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Protect the Bears CA

“Cueing wildfires, animal welfare activists call on California authorities to stop bear hunting” (, January 21)

As a resident of Tahoe for 32 years, I’m used to living with bears. It is normal for the course to hear touching anecdotes about favorite local bears while promoting education in our community to ensure neighbors remain “bear aware” to prevent conflict. Our bears are facing unprecedented challenges: whether it’s catastrophic wildfires, increased vehicle impacts, record drought or shortened hibernation times due to global warming, they are affected under all angles.

Our state agency has no idea of ​​the number of bears in the state or the impact of these recent threats. Despite this, they still allow up to 1,700 bears to be killed by hunters each year. I urge the California Fish and Game Commission to heed a petition to suspend bear hunting until the agency is able to properly study our bears.

We absolutely must collect quality scientific data on the health of the population before allowing our bears to be killed for sport.

Tomlinson Wildlife

City of Tahoe

empty promises

“After years of promises, Sacramento County is about to bury climate action in bureaucracy” (, February 10)

Reading this editorial on the county’s climate action plan shocked me. In December 2020, when my supervisor, Phil Serna, and the rest of the oversight board declared a climate emergency, I felt represented, even encouraged. I expected supervisors to act quickly and decisively, because that’s what leaders do in a crisis. What happened?

Elizabeth Barrett


urgent action

“After years of promises, Sacramento County is about to bury climate action in bureaucracy” (, February 10)

Climate change will affect everyone in Sacramento County and will hit low-income people and people of color who are already struggling the hardest. The oversight board should include these communities in this work by expanding the size of the advisory board, and county staff should develop a stronger climate action plan.

The county must sufficiently fund and staff both. This is critical to the future of the people of Sacramento County, and we need appropriate resources to reflect this urgency.

Christine Bailey

river of gold


“Regulators unveil wildfire safety plan. Will he solve the insurance crisis in rural California? (, February 15)

Working with communities to “harden” their properties against wildfires is a great idea. But if you take into account that we couldn’t get everyone to wear a cheap mask to protect their community from a deadly pandemic, I’m afraid that getting those same people to spend thousands of dollars on “Strengthening” their property to protect their community from a devastating wildfire will be very difficult.

Suggestion: Offer generous incentives (extremely low interest rate loans and/or discounts) upfront so that all interested parties can take advantage of them. Also make those who choose not to participate in the program liable to legal action by their neighbors if a fire that could have been mitigated destroys homes and property.

Katy Pridy



“Too extreme? Why UC researchers are proposing the idea of ​​cutting down 80% of the trees in the Sierra” (, February 10)

The study’s conclusion that much of our forests must disappear, along with current research that confirms recurring historic drought, clearly shows that current agencies and resources currently committed are woefully inadequate. The West faces climate change and human madness, a disruption that arguably exceeds the danger levels of the ongoing COVID crisis.

Civilizations survive the plagues of disease but are less resilient to loss of the environment and resources that sustain them. The metaphors of preparation for war are inadequate to call out the measures that must emerge, however extreme they may be.

Spencer P. LeGate


Rethink water

“Western mega-drought worsens to become driest in at least 1,200 years” (, February 15)

It’s time to rethink how water is allocated in our state. Currently, 80% of the water developed in California goes to a handful of agribusinesses who pocket millions of dollars each year on water infrastructure built and maintained with taxpayer money.

One project currently in the works is the $5 billion site reservoir project in Colusa and Butte counties. This is an off-stream project – water will be piped 14 miles from the Sacramento River and pumped into the reservoir. It is expected to take 60% of the Sacramento River’s flows during peak wet years and lesser amounts during dry years, reducing flows through the already imperiled delta. We can’t keep wasting our taxpayers’ money on projects like Sites in a Hotter, Drier California.

Clara East


Shameful behavior

“Inside the Roseville School Board‘s political challenge to California’s mask mandate” (, February 16)

Opinion writer Hannah Holzer’s column describing public behavior at a recent Roseville Joint Union High School District board meeting on mask mandates provides another example of the rapid collapse of the civility. People have very different opinions on this issue and have the right to express those opinions passionately, but that does not allow anyone to “ridicule a school-aged child for wearing a mask”.

The school board’s responsibility is to create a safe learning environment in schools. What did the council do to protect this child from ridicule? Adults who behave this way should be ashamed of themselves.

A good rule of thumb in these situations would be: Are you engaging in behaviors that you would like your child to adopt?

John Maltbie

Hills of El Dorado

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